Saturday, October 27, 2012

Start and keep going

 Starting the big one -- lower right hand quadrant.
Photo by Steven van Schaik
Image on canvas
Barbara Muir © 2012

I remember David Hockney talking on CBC about scale and
the issues involved with painting something large scale.
Now he was talking about really, really big work.  But he
is 6 feet tall, and I am 5 foot 4.  Big difference.  So having
big ideas is a theoretical and practical problem of
execution.  Yesterday I began drawing the images on the canvas
for my big work based on my reference photos.  The local printer
I go to creates large reference images for me.  So helpful.
Steven took a shot of me drawing this one.  I've got to say
I am super excited.  My friend Suzanne and I read a wonderful
novel, probably eight years ago.  If anyone knows the author
and title please let me know.  It was about a writer who decided
to become a school teacher instead, and was not good at it.
After a few months she started having dreams about an
excellent school teacher who told her how to dress, act
and treat the children.  That worked.  Her motto was
"Start and keep going."  I think of this all the time when
it feels like something is too big, or too difficult to do.

Have a starting-and-keeping-going day.


cohen labelle said...

I love the way you set the table Barbara, you never give short shrift to the rituals of eating, in your kitchen or now in your studio.
I enjoyed our conversation earlier and marvel at everything you have on your plate as it were which I know I would find daunting but you take it all in your stride. Inspiring! Your enthusiasm and sheer spirit inspire me.

love, Marcia

Pam Holnback said...

Wow! Can't wait to watch the progression!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

And you inspire me in every way. Your art is beyond amazing. This table was actually set by hotel staff in Quebec City. (They do a magnificent job). It was beautiful in every way, simple, but nicely designed. You almost want to ask the fellow who delivers it to stay, but no, it must be photographed, and turned into large art a few months after that historic breakfast.



Barbara Muir said...

Hi Pam,

Don't worry. I am going to share it.
I am crazily excited and in love with this project. You know how that feels. Love your work.

XO Barbara

Linda Popple said...

I'm very impressed with your new project and look forward to seeing steps through completion. I'm sure it is going to as amazing as all your work!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linda,

Thank you so much. I am very impressed with your work.

XO Barbara

Melinda said...

This is a great photo of you in your studio! Love the work. Love your happy face.

I think that having assistants who'll climb ladders for an artist is a good thing to have as well.

Don't know about the book, but I'm right there with you about continuing to go forward. Yep, my motto too.

Warm hugs to you and yours.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thank you so much. It's been quite the week what with animal husbandry, massive vet bills, my birthday and working on a big painting.

All is well. Fiona is eating, and I am a happy camper. Yes I am going forward. Your encouragement means the world to me.

Hugs to you,


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