Monday, April 27, 2009

Painting all day

New Day
36 x 48 inches
acrylic on canvas

If you know me you'll know that I'm not a 12 hours in a row painter.
I need lots of breaks, to stand back and dream, to plan,
to go away, to read my book, to talk on the phone and read
your blogs. I crave that type of art experience.

Today I locked myself in the studio with a coffee, came out
to breathe a few times, had lunch, looking at my paintings,
but other than that never left the room.

I painted from 8:30 this morning (also not my favorite
time to paint) until 7:30 this evening because my paintings were
going in an exhibition tonight. I know some of you paint
on that kind of a schedule every day, and I bow to you,
but I find it a tough go. I listened to books on CD,
and the radio. When I used to be a journalist I'd frequently
have three or four people sitting with me while I typed
the final version, and they'd read it, and find typos and
ask questions until I thought it was ready to send off.
Today I got some of my big paintings off the wall, and
brought them in to be with me while I painted, to tell
me what to do. I'd see a lick of light here, a way of
treating shadow there, and I was comforted by my
beautiful (in my eyes) completed work. Then later
in the day a very good friend came by and sat with me
while I put the finishing touches on the two big
portraits. One of the painters I read said he gets
looser as he progresses in a painting, that definitely
happened with this one. I was up against the wall
metaphorically, but it looks like I was having the time
of my life. And I was. It's been a really wonderful day.

Have a painting-hard-and-loving-it day.


Unknown said...

Absolutely beautiful and it shows that you enjoyed the process!

Karen Bruson said...

Barbara, Well, the long painting day certainly paid off. The colors and composition are awesome!

r garriott said...

Congratulations on making your deadline. I'm amazed at all you have accomplished! The paintings posted this past week are breathtaking, and will make a wonderful display of your artistry.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Barb,

Thanks so much. It was especially enjoyable right at the end when I was both the most tense and the most relaxed.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

I'm really glad you like it. I do think the work on the smaller paintings helps out with the larger ones in a big way.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi R.,

You are so sweet. Your paintings absolutely dazzle me, and I thought of you and your long hours in the studio as I painted yesterday and thought man -- R. is a toughie.

Take care,


Laurel Daniel said...

This is another beauty! And that is a full day - it takes a lot of energy, physically and mentally!

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