Untitled (Probably going to be Water Image #4
Work in Progress
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014Sometimes a painting requires a kind of back
and forth, working, escaping, looking, thinking,
sleeping on it -- process that a high demand instant
production schedule won't permit. 'Stand back!'
they say in art class. And they are right.
So with this painting -- part of my water series --
Water Image #4 (the name may change -- I need time.
I'm standing back-- trying to get the answers.
a face. But to a portrait painter -- that is the deal. There
on the canvas for all to see, is the face of someone who
has caught the painter's attention. For me that translates
into a desire to really convey who I am painting -- to
get it right. It isn't about perfection in look so much,
as capturing the feeling. Faces are what we love, and
loving them well in paint is the job.
The answers don't come together like a daily horoscope
-- "Oh that's the kind of day it's going to be." But
forgive us for looking for signs.
Here's where I am with this one. I am enjoying the process.
I admire this wonderful woman -- a novelist -- very
much indeed. And I will be content when she is
100% there for me on the canvas. She is coming
along. Almost there.
Have an honouring-your-subjects day.