Monday, September 28, 2009

Early birding


Happy Garden Flowers
acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

They say the early bird catches the worm, and if that's true
I should be looking at a plate of wrigglers right now,
because I've been up since before six a.m. If you know
me you know that's unusual behaviour, and to be
writing so early is even more peculiar. I just wanted
to thank everyone who came out to see my work this
weekend, and to tell my blog friends who couldn't make
it to write me an email and we can arrange a time to
have a coffee and look at the work some other day.

I'm going to leave the show up as is for a week or so,
because some people who came by yesterday want to
come back and choose when there are fewer people
around.

As I drove to work in the dark this morning there was the
threat of awesomely ugly weather -- thunder storms
and high wind in the emerging dawn, that actually
didn't appear. Seagulls whirled high under the bleak,
charcoal grey sky signalling a huge shift in the weather.
I hurried from the parking lot to class through sheets of rain,
and had sharp talks with the universe about the
state of affairs.

On the way home the clouds and rain washed the
car off, and as I parked near my bank the sun splashed
down and the day became beautiful -- sparkling off
the wet leaves, turning the streets into ribbons of
brilliant light. I drove home in high spirits.

Today's painting is the jolly flower painting the
early bird caught, just under the blanket of clouds,
as the sun broke through down to earth in my studio.
Another great day.

Have a fulfilling-your-dreams-for-the-moment day.

5 comments:

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Absolutely gorgeous painting! You have been such an inspiration for me...the way you keep painting and don't let life's little negatives get in the way. And here you are, up at 6:00, creating away!
Congrats on a successful studio open house. The preparation can be so intense, but the results so rewarding.
My husband chose sailing over art (the weather co-operated for the whole weekend, to my disappoitnment...with a little rain we could have headed to T.O.)Another time!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Catherine,

Thanks so much. I think your husband made the right choice. You have to sail while you can. You can come and see my work any time. We'll figure that out as soon as I get a little time.

I'm so glad you like this painting. It seemed to express the joy I felt at the end of a great weekend.

Take care,

Barbara

Laurel Daniel said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend and I am so happy for you. I hope you are basking in the glow! :) This is an absolutely gorgeous paitning!! XOXOX

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laurel,

I still have the bottle of Veuve Cliquot in the fridge waiting for your visit! I'm so glad you like the painting.

XOXOXOXBarbara

Liza Hirst said...

Yes, this is a glorious painting, Barbara! You're sooo good with flowers! (And not only with flowers...) I am happy for you that you had such a nice weekend, such a successful show - you deserve it! And in regard to making the most of your time you are definitelý my hero!!!

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