Friday, January 6, 2023

The Past teaches the present

For David Lobenberg
Self portrait
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009
(I did this portrait for David Lobenberg's
June Paint Off in 2009)
You can read about it here

I put this portrait on my painting table today because I'm
working on the portrait I showed you the other day, and this
painting has the kind of lighting I like.  It hangs on the wall
above my husband's work desk, and he did not like me
moving it.  Which was moving in itself.

I have friends who will wriggle in their grammar books
reading that which at the beginning of a sentence.  But 
think of the dynamic conversations that can come out
of just one word. So back to the painting. For me, unless
I'm painting from a live subject, portraits are slow.

Today this portrait helped me with the new one.  And on
it goes. I hope you had a great day.  I did.

Have a loving your life day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love this portrait ❣️❣️❣️ It and you look stunning! The lighting and colour are great. ( I read the previous blog about why) it is interesting that you work more quickly from a love subject. Is there a reason why?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

Thank you. Do you mean I said I work more quickly from
a subject that I love -- whether it's landscape, portrait,
or still life? Not sure what I said. Well I rarely, if
ever, paint when I don't care about the subject. And as for
speed, it is so unpredictable. I paint very fast with my
art group. But no one is going to judge the work, and I
only have a short time.

Love your work,


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