Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The women have arrived and seeing the women for coffee

Series: The conversation continues
Left to right: Listening across oceans, Late night in Norway,
The best news right here
Acrylic on canvas
90 x 30 inches (30 x 30 x 3)
Barbara Muir © 2011

This has been a long day -- seeing my dear one off in the early
morning light at about five a.m.  I stood in the shortest line
ever for my passport (two -- one of whom was me), and was
friends with the guard at the desk at the end of our five minute
chat.  Then a quick drive home and off to the neighbourhood
coffee meeting to talk about art and dance and hear snippets
of conversation about environmental disasters and taxes, and
the stuff of life.  The coffee, like the conversation, was excellent
and I felt my blood speed up as I drank it  and listened -- my third cup
-- the most  I should drink.

After an afternoon wrapping up the end of term bits and
pieces and handing out chocolate at school, I enjoyed a great dinner
with Sam, some fun phone calls, and now I'm off to watch Jon Stewart.
Painting will have to wait until tomorrow.

The best news of the day -- my women (above) have arrived in
New York and all is well.  I'll be reunited with them next week
at the opening. I cannot contain my excitement.

Tonight I'm showing you how my paintings will look
together on the wall. They re 90 inches wide end to end, quite
wide. When I talk to Steven on Skype I take hundreds of pictures
with Grab on my Mac.  After we hang up, I can almost watch the
conversation again. It would take a big gallery to convey that feeling
in paint.  These three paintings based on images from conversations
with my friend in Norway are a distillation of that experience.  The
world is both larger and more intimate because of this relatively new reality.

Have a loving-the-ins-and-outs-of-your-day day.


Nicki said...

Barbara, I love the paintings and I am so happy for you that it has all come together!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

I've been thinking of you. Thanks so much. I couldn't be happier myself. It was a bit of a push these last couple of weeks getting so many things completed. Whew. Big sigh, my book and a chamomile tea. Let's toast metaphorically across the country. Hope you're high and dry. I've been hearing about flooding in Saskatchewan.


Anonymous said...

The idea of doing this series of paintings is really a good one, especially in this techno age, it is very relevant. But the paintings themselves are full of light, subtle nuances, and harmonious colour. You've dont a great job, and you should be so proud Barbara. Have a great time in New York.

cohen labelle said...

One of the things I love about this series is that as well as being the portrait of a beautiful friend, it's also the portrait of a conversation. I wonder - what is she thinking and what is she saying.... might i be permitted to eavesdrop.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thank you very much. The whole idea -- or one part of the whole idea is to marry an old art (the art of the portrait) with the new reality. The new reality, is that with Skype I can do a still life of your kitchen (with your permission of course -- but you know what I mean.) My friend and I were discussing how we could wander around our houses with our laptops and show one another how it was in real time, the cats, the coffee, the way the light shines in the rooms. That is the cool thing. One of them.

Okay I'm rambling. Thank you.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks, I love your painting of the woman in New York City. Super light.


Barbara Muir said...

Wow Marcia,

That is exactly right. Now I'm ready to add the conversation on. I mean I'd love to record the conversations and allow the viewer to play snippets.
That is coming -- soon.

Love your paintings.

Love Barbara

Sheila Vaughan said...

Barbara so glad your great paintings arrived safely. How terrific to be showing in New York! You must be over the moon.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara,
The portraits are stunning.



Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sheila,

You're right I am absolutely thrilled to be showing in New York again. The city is fantastic to visit. We have many plans.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Josephine,

It means a lot to me that you like the portraits. They do look wonderful together. Now I think I'm ready to do really large portraits. Know anyone who's willing to pose?

Love Barbara

Flora Doehler said...

Beautiful, beautiful work Barbara! Have a wonderful time in New York!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thanks so much. I sure wish you could be there with us.

I love your recent paintings -- well all of your paintings. You know that.

Love Barbara

Linny D. Vine said...

Congratulations and I'm so happy to hear that your beautiful women arrived safely!!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

The opening was exciting -- lots of super people to talk to, and great comments on my work -- so much fun. Wish you'd been here.


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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!