Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, January 21, 2011

No mean feat

 Clarity (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

I must admit that I feel entirely blessed on my
dealings with the art world in general, but I
have in the distant past been in shows where people
walked by my paintings and said cruel things.
Believing in kindness and looking for the positive
has altered my life, and most of the comments I've
received in recent years have been a treat on all fronts.

But the blog world in my experience takes the
idea of positive thought and positive comments
to a new height.  And what is the effect?  The
results prove that a positive world, with positive
comments leads to more work, energized and
ultra creative artists, support, a willingness to
risk -- in short all good.

It's an old idea that it's good for people to be
criticized.  Why would that be true?  If someone
posts a painting on a blog there is no obligation to
the part of the audience to look at it, or to comment.
That's the beauty of the system.  Viewers can choose
people whose work they love, and shower the
artist with praise.  It's an equal opportunity forum.
I for one am absolutely delighted to be part of
this glorious world.  It gives me strength, it makes
me work, and it makes me happy.  An unbeatable
combination.  And that my friends is no mean feat.

Thank you for being my cheering section.  I enjoy
being yours.

Have an enjoying-this-positive-world day.

2 comments:

Liza Hirst said...

Here I come to cheer, Barbara!!
Your portraits are getting better every day - this one is a stunner again! Take care - and keep warm.
Best regards, Liza

Barbara M. said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. I really appreciate your encouragement and love your paintings of Barcelona.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoBarbara