Thursday, March 23, 2017

Steffie Wallace told me to -- and short blog break


Happy fields by the sea
iPad drawing
8 x 10
Barbara Muir © 2017
My dear friend Steffie Wallace is a fantastic artist from
Australia, and she's also written a novel called The
August Months.  I met Steffie at the Florence Biennale,
and I just love her work -- very moody, misty, brilliant
landscapes -- all about light.

So when I posted an iPad drawing last night, and Steffie
suggested I do a series, I thought maybe I'll do at least
one more, and pop it up here for you tonight.

I am going to take a few days off the blog.  I've got
a bad cold I think I picked up from one of the
sweetest very young people I know.  And I need
to concentrate on painting and thinking for a short
break.  I may miss you too much to stop, but I do
need to prepare for a show in May!  More news about
that coming up.  Meanwhile be good to yourself.

Have a dreaming-of-glorious-adventures day.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Always on -- (really?) Or have I ever been tireder!


Clouds at play
iPad drawing
8 x 10
Barbara Muir © 2017
Tonight after teaching I have to admit I am super
tired.  Knock down, drag out, tired.  But as artists
who blog -- not okay.  Right?  We should be on.
And of course talking to you makes me feel
a million times better about the sapped energy,
the new cold threatening to become full fledged.

I get all happy and motivated and feel my energy
coming back and it's almost like I can feel you
out there sending me inspiration, and so much
kindness, and wonderful opportunities.

So.  To hell with tiredness.  Here's a little
something different -- a landscape from my
iPad, drawn with my finger.  My iPad is old,
and unreliable, and shuts down in a minute for no
reason, fully charged.  But wow, try drawing on
it -- in the ultra low tech way of dragging your
finger over the surface -- and the thing is fun.
Thanks for reviving me.

Have a having fun making your art day.
P.S.  I know it should be "more tired",
not "tireder".  Yes I do.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Winter nostalgia -- (just a little).


Winter at the beach
(work in progress)
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
Today's painting is of the beach in winter,
 at Port Stanley on Lake Erie.  Sometimes there
is a miraculous day, when there is no snow, and
we just need to see that beach so badly, that we
leave Toronto, even though it's late in the day, and
it's quite a ride.  This view might be our reward.

If it is warm enough to walk on the beach all
bundled up, and the need for that view is intense
we might make the trip, have maybe half an hour
before darkness ends the view, and still feel entirely
rewarded, renewed, refreshed.

Have a getting to the beach day.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy International Day of Happiness!

I'd like that please!
Acrylic on watercolour paper
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
Barbara Muir © 

I love the thought of an International Day of Happiness,
and have been holding onto that idea, and returning
to it all day.  Today has been a full day, on many fronts
-- both work and family worries.  Thinking about happiness
I went searching for a painting that I don't think if I've shown
to you yet, and here it is.

It's a painting of my son Sam when he was younger, and
appropriate for the first day of spring.  It was cold
today, but the sound of the birds singing filled the air --
a sound we've missed all winter.  Clearly in this painting
my son is sitting on our back porch,  in what looks
like spring -- holding a piece of fruit. And a lovely cardinal
has come to investigate.

We do have cardinals coming to our bird feeder and they
are a gorgeous sight.

Happy International Day of Happiness, and Happy Spring.
Let's keep the happy thoughts coming.  They are the best.

Have an enjoying-the-new-spring day.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Party Day -- and Belated Pie for Pi Day

Stand Back for the Pie
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 
Today we had our lovely little family party to celebrate St. Patrick's
Day a couple of days late. We had brunch to suit both work
schedules and our youngest member's nap time.  Steven made
French toast, and we enjoyed party sandwiches from a local deli,
bagels, cream cheese, coffee, cherry pie and ice cream.

It was a sweet time, and I saw this painting that seemed to
capture that feeling yesterday at Yang's Flowers on Avenue Rd.
 It is still for sale if you'd like it, write me here.  But the point
is that it seemed the perfect painting to celebrate both spring,
a party feeling and the delicious bakery pie we served.

Have an enjoying family parties day. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

In a state of wonder

The tide's in
(almost finished)
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
It is a bit wintry today, though much warmer.  Quite a
wonderful day despite the grey skies, and for me in
addition to going to the market and seeing our friends
there, there was this.

I worked on this painting of clouds in Nova Scotia near
where we stay in Pugwash.  And I know that looking at
this scene I would be in a state of wonder, and have
to stop the car, get out and stare.  Which is what we artists are
here for -- to drink in what we see, interpret it in our
own way, and give it back to you.  So I hope you enjoy
it, and I also hope you get to travel to Nova Scotia in
the summer yourself, and delight in all that it has to
offer.  I miss it.

Have a travelling in your mind day.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day -- It's a fine day

It's a fine day sweetheart
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
Happy St. Patrick's Day.  The shamrock decorations are up,
and we put a touch of green colouring in the last of
the good wine we had with dinner.  The dog sported a bow,
and we sang some good old Irish tunes.  But the party
will happen when the family can get together.  It has been
a thing for us since we bought the boys green treats one year --
tradition.  Even though Steven is Dutch, and my Irish relatives
were really French from France.  Still I love the day.
Sally gets a St. Patrick's Day treat
for wearing her green bow, and trying very
hard to sing Danny boy!
Here's a little painting that is almost finished.  I love the clouds
that fly miles and miles wide across Nova Scotia -- like massive
sculptures of the most beautiful kind.

Have a loving-your-family's-traditions day.

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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!