Saturday, June 13, 2009

Out with the boys

My men
black marker on bond paper
5 x 5 inches
(a quick sketch from a
photo of Steven and the boys
when Sam was a baby. I like
the exhausted Dad look
on Steven's face.)

My oldest son is heading back to Asia this week so
we went out as a family to have dinner together
to celebrate his trip tonight. We found a restaurant
down by the Lake just west of Toronto. We had about
a forty minute wait, so we sat together on a bench
looking at the ducks and geese swimming in the water
and the yachts coming in and out of the marina. I
absolutely love being by the water. There wasn't a lot
of time for art today, so I did a fast sketch
for you tonight.

I have been reading Alyson Stanfield's wonderful
book I'd rather be in the studio, and I can already
see that it's going to be a life changing book.

Alyson is 100% against whining. I am so with her,
even though it's tempting to whine, and of course
I give in from time to time. She wants us to take
responsibility for our own artistic success. That's
a hard concept, because all of us would like a fairy
godmother to come in, wave a wand and say, "Poof."
or, "Shazam! (cloud of pink smoke) You're a
success." When in fact we make it happen.

Watching my sons across the table tonight I
felt happy about my family. They are funny,
intelligent, talented and loving people.

Have an I'm-a-lucky-person-to-know-you day.
And a Happy Birthday shout out to Suzanne,
my sweet friend.


Liza Hirst said...

Barbara, I can so relate to what you are saying about being with your family and enjoying your two sons, as for the first time after more than a year my two sons are at home with us and we are having a wonderful time together.
That book sounds very interesting! I will see if I can find it somewhere. Thanks for the tip!
Nice drawing!!!

Elizabeth Seaver said...

what a special time together with family. You have described the only way to be--in the moment. Thanks for sharing your joy with your "boys" and your positive outlook, Barbara.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

You can order the book on line at the link I gave you. The book is like a brainy friend. I like that. Alyson is so smart and with it.

Yes I love being with the boys. I'm so glad yours are with you.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Elizabeth,
I love the bird paintings you're doing.

Take care,


Alyson B. Stanfield said...

Barbara: What a lovely story about your sons. I'm with you on the water. Apparently, you're supposed to be much more creative when you're around running water. Makes you want to put a fountain in every room of the house.

I am so glad you're getting good info from the book. You know I wrote it just for you, don't you?

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Alyson,

I've noticed that everyone's mood improves around water.

I'm glad you wrote the book just for me, or as Stephen Colbert says, and you, and you, and you.

Yes. It feels that way. Good work.

Thanks from all of us.

Take care,


Liza Hirst said...

I just happened to take a second longer look at this drawing and realized that you captured three different expressions on the three faces! The tiredness of Stephen is there, the little boy's fun is there and the baby's innocent happyness is jumping out of his eyes! And all that with just a few lines - sooo good, Barbara!!

L.Holm said...

Ok i'm going to get that book!

Fabulous sketch of your guys. Sounds like a wonderful evening with your sons.

I feel exactly the same about water.

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