Late night in Norway
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
(This is the final version of my painting
formerly called Taking a break from painting .
It is one of three portraits of Henriette Sonne
that I'll be showing in New York City at the
Amsterdam Whitney Gallery next month).
My husband, Steven, has been away a lot in the past
year. His work has taken him out of town far
too often. It isn't just that we love one another,
and get lonely when we're apart, it's that we
laugh at the same things. As soon as we're together,
after the fond hellos, and recapping what's
been happening, we are laughing sitting
at the kitchen table over the spoils of a good
Not only that, my sweet husband has a good
voice and loves to sing. I sing too (just ask
my students -- I'm sure they wish I wouldn't),
but not the way I sing with Steven
in the car, belting out old favorites, and new
songs, laughing when we're done. Just the
thought of singing with him makes me
It has been a strange weather day today --
so hot in the park walking the dog at noon
that I had to take off my coat and walk in
just my jeans and sweater! That is a sure
sign of spring. Then tonight it snowed
like crazy, about two inches while we were
doing our shopping. Huge wet flakes.
On the way home in the car we sang
Winter wonderland at top volume. That's
something I love about my husband --
He is great at playing.
Have a singing-and-laughing-with-someone-you-love day.