Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More friends' art

Acrylic on canvas
5 x 5 inches
©Flora Doehler

Acrylic on canvas
4 x 5 inches
© Valda Zobens

Autumn #1
Oil on board
6 x 8 inches
© Douglas Hughes 
I just finished writing this and realized that it
doesn't still doesn't cover the art I own by
friends.  So this list will have to continue another
day.  But here goes for now: I own a painting
by my friend  Flora Doehler, who has been an
inspiration in both my painting and blogging life,
and have sneakily given my husband paintings by
my friend, Valda Zobens who does spectacular
abstract work, and Doug Hughes an excellent landscape
painter.  (My image here doesn't do justice to Doug's work,
because it is matted and framed and the mat shadow shows.)
Of course that means I get to see these gifts every day. 
We own lots of folk art by our good friend, Nova Scotia artist
Ian Fancey, and I love a small painting I bought from Toronto
artist Carolyn Megill, another magically creative Toronto artist
and friend.  I have a super portrait of me done by famous
Texas portrait painter, Susan Carlin.  Each piece I own by other
artists (and yes there are a few more) brings back
the story of when I first saw the piece, makes me
happy on a daily basis, and adds to my understanding
of what making art is all about. So Thanks to everyone for that.

A Fish
Acrylic on carved wood
 17 x10
© Ian Fancey

Acrylic on canvas
5 x 5 inches
© Carolyn Megill

 Barbara Muir
Oil on board
9 x12
© Susan Carlin

By the way I've been planning for months to show
you this amazing work from a friend in California.
I don't own it -- it's huge, and when we spoke she
wasn't sure it was finished.  But isn't it lovely just
as it was when we spoke.  Pam Brown doesn't have
a blog, or website so I can't link to her.  And Pam
Brown is a superb artist I met when I took a course in California
with Skip Lawrence and Toph Schink.  That
was a pivotal time for me because I'd just crossed over from
watercolour to acrylics.  Now of course I know I
can work in any medium I feel like using.  But
acrylics changed my artist's life for the better,
and so did meeting Pam -- a deeply intellectual,
constantly probing, always experimenting and
sweet natured artist. In fact I think that in some
ways that course, and becoming friends with Pam
set me on my current course of artistic passion.

Untitled (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
Very large (I don't know the measurements
© Pam Brown

Have a friends-in-art-are-friends-indeed day


Nicki said...

I love this post!!! How fun to see your collection of wonderful art. Thank you for sharing this!


eldon warren said...

This is a wonderful little art show. I enjoyed it all! I especially like the portrait of you. Nice collection.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing all these lovely artists Barbara, i love the portrait by Susan, great job, huh?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Thanks so much. I feel very lucky
to be able to see these paintings every day.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks so much. Yes, I've been so lucky. It is a lovely portrait isn't it.

Take care,

Your friend in Toronto,

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. All of the paintings are lovely. Yes the portrait by Susan is great and even more remarkable because she did it in a live telecast and so quickly.


Flora Doehler said...

Thanks for including my little painting Barbara. I didn't remember it at first .... but was drawn to it and thought "what a nice painting....I wonder who did that?" lol! Although it's acrylic, I see that it borrowed heavily from my watercolour approach as I hadn't been using acrylics that long. It was interesting for me to think about the changes and transitions in my own work over the last decade. Thanks again Barbara!
O....and lovely to see the rest of your collection too! oxoxoox

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