Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blue shows through

Uncomfortable
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012

Underpainting in Blue

I went to my art group figure night tonight and was
delighted to see this young woman posing.  She is
a student at OCAD I believe, our local art college/turned
university.  The look of astonishment on her face
may be because she was asked to pose so severely,
straight back, sitting up.  But I like the expression --
so much feeling in an otherwise, young, happy
face.

I painted her on a mostly blue ground done with
palette knife.  As time was short it was lucky
that the blue was exactly the colour of her blouse.
Fooling around with my friends at the club is
always a pleasure, and tonight everyone was in
great good spirits. 

Have a making-your-friends-laugh day.

4 comments:

painterchum said...

The comfort of the model always shows doesn't it, you have captured her discomfort well. fun to work with palette knife... I have just begun some paintings, where i'm experimenting with thicker paint, and the palette knife is getting a workout.

Nicki said...

Lovely job- I am always amazed how you can capture so much so quickly at these painting sessions.

XO N.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

I'd like to try palette in oil, but
that's a whole set up I'm not quite ready for. I had been practicing a palette knife sky, because a friend might want an abstract sky painting.
I painted over it with brushes, but it made a super ground.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

There's something about a live model that always inspires me. Then there's the freedom of the result not mattering. Plus painting beside great painters -- the charge is catching. Thanks so much. I love your current series. I'm blown away by your dedication and productivity.
XO Barbara

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