Monday, September 17, 2012

Right there with me

 One more cup of coffee please
Self portrait
Watercolour and black marker on
Arches watercolour paper
6 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
Deciding what to paint today (aside from the commissions
I'm working on, which I can't show you yet) I thought about
Sheila Vaughan and her wonderful self portraits.  There I
was available to model, and I said,"why not?"  I took a shot
of myself with Photo Booth on my Mac, and got out a little
watercolour paper travel book I have.  The switch from
drawing paper to real watercolour paper was a treat, and here
is the result.

This sleepy person is back working full force.  It was a great day
painting, and a super day in class with funny, intelligent
and involved students. All in all wonderful.

Have a painting-who-shows-up day.


Liza Hirst said...

Barbara, I love, love, love this portrait of yourself! It looks so light and joyful, yet also a bit pensive and sooo well painted.
I forgot to mention before that I also like your peach paintings very much. You really captured the colour and the velvetness of their skin perfectly! Wishing you another wonderful day.

Sheila Vaughan said...

your portrait turned out wonderfully - as Liza says light and fresh. And thanks for the mention!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. I was a bit exhausted, and tried to get some of that in there. Glad it looks light and joyful, because I did feel that way.

Hope I get to talk to you soon.
Time is very tight for the next two weeks.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sheila,

Thanks so much. I am always so delighted with your self portraits (all of your portraits) and thinking back over the years (yes has been a few years now) that I've been looking at your self portraits, I am astonished at the variety of ways you've portrayed yourself. One day I will meet you and those images will flicker in my mind like a slide show, in the face of your actual self.

XO Barbara

Elizabeth Seaver said...

What a good way to "shake things up." Nicely done!

Karen Bruson said...

Wonderful self portrait. It looks as though it was lots of fun to paint.

Anonymous said...

Barbara your portrait in watercolour is wonderful. You are so good.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I would like to "shake things up," but you are the master of that. I love your paintings and your stories.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Thank you so much. Sometimes when I paint I am not aware of how I feel, because I'm concentrating. I think this might have been like that. For me as a painter, being lost in the activity is fun. Love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,
I was excited to see your pen and watercolour painting of Kingston's City Hall. I'm glad you like this, particularly because you know me.

Thanks. I hope you are having a spectacular time in Italy. I know you will be.

XO Barbara

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