Sunday, July 12, 2009

Perfect Sunday



Flora in sunlight
Skype drawing
black marker on bond paper
8 1/2 x 11 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

We had a great day today. I read my book -- Run,
by Ann Patchett
. Then we went down to see what
Salsa on St. Clair is like -- It was about a two block walk
away, and they'd closed off the street for the event.
We watched Salsa dancers demonstrating, took in the
crowds enjoying the music, came home and pitted
enough cherries for at least two more pies, then had
dinner on the back porch, and shared Steven's fresh
baked cherry pie with friends.

I remember the chores of my childhood included
pitting cherries. It seemed like all summer
long we picked blueberries, blackberries, currants,
even wild strawberries in the little woods across the
street from our house. I wish I'd known then --
complaining of the heat and the time away from
my friends -- how blessed I was to be living with
a mother who wanted us to enjoy these treats
and the wonderful jam and pies she made.

The weather is totally unusual for July, which can be
so stifling you can't go outdoors. It was perfect
today, and is going down to 12 degrees Celsius tonight
(that's just over 53 Fahrenheit), which is typically late
August weather. Lucky for us, because we're having
a garbage strike in Toronto, and high heat could make
it untenable.

I'm showing you a Skype drawing I did today of my
friend Flora, in Nova Scotia. I'm thinking about her
because she's moving into a dream, 100 year old
farmhouse this weekend. The place is just gorgeous.

Have a loving-the-summer day.

2 comments:

floramary said...

Wow....what a shock and surprise to see me staring back at myself on your blog this morning! lol! I'm so glad to be your Skype model! (smile)
Tonight is our last night at this house we've been living in for 14 months. It's out in the country and I'll miss the quiet. After all, we are moving into the village (with like 500 others) on our 2 acres. I know that sounds funny .... sound is all relative, isn't it?
We've hit a few little snags with the move and the house isn't really ready for us yet....unless we are willing to heat water on a stove for bathing. However, the lovely people who rented us the first house we lived in here that actually overlooks the tidal river, have offered us the house to ourselves for a week while our company is here!!! The universe provides again!
I'm thinking of you too Barbara and hope to see you when you come to NS! WE are thinking of going to the Rock and Mineral show in Parrsboro mid August. Is that close to where you live?

Barbara M. said...

Hi Flora,

Parrsboro isn't too far away, one hour and 30 minutes away. But we are leaving in mid-August. August 17 if flying, August 14 if driving.

We should talk!

xoxoxoxBarbara

Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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!