Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Moving Commission starts its journey

Loving our Toronto home
 Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013
The sweet part of painting commissions is that they
frequently center around an emotional request.  As
I care a lot about my painting, and like to work
on projects that have meaning, that makes me

The client who commissioned this picture was
inspired by the house paintings I did for a client
last year.  The twist in this case is that the family
who wanted the painting is moving from Toronto
to Calgary for a year, and wanted a portrait of their
 house to remind them that they will be coming back.

12 x 12 inches is not a large space for a house
and four running figures!  Quite the challenge.
But what a treat today when the mother and
father of the family came to pick the painting
up to get it packed for its flight, and they both
loved it!  Hurray!  I felt like I had wings too,
and could fly alongside the plane.

But there is work to do.  So I am here.

Props to the wonderful family who bought
this painting.

Have a making-people-happy day.


Unknown said...

wow you did awesome with this commission Barbara, as you are right 8x8 is small for such a complicated subject! At first I thought the painting was your family in another decade...but then i read on. You nailed it girl!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

It is 12 x 12 inches, which is still really small for me! True my family in another decade lived in a similar home in Etobicoke. Funny, I didn't think of that. Thanks so much. I am delighted that the family is happy with the painting.

XOXO Barbara

suzanneberry said...

what a wonderful commission and what a lovely painting! i'm sure the family will feel their home with them! great job!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Suzanne,

Thank you. I was so touched by the idea of painting a home you'll miss. I'm so happy that you like it.

XO Barbara

Sheila Vaughan said...

I keep coming back to this painting Barbara. It's those clean cut blues and greens that startle and seduce!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sheila,

Thank you so much. I am glad you like that quality. The house is so modern, that I wanted the sky and grass to feel like pieces in an abstract painting. Plus there are no trees behind the house, so I couldn't just put one there, because they'd know it was in the pool!

XOXO 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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