Sunday, January 3, 2016

Going for loose -- sometimes! Happy New Year

 For you Darling
Acrylic on watercolour paper
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015

Just before Christmas, one of Bob Burridge's Bob blasts
(his weekly video art advice hit), told us how to paint
flowers without reference.  He did them in about five
minutes.  Mine took much, much longer.

This is one of two paintings I did with that technique.
I was going to put them in an art show before
Christmas, but thought better of it.  Tonight I was
looking for reference to another image, and found
them, and thought, 'why not?'

The world right now (and maybe it always has
been) is an uptight place.   In the spirit of startingf
a new year -- let's keep it loose just for today.

Thank you to everyone for your wonderful
words of inspiration and kindness to me
in 2015.  Here's to an amazing 2016.

One of my friends on Face Book started
calling it sweet 16, and that made me fall in
love with the new year.  Thanks Phyllis.

Happy New Year!


Wendy Barrett said...

You really have a way with colours Barbara! This certainly is lovely and loose.
I hope 2016 is off to a flying start for you.

Unknown said...

love the freshness of this loose little floral
Barbara, those Bob blasts sound fun. Also love the idea of calling the year 'sweet 16' it's got such a positive ring to it!

suzanneberry said...

Lovely work! And such a good exercise! Thank you so much for sharing this and for your kind words! Thank you too for adding me to your blog list.

I wish you every success and joy in the coming "Sweet 16"!

verna vogel said...

Sweet sixteen - yeah, I like that too! Thanks Phyllis, and thank you Barbara for passing the idea along!

Your flower painting is really lovely. The colours are very beautiful and it has such a positive energy, like all you work. You are truly a wonderful artist and person.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Wendy,

It was a beautiful start to the year with a lovely
party. One of our friends played songs after midnight and
everyone sang. It was super. Happy New Year to you.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

the Bob blasts are wonderful. He is a super artist,
and very generous with his knowledge. I've never
met him, but feel like he's a friend because of
his videos.

Happy New Year to you and Dave,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Suzanne,

Thank you so much. I'm so happy I can get
to see your work when it's posted. I love your
work and your writing. I wish a very happy
sweet 16.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

Wow, I am so moved by your kindness. Thank you.
It was fun to make this (and one more) flower
painting, because I paint flowers a lot but
much more seriously. I am intrigued by the knowledge
we carry that we don't even recognize.

Happy New Year to you, and thanks for all of the
inspiration in 2015.


Kim Rempel said...

I like that! Sweet 16. I haven't heard that yet. Makes me smile about 2016.

Kim Rempel said...

Sweet 16! I hadn't heard that yet. I like it and it makes me feel sweet toward 2016. I like your Bob Blast works!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Thank you. I'm working on some things that are not so fast, and want to
try and post more often this year -- because it makes me
so happy to hear from you. I absolutely love the work you
did in 2015 and know I could make a long list of favorites.


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