Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thank goodness for artist friends

My friend Eldon in Colorado liked a series of steps I put
in my September 2 blog showing how a painting developed
in class. I didn't expect to go any further with the image,
but Tuesday night at art class Petro told me he had a photo
of the model, Gaye, and he'd send it to me if I gave him
my email.

Last night it arrived, and today I worked on the painting,
thinking of Eldon as I did. Petro's reference wasn't ideal,
for me -- he wasn't working on the same view, but it was clear
enough to help me complete my painting, and I am so grateful
for his kind help. I'm sure I'll see more to work on tomorrow.
But here's today's update.

I'm working on another painting now, so I have to make
it quick again tonight. Tomorrow afternoon I teach, and
there's an opening tomorrow night. In Toronto it's always
like this in the autumn. It's our most intense art season.
Thanks Eldon for inspiring me to keep going, something I
rarely do with my class efforts.

In the blue dress
acrylic on canvas
14" x 20"

Tonight I sat on the back porch enjoying the light as the day
slipped from golden light shining through the big maples,
into the deep, jeweled blue of evening. I couldn't help
feeling fortunate just to be alive. And I thought I am lucky that
I love my home, my friends, my children, and my city.

As I write this Timbah the cat climbs up on my lap
purring, as if to say -- 'don't forget me -- I'm one of the
reasons you're happy.' It's true.

Have a what-a-wonderful-life day.


Anonymous said...

I hadn't thought of myself as an inspiration but I'm certainly glad you are still working on this painting. Keep it comin!!

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Eldon,

I won't be doing much to it, but
I will touch it up here and there.
How could you not be an inspiration with your beautiful work?!!!


Laurel Daniel said...

Friends are really a huge component whether they are providing reference, insight or encouragement! Another brilliant portrait Barbara, and thank YOU for your encouragement!

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Laurel,

I really love your style, the
way you say so much about
a space, in such a perfectly painted way.


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