Sunday, March 21, 2010

An idyllic Sunday


Large portrait head Stage One
acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010


The canvas is ready to go in the studio

When I was a child I dreaded Sunday. It
seemed like half the day was spent in Sunday
school, and the rest being good. I didn't even
understand what "good" meant, but it seemed
to mean getting dressed up, going to church,
and then listening to my parents play
classical music on the radio. Not fun.

That's probably the reason why I love
a Sunday with nothing special planned.
Today was such a day. I read the paper,
and my novel, then had time to do all of
the many chores I'd set out for myself.

Steven and I have started exploring Toronto
the way we would if we were visiting, so we
took the dog for a walk through the back lanes
of Yorkville, down to U. of T., and back
up to the flower stores to get our weeks
ration of "Valentine's Day" flowers for one
another.

One of the things on my list was starting this
big painting. I put the ground on before we
went for our walk, and then worked on the
placement of my rough drawing. It will be
a large portrait of the model, but there will
be more than that going on, so I wanted her
off center. I may decide that I want the face
larger, I will see. First I'll start painting, and if
the painting needs to grow it will.

Have a getting-everything-done-easily day.

2 comments:

painterchum said...

Nice way to approach setting up for a this painting Barbara, with an easy flexible attitude, it's sure to be a joy.

Karen Bruson said...

I have to say that Sunday was also my least favorite day except after church we would get pastries from our local bakery.
Wow, this is a big one. Well, so far, so good.

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