Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The compelling need for faces

Yes I'll be there
Marker on watercolour paper
9 x 11 inches
Barbara Muir © 2021

For the past few years I've been focusing on landscape painting.
That makes sense because I love the scenes I see whenever
I walk, or go for a drive.  Yesterday the lake was sending waves
crashing against the shore, with that gorgeous high spray.

And I have really wanted to draw and paint faces lately.  If I capture
a face properly, the person is there vividly before me.  My portrait of
my niece who is gone, is in my studio.  My sons are the first people I see
when I walk in the door -- because their portrait is there.  

We are living in a time when we rarely see a person's whole
face unless they live inside our house.  So the face has become
more important than ever.  Tonight I'm showing you a sketch I 
did today.  I am also working on a portrait painting.  And landscapes
still make we want to capture them, so I've got one on the go.

Have a talking to the people you love day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love your face drawings. You capture expressions so beautifully.
I too have been interested in drawing faces again and have taken a couple of online classes/demos.
But I need lots of practice! 😂

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Evelyn,

I love doing them. I love your work so much. Wow online classes!
That sounds fun. My cat is wailing. It's TV time!


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