Sunday, September 7, 2014

The lessons of older work -- and wonderful friends

 For the lily
Pen and ink and coloured pencil
on art paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir ©
We put our crazy dog in the car today and
headed out to Hamilton.  It was a gorgeous day
and we walked along the waterfront with our
friends Marcia and David.
View of the waterfront in Hamilton
Back at their lovely, spacious house I noticed
a drawing by the front door, and realized it
was mine from long ago.  Woo Hoo I thought.
I sure could draw!  I was a big fan of a number
of botanical artists, and for a while when my
oldest was a baby made my money from
this work -- pen and ink drawings coloured
in coloured pencil.  Looking at this I was
astonished at the detail, pleased even, but
glad that I have moved on from that.
I still like precision, and I am happy with the
movement in this drawing, but it made me
crave a big brush and a big canvas.

Ciment fondu sculpture
Marcia Labelle ©
I asked Marcia if I could include one of her
pieces in my blog.  She pointed to this
superb sculpture of her husband David.
She probably did this at about the same
time as I did the drawing.  It shows off
both her incredible skill as a sculptor,
and the love she felt for David, then and now.
You can check out more of her work here.

Have a learning-from-your-old-work day. 


Wendy Barrett said...

I love your old work, new work and your friend's work! All stunning!!

Unknown said...

it's fun to 'bump into' old work hanging in someone's home, though it can be hard to believe that we did art that way once. It's why I think that art 'lives' because it grows and changes and evolves with the artist. It is a wonderful botanical piece Barbara and so is your friends sculpture of her husband, David.

cohen labelle said...

Barbara, it's always a treat to spend a day in your company. you take us as we are Of course you’re a fabulous drawer! I still remember Steven delivering this little masterpiece in person.
Thank you so much for mentioning me on your fabulous blog. one small detail though, the head of David is in ciment fondu not bronze. but if it looks like bronze - that’s ok.
Love to all of you!
xo, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Wendy,

Thank you so much. I love what you've been doing, and will try to catch up with you soon. You've done so much -- and it's all wonderful!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Yes it is fun to bump into it when you think it's pleasing to the eye.
I loved the presentation you did on that subject with your work.

Love your work!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

Thank you. I changed the caption, and I hope I got it right. I also noticed that when I looked up images of ciment fondu, many of the fabulous works on view there are yours! No surprise -- you are soooo


Kim Rempel said...

It's a beautiful work and although it's so different from what you do now, I can clearly see your same calligraphic line strokes that you use now! And the flow with which you paint your flowers. Isn't that interesting? And Marcia's sculpture is wonderful.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Really cool that you notice that. I know I painted them from life, and what I liked was the distortions from being way too close to the bouquet. But also I am amazed that I drew those, with a baby crawling around the floor at my feet. Maybe that's why that baby grew up to be an artist too -- a photographer/cinematographer -- and a good one.


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