Untitled (work in progress)
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015I wish I could confidently show you my finished
painting of the lobster burger I had in Nova
Scotia looking out at the Wallace River. But
it's taking me a long time to paint. In fact it's
arduous. Not painful. But time consuming in
In my frequent breaks I soak in the advice of the
pros. The queen of tinfoil -- which is what is slowing
me down in this small painting -- is Canadian artist,
Mary Pratt. Actually Mary Pratt is known for
taking the everyday -- jars of jam, bowls of fruit, tinfoil --
and making it glorious. She is the most famous Canadian high
realist. And in an interview, she said that she
estimated at one point in her career that it would take
her six months to do a painting.
Sketch of a bouquet from the Brickworks market
Watercolour crayon, and black marker on paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015I just got back from New York, and in the magnificent
Sargent exhibition at the Met, I read that for one painting
he required 83 sittings! Okay -- why is time such an
issue for us as painters now?
It's this -- it's the blog -- waiting like a dog that
needs a walk, for evidence that the artist is still
in the building. I am.
Self portrait sketch
black marker on Moleskine paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015I also read a timely post by Danny Gregory about
getting out of practice called Mortified. He inspired
me to take another crack at sketching. And keep
working and working, even when life is as jam
packed as mine has been lately. So here
are some sketches, and a peak at my work so far.
Have a getting-to-work day.