Friday, January 14, 2011


Look at this!
(work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
(I'm working on a series of
Skype portraits of this couple,
and having a lot of fun with
the idea of intimate but imperfect
pixillated images.)

Why do you paint?  Today I heard the actor Christopher
Plummer interviewed by Jian Ghomeshi, and he said
that he was addicted to the theater and acting.  Do you
feel like you're addicted to painting?  I don't know if
that is the word I'd used, but I would say that I'm
obsessed with painting in the best sense of the word.
It is a huge part of what I think about each day.

So here's what I'm working on.  It's a ways off from
finished, but it's coming along.  It's part of a series of
Skype paintings of images from conversations with
a couple half way around the world.  There is such a
fresh tenderness in the images, that I'm enjoying
painting them.  Plus I'm trying to convey the blips
in technology that make for an interesting image.

It's late and my day started before the crack of dawn
this morning.  I actually like getting up and going
in the dark, but after seeing a great class, then
painting and going out for a delicious dinner,
it's time to settle in with my superb novel and to
dream about my paintings and yours.

Have an enjoying-your-obsessions day.


Gwen Bell said...

This is painted so beautifully and I love the emotion that comes through. Excellent work, Barbara!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

Thank you. I am still working on it, but I love that emotion too.

You are so sweet.


Karen Bruson said...

This is great. Love all the variation in skin tones. Nice composition, too.

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