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.