Monday, February 2, 2009

Skype Interview Number 2

What a day it's been! I knew that Howard Wolinsky was
planning to interview me on video about sketching
with Skype, but as it turned out that was just the first art
event for the day.
No sooner had I gone downstairs to
my studio after the interview, and started to paint,
than an email came in from Susan Carlin, asking me to
phone her in Texas.

She wondered if she could paint me from Skype today
using her streaming video technique. Wow! So
of course I said "yes". Susan is a wonderful portrait
artist I met through my blog, and she has become
a friend in the few months we've been commenting
back and forth on each other's blog entries and artwork.
The weekly workshops she hosts on portrait painting
are fantastic.

Today was the first time I really met her face to face
and that was on Skype. We couldn't stop laughing,
and cracking jokes, and she was really worried about
my ability to stay still for my portrait. She's right that
staying still is not my strong suit (unless I'm reading),
as she pointed out to the people watching her paint.

My portrait of Susan Carlin
quick sketch
charcoal on watercolour paper
12 x 9 inches

So in between a rushed attempt to cook dinner, and
painting I sat for Susan's art group while they watched
her paint me. Check out her lovely painting at:
Here I was in Toronto, getting interviewed
first by Howard in Chicago, and then being painted by
Susan in San Antonio, Texas. Mind blowing.

Meanwhile my friend, Melinda in Tucson, Arizona did
a portrait of me today based on the first You Tube Skype
interview. Whew! It boggles the mind. I absolutely love
the blogging network, and the Skype connections. I can't
say that often enough.

Portrait of Barbara Muir from Skype interview
by Melinda S. Esparza
mixed media

While I was talking to Susan I snapped some fast photos
of her using Capture on my Mac, and I've done a very
speedy charcoal sketch, which hardly does her justice.

Have an experiencing-the-wonders-of-this-world day.


Susan Carlin said...

Wow. I love this sketch you did of me. Hey, I even look a bit glamorous! Thank you again for sitting for the Skype portrait this evening. You're beautiful and gracious and a hoot to boot! Big hugs from Texas....

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Susan,

You are more than a bit glamorous.
Thank you for making me look glamorous. We will talk soon.

Put your coat on because Ontario hugs you back. (It's snowing.)


Melinda said...

What a great interview and way of doing art--connecting with others. I love your sketch of Susan. It's so full of life and has such exquisite rendering. you!

You've made the world friendlier.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

What a kind thing to say! I think we
all have. It's a great community that
we're all part of. Hello world.

Take care,


claud-hop said...

Hey Barbara,

The sketch of your friend Susan is beautiful. Also, I watched your new interview- nice job! Were you sketching the interviewer? I got the feeling that you were.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Claudia,

No -- I might have taken a couple of pictures -- that's all.

Thanks for your compliments.

Love Barbara

Portrait Artist

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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!