Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Enjoying the live long day

Tuesday is my longest day. Long, long, long. I love all of it.
Oddly enough my students at the end of the day are every
bit as vibrant and engaged as the people who start my
morning. So it's a lot of fun.

At the end of the day I've been going home, having
dinner, grabbing my gear and taking off again to
paint with my art group. Tonight dinner was leftovers
from last night. I prepared a canvas, got ready to dash
off, and realized I was just too darn tired.

But I was thinking about all of the blogs I've read
lately about the energy artists are getting from
painting every day, and decided to work on my
little sunset scene.

It's not finished yet, but I'm much happier about
how the colour is working. The challenge of course
is the brilliant light of the setting sun, set against
the moody blue light of the backyards. In real life
the combination is absolutely breathtaking. I
stand in total awe staring out my back window
on the rare occasion when I'm around to see this

Backyard blues at sunset
acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Not finished quite yet

Here's how far I got today. It was pure pleasure
working in my own studio, without having to
start up the car and drive when I was simply
too tired to manage it. After all I teach my students
to take care of themselves. I need to heed my own
advice. I hope you are taking care of yourself too.

Have a making-your-vision-come-true 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
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