Saturday, February 13, 2010


Boy thinking
8 x 10 inches
black marker on bond paper
Barbara Muir © 2010

Who do you love? Who Who. Who Who?
Who loves you? ... Today I'm posting a
sketch of a boy I painted a few years ago.
Why? Because he was 15 -- probably one of
the most powerful ages for romantic love.
Not that he ever told me whether or not
he loved, or even liked anyone.
Now all you Valentine's decriers -- try to
remember back to when you were 15, and
whether or not someone loved you was the
whole deal.

I told my class the other day that the idea
of love was well worth celebrating, and all
this talk about commercial takeovers ad
nauseum makes me unhappy. Because
hearts are pretty, and a day that honours
loving is a good thing. Argue back every
day should be for loving. Okay! My husband
and I give one another flowers for
Valentine's Day every weekend all year.
My point is people aren't always loving,
and a day that jolts the love vibe is not a bad thing.

Go back to your tender hearted 15 year
old, jealous, baby self and reconnect with
that passion. Now that should work. If
not I give you a pretty picture for Valentine's
Day. I love my life, my work, my family,
and my friends ... that includes you. There
is lots of love to go around. It isn't a pie.
But then you already knew that.

Have an enjoying-all-the-love-in-your-life day.


Linny D. Vine said...

Right back atcha, Barbara with the big and beautiful heart!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

Glad you like the celebration of loving humans. Your paintings radiate a loving world view.

Take care,


eldon warren said...

15 huh? Nah, I'm not feelin it. (:
Let's see,that would be some 40 odd years ago. It's hard enough remembering where I'm heading and what my plans are lot of the time.
To tell the truth, I like it here and now. I like it that I've got lots of family and friends that care about me. And I appreciate every one of them. Including my friends in Toronto. Happy valentines day Steve and Barbara.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

My point was that high romantic love is a childhood fantasy. The torture, the insanity. With any luck that goes away with age, but the romantic gestures don't have to.

Thanks so much for your lovely Valentine's wish. We sure appreciate our friends and family too. I hope you and Debra have a great day.

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