(work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010Windy doesn't quite cut it when you're talking about
this day. It was windyyyyyyyyy. And in between my front
doors blew some delightful mail from a friend far
away that cheered me mightily in a long day of
teaching, marking and more marking. I was inspired
to paint by images of a great art show south of the
border. In the midst of a whirlwind
of activity, after nearly being blown away up to
the seagulls and their insane aerobatics high up
in the clouds, I was buoyed psychologically
by this real mail, delivered by the mail carrier,
(who ever since my appearance on Oprah always calls
me movie star).
Did I say there was candy in the package too?
There was, and I have not eaten all
of it. But how perfect for the day -- the end of term,
several shows pending, work to do, commissions to
complete -- and an unexpected treat. Today a letter
with candy in it, could not be any closer to nirvana.
Two more gigantic piles of marking and I escaped
to work on my painting. I think I've been greatly
influenced by a delightful show Steven and I saw a
week ago at the Art Gallery of Ontario called Maharajah.
The work in the show is wonderfully intricate -- not
always my thing, but in this case, captivating.
Have an enjoying-the-intricacies-of-nature day.
P.S. about two years ago I learned that my sons' great,
great, great grandmother was a Maharani in Indonesia. I know
very little about her, except that my mother-in-law, her
descendant has a black and white photo showing her on
her throne dressed in highly ornamented, ceremonial