Monday, November 9, 2009

Finishing touches

At the dance in the moonlight
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009
(I'll have to photograph this outside
tomorrow, weather permitting. It's
so big that it curves on the edges in the
photograph, and
I'm having trouble getting the whole
image in the photo.)

This large painting imagined, dreamed, discussed, dreamed,
worked on, worked on and inhabiting my brain for a
few months now is ready to go home. I have put my all
into it. Despite all the labour it has the fresh, happy look
I strive for in my work. And here they are, the couple
in love, out for a date on a gorgeous moonlit night.

I am grateful as always for the commission and the
wonderful lessons learned. It is exciting beyond
measure to pull large people out of tiny blurry
pictures and to express their clear, and abiding
affection for one another in paint. I am happy.
Tomorrow I will double check the horizon line,
and then this bird will fly away from me.

Three of my crated, large works are flying to
Europe this week too. It's quite the exciting week.
Months of work in preparation for their flight,
months of work culminating in this love-filled
portrait, and tomorrow (Tuesday) another
painting of mine featured on the HGTV show
Pure Design at 9 p.m. eastern.

Have a try-to-get-some- sleep-when-your-life-is-great day


Linny D. Vine said...

Congratulations on all of your great news and your wonderful accomplishments,Barbara! I'm certain that this painting will be loved and treasured!

Laurel Daniel said...

You DO put all your love into your paintings - it's so very obvious. What a treasure this one will be! Congratulations on all your little birds flying to new homes this week! What a great feeling! XOXOXO

Melinda said...

Oh, wow, this is a red letter day! Congratulations on another milestone. I'm so excited for you, too. When will you get notification that your "birds" have landed in Europe? When will you be able to sleep with all of these fab happenings?

This couple glows with happiness. I especially like the way you handled the man's suit. Well done!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

Thanks so much. I can't let a painting go until I love it, and I really do now.

Your work absolutely blows my mind.
I was walking tonight and saw trees lit with the light in your last painting. Wow! I thought. It's always life imitating art these days.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Only one of my "birds" is going to a new home. The other three are headed to a show in Europe. More about that next month!

But yes, it is a great feeling to have things happening after a lot of
organizing. Showing overseas means form central. That's been my house for a few months.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I'm so excited for you. Maybe one extra (herbal) sleeping pill will be in order. I just saw the show and though I winced once or twice at myself, I was delighted with the piece and with how beautifully edited it was. My work looked good -- that made me really happy.

Thanks for your sweet encouragement. I can't wait to hear how wonderfully your show is going to go. It will be so great!!!


LeSan said...

Oh Barbara you can really see the love they have for one another in your painting. I know how important that was for you to portray and I do think you were very successful with it. :-)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi LeSan,

Thanks so much. That is what I was trying to convey. I'm so glad you see it.

Take care,


Kim D'Andrade said...

Hi Barbara,
The beautiful painting of my Mother and Father is finally home. I have placed it on a wall that I waited over 5 years to have something I really wanted. It has filled the entire room with the very special love that I felt between my parents. I wasn't sure it would be possible to feel close to my Dad again which is what I so truly miss but you have done that. This is a gift that I can't thank you enough for.
There is something very special in your art Barbara and I am grateful that we met and came along this journey together.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

I cannot tell you how happy this comment made me. Great! I really love the painting, and felt like I knew the young people I painted. Thanks so much for sharing your parents' story with me. I feel honoured that I was the one chosen for this joyous project.

Take care,
and see you soon,


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