Tuesday, November 24, 2020

A fantastic assignment -- looking back

Black marker on watercolour paper
9 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir ©

Excerpt from a blog in January, 2009

"On November 22nd, 2008,  talking to my friend Flora on Skype
I decided to draw her. I had a sketchbook and pens on my desk,
and whipped off a little marker drawing while 
we talked, which I

A Chicago journalist, Howard Wolinsky, saw that drawing and 
contacted me. On December 5th he did a video interview with me
Skype and you can find that on YouTube.

The Public Relations company for Skype, Kaplow in New
York, saw that interview, and decided 
to hire me for an event
they were doing at the 
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,
So on January 9, from 11 p.m. Toronto time, to 1:30
a.m. on January 10, I drew five portraits of people attending a Skype
party. This whole project would have been impossible without the
wonders of 
Skypeand wouldn't have happened at all if it weren't for
the blog, and Howard."

The project was so much fun, and the people incredibly helpful.
The setting for the portraits in Las Vegas was lit like a cocktail
party, and the client very kindly adjusted the light because
I couldn't see my subjects well enough to draw them. 

Sara was the woman who organized the whole project, and I'm
very grateful to her, for an exciting project, that ultimately
led to me being on the Oprah Winfrey show, and on several
other TV shows. A delightfully happy memory for a Tuesday night
when I'm teaching.  

Have fun remembering wonderful events in your creative life.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Beautiful portrait. Your marks are so well planned and strong. I learn a lot looking at your drawings 😃 ❤️🤗😷

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

Thank you so much. I hope they stay that way. This virus has had an impact on
my art in general, and I'm getting back in gear now. For a while I just felt
what's the point? Thank you for inspiring me with your work!


Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
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!