Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Portrait night on Tuesday



Art group sketch
acrylic on canvas
12 x 16 inches

What a day! I know I've told you before that this term
Tuesday is my long teaching day. So much going on
as we near the end of the term. It was cold here today,
but spectacularly sunny until late in the afternoon
almost evening. I drove home in sunlight -- something
I would only have dreamt of at the height of winter.
After fixing a fast supper, I got to my art group with
just over an hour left, and the model on break.

Our model tonight was spectacular, and I got an
instant fix on her face, which was lucky. One of the
finest painters in our group said he liked how I
paint. That was lovely. I like hanging out in the
breaks with friends and flipping through glorious
art books talking about what people do. One
artist we talked about tonight was Joaquin Sarolla.

I am quite happy with the quick little sketch I turned
out. I think I actually did "play" as Julia Cameron
suggests we do.

Have a "you-know-what-I-think-you're-great!" day

8 comments:

floramary said...

This is totally beautiful Barbara! I love the expression, the colour, the composition, the mood......brilliant!

r garriott said...

What a great portrait, Barbara! Wonderful broad stripes of colors in the background, her lively patterned scarf, her thoughtful expression and slightly tilted-up head. Wish I could paint like this, just once. Bravo!

I was looking back on early blog posts and noted that you were the first person ever to comment on my blog. I don't know if I thanked you then, but I thank you now.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Flora,

Thanks so much. I miss you girl!

xoxoxoBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi r,

Thanks so much. I wish I knew your name, it's strange responding to a letter. I'm glad I commented early because your work is just lovely.
Perfection.

Barbara

Laurel Daniel said...

I always say this, but I just love your brilliant, lively color! So fresh. And so glad you were in "play" mode! If we could only just stay there at all times! XOXO

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks. I certainly love your colours -- and brushwork. Yes it is great to be in play mode.

XOXOBarbara

Sheila Vaughan said...

I think this is a super painting Barbara - so spontaneous but harmonious too. Beautiful compostion and use of pattern in paint.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sheila,

Thanks so much. I'm glad you like it.
I had a lot of fun doing it.

Take care,

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: 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!