Monday, March 18, 2024

The delightful influence of other artists' art


Dreaming of Florence
Charcoal on bond paper
18 x 24 inches
© Barbara Muir  

Today I'm posting a drawing I love of one of my models Shakoya confidently wearing a halo.
I was inspired by the art of so many artists in Florence, Italy when I first showed my work at the Florence Biennale.  And I loved the halos.  I'm not religious, to me they just indicate that the person is special and loved. 

I'm working on a painting that is deeply influenced by the art of John Singer Sargent.  We'll see how it works out. The model is sitting in the same pose as Sargent's model, and in a similar background. Her close echo the clothes Sargent's model was wearing and yet
the painting is so different (not just because I could never paint like Sargent), mainly because the model is so now, so contemporary.

Just thinking about how another artist worked more than 100 years ago is fascinating.  The current model is not wearing a halo.  But she deserves one for being so kind and patient with me and my ideas.

Have a loving your life day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Lovely charcoal sketch❣️. The painting will be beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing it.

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Evelyn,

I certainly hope it will. Still working on it. It's a big one -- 36 x 48 inches. It's really been fun to work on.

Love your work.


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