Saturday, April 11, 2009

Joyous art friendships

Kitchen Morning
by Theresa Rankin
12 x 12 inches

The photo reference
My kitchen

I have had such wonderful experiences since I
joined the world of art blogs -- with exchanges of
art and ideas I could never have imagined. I am
eternally grateful to my wonderful friends in
the blog world, who have become true friends
and vital to my art life, and my happiness.

Today my friend Theresa Rankin surprised me
out of the blue with a painting of my kitchen
on her blog, painted from a photograph I
posted a few months ago. She called it kitchen
morning, and you can see it properly on her blog.
Head over there right away.

The painting, and her kind words about me on her
blog today just made me ecstatic. It was a glorious
sunny, spring day here and we went to a superb family reunion
birthday party in Stratford, Ontario. But the mood
was set for pure happiness when I read Theresa's

Portrait of Barbara Muir
Done via Skype
by Susan Carlin
oil on board

In February my friend Susan Carlin painted me
via Skype video for the people who attend her
painting workshops online. I was absolutely dazzled
with her portrait. Check out her superb
work, and wonderful videos. And on that same day
my friend Melinda Esparza drew me from a You Tube
interview with Howard Wolinsky that you can watch
on this site. This quirky portrait pleased me no end,
and sparked some great conversations.

Portrait of Barbara Muir from Skype interview
by Melinda S. Esparza
mixed media

All of this art activity has been wildly exciting to
me -- and has helped to charge my art batteries,
make me believe that life is even more
wonderful than I already thought, and added
more and more to my enjoyment when I'm

I have also made many good friends through the
blog, and I know those friendships will grow and
that more and more exciting surprises, events
and workshops will happen in the future.
Happy Easter from my kitchen and my little
house to yours wherever it is.

Have a loving-the-surprise-filled-beautiful-universe day


milindmulick said...

nice post...!(of course from a nice woman)
lovely photo and Theresa's painting ,mind if i try painting from that photo.
why dont you join our next paint-off in June.

r garriott said...

Lucky you! All those great paintings. I hardly know where to start throwing compliments around! Love them all. A wonderful portrait by Susan Carlin and fun to see you without your glasses. What an innovative way to sit for a portrait. Could change the whole business.

eldon warren said...

Wowee! What a painting your kitchen made. Leave it to Theresa to think of doing that huh? The other pieces are awesome. Totally different in execution but both so well captured our friend Barbara.
Great post.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Milind,

I'm just fine with you painting that kitchen scene, but check that it's okay with Theresa first. I'd be delighted to join your June paint-off.

Thanks so much for your encouragement.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi R.,

I'm glad you like the art and the post. I'm hoping it does change the business. It already has for me. By the way I only wear glasses to read, write, draw and for painting close work. I should probably post a picture without glasses. I just have to get a nice one. You're right I am lucky, and I'm lucky to know you!

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks so much. Yes there's a lot of
buzz going on in the blog world. You are certainly a wonderful friend I've
met through painting. Isn't that a great gift the internet has given all of us.

Take care,


Laurel Daniel said...

What a delightful surprise! This is a great community of support and YOU are on my pedestal of leaving happy surprises and encouragement!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

You are on a high pedestal in my estimation, because you do so much, always turn out perfect work, and are such a kind art friend to have.

Thanks for all that you do.


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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!