Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Painting pure beauty

Close up detail
Extra Big Night
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

The large commission I've been working on is of a man
and woman who shared a great love. I am painting
them as they were when they were young, heading
out for a date. The reference photos for the man,
my client's father are small, blurry and few and far
between, because the man was the photographer in
the pair.

I have some beautiful images of the mother, but none
in the pose I'm painting. So today I'm showing you
a close up of the woman's face. She was an incredibly
lovely woman, with glowing, porcelain skin. The two
of them made a smashing and daring pair. I like the
hesitant look in the woman's eyes. And her daughter
tells me she was a shy young woman.

Meanwhile I am painting the edges of my paintings,
for the Artwalk show, making labels and running
through endless checklists in my mind. It was a long,
but excellent day at school today.

Have an enjoying-your-own-great-love-story day.


Liza Hirst said...

As you say, pure beauty! Again you have captured the model's expression so well - I have the impression that I am actually meeting this beautiful, shy woman in person!

Kim Rempel said...

Barbara, this is beautiful! It captures such a nostalgic feel. Her expression is perfect. I also love the work you've posted on her husband. I look forward to seeing the whole piece!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. She is a beauty. I'm glad you get that impression. I feel like I know her young self and that she was had no idea how lovely she was.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Thanks so much. There are still minute tweaks to make, but I am happy with it too, and tomorrow night I think it's going home.

Take care,


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