Three in Green
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
This little painting is one I started a couple of summers
ago. Steven and I were walking on the boardwalk in
Quebec City on a beautiful summer day. If you
haven't been there in summer Quebec City on the
boardwalk is the place to be. The backdrop of the
city itself is architecturally magnificent, and the view
over the St. Lawrence River is stunning. There are
always crowds of people, walking and talking, eating
ice cream, and just having fun. Plus entertainers juggle,
sing, do tricks with bikes, dance and crowds gather to
watch. During our walks I'd notice the couple -- the
girl with the red purse and green top, and her boyfriend
with the green shorts. They stood out. I was taking crowd
scene pictures for reference and didn't see until I got
home and looked at my photos that the couple was in
my shots -- and this other woman in a similar green.
That was the start of three in green. I looked at it about
a month ago and decided to rework it when I had a minute.
So I started working on it tonight. I don't know if I still
have the reference photo, but if I can find it, the painting
may go through a number of stages before I'm happy.
It's a small painting, but I want it to be stronger. I've
already started brightening the background colours,
defining the lead characters more clearly. So we'll see.
Three in green brings back memories of summer and Quebec
City, one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
Have a taking-care-of-the-things-that-need-work day.
P.S. I never used to like green, and rarely used it in
paintings. Then I started showing with a woman who
loves green. I noticed that my children love sweatshirts
in Kelly green. I realized that I've always loved St.
Patrick's Day, and decided that it was high time to give
poor old green a chance.