The idea floats out of the blue like a feather drifting slowly down from the sky. I’m glad I noticed it. If I was in a hurry or preoccupied I would have missed it completely.
It glides from left to right and back again, then pirouettes gracefully on the breeze before landing onto my outstretched hand. How lucky I am!
Stroking it carefully I admire its beauty, wonder where it came from, who sent it, and how was it made in the first place? I tickle my check with it, smile with delight and tuck it in a pocket next to my heart.
I turn and head immediately to the studio. How lucky I am!
Muse- a guiding spirit; a source of inspiration. A-muse- to hold the attention of (someone) pleasantly.
Do you think we are more inspired when we create with a sense of play?
I do lots of small studies to see if I'd like to do a larger version. This is an 8 x 10, oil on board, professionally framed and ready to hang. I've decided to sell this painting in an online auction at Daily Paintworks. If you're interested go to http://www.dailypaintworks.com/Artists/bbingham-226
Meet Claire, she's another in my series of faces. I've been asked to say a little more about what I'm trying to do with these head studies. I was motivated to create studies in a variety of color harmonies without getting overly realistic, but just enough to try to capture the personality of the person. The grouping is called the Many Faces of Spirit. I feel like we are all part of a Divine Essence made manifest, so the more variety and uniqueness I can paint, the more complete the expression of Spirit.
This is Katherine. She's part of my ongoing series of faces. I chose an analogous color harmony for her. I tied to keep the colors as high key as I could and still make sense for someone with really beautiful dark hair.
Have you ever felt like this after lunch? I know I have especially when I go to France!
I found this couple irresistible. When I saw them I thought- they're just perfect. It was one of those rare and wonderful occasions where I just smiled the whole time I was painting.
I snapped a quick pic of these folks and finished back in my studio. Since I don't want to be a slave to photos, I paint from black and white and use it as a reference with alot of alterations and a bit of memory, the bit I still have.
Frankly, like some other painters I know it's my preference to find a model with a little,
um, extra meat on there bones.