Sunday, February 26, 2012

Roses and work

 Roses in a crystal jug
iPad drawing
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
Roses are a big part of my work, and have been for
years now.  Why?  Sometimes I paint them for flower
paintings, and sometimes they are in the background
of a portrait. Plus they add a lift to a still life, or interior.

They beautify any room, which is as true of my studio
as it is of the kitchen table.  I have painted them in the studio,
and at the kitchen table, to the great consternation of my
family who had to sidestep around my mess until the
painting was finished.  But on top of that I just love them,
and particularly love the kind I've drawn for you tonight, which
are Oceana, and smell like real garden roses.  This is my first
iPad drawing of the beauties.  I was settling into the drawing,
thinking it through, when I realized I could not draw a high
realism drawing of roses on the iPad.  Breakthrough! That's
when I added the blue and made myself happy.

I hope that roses are part of your working day too.  They
are elegant companions, and lovely to paint or draw.  A
kind way to treat them, is to cut them and place them in warm
water with some cut flower powder, then just enjoy them.
Some people can't resist touching them -- but roses really
are a 'please don't touch' flower. As artists we are lucky, because
we can touch them with our eyes.

Have a giving-someone-roses-for-the-workplace day


Liza Hirst said...

You're becoming a pro on the ipad, Barbara! This is lovely. And I also very much liked your flowery background in the painting of Timba.
You must see the Hockney exhibiton one day! His ipad paintings are also amazing. He had them printed very large, which is really impressive.
Take care,

cohen labelle said...

These ipad paintings have a lot of oomph, Barbara! The roses and the one of Timba are simply amazing!
love, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

I would love to talk to you about Hockney and everything else you are doing. Email me please.

I love your China series. Amazing -- like being there with you.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

Soon it will be like pastels I'm sure. Imagine my shock when someone pulled one out at my art club. They do not take great photos, so people were comparing photos from the phone and the iPad. The next version will come with a tripod and good camera. They are also a bit weighty for photos. But lovely to draw on directly with a finger. Kindergarten revived.



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