Ready for joy
Charcoal on bond paper
12 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010There's a lot of pressure on all of us to live up to
some ideal. I think about this quite a bit. The reality
of my own life is that I am mother and wife,
a friend, an artist, and a teacher. Every role is
demanding, and every one matters. I am far from
alone in this. Most people I know in this city juggle
multiple roles, both at home and in their working lives.
It's the end of the semester, and looking back it
feels like a success. Now I can devote myself
exclusively to my art and my family for awhile.
Compared to the job of balancing art and school,
balancing art and Christmas is a snap. Tomorrow
after my client leaves, we'll go and get the Christmas
tree, set it up in the studio, and dedicate part of the
studio to the holiday. We'll decorate the mantle,
and drape pine and cedar boughs around the doorways
and windows. The place will begin to smell divine.
I am tired, partially because it's very late as I write this,
and because I've been working very long days lately.
But I am also energized by the thought of a bunch of
new art projects on the horizon. Tonight I'm
showing you a sketch, that may become part of one of
my paintings for the new year. The model is doing the
whoop exercise from Mike Dooley, expecting all good.
And that's what I wish for you. Put your arms in the
air and imagine it happening. Then get ready -- all good
is coming your way.
Have a getting-ready-for-pure-joy day.