Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sleeping standing up




Friends on the North Shore beach
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010

I was making supper tonight and felt myself nodding
off standing against the counter. Why? I taught for four
hours straight and I'm a highly energetic teacher. My
former boss says that's like doing Hamlet without a
supporting cast. But it was a great class, and I did have
a supporting cast. Still after the two hour drive to get
home I was knackered.

Here's a little painting of an image that made me
feel like dreaming about Nova Scotia. So I think
I will in a minute. In the summer of 2009 my
friend Flora and her husband Larry made the long
trek from Bear River to our school house outside
of Pugwash, N.S. The day we went to the beach
was ideal. Hot -- too hot for me, but perfect for
Flora and Larry. I carried a lovely orangey red
umbrella and we all took pictures of one another.
It was a perfect day.

Have a dreaming-of-wonderful-holidays day.

8 comments:

laura said...

Charming--I like how the two of you are huddled in the middle of all that "empty" space.
Contemplating vacations past and future is a lovely was to pass the time!

SKIZO said...

Thank you for sharing
This fabulous work with us
Good creations

painterchum said...

Hi Barbara,
That's a nice painting and a nice memory. It must be nice to catch up with your friend Flora when you go to NS.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laura,

Thanks we were actually huddled under
the umbrella trying to avoid burning up in the unusually high heat. Nova Scotia by the ocean in rarely hot. People there think it's horribly hot at 75 Fahrenheit, but that day last year it was really hot.

Yes thinking about free time when you're working hard is almost as good as an actual vacation. It's a brain break I guess.

XOBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Skizo,

Thank you so much for your very kind comment.

Take care,

Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sally,

We saw Flora last year up at our end of the province, and this year in her home town. This year our cat troubles interrupted our plans, but it was so great to see Flora and the fabulous work she's doing.

XOBarbara

Liza Hirst said...

You caught the feeling, Barbara!
I especially like the way you painted your clothes, so loose and strongly contrasting. I can feel the sun!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks very much. I would love to walk on that beach with you. You would absolutely love it, and be painting like mad (as always). I love the painting of Pam, and of the modern
furniture.

xoxoxoxoxoBarbara

Portrait Artist

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