Friday, June 8, 2012


And then there were seven
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
I have a friend who can look at my paintings before
they go out to galleries and tell me whether I
need to change something.  I trust her taste
impeccably, and her absolute kindness to me.
She never says a negative comment -- which
makes her the perfect companion for those
last minute decisions.

My son Sam has a similar eye, and the same fine
approach.  He is my other "vetting" person.
I've notice recently that his remarks always
center around clarity.  I've been finishing off a slew
of small work that was just about there throughout the

Now I can show you the few changes I made at
the end -- that is if there really ever is an end
with artwork.  But that's an entirely different

Have a moving-towards-clarity day.


cohen labelle said...

It's a good word, 'clarity'. I know another wonderful artist who we both know, who uses the exact same word, 'clarity' in the title of her blog.
Boy oh boy, I love the sumptuous red in this!!!

Love, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Oh boy Marcia,

I totally forgot that. You are soooo right. Hey Melinda. I was not thinking, just rushing to get out the door and take some work to a gallery. Also I should point out that neither of my helpers saw this little painting.


Love, Barbara

Melinda said...

Ha! My ears were itching, so I headed on over here... :-) I love this painting and your own wonderful sense of clarity.

You know, there's no way that I could corral that word since every artist seeks clarity in their work.

You've found it!

Virtual hugs!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thanks for that. I don't know that I always know what I'm going for. Sometimes I am just moving through colour and light, and reacting to all the poignant things about life -- faces, flowers, people in love, people who people love -- but ultimately we all want to be clear on what we're up to at some point, and hope to transmit something vivid and clear to an audience. For sure you do that. I do love your work.


Karen Bruson said...

Nice movement in this one.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks so much. I was working on that. It was one of the early spring pots of tulips,and they look so animated.

XO Barbara

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