Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My most recent portrait -- and step right up!

 The Daniel
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 companions
I 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.


Unknown said...

Good job Barbara. Have a great time in New York. xo

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks so much Sally,

I hope all is well with you. A great time in
New York is a guarantee!


Unknown said...

It is So beautifull! Wish You luck with the show in New York! So Happy!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Miranda,

Thank you so much! I am so happy,you're right! And if I
paint you (when I paint you) you will be smiling. :-)


verna vogel said...

I like your blog so much. Daniel sounds like a wonderful person, and even though he's not smiling I can see the potential for humour in his eyes.

Have a super trip & look forward to reading about it sometime in future :)


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

Thank you so much. You are right Daniel is a great person with a delightful sense
of humour. I am having a super trip, and hope I write something about it soon!


Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!