Thursday, September 11, 2008

A wonderful mother model



Iris
18" x 24"
acrylic on bond paper

I had fantastic visits with two extraordinary
women today, so didn't get painting until tonight.
But I've been working steadily for four hours and it's
bed time.

Here's a rapid sketch I did of an elegant British
lady who posed for us one night at our class.
She was an artist's mother, visiting from
England, and a great model. She sat in this very
proper and straight posture, dressed in lush colours.
I like the agitation in my painting. I think I was
just excited by her gutsiness.

I'm glad that this was such a good day, because
it is the anniversary of my father's death --
long ago now, and of September 11, so
it was appropriate to spend time with kind
friends, and to appreciate all that is
special about our lives.

Have a thoughtfully happy day.

4 comments:

Theresa Rankin said...

I tried to leave a post on the Brilliante Weblog piece...but the comment page would not load! So I will put all my comments here. First of all Thank you once again!! I am new to blogging so to have such a wonderful response from everyone is a joy indeed! The picture of Steven is a must paint!!! What a fabulous piece it will be. The portrait sketch of the British lady is fabulous. Last but not least...your writing is fabulous, funny, genuine and enriching....don't underestimate yourself!! I am honored to have an artist friend in Toronto...I drove through there several times when I was a truckdriver and was amazed at the size of the freeway...fortunately I was following a Canadian driver and he guided me through easily!! You tickle me, Barbara!!

Susan Carlin said...

Thank you Barbara for such kind words and the links! I was just coming by to see what you'd painted lately and found not only this amazing painting of the older woman- Wow! Zing! Excellent!- but mention of lil' ol' me. Thank you!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Theresa,
Thanks for your thoughts. Well we
are a long way from Missouri, but
the blogs shrink that distance in a
miraculous way.

Your work continuously astounds me. And that is so neat that I can see it, love it, and talk about great paintings with you.

I'm fairly new at blogging too, but
so glad I started.

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Susan,
I'm so glad I found your blog site.
the talk last Sunday was so great
because you go at your own pace,
and you make everyone feel so welcome.

I can't join you this Sunday because
I'm working to a Monday deadline, and it's a bit nuts.

Thanks for your support, and you
are wonderful.

Barbara

Portrait Artist

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!