Sunday, July 24, 2016

A favorite painting sells to wonderful collectors -- a joyous occasion!

 In the City
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
I know my blog posts have been sporadic to say the least
this summer, and there has been a lot going on.  So here's
an update, and I hope to tell you more good news as
the week progresses.  One of my favorite paintings of this year has
sold to wonderful people to highlight their happiness about
getting a new home.  I couldn't be more thrilled.

This painting was inspired by a photograph by my friend,
the amazing photographer, and world renowned journalist,
Howard Wolinsky.  Howard and I go back to the time when
he was working on a Skype blog, and I was one of the first
artists to publish drawings and paintings done live from Skype.
Howard's interview with me, and his encouragement got
me first a major job with a New York company doing line
drawings for an event in Las Vegas via Skype, and a second
You Tube interview caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey
and got me on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Howard and I have been friends on social media ever since.
And when I admired a wonderful photo he showed of the park
he and his wife walk in, near his home in Chicago, I asked if
I could do a painting using it as a source, and he agreed.

After that Howard sent me dozens of photos, but most of
the time I like to work from my own reference, and my
imagination. I like to carry the feeling of the place inside me.
That's how powerful Howard's photos are.  You feel like you
 are there.  The painting is not a replica of the photo, but I did
my very best to evoke the wonder I felt when I saw Howard's work.
Thank you so much Howard.

Having a being-grateful-for-artist-friends day.


Flora said...

What a beautiful painting that perfectly captures that 'summer day' feeling. A wise collector and a brilliant painter. xo

Unknown said...

Congratulations Barbara! You are on a selling spree these days! ha ha. so happy for you! The painting is beautiful.

Diane said...


Verna Vogel said...

This painting reminds me of Ontario, the lakes and thick trees. Just gorgeous. Glad it has found a happy home!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thank you. I have so many stories to tell you about painting! I'm delighted that you like it, and I miss you so much.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

I like the sound of that affirmation -- a selling spree! I'm all
for it. Thank you! I felt really, really happy about this one.
Great people with great taste who love my art, what could be better?


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Diane,

Thank you so much.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

I'm glad it reminds you of Ontario, but it's Illinois, much closer
to you right? The scene looks super familiar to me to because of
Nova Scotia, but I'm painting a painting that is headed for Holland
now, that features a Dutch scene that is very similar to this -- so
maybe this lovely scene is repeated in variations all over the world!
That would be good eh? Beauty instead of trouble.

Love your work,


Nicki said...

This beautiful Barbara- I glorious sky that goes on forever! Congrats on the sale - very lucky collectors!

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Nicki,

Like you, I feel that the sky and clouds are endlessly fascinating. Love all of you work. I always
open it and take a deep breath in, filled wtih joy and awe.


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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!