At Lake Muskoka
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir 2011
For the past few weeks I've been working on
a portrait of a friend's husband. My routine
with a commission is pretty straight forward.
The sitter comes to my house in whatever clothes they
will be painted in, we have cookies (by
request), and a drink -- coffee, tea, or a
soft drink, sit in the kitchen, talk about everything.
Then we go into the studio where the sitter poses while I paint
for 10 - 12 minutes. The timer goes off, and we
head back to the kitchen. I time the sitting, but
not the breaks, because I learn so much in the
breaks. And of course while we're talking,
I am studying the sitter, noticing how the nose
looks, his eyes, and what happens when he smiles.
When it seems right we go back and the sitter poses for
another 10 - 12 minutes and so on.
This subject is a sweetheart of a man, well
loved by his wife, and incredibly co-operative
about posing for me. We are almost finished the
painting process. But for today I'll show you a
close up of his face.
Have a working-away-happily day.