Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Going to class

Before the dance with the cat
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches

I'm going off to my art class tonight, happy to be going.
It's really a group, not a class, because there are no
teachers, just a model and a chance to paint with friends
whose work I love. I will arrive late, they will be entranced
with their work, and hardly notice me coming in,
then I will fall into the wave of people rushing to capture an
image. I'm in a mood of high excitement over the end of
term and all the goings on in art that will happen in the next
six months. So much happening!

For your pleasure I'm posting the other painting I finished
yesterday for the DVAC Juried show.


Now I can just paint and draw my brains out for awhile.

Have a painting-your-brains-out-happily day.


laura said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I love how the cat's eyes pick up the turquoise of the woman's dress; and what a sweet expression you've captured on her lovely face!

r garriott said...

Yes, gorgeous! Where did you find this exquisite model?

Happy painting this week; you deserve it!

L.Holm said...

This is beautiful, Barbara! I love my 'studio' class, too. Keeps me energized.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

Thanks so much. I'm so glad you like it. She is a sweet young woman. I'm happy with the painting too.

Take care,

Barbara Muir said...

Hi R.,

I am just lucky that this model used to live across the street from me. I hope you have a very happy painting week too.

Thanks so much for your kind wishes.
Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liz,

My class is great. It's really a chance to play and do something very quickly. I enjoy the talks with other artists, and the fast pace.

Take care,


Anonymous said...

I love the vibrancy of this painting. Your art classes with friends sounds like a great way of working with other artists. r.

Gwen Bell said...

Hi Barbara,
I followed you from r.'s blog and what treat! Your work is gorgeous. I love your style and vivid color palette. Hope you don't mind if I include you on my blog link list.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Rahina,

Yes I love going to my art group.
Of course we became friends because we all belong to the same art club, we show together, and paint every Tuesday night together.

It is wonderful.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

I'd be delighted to be on your list.
Your work is lovely.


Liza Hirst said...

Congratulations, Barbara, for a wonderful bunch of paintings! Thrilled to hear that you are exhibiting them - wish you all the success you deserve!
I agree with the others - the model is very sweet and has a lovely expression, that you captured so well.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. I really appreciate your wishes more than you know.


julie davis said...

My weekly class is so energizing--I learn from everyone there, and hate it when summer approaches and it's over (today was the last day). Lovely, peaceful composition again!

Laurel Daniel said...

This portrait turned out so incredibly beautiful! You must be so proud! Good luck with the show!!!

SYLVIANE said...

As usual, Barbara, your huge painting is marvelous, and so joyful, it always makes me smile, I like it!

Edward B. Gordon said...

fantastique !!!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Julie,

Our club does run all summer, which is great. So I can continue to see the same people when they're not on holiday.

Everything we do to connect with other artists adds to the pleasure of the job of making art I think. Thanks for being part of that pleasure for me.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

I am happy with it, and happier still because I solved it finally and that took a long time. It was a painting I couldn't figure out, and now it's fine, which is a kind of miracle. I had to grow into it. Thanks for your kindness and encouragement.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sylviane,

What a lovely thing to say! Thanks so much. I am just delighted that you like my work.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Edward,

It's so exciting that you like it. I think about your work constantly. The way you use light and colour is just entrancing.

Take care,


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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!