Thursday, November 22, 2012

Painting large -- upside down, right side up

 Untitled painting lower left quarter
(shown upside down on the easel)
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.  I
am grateful for your work and the constant inspiration
I get from reading your blogs. 

Today I've been painting all day -- working for 45 minutes,
taking a short break and working again. One of the projects
I'm working on is a large -- 8 foot - 6 foot still life of a
delicious hotel breakfast.

I thought I'd show you the progress on the bottom left
corner -- it's coming along.  There is still quite a bit to do.
One of my friends does a lot of painting with the image
upside down.  This is one quarter of a really big painting.
But the quarter itself is Big -- 3 feet by 4 feet.  I find I'm turning
the painting upside down, vertical, horizontal.  Plus to join it
with its neighbours I am down on the floor, making sure they
line up.
 Untitled painting lower left quarter
(right side up)
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012

I will give you more updates in the next couple of days.
Meanwhile, make sure you eat breakfast -- and I hope you
are eating it with someone you love.

Have an every-day-is-wonderful day


Elizabeth Seaver said...

Amazing to be working on such a large scale. Thanks for sharing it!

Unknown said...

I'm excited to see the progress on this Barbara, and so far it's looking great. I like the juxtapositioning of all the breakfast elements. It must be quite a challenge working on such a large scale. You inspire me with what you're accomplishing, especially knowing your busy schedule. said...

You are *so* brave! Bravo, bravo... I cant wait to see the next post on this!

Anonymous said...

I really admire your spunk. Although I have seen canvases far larger than the one you're working on (600sq ft in the palace of Versailles, France) the largest I've yet managed in one piece was 24" x 36" and a Triptych 20" x 48". I dream of making large canvases but it's a question of what comes first, the commission to create a large canvas or the room to store some while I'm waiting for them to sell. Anyway I sold another painting today so I suppose I'm inching towards being able to paint a large bespoke piece. Thank you for all the inspiration you give. Happy Thanksgiving Sea Dean of FB Page Blue Sky Red Earth :)

Melinda said...

This is so spectacular, Barbara! I'm loving what you are painting and can tell that you do too.

I am very thankful for you. You inspire me, and I know that I have a way to go to catch up with your passion and dedication to your work.

This painting will be stunning when completed. I just know it because really, it is already.

Yes, it does help to work on a painting upside down. Fun.

Warm hugs!

Nicki said...

Wow! This one is a doozie! Your ambition is to be admired. It is looking wonderful so far. Absolutely delightful.

XO Nicki

Linny D. Vine said...

This is AMAZING, Barbara...all of your gorgeous shapes and colors...on a GRAND SCALE...EXCITING!!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you. That means a lot to me.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

It is an intriguing project. Just trying to keep it both a whole and each part vivid -- is a thought process. Thanks so much. I am working pretty constantly -- but that's a happy situation.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Belinda,

I feel the same way about you. I am always so impressed at all of the work that goes into your work, and how kind you are to share the process.

Love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sea Dean,

It is super fun working large I must say. I also like working small. After large, small is like a holiday.

Love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I think you are one of the most dedicated artists I know. No I need to catch up to you. Yes I am mega grateful for you, for the inspiration of your work, and your kind encouragement. Need it for sure on this one.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

I'm excited by your news. You are such a mover and shaker these days. Don't doubt yourself. Believe that the reason everyone wants your work is because you are amazing.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

I was just blown away by your latest painting. Wowee! It has everything.

Thank you so much.

XO Barbara

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