Wednesday, March 18, 2009

401 -- in Canada it's a highway



School House Sun Dial
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches

Here's a painting I started a couple of years ago of
our school house in Nova Scotia. It's probably the
most abstract painting I've ever done -- and
after touching it up a tiny bit tonight, I decided
that I like it just as it is.

My 401st blog entry
This is my 401st blog in a row. In Toronto we
have a super highway called the 401, which runs
from Windsor, Ontario to the Quebec border.
You can start your journey to our school house
in Nova Scotia right here in Toronto on the 401
like we do almost every year.

The trees in the painting appear to disappear
because they were the width of a finger when
we bought the place 14 years ago. So though
they get sturdier and massively bigger every
year, we're always surprised to see them, because
we never thought they'd survive. Now they are
ridiculously tall poplars and they make a lovely
flickering sound, when the sea wind whips up
the Wallace River three acres behind the house.

Friends down the road tell me the building has
made it through another winter of hellish storms.
Hallelujah! And three cheers for me, I've made
it to 401 blogs. Thanks for being there for me
all the way.

Have a noticing-the-trees-growing day.

4 comments:

Liza Hirst said...

Hi Barbara,

Just read all the recent posts I missed - a real pleasure! I admire your ability to put your thoughts in words so well.
And I like your last paintings very much! Especially the wedding couple, the kitchen scene and the apples - and this one - and ....
No really, they are all great!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. You are funny. I'm glad you like my work. You are sweet.

xoxoxoBarbara

Laurel Daniel said...

I got behind in my blog visiting so I just saw this one - 401 consecutive posts - that is FABULOUS!! Congrats and great choice in pictures!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much. I think I'm getting behind in finding these kind comments. I hope you come back and see that I responded. Your work is just fabulous.

XOXOXBarbara

Portrait Artist

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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!