Untitled (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2019
(This is one of the paintings
I'm working on right now. I think
it's going to make me happy when
it's finished, because I already
like it a lot.)
But in art we need to learn the rules that can
help us know how to create art, and then forget
all about rules.
This year I've been told a lot of rules. It
helps that I'm a researcher. It helps that you
are out there teaching me so much every day.
It helps that I've been doing this for a long
time. It even helps that I'm a teacher
and have to invent, describe, prescribe rules.
That makes me a good kind of skeptical.
But I've been told -- "no one buys portraits."
"Don't paint your own life." "Don't use
bright colours." "Don't make your portraits
look at the viewer." Another one I read
recently was, "don't make your landscapes
about specific places." I think that's a really
great one. I sold a painting of a nature reserve
in the Netherlands in Toronto, paintings of
Toronto in New York City. No one rule works
I've noticed that my most "successful"
artist friends follow their own rules, paint their
own heart and soul and story on the canvas.
Invent worlds. And although they learn from
artists they admire, they follow no one.
Have a following your own heart and mind day.