Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Serious and playful

 Quick painting sketch
Salmon Packaging Madonna
Acrylic on gilded cardboard
6.5 x 9.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2023

It’s been a busy day today – catching up on listening to podcasts,
talking to my accountant, working on my very complicated painting,
and trying to get my 10,000 steps. Sometimes it feels like a good idea
to take a little break from all the serious parts of your life.

The other night I wondered what it would be like to paint on the gold
metallic covered cardboard that comes inside my smoked salmon packages.
I eat smoked salmon at lunch many days of the week trying to avoid eating
bread, not because of the gluten, but because with bread I always want more. 

So I wash and save these beautiful gilded pieces of cardboard to potentially
make art with them some day. Tonight I thought why not just do a little madonna
and see if the gold takes paint. No I'm not religious, but I am a major fan
of both Botticelli and the halo, and was happy to find out that the halo
goes back to way before modern religions. Here is a very quick five minute attempt.
And who knows what could happen with the 20 or so other pieces I've

Have a loving your life day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love your Madonna❣️❣️❣️ I too have saved shiny cardboards wondering what I might do with them��. Wonderful idea!!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

I might try an abstract work on one. It's very hard to
photograph them, so you can see the shine on the gold, but it was
so much fun.


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