Sunday, May 26, 2013

Pansies, a favorite professor and love stories


 Please --More pansies!
Acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013
When I was studying at OCAD I had a favorite
teacher who seemed like a comic.  I drew my
first nude male at 17 in his class.  The model
was a very overweight, pasty, white man in his
50s, and my teacher helped a group of shocked,
innocent kids concentrate on drawing, and get
over their embarrassment and learn to describe
form.

That teacher was incredibly exacting in his own
work.  He refined and refined and was really never
satisfied with what he'd done.  Some of his watercolours
sold for $15,000 dollars.  But he'd go into museums and
take them out of the frame and keep working. His one
relief from sad subject matter -- decrepit, rotting, old
houses, sagging, depressed, older bodies  -- was pansies.
Every spring he painted dozens of pansy paintings and
sold them all.  They were bright, cheerful, joyous
watercolours.  Completely out of step with his usual work.

I have always loved this flower -- so brave and cheerful
in the cold of Canadian early spring, and resurfacing in
garden stores in the fall.  So here's another little pansy painting
tonight.

The story?  Check out the movie Love is All You Need
with Trine Dyrholm,  and Pierce Brosnan -- a beautiful,
sensitive and joyous love story.  Set mostly on the Amalfi coast,
in Italy it was a total visual treat as well.  Delightful.

Have a going-to-see-a-love-story day.

6 comments:

laura said...

Pansies are appealing--the colors, the simplicity of their form; they're pleasingly "old-fashioned."
I think I'll go get some today!
(Love Pierce Brosnan, so thanks for the movie recommendation.)

Sally Chupick said...

Lovely pansy painting Barbara, and thanks for the movie suggestion...always looking for goodies.

Kim Rempel said...

Well those are lovely and I agree, pansies are so cheery! I will have to check out that movie - it sounds perfect!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

I really love pansies. And our crazy weather lately has been rocketing between cold and hot. They don't like hot, but are okay with cold. I don't know if you'll like it, but I loved it. Wonderful acting.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thank you so much. If you're an action movie person this is not right. It's a love story -- plain and simple. We held hands for the whole movie, it was so moving and tender.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Pansies are cheery -- and beautiful.
We loved the movie, so if you go I hope you like it. But I can never tell what other people will think.
We are suckers for a love story.
XO Barbara

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