From the market (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015Two weeks ago I started this painting after
buying an amazing bouquet at the Brickworks
Market here in Toronto from my friend Pegann.
I loved the bouquet, but it was unfamiliar in many
ways. I didn't know any of the flowers, I am not usually
a fan of purple, and I just wanted to be fast and
loose in preparation for a big portrait I am working
I was a flower painter first and foremost which
should have made it easy -- but post trip exhaustion,
then a horrific cold got me off track.
I was talking about all of that to an artist friend
today, who challenged me to do a painting in
purple, green, brown, grey, black and yellow.
Huh! I thought. What am I some kid just out
of art school? Do I need assignments?
Acrylic on birch panel
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015Well apparently yes. Because working on that
little painting, with colours I would never choose
first, gave me my resolve, and I went back to
nearly finish the flowers. Doing what was so
not me, gave me back the me of me. Thank you
to my friend, the great artist, Franco.