Thursday, September 19, 2019

How it begins

Black marker on bond paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches
Barbara Muir © 
How does a painting begin? There are as many theories as there are artists.
But you want answers. Okay. For me it starts with inspiration, either in the
moment, or in the powerful recollection of a moment I feel looking at photographs
of images I want to paint.  That means the person, still life, landscape
that I'm going to create, moves me.

Unless I’m working on a commission, or a themed show, what hits me as worthy
of making a painting is random. At the moment I'm entranced by the majesty of
clouds, and absolutely love painting these landscapes.  But I also love drawing,
people and still life.

Here's a drawing I did of my friend Melinda via Skype.  What makes you want to
create? This drawing makes me want to do a full blown portrait.

Have a getting inspired day.

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at:
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!