Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Square bowls and the 20 minute challenge

Breakfast squared
watercolour on Arches watercolour paper
9 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
As a china freak since I was first fed on good
china, I do not get the square bowl, or in fact
square plates.  There is something so elegant
and natural about the circle.  But square is
in, and this hotel breakfast was served by the
most genial server.  We stayed in a lovely and
reasonable hotel in Ottawa (Canada) last summer,
 more than once. The server got to know that I
was an artist, and liked to paint breakfasts, so
she made a special effort to deliver a pretty meal.

I came upon some watercolours today done in
response to Laura of laura's watercolors's
description of doing fast painting sketches.
There was a lovely one of my son Christopher
as a younger boy, and I thought I'd give the
process a try again.  It turns out this breakfast
took a bit longer than that to cook, but I enjoyed
 the challenge of trying to get it down in watercolour
without an ink sketch first. (I did sketch the scene in
red pencil).

Tonight I went to see the Alex Colville show
at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and
found it very moving.  I have always loved
his work, and it was wonderful to see so many
pieces I marvel at in one place.  It is a glorious
show, and if you like Colville's work, you should see

Meanwhile my show with Anette Walther is on
at Studio Vogue Gallery.  Please check it out.  You
can see it from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 -
6 p.m. until November 29.

Have a loving-what-you-see day.                                                                           


cohen labelle said...

Muir, your watercolours are just amazing!!!!
xoxo, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Marcia. You so rock!



Liza Hirst said...

Absolutlely! They are fantastic!
I share the feeling about square plates with you, Barbara.
Always much prefer round ones!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

I'm sure the response to square is about "how things should be" and of course everyone has to try things out. But I do love round china, and classic china, and I better stop.

I love hearing from you and seeing your beautiful work.


Kim Rempel said...

My favourite things are your breakfasts ;) Well, those and your portraits by water! They seem so modern and fresh. Have a lovely day Barbara!

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Kim,

I so love your work, and you make me feel happy every time I see you, or read your blog.

Have a super day today.


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