Sunday, January 9, 2011

Long distance love

 Morning in Korea (detail)
(work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

I'm making an effort now to paint the way many people
in the world regularly view their families.  For me
it started when my son was in Korea with his girlfriend.
Before that separation I had never thought about
talking through computers, or even more bizarre,
seeing one another, and sharing bits and pieces of life
with video through computers.  You know the rest of
the story.  Now as I paint this image, bit mapped the
way images sometimes are when you talk using this
technology, I am deeply moved at the thought of
people working so hard to stay connected.

This past fall Steven was away a lot and my images
of him were affected by the quality of the Internet
connections in his hotels, by the weather, by the
lighting.  And yet that was the closest we could
come to sitting down and talking at supper -- or in
other words, regular, loving family life. 
So I'm giving you a detail of this painting in progress.
I began the painting with a freehand grid.  Although
I'm not sticking to it by any means, it is coming through
in places, and I like the effect.

Have a loving-both-your-long-distance-and-nearby-friends day.


Anonymous said...

I like the effect too Barbara. It's a very modern day response to our modern day technologies. interesting direction!

Liza Hirst said...

I like the style of this painting a lot, Barbara. It is so loose and lively. Great!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. I don't know how far I'm going to go with it.

I'm trying to figure out what the leap to clarity would look like.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks very much. I really appreciate your encouragement and love the work you're doing in Spain.


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