Thursday, October 14, 2010

Twice blessed

Yesterday I posted a sketch of Christopher, my
son that I drew from a tiny school photo.  Today
I looked through Sam's school file and found a
little picture showing him at five or six.  He was
lucky to have a wonderful babysitter, Mary, back
then,who kept him looking shipshape while she
worked for us from the time he was one until he
was seven.  Sam did not like having
haircuts as a toddler, but by this stage I think he
might even have had some gel in his hair, and the
cut was pro, not a home special.  I love the confident
smile in this picture, as though he knows he looks
wonderful in his red sweater and dressy blue shirt.

 In the red sweater
Pencil on bond paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
Looking at my sons' school pictures made me chuckle
as I was flooded with memories from that time.  Sam
was a thoroughly happy baby and child.  Steven
and I feel so lucky to have these two amazing children
in our lives.  This past weekend when I was sad
that he was leaving town, Sam sent me funny videos
from Saturday Night Live, and I immediately appreciated
his thoughtfulness (which is always there), his witty
sense of humour, and his intelligent, perceptive nature.
He is a delight.

The above link is for anyone who loves Eric.


Melinda said...

What a sweetie pie! You've done an excellent job of rendering your dear boy, and I'm always impressed with your work.

Thanks for the link to a great blues song. Waaay kewl!

Linny D. Vine said...

Both of these portraits are so full of life and character, Barbara!

cohen labelle said...

Hi Barbara
These are beautiful drawings! - sort of Rubenesque.
I remember your two sweeties at that stage - they're blessed too!!! You're a good mommy and a good artist!

love, Marcia

Marilyn Flanegan said...

I so enjoy your dailies Barbara. You are all truly blessed.

: )

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thank you. I'm a bit behind on responding sorry. My little boy was really too cute to capture, but it's close. The blues song is way kewl. Glad you liked it.

Love your paintings.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

Thanks. I'm no longer used to working in pencil, and they are much softer than they'd be in charcoal. But I didn't mind that for these little drawings. You know your work knocks me out.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

Wasn't that fun when our children were small. We used to go on some great picnics down near Hamilton. You're a good Mommy too, and of course an exceptional artist.

Love Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marilyn,

I love your work. I just saw the movie Secretariat, and thought of you.
That beautiful horse in the movie would be flattered I'm sure to have a portrait done by you.

Take care,


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