Saturday, July 11, 2009

Beautiful Saturday

Yellow lilies in sunlight on the kitchen table

This has been a wonderful day! I hope it was for
you too. I finished the baby, and delivered her
to the client. I will probably still tweak the portrait
a bit, but it is done.

It's been a warm, sunny day, and I painted all day,
then drove home after the Baby was finished, grabbed
dinner and we went to see The Proposal, which I
really enjoyed. Steven and I have had maybe three
complete nights off together in three months,
so this was lovely. The writing in the movie was
good, and it's a love story -- our favorite kind of

acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

Now I'm going to dry out my brushes until tomorrow,
breathe and watch a late night movie. Big thanks
to my artist friend for telling me to follow my
heart today, and thanks to all of my friends for
being there and encouraging me. I ended up
giving the baby a Teddy so she wouldn't be
lonely and some leaves behind her (shaped like
hearts because I saw a tree like that yesterday and
I wanted to give her love and summer in the same
image). I am very fond of this baby and almost
hated to see her go.

Have a loving-your-life day.


eldon warren said...

Well....You decided to go with the Teddy. Perfect. I think you made the right choice. She would have seemed so much more by herself had the Teddy not been put in there. Yep!! Yer good!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks a lot! It is her Teddy. I'm glad you agree with my decision. Yer good too.

Take care,


Anonymous said...

Another gorgeous painting Barbara! The baby will be thrilled when she grows up to have a portrait and to have her favorite teddy in it too!
I am so proud of you and your painting and writing!! Floraxo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thanks so much. I'm glad you like it. Yes the baby will know that her grandmother was absolutely crazy about her. A wonderful thing to know.

Good luck with the move.

Love Barbara

Gwen Bell said...

Love the addition of the Teddy Bear. What a wonderful painting!
Her face and chubby little hands are so sweet. You are an amazing artist!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

Thanks so much. It's funny what seems hard at first. Surely a grown up surrounded by complicated quilts should be harder than a baby. But the
sweet simplicity of the baby was
susprisingly complicated. Each fraction of an inch counted somehow.


Tammy Hext said...

It looks wonderful - I think you made the right decisions. I love it.

Laurel Daniel said...

I have been AWOL and just got to see this baby develop instantly before my eyes. You did make great decisions and I can see why you hate to let her go. She was absolutely adorable from that first pink undertone you put down!! Well done! I bet her mom loves it!!! XOXOXO

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Tammy,

Thanks so much. They felt right, that's all I can say. I've been really tempted to put leaves in this spring. I think it's a nod to green, which I never used to like in my paintings. Now. Wow. Green and black can't get enough!


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,
Apparently her mom, who I've never met does love it, and that makes me so happy!


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