Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
About three and a half weeks ago, Daniel Anaka, the
curator of about 6 shows I've been in since last October
at the Super Wonder Gallery, sat for his portrait.
One of the things I like about Daniel is his irreverent
sense of humour, and he enjoys teasing me about my
"sunny art." He is also one of the kindest people in
the art world, exceptionally caring about artists and their art.
I do want to focus on what is good about the world,
and I often wonder why artists don't paint people smiling.
It might not just be because they want to be taken seriously,
in fact full smiles are harder to paint than closed mouths.
So I asked Daniel to pose for me, and he posed in
a very serious way. In between every 10 minute
session, he would laugh his contagious laugh
as he smoked cigarettes on our back porch, but
back in the chair -- boom stern, deep, pensive.
Posing in the studio (very crowded that day)
with my studio companionsI am heading to New York this weekend, more on
that coming up. But if you'd like to commission
a portrait I can do it all -- Happy, Serious, and
everything in between. This painting was in
two shows in April, and is now with me until
Daniel gets his mansion -- which I feel positive
will happen soon, because he is a brilliant
curator, and an amazing artist.
Have a commissioning a portrait day.
Incidentally I apologize for my blog,
it is going through a transition, and all
should be well in a week or so.