That wonderful face
Watercolour on Arches
with black marker
8 x10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
As I went to post this little painting, once again
an attempt to capture a dear friend -- I had a flash
of thought on what it would be like to paint the
same image over and over again for the rest of
a lifetime. I guess some religious icons follow
that idea which might explain why even when they
were ornately decorated with gold and beautifully
painted, I found that it would start to feel monotonous if
no personality surfaced from the faces of the
hallowed in rooms of icons in museums.
I'm not worried the personality is
there. No problem -- but the essence of what
makes my friend herself -- and the exact proportions
of that face -- not quite right my friends. Still this
is another jump at it and I do like it in colour.
That's the way I roll.
Nicki -- I saw the paintings by your friend Tom
Thomson today at the AGO and stood in wonder.
I also reveled in a gorgeous show of Jack
Chamber's work and felt personally connected to him.
I feel sad that people are not using hand writing
anymore, because his handwritten notes moved
me almost as powerfully as his paintings.
Have a loving-the-personalities-you-meet day.