Acrylic and silver leaf on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Barbara Muir © 2006I'm going to call today "Sorting through Saturday". This
painting popped out at me when I was going through my
photo files and I realized it was one of my favourites. I
like it--I love how loose it is, how it captures that little girl,
Madeline, so well, and the sterling silver leaf used on the front
of her dress -- which I had to repair after the painting sold,
because I'd been using gold leaf which doesn't tarnish on other
works, and I didn't know then that you have to glaze silver leaf
so that it doesn't.
That was painted in 2006 when Madeline was 11, so she must
be 21 now. The last time I saw her I was visiting her mother (the collector's)
house when Madeline was about 16. Not surprisingly
she had grown up into a beautiful young woman.
Timbah (left) and Fiona in the cat trainShe was a pleasure to paint. In between sittings we used to go
and sit in the garden to talk sometimes, and she got us to make
a "train" out of boxes for the cats to pull along the floor. She said
that the cats wanted a train, and she was right. They did.
Have a fun sorting your things Saturday