Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The sky's the limit -- falling in love

 Clouds dancing over Toney Bay
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
Today I took this final painting in to Studio Vogue Gallery
for my show that opens this Thursday.  If you're in town
please come out to the opening from 6 - 8 p.m. The
work looks amazing.

The question about these landscapes is, what made
me paint them? An artist friend who loves painting clouds says
that I just never noticed clouds before.  But the truth is
I noticed them more as a backdrop to the foreground, as
the beauty behind the faces I love, as settings.  Still the
landscapes crept into my ocean series portraits, and
because the series is about oceans -- the scenes in my second home
in Nova Scotia started to fill my brain, and my camera and
demanded to be on the canvas. So they are big time.
These images have long been emblazoned in my memory
and heart, and I check them off one by one each
time we return to our schoolhouse.

Here's the final 40 x 40 inch offering set in a beautiful
spot near the Sandpiper restaurant in Pugwash, N.S.   The
restaurant is named after the birds -- the sandpipers that
flock to this part of the Toney Bay looking for food.

 Have a recording-your-heart's-dream day.


Unknown said...

oh MY Goodness!!! You have been painting up a storm these past few weeks...this one is stunning. Clouds are always a challenge for me and I'm amazed at these paintings. looking at a new one each day is like you are pulling them out of a magic hat or something...it shows in them how much you love this landscape, your second home. Good luck at your Studio Vogue show! thanks for the call yesterday! xo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Not a magic hat, but a determined spirit. Like yours. You astound me with your lovely art! I have been having a rollicking good time painting them.


laura said...

I notice clouds all the time--in fact, I am always looking at the sky, day and night!
But I have found clouds--or maybe it's the feeling we have when we look at them?--to be hard to capture ...
This painting really does though: it has the space, the light, the grandeur and the fleetingness!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

Thank you so much because I consider you an expert on all things ocean.
I especially liked the word fleetingness because it's the hardest thing to convey. All of these fabulous sculptural and wispy shapes are moving. Then you fly above them in an airplane and they're like a blanket below you. I love them.



Nicki said...

It is beautiful Barbara... beautiful. I hope someone snapped it up at your show. They would have been smart to have done so.

XO Nicki

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Thank you so much. I am delighted that you like it.

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!