Wednesday, December 3, 2008

An awesome finish

Sometimes I am so absolutely moved by the young
people I teach. This semester is ending, and I
will miss my students. You know I'll say that
next semester too. But I do want to record
it here, that I feel so privileged to love my
work -- painting and teaching. What a great

The artist
6 x 6 inches
acrylic on canvas

I worked for a short time tonight on a very
small portrait of my friend Flora, begun while
we were talking over the computer. I could see
her, and she could see me. It's far from done, and
probably wet, but I like the wonky perspective the
computer gives me, and the ironic bemused look
on her face.

The painting began with a red, then a burnt sienna,
then a red ground. On the wall on the left I scratched
the paint a bit, because Flora draws into liquid paint
sometimes. The two paintings on the wall behind
her are watercolour scenes. She is in Nova Scotia
and I miss her great face.

I'll work on painting some more tomorrow, and show
you the finished product.

Have a looking-at-life-differently day.


Anonymous said...

THAT IS AN AMAZing PAINTING!!!! Wow Barbara!!!! I am so shocked and amazed to open your blog and to see me staring back at myself!! What a fabulous painter you are!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

I'm glad you like it. I'm not quite finished. Thanks so much for your
sweet comment.

More to come.



Melinda said...

This painting conveys real emotion and friendship. I can tell that your friend has a kind soul. Once again, great color! I love the dark blue worked into her bangs. Good work.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thanks so much. My friend is entirely
kind. I didn't even notice the blue in her bangs.

Take care,


Liza Hirst said...

Great work, Barbara! I am always impressed by the strong expression you create in your portraits. Love the persepctive, too!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. Your portraits are
so magnificent -- it really makes me
feel fantastic that you think mine are

Take care,


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