Saturday, March 27, 2010

Earth Hour

Candlelight for Earth Hour
charcoal on bond paper
10 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
(I grabbed this quick sketch just as Steven was
getting ready to get up from the table
after our delicious Earth Hour meal.
He graciously sat for another couple of

It seems that Earth Hour snuck up on us this year. I was
making dinner, looked at the clock on the stove, and
realized, "Hey honey it's Earth Hour." We already
had so many candles on the table it was ridiculous so
we lit them all, found all of the rest, and sat in relatively
comfortable light while we ate dinner. The street lights
on the streets around us were dimmed, but some
neighbours had no idea it was earth hour.

I wouldn't have known if my mother didn't remind me.
And I'm sorry about that. Outside it was pretty cool
with most of the lights out. Of course I couldn't paint --
I need bright light for that, but I did this fast sketch
to commemorate, what I'd have to say is a romantic
tradition even if it doesn't have a more profound effect.

The kitchen table during Earth Hour
(It seems almost sacrilegious to give the
Earth just one hour every year -- but there
it is. I'm not religious, but do believe in
the planet. It really is our home.)

Have a loving-the-planet-our-only-home day.


Linny D. Vine said...

...and it had such a peace on earth feel...

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

It did have a peace on earth feel. We were safe, we were warm and we were happy. So what if the flowers were completely wilted, and it was only one hour. It was a magical hour, and maybe all of us who observed it learned something.

Take care,


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