Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Artist friends and happiness

Franco Mbilizi (Franco the Creator)
and Ambassador Alton Louis Amsterdam III
sharing a joke in front of my painting
Breakfast in the hotel
Petit-déjeuner à l'hôtel
Acrylic on canvas
4 canvasses
36 x 48 inches
6 feet x 8 feet total
Barbara Muir © 2012

The painting
Breakfast in the hotel
(see details above)

Free Yourself, Free Me, Free Us,
Franco The Creator © 2019

My friend Franco the Creator (who painted the magnificent painting above)
and I shared a late night phone call the other night, which cheered me up so much.
Franco reminded me of the first time we met at the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in
New York City. 

At the time I’d listened to two interviews with the artist David Hockney on
CBC radio talking about why he tries to have the largest work in any exhibition.
Hockney definitely inspired me, so the work Franco saw was a combination of
four 36 x 48“ paintings that made a large still life based on one of the most
wonderful breakfasts Steven and I ever had in a hotel. And Franco told me that
he was blown away when he saw it, and that was how we met.

Since then I have been so excited by his paintings. His perspective on creating art
is completely unique. His paintings look like they are either about the end of the
world, or the beginning of a whole new era with light manifesting in amazing patterns
in the sky, and over the earth.

And Franco and I have remained friends. So Franco's praise for my work the other
night set my painting wheels in motion. I have been dreaming of so many different
ideas. And something that I read reminded me to take it step-by-step. Okay I am.
Thank you Franco, and all of the artists who are my friends and keep me going. The
Internet demands swift results, but I realized that a portrait I showed on my blog
on November 12, that looks so fresh and vibrant, took ten live sittings in my
studio that were two hours long.  I would love the pleasure of that experience again
when it is possible. 

A sad note in this story is that H.E. Ambassador Dr. Alton Louis Amsterdam III,
the gallery Director, Ruthie Tucker's husband died in the summer of 2018. We all
miss him.

Wishing you a creative day and wonderful, happy, funny talks and inspiration with
your artist friends.

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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!