Friday, February 20, 2009

Super fun Friday!

Sam my youngest came up to school with me today.
He was bound and determined that he would sit at
the back of the class and stay silent. First of all -- he's
his mother's son, so staying silent is not one of his
best traits. But he hadn't expected the lively, funny,
joyous, and serious discussions in my class. So
he joined in immediately, and it was fun for everyone.

The last time Sam came to school with me he was 12, or
13. Even then he challenged my writing class, and wrote
a journal entry that made the other students sit up and
take notice. Today at 19 he is completely in sync
with the other students, and he had a great time.

Tonight our older guy, Christopher took us all out for
dinner at the Golden Thai restaurant downtown.
He was in Thailand at Christmas, so he told us that
the big mural at the back of the restaurant made him
sad, because Thailand was so beautiful, and it looked exactly
like that. I was glad that he thought the food was
as good as the food in Thailand, and it was a
wonderful dinner. I'd almost forgotten how funny
my gang of men are when they're all together.

Remember this charcoal sketch of my friend
Flora Doehler in Nova Scotia.

Here's the little painting I've been
working on from the sketch
of Flora
8 x 8 inches
acrylic on canvas

I'm working on a little painting, based on the
charcoal sketch from Skype I did a while back.
It's interesting to see how it moves the
sketch into colour. I'll take a better photo of it
tomorrow, but so far I'm happy with it.

Have a yippee-it's-the-weekend day.


Liza Hirst said...

Oh Barbara, I am so happy for you being with your whole family and can imagine very well what it means to you and how much you are enjoying it! I'm envious!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

It was fun. We're back down to three since Sam has gone back to school. It's wonderful to have our oldest here for awhile too. I missed him terribly.


Anonymous said...

Barbara, it is a strange sensation to see oneself in a painting. You have presented me in a beautiful, sweet way and I love the colours in the hair! My mother used to do oil and pastel portraits and she depicted me the same way you do......only 40 plus years ago!
Thanks for sharing your life's exuberance!
Flora xoxoxo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thanks for saying I paint like your mother. I know that's the ultimate compliment. You are sweet, so why wouldn't I paint you in a sweet way?

The photo doesn't do the painting justice unfortunately. When you come here you can choose a painting from my
Flora gallery!

The house looks amazing.
Love Barbara

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