Thursday, February 9, 2012

Behind the scenes

 Getting serious
Watercolour and black marker
on watercolour paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
Before I take off on a new theme, or start
to use a new model I spend far too much time
thinking.  I see a painting in my mind's eye, then
change it the next night in my dreams.  Meanwhile
time moves on, and paintings have to come to the
canvas or paper.  Today a beautiful new model
came to pose for me.  We talked sitting in the
kitchen and I was so impressed by her.  I met
her on a TV show set a year ago, and wanted
to paint her right away.  But we were both
busy, so this year when I reconnected with her
she'd just returned from doing a five month
internship in India.

I am thinking of using her in my Water Image
series, but that's still under consideration.
Meanwhile I did a quick grey scale sketch of
her after painting all day.  It is not exactly her,
but I was entranced by her hair, piled like a
crown in elegant patterns, high on her head.
She is much more beautiful.  But I felt like
I had to start painting her, so that an idea
for the larger painting could cook in my brain.

Have a letting-your-brain-cook day.


Melinda said...

Yes, you are cooking! This is lovely, and you really know how to make gray sing.

Oh, I do love her hair...

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Got to watch I don't get a fire on the stove. Yep. There are days when no matter what you just keep on painting. Yesterday was one of them.

Love, love, love your work.


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