Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A happy life together

After the wedding
Stages 6 - 8
Acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir © 2010

I'm thinking a lot about love this week because just a
week and a half ago I watched this lovely couple get
married. This little portrait is just my response to a
photo I took at the end of the wedding reception. I
was leaving and saying goodbye to the bride and
groom, when I realized I'd love a picture, so they
kindly posed.

It's still not quite finished, as I'm spending quite a bit
of time working on other paintings. But I certainly
do wish this sweet pair a happy life together. I have
been lucky to enjoy a long and happy marriage.
Blessed as I have been, I think almost anything you
can say about love and happiness will be true for
someone. And many people are perfectly content
living alone, with or without a cat.

It has been an exquisite day in Toronto. The weather
is warm with a breeze, the sky a pure, end of summer
blue. I listened to a speaker last week who said that
we are innately happy, and have to work very hard to
be miserable. I think in Toronto today being miserable
would have required a supreme effort. People
all over the city were wowed by the weather and happy
as could be.

Have an -you-know-what-I'm-happy day.


eldon said...

You certainly paint happiness well.

Gwen Bell said...

What a beautiful couple! You certainly captured the glowing happiness in their eyes.


laura said...

Your painting really does exude happiness. What a bright, happy, young couple!

Liza Hirst said...

I agree - they sure look very happy! And actually one can see that you are happy for them, too. You put it all in the picture, wow!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Eldon,

Thanks so much. I'm so happy you think so. So do you! Your landscapes always make me happy.

Take care,


Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

They are a beautiful couple, and they are the kindest, sweetest people in the world. Yes they love one another.


Barbara M. said...

Hi Laura,

They are just that -- a bright and happy young couple. Love your portrait.


Barbara M. said...

Hi Liza,

I'm glad you can see an exuberance there. The couple love to have fun, and to ensure that everyone around them has fun too. They're both generous people.


cohen labelle said...

This is wonderful! You've captured the rapture that two people can feel for one another, beautifully!

Linny D. Vine said...

This glows with joy...and love!

Nicki said...

Gorgeous painting- it totally captures their joy. Will you give it to them?


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