Saturday, October 20, 2018

Just in -- a video of my work in New York City -- go and check it out!

Hi Everyone,

My wonderful gallery in New York City, the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery,
just sent me a sweet video of my work on display there until the end of
October.  If you are in NYC please go and check it out at 531 West 25th
Street- Ground Floor-Chelsea New York.  And if you know a collector
who needs a special painting of a gorgeous Maritime landscape
take that collector along.

My price for the 30 x 30 inch works is $2500 USD.  The 36 x 48 inch
piece -- "Higher Love" is $3500 USD.

Have a going to New York and buying art day -- or call the gallery
and put in your order at 212-255-9050 and ask for Ruthie Tucker the
Executive Director.  Or email

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Back to my art group -- a wonderful night!

Michelle -- Art Group Sketch
Acrylic on canvas
14 x 18 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018
I've been a member of the Don Valley Art Club for
15 years.  One of the best things about that for me
is the portrait and figure drawing evenings held once
a week.  For the past two years a variety of injuries
and teaching assignments have mostly kept me away,
and I was missing it keenly.

So this week I got some help (carrying is not my
strong suit since I broke my arm last winter), and
joined my group again!  Yay!  What a welcome!
And a lovely hour and a half of painting followed.

There is something so inspiring about working
beside other artists whose work you love.  And a
live model is a particularly wonderful treat.
Michelle #2 -- Art Group Sketch
Acrylic on Birch Panel
6 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018
In this case Michelle was an engaging and lovely
model.  I set up beside Frank Pasian, who always
produces multiples in an evening, and inspired by him
worked on two sketches.  Both make me happy.

Have a working with your art friends day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Goodbye to a wonderful show, and hello to what's next

Me and Gabrielle Fischer Horvath with my painting Cloud Magic
Cloud Magic
Acrylic on canvas
4 feet x 6 feet
Barbara Muir © 2018
Photo courtesy Gabrielle Fischer Horvath
The Water for Life show is one of the longest running exhibitions
I've ever been part of.  It started out in Niagara Falls at the Niagara
Falls History Museum in May of this year, and was featured there
until September. The show took a brief break and then moved to
Toronto to join with the Passion for Life exhibition at the Arta
Gallery this past weekend, and add to its purpose.

Angelina Herrera, international curator and Antoine Gaber Artistic Director of the
Passion for Life and Water for Life exhibition in Toronto
with my painting Cloud Magic at the opening.
Photo courtesy Antoine Gaber.
Some of my friends
Georgia Fullerton, me, Pooja Chauhan, Naomi Phan
Photo courtesy Georgia Fullerton
Initially conceived by Antoine Gaber and Angelina Herrera
as a way of uniting international artists in an exhibition to
honour water, and our dependence on it, plus to champion
every person on the planet's right to clean water,
it added to this mission in Toronto.  Here the exhibition got
behind the cause of breast cancer research, and each artist
contributed part of the value of their work to the cause.

Georgia Fullerton and I enjoying the super atmosphere at
the Passion for Life/Water for Life opening 
Photo courtesy Pooja Chauhan
I enjoyed the opening so much on Friday October 12.  There
was such a feeling of both friendship and hope.  And it was a
beautiful exhibition.  My work Cloud Magic that had been
on display in both shows was in a gorgeous spot the moment
you walked into the space at the Arta Gallery.

Thank you to Antoine Gaber and Angelina Herrera for giving
me the unique privilege to be part of these dynamic shows,
and to gain a whole new community of artist friends around
the world.  Woo Hoo!  It was amazing.

Have a loving the people you work with day.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

The beautiful Maritimes fly south

Moody Beauty
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018
One more painting that will show in New York at the Amsterdam
Whitney Gallery opening on October 6, next Saturday from 3 -
6 p.m. And yes I'll be there and delighted to see you if you'd
like to attend the opening.

This work, Moody Beauty, undescores the truth for me -- that
the Maritimes (and our drive out there from Toronto) are always
beautiful.  Grey day, sunny day -- every day astonishes with
its endless views of magnificent land -- much of it untouched by
the vicissitudes of progress, and overconstruction we see
in the urban environment.  Don't get me wrong -- I'm a city
woman, but that makes every trip I take to the country all
the more precious. 

Have a loving your country time day

Thursday, September 27, 2018

More for New York -- and they've arrived!

Higher Love
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018

Happy news today -- this piece and three others arrived
in New York City and will be on display at the
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery for the month of October.
My Gallery director was delighted, and says all four
will be showcased beautifully!  Woo Hoo.   I've been painting
round the clock for the past few weeks trying to finish
the work, and am ready to breathe a massive sigh
of relief.

Shown today is a painting based on the pond in the
park behind the Brick Works in Toronto.  It's a big
happy piece expressing my joy in visiting the
Brick Works market and the beautiful park out
behind the market with this lovely wild space.
Lately the pond has been home to a massive
turtle. But he wasn't there when I started this
painting last February.

Have a loving-where-you-live- day.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New work for New York

The Moon's Out Early Today
work in progress 
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018

I feel like I just got back from travelling to the east coast.  Well we arrived home
just over two weeks ago, but the Maritimes are still deep in my mind,
thick in my soul, and wrapped around me like a warm blanket of thought,
imagination, and beauty.

This is the landscape we hit when we're driving to Nova Scotia that tells
us we are almost there.  And it's the passage through the Maritimes that
breaks our hearts when we're heading back to Toronto, our home.  So
the place is as thick with memories as the paint I used to create the
fields.  Such beauty -- and of course the clouds of the Maritimes, and I
couldn't resist a day moon against the deepest blue sky.

Have a loving your memories day.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

My thoughts on 9/11 posted first in 2016 (revised)

In the right place at the right time
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
I first posted this blog on 9/11 2016.  It says everything I want to say about 9/11 --
the day my father died -- some years before the 9/11 attacks in New York City.
It now comes out that many people have died, and that people are continuing to develop
serious, often fatal cancers from exposure to cancer causing dust and fumes spread 
when the towers fell. This story is about what can happen when we join together in
 friendship -- and there was never a time in the world when that was more important.

Under the beautiful window, on the left you see my painting
In the right place at the right time, which is in the right place
as part of the Kunst in Drimmelin exhibition,  in the Netherlands
Thank you to Kunst in Drimmelin for the photo, to Miranda Brouwers,
Rolf Leemeijer and Vittorio Dorigo for everything.  You all mean the world to me.

Another photo of the Kunst in Drimmelin show in the Restaurant Onze Kerk,
from the exhibition photographers, showing my work on the left and 
and to the right you see half of my friend Miranda Brouwers' gorgeous
landscape diptych, plus many other super artworks.  
My Dear Father,

I think of you every year on this date because you died on 9/11 some
years before the tragedy in New York City.  For me your death,
and the devastation and sorrow New York experienced blend together
in a cloak of sorrow.  But this year something else is happening.
Computers -- which you were fascinated by, and the internet
have lead me to be invited to partake in wonderful exhibitions
(something you as an artist would have so enjoyed), and also
brought me some truly delightful friendships.
My friend, Miranda Brouwers' beautiful, large diptych of the Worp 
One of these -- my friendship with Miranda Brouwers who I met
in 2015 at the Florence Biennale -- has resulted in me being part of
an exhibition in the Netherlands this weekend, in a show called Kunst
in Drimmelin. I know that even if you would have had trouble telling,
me so, you would have been proud of this event, of its focus on the
environment -- something you cared about.  You might also be
surprised that I paint landscapes now too -- something you were
known for in the creative part of your life.

I think of you lost to ill health, and of the losses of all of the families
all over the world who have lost people they loved because of war, violence and
terrible and pointless hatred.  And I wish for all our sakes that
we turn to peace and saving the planet in time for our children,
your grandchildren, and mine.

I love you and miss you Daddy.

In the right place at the right time
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches

Barbara Muir © 2016

Have a creating a more loving world 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:
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!