Friday, February 20, 2015

The King's Breakfast

 Untitled (work in process)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015
This is actually the start of a painting of
a delicious breakfast I had last weekend
in la reine Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth) hotel
in Montreal.  I forgot to put butter for the
toast (not seen in the painting) on the order
form for room service, and that lead Steven
and I to look up and recite A. A. Milne's poem,  
The King's Breakfast, which you can read here.
I learned the poem as a little girl, and we laughed
about it as we ate our delicious meal.

So it's just beginning, I'm in the process
of blocking in colours to start with, then
I'll show you more as I proceed.  I read
of Bob Burridge that he doesn't have
"artist's angst." And that spurred me on
to buy a few canvasses, and get started on
a theme I feel passionate about -- hotel
breakfasts as the height of romance.  I
like how things are jostled somewhat in
the painting.  You can blame that on the
guests, not on the wonderful staff who
did indeed treat us like a King and Queen,
which was a supreme treat.

Have a treating-yourself-like-royalty day.


Flora Doehler said...

I love this painting just the way it is. I always think that way about your underpaintings and can't imagine that any more paint could make it even better, but you continue on and make it into another beautiful work of art.
I haven't read that poem for years and years and years! What a nice treat to see it again. I'm glad you could both have a nice getaway to Montreal.
xoxooxo Thanks for blogging!
Flora xoox

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

I like it at this stage too -- this one -- maybe because I was having so much fun so far.

I always think of my mother when I read or say that poem, because she read it so dramatically and I absolutely loved it. All weekend long Steven was saying, "But I do like a little bit of butter to my bread," and I was one of the many people who like marmalade instead;-)


Unknown said...

I already love the start of this looks like a great dynamic design just as it is, but I know the artists heart has to finish *sigh*

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thank you. Sigh? Shouldn't we finish a work to our heart's content?
Got to. I love it too at this stage, but I also love it where it got to today.

Love your work.


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