Thursday, January 12, 2017

Heroes make me happy

The artist thinking
charcoal on bond paper
14 x 15 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
Being happy and understanding how to stay that way is
an obsession of mine.  I am lucky to know, and work with
funny, kind and happy people here and across the planet.

So today I did a little charcoal study of one of my happiness
heroes in art -- Veronica Funk.  I think I have her permission
to try and do a portrait, and Veronica if you're reading this,
I could do more work on this -- or proceed to painting you,
as you have done portraits of so many fantastic women heroes
of your own.  You are one of mine.

Veronica paints the brightest, most exuberant, paintings full
of colour pattern, and themes -- one of which is great women
in history.  

Another conversation that made me laugh and pleased me
no end was with a colleague at the college where I teach
writing one night a week.  We had been joking about 
beginning the course with Chaucer, the great English
writer from the Middle Ages. I studied
Chaucer in university and have a large hard cover text
I can barely carry -- all Chaucer.  The other night because
of this idea I started reading the great writer -- just
picking a random page and despite the old English,
enjoyed his delicious turn of phrase and humour.
But he would be the wrong writer for an essay
writing class. 
marker on bond paper
8 x 5 inches
Barbara Muir 
Et voila a small sketch of the man for you based on
a photo of an actor called Phil Boardman portraying
Chaucer in 2000 as part of the Chautaugua  series
in L.A.

Have a picking-heroes-that-make-you-happy day.


Marilyn Flanegan said...

Veronica Funk is wonderfully prolific. I'm introduced to so many compelling souls through your blog, thank you! You're definitely one of my art heroes.

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Marilyn,

She is -- a totally dedicated and prolific artist. I am drawn to her use of colour,
which is exuberant, and joyous.

Love, love, love your work. I am always so excited to see new work by you!


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