Saturday, January 24, 2009

Goodbye to the Christmas tree (inside)

Every year we get a Fraser Fir, because we keep our Christmas
tree a long time. These trees hardly shed at all -- and are a snap
to clean up when they do. Today even before I woke up,
Steven had packed away all of the decorations and while
I was drinking my coffee he was pulling the large, still green
tree out the front door. Is it on the curb? Nope.

Instead it's mounted in a snow bank in the backyard, and
the birds are having a party in it. (Steven sprinkled it
with birdseed.) So it looks almost like a Christmas tree
again, only this time it's decorated with live birds.

What's next? For however long the snow and cold last,
the tree will stay there, shedding its needles, sheltering
the birds, and eventually it will turn brown, the snow will
melt, and Steven will chop it up and put it out at the curb
as yard waste.

the finished drawing done from Skype reference
black marker on watercolour paper
12 x 9 inches

Here's another picture from the set of drawings I did
for Skype.

Have an isn't-the-weekend-just-the-best? day.


Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara, I've been looking at the posts of your Skype drawings.
They are so lively and executed so well. I think you've done a heck of a job! Nice gig too huh?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks so much. Yes it was a super gig. I really appreciate your kind
comment. I hope your work is going well.

Take care,


Theresa Rankin said... I knew they would be...I am off to a three day workshop that I have helped organize I have been crazy busy...Today is the first day so I will be leaving soon. I have been watching...just not commenting. After the workshop I will have a little more free time.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Theresa,

I know how crazy it can all be. You are always wonderful. I hope this workshop is just amazing. Happy Robbie Burns day (I'm half Scottish,
a smidgen Irish, and some Italian (thank goodness)).


Liza Hirst said...

Hi Barbara,
These portraits are really fantastic! So full of life and expression, just like your paintings! Congratulations!
I just now had the opportunity to watch your video interview - how wonderful to see you in action!!
You have a beautiful smile, a pleasant voice and obviously a lot of humour - it was a real treat!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

What a total sweetheart you are! I'm glad you like the drawings and enjoyed the video. It's been a fabulous experience for me.


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