Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Animal rebellion

In the warm light
Art group sketch
acrylic on canvas
12 x 16 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

Our animal crew here have some fixed ideas about
how a day should roll. I'm sure they knew my
teaching schedule for the semester before I did.
They make the time change to Daylight Savings Time
in a day. No huge adjustment. On the old time
they're hungry for dinner at 6 p.m., and the next
day guess what they know when it's 6 p.m.

Today was a long day at school, and they aren't
used to that on Tuesday. Neither am I, but it
was an interview day -- every ten minutes a new
interview all day long. Well...

Did anyone think about telling the animals?
Apparently not. I walked in the door to see
a roll of shredded toilet paper in the front
hallway, and to hear my dog jumping off my
son's bed upstairs. Yes the rip in his antique
quilt is more dramatic. My earrings had been
knocked on the floor, and a plastic baggie of
my sorted tax receipts attacked and played with
in the upstairs hallway.

Did I get the message? Yes. After their supper
the dog and I hit the park for some fresh air.
Then when Steven came home, to monitor
this rebel crew, I headed out to my art group.
Here's the painting. The model
was a Rubenesque woman -- I hope you like
the result. I was quite pleased.

Have a taking-it-one-step-at-a-time day.


Melinda said...

Wow! They really know how to communicate, those rebels of yours.

I'm always so impressed and in awe of your dedication. This painting is lovely. I like that it is a repose too. Your colors look confident and the dark background is luscious.

Hope those animals settle down tomorrow!

Karen Bruson said...

I love the results. The splashes of blue are great.

Anonymous said...

That story is hilarious Barbara!! I love how you tell it!
What an artist! xo

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