Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wandering and flow

Pegann's flowers
8 x 8 inches
acrylic on canvas

This weekend the truth is that I'm under a ferocious time
pressure. But if I let myself think that and get scared, I won't get
my work done. Instead I pretend that I am just having a bit of
a holiday (it's the weekend), and that in between this and that
(laundry, course notes for tomorrow, organizing dinner) I
am doing my work. In this case painting.

This works. Instead of getting worried, I can feel like I am
lucky to have such freedom, and even though I'm setting the
timer, and regulating these breaks -- just like I do in a
portrait session -- I am just doing that for fun. And that's
the truth. I'm doing the whole thing for fun.

Tonight's painting is a flower study I did on the market
flowers I bought yesterday. The flower lady is wonderful.
While she was spending 15 minutes composing a gorgeous
bouquet I wandered around the market and found a woman
who does incredibly relaxing massages in 10 minutes. So
I used the wait for the flowers wisely and left the market
with flowers and fresh veggies feeling ready to paint. Now
that was fun!

A shout out to Eldon Warren for his kind comments about
me on his blog this week. Eldon you're a super painter and
a wonderful friend!

Have a fooling-yourself-into-enjoying-life day.


Anonymous said...

Just a gorgeous painting Barbara, I'm glad you found time to squeeze it in.

Aliaena said...

Hi Barbara! sorry I've been away for a while, but now am back and WOW - I just love this flower study. So Beautiful! Totally brightens up my day! Absolutely beautiful colours and composition. Thanks for the gift of your joy that you so graciously share with us! All the best back to you, Aliaena

Gwen Bell said...

Oh Barbara. I'm speechless. You know I adore all of your work, but this one is a real Masterpiece. LOVE IT!

Flora Doehler said...

Gorgeous work Barbara!!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

I'm so glad you like it. Yes it was like a conversation in paint. The bouquet was there, and I've found Zinnias are hard to keep so I had to get them down.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Aliaena,

I'm so glad you're back. I think I can be counted on to brighten up your day when it comes to colour. Subtle is not my thing at the moment.
You are so sweet. Thanks for your kind and thoughtful encouragement. It means a great deal to me.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

You send me reeling back to the little painting to give it a second look. I'm so glad you like it. I was inspired by the fresh garden flowers. So lovely.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Bisous to you as they say in France.
I hope you are surviving your water ordeals and having a whole lot of fun! I'm counting on you.


eldon warren said...

Wow!! What a little jewel this is. It's good you found the time. Wel spent I'd say.

Barbara Muir said...

Oh Eldon,

Thanks so much. I was lucky with this one. It just happened and it seems to have worked.

Take care,


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