Friday, April 9, 2010

Painting summer in winter

Water series Image 2
Stage 6
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

It was one very chilly day here. Strange because the
magnolias are out a full month at least ahead of
schedule, and we had snow flurries! I didn't mind
because I was inside working on this painting in
my water series. I'm very happy with how it's going.
There are a few things I still need to do.

I photographed it outside for veracity's sake, and
the moment I got ready to shoot there was a howling
gale, and sleet falling all around the porch. So some
of what seems off may be the effect of a painting
vibrating in the wind like a sail. (Canvas you know).

Nearing the end of the semester I can feel four
months of intense thought falling off me, and I have
a strong urge to hibernate, but there is too much to
do in the art world. But tonight, I'm going to make
it short and sweet. I apologize for being behind on my
comments. I plan to catch up with everyone this
weekend. This painting shows me exactly where I'd
like to be right now. As it came out of my dreams
and onto the canvas, I plan to go to this beach
in my dreams tonight -- it looks really warm
there, and it's mighty cold here at my desk as I'm
writing to you.

Have a Saturday-is-sweet-indeed day.


eldon warren said...

It's coming along beautifully I see. It amazes me how much you do besides your painting. It's an energy/desire thing I suppose and anyone who knows you knows you've got it.

Gwen Bell said...

Looking fabulous! Love the additional blue in her hair and the shadows under her chin are just great!

L.Holm said...

I adore this, Barbara! Such vivid, gorgeous colors. HOT!

Linny D. Vine said...

Your painting is a beauty, Barbara!

Laurel Daniel said...

Oh yes, a wonderful place to be... this beautiful portrait brings with it the sun and the surf and the smell of Coppertone... heavenly!!!! XOXOXO

Nicki said...

This is beautiful.


Davide Tonizzo said...

Love this series. The light in this one really pops. Many bows of homage to you Cherrywood homie!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

It was quite the week. So sorry I didn't get back to you. Thanks so much for your kindness.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

The blue really shows when you
photograph it outside. It's not so obvious on an inside shot. Thanks so much. Your comments always make me happy.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liz,

Thanks so much. Sorry for taking so long to reply. Hot is good.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

Thanks so much. I feel that way about everything you ever put on the blog.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

I guess it brings with it the girl's dream of ocean. I should be calling the series Ocean dreams. This girl dreams of this ocean, and that got into the painting.

Thanks for your sweet comment.


Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Nicki,

I hope you're painting again.

My friend Flora said on her blog that an artist out east says that the answer is in the act of painting. I know that that's true.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Davide,

You Cherrywood Homie -- I have to work on the painting of your house that's going into a show this month. Thanks for reminding me. Loved your movie. Such a star artist you are.

Take care,


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