Monday, January 10, 2011


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

The other day I watched this short video on TED TV of
Arianna Huffington talking about the importance of sleep
to creativity.  It must have had a profound effect because
I taught my first classes today, was all wound up and
filled with ideas for subsequent classes, came home and fell
asleep over my book like a teenager.  (Maybe this is why
it's good to spend time with teenagers).  I was dragging
around when I got up for dinner, but found that when I
went in to paint I could focus.  Thanks Arianna. 

This is another image of a work in progress.  You can see
that it's coming along.  I want it to stay in a somewhat
digitized look -- like broken communication from a
distance, but have the sweet connection you can have
in the eyes and faces of people you love, even when the
image is far from perfect.  That's  quite the challenge.
And I'm happy so far.

But now I'm going to take Arianna's advice and head back
to sleep.  I'll continue on this tomorrow.

Have a getting-enough-sleep-for-creativity day.


Kim Rempel said...

Very interesting piece Barbara! And I hear ya on the sleep issue. My children say that's my answer to them for

Nicki said...


I like how this one is shaping up... very interesting.

Melinda said...

I do like the digitized elements in this painting. Very interesting and expressive.

It's so hard to sleep enough when you're so eager to do all kinds of good things, isn't it?!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

thanks so much. Your children are lucky that you think that way. They will grow up to thank you.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Nicki,

Thanks a lot. I am driven to try it out, so here I go!

Can't wait to meet you.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

You are right. When I'm excited about ideas I need to drink gallons of hot milk I think. Chamomile tea helps.


evangeline said...

Hi there,
Having trouble sleeping just now, myself.
and was trying to track down the artist of a piece, charcoal and pastel (?) of 4 birds that I am thinking of buying.
And after googling MUIR, I thought, after seeing some of your birds, that this might be your handiwork. How may I contact you to send a photo?

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