Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blocking in a commission

First stage portrait commission
drawing the shapes and
blocking them in in colour
acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

Here is the first stage in a commission
portrait. Well of course not the first stage,
because it's a photo portrait, so I have to
pick the image that says the most to me, blow it
up as an 8 x 10 " xerox, stare at it for hours,
then draw a fairly thorough rough drawing
onto my canvas. I wouldn't usually include
lettering on clothing, but I like how the
lettering says Mom Happy Trails, which
seems a cheery message. At the moment the
painting is mostly at the underpainting stage.

I like the pose of the brothers. My challenge
right now is just to keep the happiness I see
emerging, and my feeling of excitement about
the work. I love how the little brother is nestled
against his older brother. They are beautiful boys, and
I'm excited about the project, the pose, and
the expression.

Note: It looks like there's a typo on the shirt in
Trails -- I'll have to double check the spelling
on the reference. Too funny. I laughed this
morning looking at it. And no I didn't have
anything to drink except coffee.

More to follow.

Have a loving-your-work day.


Liza Hirst said...

Hi Barbara,
Yes, they're sweet! Bonne continuation, as they say here in France! Hope you get a chance to rest a bit at the weekend!

eldon warren said...

Cool, reminds me of my two grandsons. I can produce a photo almost identical to this piece. Keep it coming. Great start.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. They are completely sweet. Merci. Thanks for your kind wishes I hear my husband vacuuming and that is music to my ears. Maybe I'll read my novel for a bit.

I hope you have a super weekend to my friend.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Wow! I can't believe you have two grandsons already. Good for you. I know as a mother of two sons I find pictures of brothers especially delightful.

Take care,


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