Thursday, July 7, 2011

The big portrait goes home -- left to right -- Sam

 At the party (detail -- Sam)
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

Painting a family of parents working 24/7 and
grown children involved in university is a hard
call.  The problem?  Time.  Coordinating four
people is next to impossible.  But that's where
the artist comes in.  Working with the sitters we
have the great good fortune of making the impossible,
possible, and I was overjoyed today when my client
came to pick up At the Party, hugged me, and
took it to its new home.

I've decided to show the people to you one by one,
and then the whole picture like the grand finale
at the fireworks display we watched on Canada Day,
last Friday.  The first person on the left of the
painting is Sam.  She is studying dance.
Sam patiently sat on the arm of my studio chair to
recapture the feeling of our original shots taken at
her home north of the city, and recreate the pose.

I enjoyed talking to her so much.  She has a wry sense
of humour and the grace that comes from being a dancer.

Have a finishing-your-projects-day.

4 comments:

Nicki said...

Ooooooh, this is exciting! I can hardly wait to see them all revealed and then the painting in it's entirety. So far it is impressive! What a beautiful smile!

N. XO

painterchum said...

This is beautiful Barbara, you have captured the 'grace' part admirably. You must feel so happy that the portrait is complete, i know how long you were working on it. I am so impressed with you attempting a quadruple portrait! i cant wait to see the rest!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Nicki,

Thanks so much. She does have a beautiful smile.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. I feel ecstatic that the portrait is finished. Over the moon.

XO Barbara

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