Sunday, April 18, 2010

What me worry -- time for the lists

Water Series Image 1
Stage 7
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

Okay I am a pretty positive person -- after all it's
my job to read about how to stay positive and
focused, and to be successful and all of that
because I teach psychology. But we all know
that teachers teach what we most need to learn.

Given no pressure -- no blog, no commissions,
no shows, no interest in my art (not a world
I'd choose please understand) I would probably
lie down, read my book, watch reruns of 30 Rock and
eat. I was plugged in, and energized before I
started the blog -- but my dear friends -- my
output then, my energy, my income from art,
my exciting artist's life. There is no comparison
between B.T. B. (Before the Blog), and L.A.A.B. (Life
as a blogger). None.

So today forgive me if I had a moment there of
feeling overwhelmed. And because I am a positive
person, and can muster up huge faith in myself
when I begin to falter (even for a minute),
I made a list. Now by tomorrow night I need to
have accomplished the 30 things on that list.
But what a comfort a list is. Are you on the list?
Of course -- but then you know that because you're
on my list every single day. 1. Write the blog.

It is glorious spring here, and for a beautiful take
on spring colour visit Jala Pfaff's blog. Perfect.

Have the-happiest-Monday-you've-had-in-months!


Linda Popple said...

I've been out of town so haven't visited your blog in a while. I've missed your art and your wonderful comments!

I really like the painting! The colors, values, composition - it just all works. Plus, it is a happy painting!! said...

Beautiful portrait, great light, and wonderful contrasts. Sending buckets of luck as you slog through your list of 30 things in 24 hours. When you're finished (and I know you will), have a cup of tea and a slice of pie somewhere quiet so you can breath and pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Kim Rempel said...

I can't function without lists ; ) Barbara - I just want to tell you how fresh and lovely this water series is. I think they're all terrific! I just love what you do with skin tones but especially hair.

cohen labelle said...

Barbara – the portrait is stunning, beautifully nuanced – the good news is that you are a trooper – you can handle details, you always have. You and NY will hit it off. The other good news is that at the end of the day when you get through your list you’ll have time to read a few pages of that book – that as a compulsive reader helps one chill out.
Love, Marcia

Jala Pfaff said...

Hey, thanks for the mention! :D Happy Monday to you too.
You may want to link to that particular post itself (if you want):

Liza Hirst said...

This is stunning, Barbara! I think this is my favorite one of the series but I like all three very much! I am impressed at how fast you got them done and that besides your teaching and all the things on your list - wow!!
Sorry for my long absences here - I hope that will change after we've moved. But I do receive your posts every day and enjoy them - my thoughts are with you, even if I don't get round to commenting!

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