Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Florentine Prince, or Toronto designer?

 The Florentine
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
We had a wonderful model at my art group tonight --
a young graphic designer.  He was excellent at
holding a pose, and delightfully engaging and funny in the
short breaks.

All in all today was a great day in art.  I went to the Art
Gallery of Ontario, heard a wonderful lecture about the Group
of Seven in the Canadian Gallery, and went to the show
The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim
Collection on now until March 2. I stood in awe in front
of the Kandinskys -- my favorite paintings in the exhibition.
The exhibition focuses on paintings created between
1910 and 1918, a time of great change in artistic expression.
 If you're in Toronto between now and March 2, I
recommend that you check it out.

A big thank you to the model, Daniel, for being such
an instant inspiration.  The artists in our art group
were debating what he looked like.  I voted for Renaissance
Florentine prince, but people had many ideas about his
dramatic looks.

Have an enjoying-the-drama-in-your-painting day.


Kim Rempel said...

Yes, wasn't it great? I loved the Kandinsky's as well. I like this portrait . Great colour! And it was a bonus that he was engaging. I think it comes out through your work.

Unknown said...

great portrait Barbara, must be fun to attend a portrait group and paint the evening away with other like minded sorts.

Verna Vogel said...

Sounds like a great painting session, and yes, his personality does come through in your work.
Unfortunately I am nowhere near Toronto and will not be able to see the Kandinsky's! C'est la vie.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Thank you. He was a super young man. The show was wonderful, and I was so glad you recommended it. I'd like to go again before it's over -- it was so inspiring.

XOXOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Our art group is a pleasure. Everyone has a different style, some very formal, and some more adventurous than I'll ever be. I love seeing the different styles. It's portrait one week, and the figure the next.

XOXOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

It was great. I found doing the paintings every day in January has taught me a lot about my process.
I'm having so much fun when I paint.
Love your work.

XOXOXO Barbara

Portrait Artist

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