Saturday, June 27, 2009

Finished ...or is it?

Final version Mother and Daughter
in daylight
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

I don't mean to bore you with the same image over and over,
but these two are the last you'll see for a while, because the
painting went to its new home today. In fact it wouldn't
fit in my client's car, so we dropped it off before supper.

Both the mother and daughter were happy with the painting --
which I call a double success, and in fact we drank a small
champagne toast to the painting, and it was all very cheery
and good.

You will notice some changes since last night -- principally
the leaves. My client wanted some greenery so
I put them in. Their favorite place in their house is a
sun room overlooking a huge tree, plus they live near the
biggest park in Toronto, so it all made sense. The little
photo on the left side is a picture of the mother and daughter
when the little girl was two and eating her first candy.

Mother and Daughter
photographed with a flash
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas
36 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

The painting was a treat to work on, and I'm happy it
will be well loved. Oh the title for today? I kept retouching
and changing it right until we took it over. In fact you
can see some differences between the bright coat image,
and the image without the light -- I changed it, which
is why the less bright one is the first one you see -- that's
how it looks without a light on -- now.

Have a happy-endings-are-my-favorite day.


Liza Hirst said...

Barbara, this is lovely!! Congratulations! I immediately noticed the leaves in the background, thinking what a good idea that was! I find, the picture has suddenly gained more depth and the green is a perfect compliment to the other colours. Super!
I can see why mother and daughter are happy with the painting.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,
Thanks so much. It's true the painting gained depth with the illusion of trees.

I'm so glad you like it. That means the world to me.


Anonymous said...

Barbara, this portrait is so beautiful. Congratulations on another fine painting.
Is it hard for you to part with when it is so lovely? Your clients are lucky to have this canvas to capture that moment in time.
Thanks for sharing!
Flora xoxo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thanks I'm so glad you like it. I felt a bit of a twinge of nostalgia yesterday -- not for the painting, which I was happy with, but for the
experience of being around these two
wonderful people. There's something very jolly about painting a portrait from life. I love it.


SYLVIANE said...

Barbara, I especially like this portrait of mother and daughter.It reflects the trust and the complicity that exists between them.Beautiful job!

Gwen Bell said...

WOW! This is that touch of gold leaf in Mom's jacket. What a stroke of genius.
You have such great instincts. The leaves bring it all together and give it a finished look. I know the owners are ecstatically happy with it. What a beauty!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sylviane,

Thanks so much. That is exactly what I was trying to do, and it's true they get along very well. The mother wanted to acknowledge that her daughter is growing up, and will leave home to make her own life, but with the painting she'll always have a touchstone of their love for one another.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

You are sweet. I'm glad you like it. I am actually quite proud of it, which is something you know feels wonderful, because we're usually so apologetic. The nice thing about in studio paintings, is that you get time with the sitters to really get a strong feeling for them, and that adds to the meaning that jumps out of the brush.

Take care,


Melinda said...

Congratulations, Barbara! Beautifully done. Really fabulous.

What a treasure for this family. You have given them a great gift!

This painting could never, ever, bore the viewer!! It's luscious, too.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I must admit I was very happy that this worked out, and is a pleasure to look at. It's a big painting 3' x 4' and we put it on the wall in my studio to look at it.

The women loved it, and I was delighted.


Laurel Daniel said...

This mother daughter tribute will be such a wonderful treasure for them... I especially love the photo of them years earlier with the little girl eating candy. That is such a great touch. BEAUTIFUL!!!! I know you made them happy. XOXO

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much. It's touching when people ask to include things that have great meaning to them. The woman's necklace is a replica in gold of the dog tags of a favorite dog. So the painting is thick with meaning -- and that is just wonderful.


Aliaena said...

Hi Barbara, I wanted to scroll back to this painting because it has stuck in my mind ever since I saw your series of posts about it back in June. I think this is really a wonderful painting - one of my favourites of your's. I love the idea of the gold leaf and can imagine it must be spectacular in person. Such a wonderful dual portrait here - beautiful experssions on the faces and lovely figure work here. Hope your subjects loved it as well. All the best, as always, to you, Aliaena

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