Sunday, February 10, 2019

Love of community -- visiting an artist's work

Wonder Water Image #2
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
I feel very lucky to live in a kind and supportive community.
Plus there is always something going on close by.  The
painting tonight is a portrait of a young woman, Solana
Cain, who is a friend, and a friend's daughter.  Solana
very kindly helped me with this painting of her for
my ocean series, sending me many reference shots and happily
describing her ideal ocean setting, featured behind her.  

Today we visited an exhibition From The Ground Up that 
she is part of just west of us in Toronto, in a gallery called 
Our Gallery. The show is part of Black History Month.
and you can check it out from Monday to Thursday this week
from 12 - 5 p.m. at 1444 Dupont Street, Unity 31.

Solana is a superb photographer. Her theme was mothers 
and their babies, and the shared experiences of mothers in giving 
birth to and raising infants in our society.  There is a great photo as 
part of her exhibition of Solana's mother Carolee holding
Solana as a baby.  

Solana's photos were evocative, as was the whole show.

Most of my photos didn't work out today, but I got one okay photo of
an extremely moving piece by James Yeboah.
Have a checking out great art shows day.


Verna Vogel said...

Oooh, that mancala piece, very succinct isn't it. Even in flat screen image (rather than full real-life contemplation) it is indeed very moving. The photos of mothers & babies, too. And your painting is gorgeous. I love that little bit of reflected turquoise colour under her eye. Very fine.


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Verna,

Yes it was very moving.


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