Saturday, June 12, 2010

The past holds meaning

Graeme and Coco
24 x 30 inches
acrylic on canvas
© Barbara Muir

One of my earliest portrait commissions was this one of
my friends Suzanne and David's son Graeme with their
puppy Coco. That was about eight years ago, and I
still like the portrait whenever I see it.

Tonight I've been working on a portrait that I'll show
you when it's finished and approved by my client.
But each time I see a former commission I remember
the story behind it -- what happened -- how Coco
wriggled when we tried to photograph her -- how
Graeme patiently sat with a toy rabbit to pretend he
had a dog in his hands. I also remember how sweet
Suzanne was about the whole project, how accepting
of my painterly style.

Today has been a great day with my client and her
friend, and I'll tell you more about it another day.

Have a loving-the-stories-behind-your-art day.


Linda Popple said...

Nice painting! Coco looks like a great dog. Thanks for sharing an "oldie goldie!"

eldon said...

I can hardly wait to see the new one.
Old paintings are just that way for me too. They're like pages from a diary. Even the crappy one bring memories.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks so much. She was. Sadly she
died when she was only two years old from renal failure. She was a lovely puppy.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

You are right. The portrait commissions are a whole different thing, because you usually either spend a long time talking and planning with the client, or the client spends a long time sitting for you. So the memories are major.

Take care,


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