Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Going Public -- big image for a thriving business

Breakfast in the Hotel
Petit-déjeuner à l'hôtel
on display at St. Clair Printing 
and Graphics 
Acrylic on canvas
6 ft. x 8 ft.
Barbara Muir © 2012

My piece Breakfast in the Hotel showed
at Studio Vogue in December.  It's based
on a delicious breakfast Steven and I had
in our room at the Quebec City Hilton
Hotel -- so it can also be called
Petit-déjeuner à l'hôtel and is now visiting
St. Clair Printing and Graphics -- a shop run by
Chris Chan with Ellen Liew. Both are superb
at printing and graphic design.

Last week on a snowy night Chris and Steven
installed the work.  My thanks to Chris for
showing the work in his very busy business, and
 for taking the time to stay late to hang it.  I shot
these photos to document the process.  I think they
give you a good idea of how big the final work is when it's all
together.  I felt incredibly happy and proud
to see it there.
Installing the work: Steven adjusts the two left hand paintings
Chris measures so he and Steven can hang 
the upper right quarter.
Measuring to install the final piece

Steven checks the hangers on the last quarter

The final piece goes up, and Chris says he is 90 per cent happy.
Why?  The painting cannot lie completely flat because a strip of
trim on the wall that knocks out the bottom edge of the lower paintings.
But we are happy.  It looks great, and Steven has
driven by the shop a few times every day to see it in place.
If you're interested in purchasing the work please write me at
the sympatico email address at the top of the page beside my photo.

Have a getting-the-work-out-to-the-work-world day.


Flora Doehler said...


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thanks so much. Great talking to you, and thanks for all the ideas. Have a great show opening.

XO Barbara

Anonymous said...

Wow, beautiful work and great exposure.
Stay inspired!

L.Holm said...

Zowie! Really impressive all around--painting, size and installation!

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Wow, what an amazing undertaking...the painting and installation! Looks absolutely beautiful!

Unknown said...

looks great Barbara. Congrats!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Michelle,

Thanks so much. It is really great exposure -- and it is wonderful that Chris and Ellen are happy to have my
work in their shop.

XO Barbara

Pam Holnback said...

Congratulations! Wow!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liz,

Thanks so much. I am blown away by your daily paintings this month.

Large is so fun, I definitely want to do more in my small studio.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Catherine,

Thank you. I'm so glad you like it.

It was a big job putting it up in an operating business. I am really impressed with both St. Clair Printing & Graphics. Love your paintings!

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. I hope you are having
fun with this snow and cold.

Love your work.

XO Barbara

Linny D. Vine said...

Barbara,"BATH" looks fantastic in it's foster home and it's bound to find a home this year!

astra said...

hi what if you contact the hotel this breakfast was in and see if they want to purchase it for either their lobby or the dining room.It certainly size wise be great in a large hotel.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

Thank you so much. It does look great there. If you know anyone who wants it I can ship it out.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Astra,

Trés bien idée.

The hotel is in Quebec and it's called the Hilton. They do have some art. I think it would look good in the breakfast room in the Hilton across from the MoMA in New York City. They have some art in the dining room too, but I think they could use some more. Want to be my agent?

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Pam,

So sorry I didn't answer you in order. I missed your comment. Thanks so much. I love your work. When are you coming to Toronto?

XO Barbara

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!