Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I'm just playing with you!


 The King's Breakfast
(work in process -- the thought stage ;-)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015
I wish that was true.  Painting is play, but
sometimes it's also pretty serious.  When
I went to bed last night, I was not happy with
with the white tablecloth background -- then I dreamt
of a great solution.  Although somewhat abstract
this painting is about a real meal, the disarray on
the table was how it really was -- this is the romance
of two people in the middle of breakfast.

But the colour was not working.  So I decided to put
a cloth that wasn't there into the painting -- voila
-- the blue.  I'm happy with it so far, but it may become
a runner and go from one end of the painted table
to the other.  I'll keep you on the scene.

Have a working-on-playing-with-art day.

6 comments:

Sally Chupick said...

Like you talked about in a previous post, nothing dictates the painting but you and your decisions. looks like this decision was a good one, it's exciting.

Flora Doehler said...

Oh Barbara, another stunning painting is being born! I love how you paint, the colours you choose, the detail in the work and the story behind it.
Thanks for sharing the 'artist problem-solving' behind it.
Every brushstroke and decision informs the next.
xoox

verna vogel said...

I like the blue! I also really like the lower right corner of the table with its loose white-red pattern. Appeals to my abstract-loving nature, hehee.

Enjoy the process & thanks for sharing!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thank you. I was going to ask my blog friends to help me decide how far to go with the blue, but you are right, I should listen to myself and to you. The blue stays, but it may grow!

XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thank you so much, I've been painting all night in a kind of trance. (I think it's called exhaustion). I wasn't sure what I was doing, I just was, and
everything seemed to go so well. It goes to show you -- you never know.

Love your work.

XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

Thank you so much. I'm keen on the pink and white corner too. Sometimes I wonder if I
hold onto a first thought out conceptmor decision out of nostalgia. But I do like that corner too. I like the contrast between realist and that.
It may stay!

XOXOXOXOXOXO Barbara

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