Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crunching along to the end of the semester

Hi everyone,

I don't know if I put this image in before, but it's of a painting that
I really love. I was talking to Theresa Rankin about painting
the other day, and she said, you don't paint people, or
landscapes or fruit, you paint form. That may not be her exact
words, but I said that I paint light and emotion. The emotion in
this painting means a lot to me, because it captured my
nephew's love for his girlfriend. He did not want her to move
to another city for work. This is an occupational hazard that many
people in love face every day, especially now. So I'm glad I captured that feeling in
this piece. If you've seen it before, forgive me. I'm up to my ears
in marking, and I'll be much more coherent on Monday, after the
marks go in.

Please Don't Go
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Have a seeing-the-hope-in-every-situation day.


Anonymous said...

Hang in there!! Only a little more to go then you can take a breath. You'll have earned some time off.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks for your support. It was a strange day. I just noticed the typo in my title tonight.

Yep. Getting there. I was marking
papers all night, which is both rewarding -- incredibly so, and tiring.

Take care,


Theresa Rankin said...

Wonderful, Barbara! You have truly captured the emotion here. Great composition and feeling. It is important to remember...for me...that I must paint shapes of light color and value. For instance hands are easy if you don't think of them as hands. It is much easier if you just train yourself to see shapes that relate to each other in the abstract....not a tree or house or face....all of this must have the integrity of brushwork and part of the artists persona (read emotion)! You have succeeded!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Theresa,

Thanks so much. Value is the one my teachers always dogged me on in watercolour class. Not enough dark darks. Now in acrylics I seem to be okay with value. I agree completely with everything you say.

Take care,


Portrait Artist

My photo
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at:
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!