Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Christopher!

The Red Tie
18 x 24 inches
acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir © 2005

It's my son Christopher's birthday and he's travelling so
we can't be together. But I'll be thinking about him all
day and reliving the details of the day he was born
as I have on every birthday since the first one.

He has always been a wonderful person, since day one, and
has grown up to be a funny, kind and talented young man.
Steven and I love him so much. So we're thinking about him
and wishing him well. Christopher is somewhere in South
Asia now, and I know he's having a great time.

Reading the paper after the dance
acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2006

In the past year, partially because of his travels, and teaching
in Korea, so much has happened in my life that leads
right back to him. He was the reason I started drawing
on Skype, and he was a major help for me when I was
getting ready to appear on Oprah.

Skype portrait of Christopher
acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

So my paintings today are paintings of Christopher. We'll
have a birthday dinner when he's back in August. But for
now I'm just delighted with him, and as always wishing
him another wonderful year, which I know he will have
because he loves life, and people, and that means he's
learned the most important lessons.

Happy Birthday Christopher


lifeartist said...

I can see your a sucker for color too!

Melinda said...

I love this portrait of your son, Barbara! It is so vibrant, so beautifully painted. It's just amazing and I'm so glad you shared it with us.

Best wishes to you and your dear family!!!!!

Christopher M. said...

thanks mumma! Miss youuuuuu!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Lifeartist,

Yes I am a sucker for colour too.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I'm glad you like the portrait. You are a sweetheart. Someday I hope you'll meet my family, and I'll meet yours.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Christopher,

What a lovely surprise. Miss you too,
Happy, Happy Birthday.

Love Mommy

Roland Halbritter said...

Happy birthday to Christopher as well
I like this painting, very strong, your son can be proud of his mother.

Tammy Hext said...

Hi Barbara,
I love the portraits of your son. You have inspired me to try some of my son -if I can get him to sit still long enough (4 years old and very busy).
Your self portrait is really awesome too.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Roland,

Thanks so much. I can't speak for him, but I think my son is proud of me, as I am of him.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Tammy,

Maybe the best idea for your four year old is to work from photos. Or even a stopped video. What a wonderful idea, and four is a great age isn't it. I just love that age.
You must be having so much fun.

Take care,


laura said...

Best wishes to Christopher on his birthday, and to his wonderful mom and dad!
These are all beautiful, radiant with the love for people that is one of the characteristics of your portraits!
And happy belated Canada Day: my Peter has Canadian cousins (in Toronto and Quebec), whom we absolutely love, so we always celebrate 7/1.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

Thanks so much. I remember you did a drawing with Ontario in the title. Living in the province of Ontario, I was shocked to find there's a city by that name in California.

We had a busy and happy Canada Day.

Thanks for your kind wishes. I hope my portraits of Christopher show my love for him. That would be
the ultimate goal. You are sweet.

Take care,


Laurel Daniel said...

Happy Birthday to Christopher! What a beautiful guy - that last one is my favorite. You caught such a great spirit about him!! XOXO

Liza Hirst said...

Seeing the three portraits together is interesting - like seeing different facets of him - actually a good idea for an exhibiton ( probably done a million times but I come to think of it just now...) I agree to what
Laura said: "These are all beautiful, radiant with the love for people that is one of the characteristics of your portraits!"
That's what made me notice your work in the first place!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

He is a beautiful guy. I like that last one too, because it was painted this year, from a photo I took of Christopher while talking to him on Skype. The conversation was a sad one, and the tenderness of his feelings for one of his friends back home (he was in Korea) is in the painting.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

And I yours. I love the joy and warmth in your portraits. You are just a superb portrait painter. Thanks so much for your sweet comment.


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