At the party (detail)
Acrylic on canvas with gold and silver leaf
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011This has been a long day running around
helping a friend who is looking for a car.
Now that is a hard job. My friend has probably
been to at least 6 car dealers in the past
week, and I've gone along for the ride and for
moral support. Whew!
After leasing a number of cars myself I am
starting to know some of the ins and outs of what
happens. But here's a tip for the car industry.
Tell the truth wherever possible and be nice.
Ultimately my friend bought a car from the nicest,
kindest, most direct and honest dealers. The dealership
wasn't convenient, the car wasn't even in the running
before a day of looking around. In other words,
polite, but not pushy helpfulness (along with good
design and affordability) won the day.
So. Triumph. My friend is getting a reasonably
priced, good and comfortable car, and I can
go back to painting, although I did get some
drawings done today during various long waits.
The painting tonight is a detail from the large
family portrait I'm showing you person by person
with a grand finale in two more days. Sabine,
the mother of the family, is an elegant and beautiful
woman who manages a demanding and successful
business, and takes care of her family. She
seems to do so effortlessly, and with style and
good spirits. It was a pleasure painting her.
Her sequined dress has real silver leaf accents,
and I used 24 karat gold leaf on her rings,
and watch and her husband's ring.
Have a being-a-good-friend day.