Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nostalgia for -- my art group

Figure with blue shawl
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Barbara Muir © 2007

This painting was stacked with a bunch of paintings in
the middle room in our house.  Lately because of
rearranging the room to get the air conditioner in,
the piece moved to the front of the pack, and I see it anew.

No doubt this was begun pretty quickly -- painting
a fabulous model on a Tuesday night with the Don
Valley Art Club art group. But everything about it
says that it was a joyous experience.  The model
looks amazing, the blue of the strangely draped
shawl pops the rest of the painting.

And I like it.  Thirteen years later it rocks for me.
I rarely paint the figure, because I'm more interested in
what clothes say in a portrait, but I'm glad I was there
for this pose, and carried it through. Beautiful.

So I miss my art group, shut now because of COVID-19.
One social habit in my life every Tuesday night, if
at all possible, that I miss like crazy.  I hope
all of you regulars are fine.  Nothing in art competes with
the delight of painting from a live model.
So I am grateful to all of you for the delightful
experience of painting with you.

Have a loving your artist friends day.
And yes if you want it you can buy it.

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