Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The kitchen as garden

Parrot tulips in in the kitchen
black marker on bond paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

This past week our kitchen has been insane
with flowers. (Okay I'm tempted to add dude!)
I spend a lot of time with teenagers in my
work and their way of talking rubs off. (Add
another dude here. As in Dude!)

The kitchen table
How are we supposed to eat with all
of these flowers? We manage just fine.

How would I rephrase that as a grown up?
Friends have been awestruck by the riot
of colour created by our floral friends this
week. Ah forget it. What happened? The
flowers from last week didn't die. We thought
they would, so we bought more, and last
week's beauties stayed with us. Plus I actually
planted pansies in the pots at the front of
the house and you've got to pick those
every day (dude!) and bring them in.

So tonight's drawing is of the most gorgeous
red parrot tulips in my kitchen. I wish I
had time to paint them, but it's early to bed
tonight -- it's my early class tomorrow.

Parrot tulips in pots on the hutch.
These are my favorite tulips.
But of course I love most tulips.

I started the third painting in my water
series tonight. That is I painted on the
orangey/brown ground, but realized that
I was way too tired to draw my next image
on the canvas. So I'll wait until tomorrow.
I am dreaming of this series now. It's pretty

Have a maybe-we-should-get-some-flowers day.


LeSan said...

Dude! That is so awesome!
Couldn't resist.
Great drawing there. Really, very nice indeed. The live ones look splendid in your kitchen. Never apolgize for having the good taste to fill your home with flowers. That sounds like something Katherine Hepburn would have said. Hehe

Jala Pfaff said...

Excellent drawing, dude! Wish I had, like, tons of flowers and stuff.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Your kitchen garden is luscious! I always like your line drawings and this one is especially nice.

Gwen Bell said...

Wonderful detail in the drawing! Your kitchen looks so doubt reflecting the qualities of it's hostess with the mostest.

L.Holm said...

Wow! That is a lot of flowers. Most festive kitchen I've ever seen. Looking forward to seeing your flower series. I know it will be eye-poppin'

Barbara Muir said...

Hi LeSan,

Dude, I'm so glad you like it. The live ones have now caved. They don't seem to like the winter then summer then winter weather we're having. Yesterday winter, today summer.

My mother's generation used to think that those weather changes made you sick. They don't but they do cause serious fashion challenges.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Jala dude, I love your sky paintings.

They're totally awesome man, like I can just stare at them man and totally space out! Dude.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks so much. I love your work. Send me a picture of yourself via email. I want to know what you look like. This avatar is making me ridiculously curious. Sorry. Portrait painter.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

Thanks so much. I'm delighted that you like the kitchen. I'm an enthusiastic hostess, but I don't cook except every other night. So I always need an assistant, preferably the excellent cook I live with, to pull off a party.

I hope you can come to one of our parties sometime.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liz,

Dude I'm working on a people series. Flowers are a sideline. That is I like painting them and do paint them, but they're not the main event. In the house though, they play like a major role dude. That's because Toronto is blessed with great flower stores, and those tulip pots were 3.99 each, or about 3.75 American. So Dude, you like can't not fill your kitchen with them eh! Love your work dude.

You rock.


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