Monday, April 19, 2010

The whole shooting match

Water Image 2, Water Image 3, Water Image 1
Acrylic on canvas
90 inches x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

I've spent the whole day painting, and I'm
finally (almost) finished my three paintings for
New York. Please be advised that the shell may
not stay over the head of the central figure.

Water Image 3
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
(I will take better photos tomorrow
in daylight, and show you the
final images of all three paintings.)

I am totally wiped and it's very late. So I just
want to say thank you so much everyone for
your support and kind thoughts. Thank you
to everyone I spoke to today about the shells.
Yes shells. I'd intended to put them over
each of the faces, but decided at most to leave
the one over the center woman. We will see.
The song that came to mind when I looked
at it was George Harrison's Within You
Without You, maybe not what I'm going for.
I was listening to Malcolm Gladwell's book
What The Dog Saw, which it turns out is
quite amazing. So I think I got swallowed
up in thought. Not a bad place to be once in
a while.

Have a got-er-done day.


Linda Popple said...

All three portraits are awesome! I understand why you are tired! Anxious to see the final products.

eldon warren said...

These are beautiful!! I like the shell in the middle one. You've done a great job on each and they work so well together. Good luck in NY.

Melinda said...

Excellent, stunning work, Barbara! Just wow. You've really worked hard and your sophistication of painting skill is shining through.

Well done.

Karen Bruson said...

Beautiful portraits. This one really has a lovely expression and great skin tones.

Gwen Bell said...

Each portrait is so strong in it's own right but to see them in a group is very powerful. I can just imagine the statement they make at their size. Absolutely stunning work, Barbara. Easy to see why you are so tired! I like that shell in the middle but completely trust that your strong design skills will guide you. Would love to see these beauties hanging side by side in a Gallery setting.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks so much. The only painting that's changing is the center one. I'm delighted that you like the paintings.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

I'm glad you like them. I like the shell too, but I think I'm taking it off.

But today I'm resting. Thanks I will be sure to have fun in N.Y.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I have worked hard, but it's been a pleasure. Thanks for your great joy in painting messages, they worked for me. I realized that you're right. I always do feel joy when I'm painting.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks so much. The model is a beautiful young woman, so it was a pleasure to paint her. Plus she is a wonderful person.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

Head on over to New York, the week of May 6th, and we'll party together.

I'll be there until the 9th.

Thanks for your sweet compliments. I know you understand how it feels when you get a big project finished. Really good!


Nicki said...

Hi Barbara,

Wow, you have been busy and you certainly have every right to feel tired and somewhat overwhelmed.

You have done a beautiful job of these ladies- they are each stunning in their own unique beauty. I enjoy seeing how you capture their smiles, their skin tones, the texture of their wet hair- each one so different. Congratulations on this and every other successful project you have shared with us.

XO Nicki

Portrait Artist

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