Friday, January 10, 2020

Exploring ideas, and how love lasts in art

Chloé (work in progress)
Black marker on bond paper
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2020
I am thinking of doing a very big ink drawing and
went to my favourite art store today to consult
with some artists about how to do it.  This is
not settled.  I got a bit overwhelmed with too
much equipment, and I have to keep going back
to putting my leg up, so I just bought the first
stage in equipment, pens.

I got permission from the latest doctor to get
back to work in the studio with frequent
breaks so I worked on a larger drawing, something
like the Inktober drawings today.  Same idea, only bigger.
I had a lot of fun working large from a small
photo of my niece Chloé that stares at me in
the studio every time I'm in there.  We lost
Chloé just over two years ago, and every time
I see this photo I think of her and miss her.

The strange thing about doing a portrait of
someone you love, is that they come alive
in it, even when it isn't exactly right.  This
is a work in progress, but it made me feel like
that beautiful girl was in the room with me, and
 that made me happy.

Have a doing what you love day.

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