Monday, September 14, 2009

The finish line

The Invitation
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

My art club used to have four shows a year, which was great, but
a few years ago they cut it down to three. I really like to take
part in all three, but the little paintings I've been doing would
disappear on the big walls at Todmorden Mills where we have
our shows. I usually paint very large paintings for the show,
but just did not have the time this year. Instead I finished
my larger painting of the woman coming out of the water, and
this one called The Invitation. I really like this painting. I seem
to have gone crazy with the blue and red theme, but I don't mind.
This year we had to stand in line and the first 125 paintings in the
door were the show. I was third in line -- so I seem to be in.

Now I have to get back to work on my other painting. Tomorrow
is a school day, and it's time to check off the lists.

Have a Wow-I-can-really-do-this-painting-thing day.


eldon warren said...

Nice piece Barbara. And such a nice little piece in the background. Paintings in paintings. Neat concept.

Christine MCCoy said...

Wow. I like this painting on so many different levels. I have the feeling that if I hung this work in my conservative colonial, everything too ivory colored home, it would change my life dramatically and for the better. Outwardly it is loud and vibrant, commanding me to look and enjoy. Once I do, I find another level of psychological introversion. It is not just gripping, it is deeply personal and serine, yet in the background there is the foreshadowing that the scene and mood is about to change. I just love this work! I would buy it if I were able. Awesome!

Liza Hirst said...

That's great that you're in the show!
Wish I could see it. I especially like the flowers in this one, but the whole atmosphere is very pleasing!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Love the colours, the composition, and your other little painting in the background. It is a stunning painting, but a relaxing happy mood as the woman reads an obviously positive note. I wonder if she is sharing the note from someone close, with someone close (the two cups of coffee on the table suggest company). I really love this.

Rob Hazzard said...

Barbara, first time to your blog... and wow! What fantastic, vibrant works. You paint with such confidence, love it!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks so much. I'm glad you like it.

Yes there's an echo.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Christine,

Thanks for your kind and sensitive comment. I was trying to convey the sense of mood and something lovely about to happen. The colour was a surprise to me -- but I liked how it was working.

So I'm really glad you love the painting. You made my day.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thank you so much. I am glad I got finished on time. There is so much going on right now.

I love your end of summer scenes. They make me a bit sad that I will miss seeing your lovely place again this year. But hey! Maybe next year.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Catherine,

I wanted the idea of an invitation to suggest that something superb was about to happen, in an already happy life. So you are right. Someone must be at the table with her, and they are having coffee, or tea and cookies and talking about the note

Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Rob,

Thanks so much. I'm glad you like the painting. I do have a lot of fun painting. I hope that shows.

Take care,


Melinda said...

Congratulations on getting to the finish line!! You're such a good artist that, really, they should be exhibiting your work in a solo show.

I really love this painting for its bold color, strong composition and the way you make it look so easy to paint. It's got so many wonderful elements (love your other painting in the background too) and you DO make it look effortless. I know, nothing is effortless, but you're accomplished enough to make it look so!! I hope you are feeling as confident as your paintings look.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Confidence! Yes I do feel confident, especially if I don't think too much. My biggest challenge now is keeping my energy level high. More vitamins?
Bold and colour seem to be my middle
names. I really didn't know I was making it so red and blue until I was done. There are some proportions I will swiftly change, but other than that, I think some of your bold colour has rubbed off on me. I am definitely captivated by small clouds!

It would cost quite a bit to hold a solo show at Todmorden Mills. But that's a thought too. Maybe when I
have 100 more paintings in about three months!

You are wonderful.


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