Thursday, October 29, 2009

Down the lane

Autumn in the alleyway
acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

The little painting I'm working on tonight is a scene
of the lane way my dog and I turn into, just before we
cross the main road and walk to the park
entrance. I've turned down this alleyway hundreds
of times, and I always love the look of the colours.
The sheds and garages, especially the older ones,
without the zippy automatic remote doors, are painted
in bright contrasting colours, and at the end of the lane
a huge spectacular maple dominates the view in all
seasons. I turn the corner and the view hits me.
I'm trying to use a bigger brush and stay loose like
my friend Liza Hirst suggested.

Have a loving-where-you-live day.


Tammy Hext said...


Liza Hirst said...

You managed to capture the glow of the autumn leaves, Barbara! Lovely!
Thank you so much for mentioning me!
I am glad to hear that you are better again -
take care,

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Tammy,

I'm glad you like it. In real life it is really over the top gorgeous.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

I am much better. I've been doing schoolwork all day in preparation for
next week. Your suggestion of the bigger brush on the small work is a good one!


eldon warren said...

These little places just beg to be painted. Add the color of fall and wa-la!! Total color. Great job.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks so much. I really appreciate your constant encouragement. It means so much to me.

Take care,


LeSan said...

I love this little painting. It is so happy and joyful! This must be so pretty walk in real life too. I also need to stick to the bigger brush when it comes to painting in oil. With watercolor I just let the water and pigment do their thing. Oil and acrylics are quite different animals from watercolor though aren't they?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi LeSan,

I was a watercolour painter for about 10 years, and I enjoyed the big brush there too. But watercolour is a pretty exact medium. What I love about acrylics is that you can change your mind -- easily. Thanks for your kind encouragement.

Take care,


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