Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Super talks with friends and artists all day -- plus back to my art group!

Nude with tulips in the art gallery
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013

What a fun day.  It has been a misty, rainy, and a full out heavy
showers day.  My favorite.  I must have been born on a boat,
because I am always happy around water, and usually glad
when it rains.

I met with some friends for coffee to start the day, came
home and worked on a watercolour for most of the afternoon.
I spoke to a good friend in Ireland, and listened to
the exciting news about her life and art.  Afterwards the
watercolour seemed to sing off the brush.

Then tonight I headed out in a downpour for my art group,
and had a marvellous time.  The model was everything I
love, quiet and serious about posing.  I decided to put her
in an art gallery.  And enjoyed painting her and the work
behind her as quickly as possible.  The paintings are imagined
works by friends.

This is what a good model does -- inspires the artists to think
their own thoughts and go off into their imaginations.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable, and art packed day.

Have a day filled-with-art-and joy.


Sheila Vaughan said...

I love the balance of colour in this Barbara but I must admit I am intrigued by the background paintings and would like to see you develop one as a full scale painting. Yes, I have also found that art groups are good places to be! And I might even agree about the rain except we never seem to have anything else here in the north of England, that or heavy, grey cloud.

Kim Rempel said...

Wow. I don't know how long your art classes are but you got a lot accomplished in one evening. Looks great and I love the background you created! I didn't know you loved the rain so much. Now I have a picture of you splashing in the puddles in bright rubber boots ; )

Karen Bruson said...

Love the background in this one.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sheila,

I'm glad you like it. The background paintings refer to friends'work, so I can't really develop them into paintings. I have been doing paintings of my own of tablescapes for several years now, and I do love doing them.

I'm sure my friends will be happy that you like my reference to their ideas too. Love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

It was an amazing night. I'd been painting all day, and talking to art friends and I suppose that fired me.
Plus I really liked the model. But it may have been the great coffee I had at a café yesterday morning that powered me. I am going back for more tomorrow for sure! And then my image of a gallery with friends' work, and somehow a nude in the middle posing, struck me as funny, so it all came together. I think I had about 2 hours. They were good ones.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Thank you so much. It was a fun background to do. The canvas is thick with paint from former attempts. It means that although I'd already put on a ground before I left there were small surprises showing through and that was interesting.

XO Barbara

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