Beach Prom Queen (art group sketch)
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20
Barbara Muir © 2014Okay I confess I'm on a serious Joshilyn Jackson
kick. I've read five of her novels in the past five
weeks. The last one Gods in Alabama was such
a page turner that I could hardly put it down.
Our model at the art group I belong to tonight
could be right out of a Joshilyn Jackson novel,
except for the fact that she's not from the deep,
American south. I sat on the couch in the big
studio room with a friend listening to the grim,
but compelling story of her childhood -- and was
both glad and almost sorry to get up and paint again.
She had resolved to her dolls as a child, to give
her children the complete opposite -- a safe, loving
home -- and has succeeded.
When I arrived she was posing with an Iris. The
whole set up reminded me of a dream I had
yesterday and I happily painted for an hour
and a half, coming away with this impression.
I don't know the model's name, but I thank her.
Have a-reading-a-good-book day.
P.S. My sister got me started reading Joshilyn
Jackson's books, and I am now hooked.