Sunday, February 20, 2011

A great birthday for Zoey

 The story
Watercolour on Arches watercolour paper
24 x 36 inches
Barbara Muir © 2001

Today we celebrated the dogs' birthdays -- Zoey's
and her sister Ziggy's by taking Zoey for a walk,
and then letting her have a playdate with Ziggy
at Ziggy's house.  Meanwhile the adults (human)
had a dinner party at our house -- very pleasant.
When we dropped Zoey off at Josephine's we
all had lunch, and I snapped this very bad photo
of a portrait I did years ago in watercolour of
Josephine and her daughter Claudia.  It is
not a good likeness of either, although Claudia
is more accurate.  What I did catch is the watchful
look in Josephine's eyes, and the easy intimacy
between the two, which has always been there.

I'll take a better picture of it tomorrow.  Meanwhile...

Have a celebrating-Family-Day day.

P.S. It's Family Day in Ontario, which means
it was good that Zoey got to be with Ziggy.


Anonymous said...

this is a beautiful airy portrait Barbara. That is soooo hard to do in watercolour. I'm amazed.

cohen labelle said...

I agree with Sally, Barbara. It is a beautiful painting, very lyrical!
Also wonderful drawings of Zoey who, I'm sure had a fabulous time at her party as I'm sure did everyone else. Thank you for the invitation - we would have loved to have been there - to sing happy birthday and be sung to!! next time!
luv - woof woof

Linny D. Vine said...

Happy Bday to Zoey! Barbara,this painting says gentle and says it beautifully.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. Watercolour was my first painting medium after drawing. I love the medium, but acrylic stole my heart (art).


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

The great thing about Zoey's birthday is that she wasn't at the grown up party because she was having a real dog party with her sister, and her sister's best friend, Brody. Yep. So we just had dinner, and pie and Steven's cherry tarts with cherries from last summer's tree (who knew? frozen works perfectly). Yummy. Great conversation and everybody happy.

Love Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

I think at the time I was so aware that this little girl was growing up, and her mother did not want to let that precious childhood time be over. The girl has been one of my favorite models all the way along, and still is. She did grow up and is a wonderful young woman.


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