Thursday, November 7, 2019

It all starts with thinking -- how a painting begins

No Contest -- Nature Wins!
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
I am at the planning stage with at least two paintings.
One is more formal and has required a lot of research,
which is not completely finished.  The other is out
there circling around my brain like the airplanes
circling the airport in Toronto, or the birds that
always fly off a building on St. Clair when I turn off the
street to head home.

Like those birds, my thoughts about a painting are 
many, beautiful and inspiring in my own head.  Every
time I see the birds (pigeons I think) doing their sky
dance I feel incredibly happy.  Even if one second
before they fly up I was sad or frustrated.

So my thoughts are trending in this direction.  Landscape
with a human element -- buildings, or city, or highway.
Not sure.  The main thing is this wonderful uplifting mood --
which leads to paintings like the one above.  That and love
of place.  And no question about it I love Nova Scotia.
This painting sold in New York City two years ago.
And as I'm heading back to exhibit there in December --
what works with the audience there fascinates me.

Have a loving your creative thoughts day.

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