Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The past asks for change now -- going back to older work with new eyes

Mary at the ocean
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015
2019 changes
The reality of being a painter, is that from time to time
work will drive you completely around the bend.  Which might
be the title of a larger work I'm working on that goes around
a bend in the road.  Today I put it away for a few days -- and
I know that's a good idea.  Sometimes you get work out that
you haven't looked at for years and see a new way of doing
things.  Nicki Ault wrote about that in a recent blog.

Today I felt like looking back on previous year's blogs on
this day, March 6, and found this painting sitting there
wanting to be looked at.  So I did.  I haven't changed much,
but I did work on one or two things.  All the time I've been
thinking, while I'm looking backwards to see how things
have changed, this little girl will have moved forward into
her teenage, or late teenage years, and her world will be
completely different.

Mary was a girl my friend Gill Cameron met when she
taught in Tanzania.  I did some paintings for an art
show Gill put on about her time there.  This girl's portrait
makes me happy, but keeps needing more work.  That's
fine, especially today, on March 6.  Looking back to
other March 6's and seeing how time flies when you're
having a good time.  So I worked on her some more today and
I think I'm getting there Mary.  You certainly pop more
than you did when I started tonight.

Have a taking a happy look back for change day.

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