Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Skype portrait
black marker on watercolour paper
10 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009
(My brother lives in a beautiful
location on the Gatineau River)

Thinking about Louise Hay last night lead me directly to
the concept of abundance she introduced into my life.
I've never met Louise Hay, although I'd really like to.
When my first son was a young boy, and I was about
to have my second child, she rocked my world with
that concept on her tapes and in her books. The idea
that we already have everything we need, moves us
out of the idea of want. That doesn't mean that life
will always be easy, far from it. It means that if you
need something, it will come to you.

Another writer recommended sitting down with
your journal and writing down a question. Then if
you sit for a minute the answer comes flying in. I
think that this works for art. Alyson Stanfield in her
Art Biz Blog is always reminding us to go back
to the studio. That's because she really does understand
the psyche of avoidance, which is the complete opposite of
abundance. But I say sit with that too. Write down,
"Universe, why am I avoiding my painting, that I
love so much?" And when the answer comes roaring
through your brain, down into your hand and onto
the page, you'll know. And then you'll start.

Louise Hay teaches us, as does Julia Cameron in The
Artist's Way
, to recognize abundance when it's in
front of you. These spring days seem like an ode
to abundance. It's been cold here, very unusual
in June. But many of the spring flowers, which I love,
are more brilliant and lasting longer than last year.
The Irises, are just gorgeous -- a whole flood of purple
ones look to be about five feet tall, and beautify a corner
on a busy street near here, just by the bus stop. That
abundance is available to everyone who passes by
that garden.

Tonight's drawing is a Skype portrait of my brother,
Andrew. I started it the other day, and thought I'd
gone too far, but I just needed to spend more time on
it, and get it done. My brother is one of the people
I am incredibly grateful for. He has helped me so
much in my creative life.

Have a seeing-the-abundance-all-around-you day.


C'EST LA VIV™ is a creative boutique, a brand and a beautiful mess! said...

Hi Barb,

JUNE 6 is the 2nd Annual World Drawing Day !

I'll be posting drawings instead of my daily painting on cestlaviv.blogspot.com as well as one of the sites listed on http://www.drawingday.org/

Hope you join in.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Vivian,

We'll see what the day looks like.
I hope I can join you,

Take care,


Laurel Daniel said...

Life is so abundant... drawing your brother on skype is a great example of that! And I am so thankful to be spending time with my sister from Michigan this week! Thanks for the reminder to remember!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much -- it did feel like abundance just getting to talk to my brother on Skype. Well good for you a sister from Michigan -- have fun, I know you will!


Liza Hirst said...

Barbara, I just can't get enough of your exquisite drawings! I really love them! I tried doing one the other day when I hadn't had time to complete a daily painting, but it was no good. I kept thinking of your's and admired them even more!
Abundance - coincidentally I will be posting a painting today titled abundance, too. You are right - this time of year is so full of it!
What a pleasure.

Liza Hirst said...

Oh, by the way - your brother looks very nice and I see a ressemblance there, don't I?

Melinda said...

I am now thinking of you as the Queen of Sketches! Your drawings are full of color, having lines that are controlled and let loose, plus, a happy energy.

Great post too!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

That's funny. The Queen. Thanks very much. And you are the Queen of glorious Tucson painting. Soooo good.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. I'm sorry I missed your comment. I guess you're right there is a bit of resemblance between my brother and me. He is a wonderful guy.


eldon warren said...

Hi Barbara, I am so far behind in reading your posts. A couple of intense weeks have passed tho and I have nothing to do until Aug.
This post reminds me of that cactus I found growing from a rock just recently. It is in full bloom and is totally beautiful even tho it's growing in a hanful of dirt in a desert climate. I guess it really does have all that it needs.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

That cactus was amazing. Yes we just need to see the abundance around us. When we do life is a lot more fun.

Take care,


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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!