Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Art Group tonight

My friend Peter
Portrait sketch
14 x 16 inches
acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir © 2010
(Peter Adam is a friend in our
art group, and an artist whose
work I admire greatly. He
has his own totally unique style.
A couple of years ago we were
in a group show together, and
I was very proud to show with him.)

It was a busy day, and a super one. I taught in the
morning, then whipped home to paint. Did so.
Then I had an inspiring conversation with a friend
in Tucson, Skype chatted quickly with a friend in Norway,
and had a great Skype conversation with a friend
in Holland. By the time I got back to my painting I
was flying with news from various points in the planet.
And my painting started moving at a happy pace.

I decided to pack up and head out into the rainy
night for the last hour of my art group. What a
good idea. My friend Peter was posing tonight
because the model didn't show up. He was a fabulous
model even though the pose was hurting his neck.
The only downside -- I love how Peter paints, and
I didn't get to see his work, because he was the
guy we painted. There are some great painters in my
art group -- I should say many, but a few in
particular are on the same wavelength as I am, and
push me to be more bold and direct than I might
otherwise be. No matter how short my time is
with them, I end up feeling just fantastic about
what I've learned, or seen, or had conversations about.

Up here in Canada, where we all enjoy universal
health care -- don't pay to see a doctor, don't
pay to have an X-ray, don't pay to get blood work
done, don't pay -- we are surprised at the fuss the
U.S. Health Care bill has created. That was the talk
around the teapot at our group tonight.

So...here's my little painting of Peter. Thanks Peter
for holding the pose while the Tuesday night
crowd painted and laughed and had a wonderful
time. Thanks for staying calm and in position. And thanks
to Frank, George and Carol for making me laugh
and helping me get this little sketch together.

Have an enjoying-your-friends-from-around-the-world day.


Edgar said...

Great sketch, great story. Your endless energy is really a thing of wonder to me, Barbara.

Melinda said...

Wow. This is amazing. I love the hair, the face, everything.

Yes, I agree. What's the fuss? The US is so far behind. Hope we can catch up before we're all 100 years old!!

Kim Rempel said...

Well said and well painted. No need for everyone to be so *scared*!

Linda Popple said...

Love your paintings and this is no exception! Peter is a real trooper! Modeling is not easy. He looks very interesting to paint - beautiful hair.

You are so busy - whew!! But, I enjoy hearing all about it!


Obama's going to take lead us to the path of Enlightenment. Have patience with us. What a fun art group!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Edgar,

Thanks so much. I love your drawings in the Moleskin. I must comment and will later. They are fantastic. I miss you blogging and always feel happy when you do. Yes many of us are trying to make a go of it. I don't have endless energy, I just have cats. They make you lie down with them from time to time and you calm right down. For a minute.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Of course when we have a conservative government we are in a constant fight to keep our health care. But it is quite amazing. Two babies, endless visits, two C sections no charge.

I must say I appreciate it. And you know what we have industry, and ouch, capitalism functioning right in the middle of this set up. Odd eh?

We are odd. That part is really true.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

No there isn't, but it's easy to get scared when any kind of change is on the table.

We need to try and be understanding, even if we disagree 100%.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks so much. Yes our Peter was a saint last night. We are all really grateful.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Chris,

You need to have patience with us too. We like funny more than just about anything, which is why Colbert is always talking about Canadians.

Take care,


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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!