Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Working through a cold


Reading on the dock
(Work in progress
Stage 1 and 2
Drawing and blocking in colour)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013
I seem to be on the edge of a cold.  And have definitely
tried to take it easy.  But the urge to paint, and the need
to paint won out.  After multiple cups of hot lemon,
maple syrup and cayenne pepper I worked on a commission
and this painting.

This is the beginning stage.  I have blocked in most of it,
and made some decisions about colour.  I'm working over
a very bright pink ground.  I like a combination of texture
and smooth, so I worked in the dock planks in palette
knife.  I'm still making decisions about placement and
have just begun the face.  But I'm happy with it.  It
has the mood I was trying to get.  That cheery summer
mode is a strong pull today with the snow coming down
outside.  Still I loved the snow today.  It's supposed
to snow in March in Toronto.  But the weather's been
so crazy lately because of global warming that we forget
what normal is.

More to come. 

Have a feeling-like-enjoying-myself day.

8 comments:

Sally Chupick said...

Wow! This is going to be a stunner, it's vibrancy is the perfect pick-me up for this wintery day. You are such a good portrait artist.

Belinda Del Pesco said...

I already love this! And I hope the lemon/maple/pepper clears the sniffles and sets you on course for abundant painting energy. Happy Spring!

Laurel Daniel said...

I love this right now... at this stage... it's just so simple and compelling and what you have says it all. LOVE IT!

Kim Rempel said...

I love this too. Bright, snappy, colourful - full of summer. Off to a great start! I too love the winter but am really ready for some warm spring air and flowers.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

I'm pretty happy with it. That's a high compliment from a great portrait artist. Thank you.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Belinda,

Thank you for your kindness and well wishes. I love the work you've been doing lately. Amazing. Plus I love all of your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Thank you so much. I am really enjoying working on it. It takes me right to a warm summer dock and all the time in the world. I so love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

You've been inspiring me -- so much gorgeous work. Plus I love the stages -- you are great.

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
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