Friday, March 16, 2012

My own advice

Slow down time
Charcoal on bond paper
Skype drawing
8 1/2 x 11 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
I was looking back in my blog for a painting that
I was selling, when I found a post
giving advice on not listening to people who liked
your any type of art (fill in the blank) better than what you
do now.  Hmmm.  I decided to take my own advice
about listening to your gut, and figure out for
myself what's next to paint, once I'm finished my
current commission.  This may seem like a circular
problem to you, but it was a revelation to me today.
Listen to me, and create what I want. Aha!

Wow.  Thanks for the reminder from me, and from
all the rest of you who help me sort through my
indecision and clear headedness to reach an internal
consensus.  Yes!  That's what I want to do.

Now how about you?  Who are you painting for?
Your granny, your Mom, your teacher/husband/friend,
or for you.  Pick the last one in the list, and some of
the others will love what you do for sure.

Have a painting-for-yourself day.

2 comments:

Marilyn Flanegan said...

In between commissions you have to remind yourself...'Have a painting-for-yourself day'...hmm...your quote is getting posted in my studio - thanks Barbara!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Marilyn,

Thank you. It's true. I have to paint for myself for shows I am in.

Your work is so gorgeous. I just sit and stare at it when I open your blog.

XO Barbara

Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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!