Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A California baby

charcoal on Canson lily paper
12 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

The newest member of our wider family came into
the world with great ease less than a month ago.  So
when her birth notice arrived with a gorgeous photo
of the baby -- Rae -- I just had to draw her.  She
is my niece and baby sister to Rose who will
be three in May. I love both of the girls although
I haven't been to California since before Rose was
born, so I only know them in pictures.

Drawing newborns is tough because it's so easy to go
too far.  The baby's face is so perfect that it's
impossible to reproduce it, but I can give you the feeling --
her bright look, her soft face.  How I wish I could be
in California right now, hold her in my arms and give
her big sister a huge hug.  Little Rae, I hear,  is that most
cherished of babies -- a good sleeper, just like her sister Rose.

I have been consumed with marking this week and need
to catch up on blogging, and on checking out your work.
Please be patient with me. I will get there.

Have a loving-your-babies-big-and-small day.



I was just looking at some Picasso line drawings and then saw your blog post-you can express so much with simple lines which you've done beautifully with Little Miss California. Now I have to look up canson lily paper.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Chris,

Thanks so much. It's actually Canson mi-tient lily paper. Lily is the colour -- just a little off white. Thanks so much for the tremendous compliment.


Nicki said...

What a sweet little face. I love that soft hairline- so true to life for a little babe.

Congrats to your family on this wonderful addition.

Nicki XO

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Nicki,

You're absolutely right. She has that very fine, fuzzy baby hair. So adorable.


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