Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Across the portrait line. And summer's last fling.

 Portrait detail (Title to be announced)
Acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir © 2013
Here's the second face in the commission I finished
yesterday.  This girl is a power house.  Clearly
great teachers have inspired her.  Here's to being
that kind of quality teacher. 

Steven and I are taking wonderful walks with the
dog every evening.  There is always something to
see and you forget that when you don't walk outside.
Yesterday we watched a kite in the park soar so high,
we thought it might interfere with low flying planes.
It was amazing.  It was so high I could hardly see it,
like a very, very high flying bird.

Tonight under a beautiful moon in a clear blue sky,
we saw a rabbit sitting on someone's front
lawn.  It was there when we turned to cross
the bridge over the park, and had moved
one lawn over when we headed home.
Seeing wildlife in the city makes me happy.
We saw a fox in our local park last week.

I start a new and very exciting series for a show this
fall today.  I am beyond thrilled about it.  Complicated
and evolving in my mind by the minute.  It is the best
when I feel like I love painting.  A young man who works
in Gwartzman's Art Store where I buy my canvasses, said
he likes to paint every day, "it's like breathing."  A good
sentiment.  Let's keep doing both.

Have a -seeing-the-magic-under-the-blue-moon day.


Liza Hirst said...

Barbara, these portraits are wonderful! I love the loose brushwork and the vividness they express. Can't wait to see the whole picture!
I know, I'm not communicating enough at the moment but believe me, my thoughts are with you every day when I receive your blogpost, which I still thoroughly enjoy. Thank you!

Laurel Daniel said...

Oh YOU!! I am LOVING this slow reveal. Savoring. Your client must be so happy with this piece... can't wait to see the rest. Keep breathing! XOXO

Catherine Jeffrey said...

When I see these faces, I feel like a know a lot about them. Their warmth and depth of spirit shows in your portrayal of these young ladies. Looking forward to the final showing!
I think it makes us feel more connected when we share our space with wildlife.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

I know you're busy. It really means a lot to me when you take the time to comment. My thoughts are with you too every day. I miss you and your work.

I hope you're having fun.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

What gorgeous work you've been doing this summer (and always). It is pure pleasure to open your blog.

Thank you.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Catherine,

Thank you. I am so lucky to live near a green space, left alone enough to give the people walking through a country feeling. This summer the bushes and trees arch over the path, and it is heaven down there. Love your work.


Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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!