Acrylic on cradled birch panel
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014Fruit in the studio can seem like a good
idea. You want a snack, you want to be
healthy. You've been working on this
large, important painting for some time.
But be wary. To an artist fruit is one of
the most attractive subjects possible. It
is dazzling, seems so perfect, simple -- why
not paint it? And there you are -- distracted
and entranced, and before you know it you
are starting a painting, photographing the
fruit (because you do end up eating it), and
fruit has won again. Another case of trick
You might want to think of unattractive snacks.
I can't think of one right off the top, but give it
We are in Nova Scotia, in the large school house
studio. I wish you could see the views we see
every day, just driving around. Speaking of
distractions, Nova Scotia offers nothing but.
The people are lovely and kind, and funny.
The views are breathtaking, and the food
Clouds over farmland
Near Pugwash, Nova Scotia
Barbara Muir © 2014