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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!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Starting a new one

Winter tea at the gallery (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches 
Barbara Muir © 2013

A while ago I showed you a grey scale painting of
this subject I've been wanting to work on since
last winter.  In the midst of summer, the reflection
of a winter tree on a black table didn't appeal.

But going through my references again I realized
that I always loved this image and the memories
it conjured up of tea at the Art Gallery of Ontario
on a mid-winter day -- one of the great pleasures
of living in Toronto.  The black surface of the table,
cleaned to a high polish, formed a perfect mirror except
where either shadow blocked the light, or where the
light missed the table.  All in all, a challenge, and
a delight.

So this is what I'm working on.  I have quite a ways to
go, but I thought I'd show you now.

Have a getting-going-on-a-wonderful-week day.

10 comments:

Nancy Goldman said...

This painting looks finished to me. I love the red peeking through and the reflections on the table. The painting gives a feeling of serenity.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nancy,

Thank you so much. I like the deep pink of the ground too, but don't think I want quite so much of it.

I'm glad serenity comes through, because it is one of the most peaceful experiences having a leisurely pot of tea and then going to see wonderful art.

XOXO Barbara

Sea Dean said...

I really love that pale green on the china. You've caught the colour just perfectly.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sea Dean,

Thank you. I'm glad you do. It's actually grey with yellow and brown in it, and I don't know if it will stay that colour. I am strongly tempted to lighten up the china, so it can contrast with the reflection.

XOXO Barbara

Belinda Del Pesco said...

Ahhh, there you are. Welcome back. I've wondered how your greiving heart is holding up. Patched, adjusting... I've been thinking about you. That's a beautiful painting you've got going there. I look forward to it's moment of TahDahh. :)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Belinda,

Thank you. My grieving heart is holding up pretty well. I do get moments when I miss my mother to distraction. She was an amazing person, and I talked to her almost every day. Thanks for your encouragement. I'm going slow with it, and I look forward to that moment too. Love, love, love your peacock feather work.

XOXOXO

Barbara

Bigwom said...

Love this!

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Auralee,

I hope we can talk soon! Have fun getting ready for Christmas with the family.

XOXO Barbara

Kim Rempel said...

It's so exciting for the eyes...those reflections...love them. Eye candy. xo, Kim

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Thank you so much. I'm still working on it, little bit, by little bit. It's that kind of time for me.
XOXOXO Barbara