Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An iconic Nova Scotia landmark -- home in Ontario


The House on the Hill #2
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
SOLD ♥ 
This house -- is a perfect example of a Nova Scotia
clapboard farmhouse.  It's a sight I crave when I'm not
in the province. This particular house means that we
are almost there -- almost to the small town of Pugwash,
almost to our school house -- almost home to Nova
Scotia.

I have never met the owners, who would probably be
flabbergasted that I've painted their house more than once.
In fact this painting needs to have a #2 added to its name
because I sold a different view of it last year with the
same name!

What is particularly happy news for me is that the sight
of that house meant Nova Scotia, and nostalgia for a
beloved place to the buyer too.  So even though the
painting will live in Ontario, it will bring the beauty of
Nova Scotia to the collectors who now own it.

A very happy ending all round.  Thank you owners of
this iconic house.  Your house makes me happy every time
 I see it.

Have a loving-what-you-see day.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sometimes everything happens perfectly -- grace in action


A Perfect day
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
SOLD ♥ 
One of the things that makes me happiest about painting is
being able to create an image of a place, person or still life that captures
what I feel in the first moment of seeing what I'd like to paint.
As the painting goes on, even if the process makes it appear
simpler, the thrill is in the Aha, of "Yes! that's what I wanted to do!"

This painting has that, and it made me happier than I can describe
properly when a woman came to our This Magic Land show, and
stood in front of this scene caught up in her feeling about place.
The Maritimes landscapes are magical to her, and we share that
feeling.  So she took a photo of my work and went home to see
where it might fit.

Next day she came back eager to buy it, and had to wait until the
show came down.  At which point I packed it up for her, and off she
went.

I love how that worked -- how I felt moved by the scene, and she
did too.  I loved how we talked about the Maritimes, and about the
peace we feel there.  And I love that my perceptions meant enough
to her that she took the painting home and put it up in her house.
In this artist's life that is grace in action.

Have a finding-the-art-you-love day.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Home again, home again to a wonderful new home

In the right place at the right time
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
SOLD ♥ 
This painting is a world traveler that's been to places
I've never been.  My lovely artist friend in the Netherlands,
Miranda Brouwers got me into an exhibition called
Kunst in Drimmelin in support of a nature reserve called
the Worp.  The whole painting experience was a delightful
example of international co-operation.  My friend wanted
a painting with my blue skies of her beloved spot.  She
sent me many photos, and I researched the look here in
Toronto at a marsh that looks quite similar.  The result --
my happy painting -- In the right place at the right time.

The painting traveled to the Netherlands rolled up in a tube,
was stretched by Miranda and exhibited in a beautiful church.
It came home just in time for another exhibition.

At the This Magic Land show the weekend before last it
sold to a collector who loved the painting featured on our
invitation, and enjoyed its back story too.  I was so delighted
to deliver the painting to a collector who commissioned a
poignant work years ago of her mother and father.

I know she and her partner will enjoy living with the painting
as much as I loved creating it.

Have a doing-the-work-you-love day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and children of the world



Some of my paintings of mothers (and grandmothers)
Happy Mother's Day.
One of my happiest roles in life is to be a mother to two sons.
And now the role gets better and better as my boys have
grown into men, and our family has expanded to include
my daughter-in-law, and my son's girlfriend, and to our
son and daughter-in-law's lovely baby, our granddaughter.


Sometimes I am baffled by how intelligent we are as
children.  And something I knew that I wanted to be from
about three on was a mother.  Of course I admired and loved
my own mother, and she was the original inspiration for
that dream.  But I also loved babies and children and
took care of them, and was paid to do so from the moment
I was big enough to hold a baby.

A great thing about the connection to humanity through
your children, is that as your children grow up, you love
every age they reach, which makes you love and understand
children going through all of the stages of baby to adult.
That is very helpful when I'm teaching young and even
older adults.  We all started out as eager, loving, curious
beings.  And the glorious thing about that, is that it is
all still inside us -- that wonder, curiosity and eagerness
to learn.

Much love to my children, my family, my friends, collectors,
and to all the mothers, children and families in the world, and
to my wonderful husband who made my dreams come true!
Thank you.


Having a loving your mother and mothering day

Thursday, May 11, 2017

To the beaches -- we fans can't stay away


Winter at the beach
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
SOLD ♥ 

Coming back to Toronto after being away sometimes
makes me sad.  Take being off in Paris for instance --
seeing truly magnificent architecture and art -- for a few
days Toronto can seem small, and not quite with it.  The
answer to my "other city homesickness" is the beaches.

My husband knows me so well, that at the first sign of
my overwhelming longing to be somewhere else he takes
me to our favourite, quiet little beach in Toronto.  But if
at all possible, on weekends he may try an even more
profound cure, and take me as far as Port Stanley on
Lake Erie.  This is how this little painting came about.

We head to the beach in all weather -- and this is Port
Stanley in winter.  The collector who bought the piece
knows that drive along the lakes well, and is also a fan
of beaches in all weather.  So this quiet scene sold to a
really good and appreciative home.  Thank you to the
collector, and to my dear Steven.

Have a heading-down-to-the-beach day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

First choice -- the joy of a long distance summer drive

Best summer drive
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
SOLD ♥ 
As promised, for the next few days I'll feature work that sold
in the show last weekend with Gill Cameron -- This Magic Land.
I have a friend who makes fun of my positive stance on the world.
But views like this on long drives, on a perfect day, definitely bolster
my spirits.

Our two sons both went to the University of Windsor -- which
seemed ironic to me because I left that town with my family
when I was four -- and moved to Ottawa.  But the university,
especially the acting program, was a wonderful place for
my children.  And we got used to frequently making the journey
from Toronto to Windsor, which is about a 4 1/2 hour drive.

Over the years we started to look forward to seeing the stretches
of wide open countryside, farms and windmills, and all of the
nature along the highway.  This is one view -- quite beautiful trees
next to the road.

Have a loving-the best-long-drives day

Monday, May 8, 2017

300,000 + hits! And the lemons go home


Studio lemons in a glass bowl 
(final version)
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
SOLD ♥ 
What a gorgeous sunny day we had today here after four
days of rain.  Parts of the country in low lying levels,
near rivers are seriously flooded, so sunshine and no rain means
the chance of the waters receding -- critically important news
for the people who have been evacuated from their homes.

On a lighter note I've been watching my blog stats to see when
I'd reach 300,000 hits and it happened last weekend when I was
so busy sitting the This Magic Land art exhibition with Gill Cameron,
that I couldn't even take in that fact, but I am so pleased to see that
 number.

Plus I thought this week when I have time I'll write about
what has sold in the past week.  This painting of lemons is
first because the collector ordered it delivered when she got
home from her winter vacation, and it was sold before we
opened our art show this weekend, so couldn't be in the
show.  Today I took a leisurely drive up through gorgeous
countryside to Aurora north of Toronto, to take the painting
to its new home.

And the collector was delighted with the work.  So am I.
After a wonderful weekend at our show despite the rain,
the story continues and this was a superb day.

Have a loving-your-life day.

Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!