Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Face it

 You are so great to talk to
Watercolour on Artches watercolour paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
Maybe the reason I like doing portraits so much, is
because I love talking to people face to face. The portrait
process not only lets you do that, it demands it.

This is another grey scale painting of a dear friend
of mine. Her beauty always astounds me, and has
since the first day we met.  Then there's her voice,
its deep wonderful sound, and her infectious laugh.
She is one of those friends who's a boon to the soul.

I haven't got her here exactly, and I know that in
acrylic I'd just keep going until I had her, shifting
and painting over and continuing.  But watercolour
is a one off, and in some ways that's what's great about
it.  I do like the painting, and maybe the next one
will really be my friend, and then if she doesn't want it, I'll
treasure it.

Have a treasuring-your-friends day.

6 comments:

cohen labelle said...

Gosh, Barbara, this is lovely and so was last night’s!!!
I love how you’re using Payne's Grey and your water color always has a marvelous freshness to it.
Perhaps we could have a Payne's Grey party sometime? Maybe? - Now that you've developed a rapport with gray - no longer in value denial - as you say – not that you ever were!!!

love, Marcia

Melinda said...

Wow! This is fabulous. You make those values sing.

I hope you'll take Marcia's suggestion for a Payne's Gray party. It would be so grand to see the results.

Virtual hugs to you!

Linny D. Vine said...

Your portraits are great and so is this colorful little number!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Marcia,

I think a party is in order, but lets have a party with colour, a colourful party -- way more fun.

Love,

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Melinda,

You come and we'll have a party -- Payne's Grey, full colour, line, discussions of our favorite artists, music, great food. Name the date.

We'll work around you. I'm in New York the first two weeks in May, other than that right now the calendar is wide open girl.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Linny,

Looks like we might have a party some time soon. Bring your colourful mind set and ain't we got fun.

Love your work.

XO Barbara

Portrait Artist

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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
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!