Saturday, July 16, 2011

Close up of the Lake view

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.

4 comments:

painterchum said...

this looks very natural Barbara. I like the warm skin tones, so painterly. I'm also interested in your process, how you schedule the painting sessions of 10-12 minutes. I'm impressed by how much you get done in these short sessions.

cohen labelle said...

Barbara this is a beautiful portrait - I'm struck immediatel by the warmth and sensitivity you've conveyed - also of the kindness in your sitter's demeanor - beautifully painted!
love, Marcia

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. In a two hour sitting the 10 minutes add up, and it means I get to go away and come back, just what we were always told to do. And in 8 or 10 sittings you get a lot of information.

Plus the more important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process.

I did.

Thanks again. Love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Marcia,

Thanks very much. The sitter is a complete sweetie pie. It would be hard not to show that.

Love Barbara

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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
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