Thursday, April 22, 2010

Okay - what's next?

Water Image 2, Water Image 3, Water Image 1
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
(This is the final, final
image. They are signed, and I
took the photo with a good camera.
So off they go, and I wish them
a safe journey.)

I had a memory yesterday of one of the first shows I was ever
in. My friend Jennifer Hinrichs, a brilliant artist, and
I had a show of watercolours in her house. I had never
paid to have my work framed before that show, and
she painstakingly showed me how to clean up my
work, get the pencil marks I didn't want off, decide where
to crop.

I thought of her yesterday as I was painting the edges of my
canvasses, which will be unframed in the show in New
York. It was a laborious process, but of course worth it
in the end, just as it was when we took our work to the
wonderful framer we found before our first show -- held
in her very pretty home.

Well it's on to the next thing. The paintings have gone to
be shipped, and I'm prepping my canvasses for a couple
of new commissions I start tomorrow.

Here's one last shot of the girls that I took today --
signed (by the artist) sealed and delivered. A great
feeling of relief.

Have a thanking-the-world-for-its-bounty day.


Marian Fortunati said...

Great job...

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marian,

Yes. I have a few to start on right now. That's good, because it's one way I earn my living as an artist.

Take care,


claud-hop said...

Hey Barbara,

The paintings look great, separate and together! Congratulations.


Melinda said...

The girls are looking good! Wishing them and you a wonderful journey.

Virtual hugs!

Flora Doehler said...

Barbara, these are stunning!!! I can't believe how big they are too! When you go to New York, please post a photo of yourself standing next to them so that I can really 'know' the size.
I am so proud of you my friend! xoxo Flora

Linny D. Vine said...

GORGEOUS, Barbara!!!

eldon warren said...

They are absolutely beautiful. Good luck in NY

laura said...

Beautiful--just a pleasure to look at. I enlarged the photo and reveled in all the shapes and colors; then pulled back and just enjoyed these sweet faces.

r garriott said...

The continuing horizon line through the 3 panels... postively inspired!

I never answered your question, did I? But expect you know the answer.

Wishing you the Best for your upcoming show....!

Nicki said...

Congratulations! More beautiful ladies sent off to the world. All the women you paint seem to become world travelers!

I'm sure these three will be very well received in New York.

Way to go!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Claudia,

Thank you so much. And thank you for modeling for me. You are such an inspiration.

Love Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thanks so very much for all the good wishes, and kindness. Your support means so much to me. I think when this weekend is over and my paintings are off to the next show, my marks in, my flights booked, and I hope my taxes done, I will deflate like a balloon and veg on the back porch staring at my cherry tree for a whole day. -- Ah, but then I'll be so tempted to paint it!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thanks so much. Yep -- they are take up a very wide space indeed. I like working on the squares, because they look a bit like sculpture even before you begin to paint.

I'm so proud of you too.

XOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

Thank you so much. I'm so delighted that you like them. It's so great when a concept works out. I wish you could join me at the opening. Love your work.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Eldon, and thank you for being a wonderful blog friend to me.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

Thanks so much. I am so glad you like what I'm doing. I love your work, and your appreciation means a lot to me.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi R.,

My memory fails me, so I don't know what the questions is anymore. Ah well. I'm glad you like what I've done. Get the line straight was a challenge, but I've had a wonderful team of friends helping me with the line, with bookings, you name it.

Love your work.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Well not all the women I paint go travelling. But many of the women I paint have travelled. The great thing about showing somewhere else, is that you have to go there. So how about it? Why don't you come to Florence next time?

Thanks so much for your kind encouragement. It means a great deal to me.

Keep painting. Love your work.


Laurel Daniel said...

Wow, I have loved watching the progress of these ladies and there is something so wonderful about seeing them side by side. I would love see them in person. Good luck with the NYC show and enjoy your visit as well!!! SO FUN! XOXOXO

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Come on out to New York. The streets will inspire you (isn't that in a song -- it's playing over and over in my head!) I'd so love to see you there.


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