Monday, April 25, 2011

More from the New York series and Easter postponed

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Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

Here's another of the three paintings that actually fly out
to New York today.  Randir at UPS is the kindest art
packer you ever want to meet, and I was delighted on
Saturday when I took the paintings in and he said they
were beautiful.  We paint in isolation and frequently at
a high intensity.  To have someone confirm that what
we're doing is good is always a sweet pleasure.

As it was the weekend was so packed with work that there
was no time for the joyous Easter folly we usually have
with our children.  In fact it's the first year ever that we
haven't had any Easter celebration on the actual weekend.
Steven and I did share a pack of caramel filled bunnies
on the ride to Windsor, Ontario, to pick up Sam yesterday.
And the weather in Windsor, the southernmost point of
Canada, was balmy and beautiful.  The forsythia and daffodils
were out and the magnolias starting to bloom.  Steven
and I walked down to the waterfront with Zoey, our dog,
while Sam finished his packing.  We were delighted to see
all the fantastic sculptures in the park by the water.

So the silly pictures of the giant baskets and Easter decorations
will come next weekend, and we will have all the fun
we normally have on that holiday.  Yes of course Sam had some
chocolate eggs when we got home -- just not the turkey and
roast potatoes, and hundreds of chocolate eggs, and the hunt with his
brother and Megan, and the silly Easter stuffed toys that talk and dance.
All that has to wait.

Have a holidays-can-happen-any-day day.


Anonymous said...

Oh Barbara,
Both of these portraits are sooooo impressive. So exciting that they will be shown in a New York gallery. Congratulations to you. They are awesome. Happy Easter even if it will be a bit delayed for you.

cohen labelle said...

Barbara this is a marvelous series!
As usual you finish with great panache. I think I know one of your secrets - no sleep, you didn't go to bed! - right?
Although I love them all, I think this portrait of Henrietta with her insouciant smile is my favorite. You really nailed it! It is fabulous! You are fabulous!!!
love, Marcia

Kay Christopher said...

Love your NYC paintings...Congrats!!!

Flora Doehler said...

Barbara, both of the portraits are beautiful, but this one is particularly wonderful in the light you've captured from her soul. It is a beautiful, beautiful portrait. wow!

Laurel Daniel said...

I love this - your beautiful subject just glows!!!!! Congratulations and good luck with the NY show! WOO HOO! (Randir was right, btw.) XOXOXO

Kim Rempel said...

Congrats - and very exciting! Your portraits exude peace and joy. And Happy Easter for this coming weekend!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. It looks like your Easter was great fun with the artistic Easter people in your family.

I am getting a bit excited I admit.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

Bed? What is that? Actually I do usually try to sleep. I may get pushed to the wall, but I like 7 hours a night, and can almost function on 6. Glad you like it. I do too. We were having a very serious discussion about many things, and then all of a sudden she leaned forward and said something totally happy, and that's the image.

Love Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kay,

Thanks so much. I'm very glad you do.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Thank you very much. I think the conversation may have been something about the soul in that one. Or it had been and then it went to summer cottages. Another happy topic. Right? Very happy at this point in the year. The weather went wildly warm today. Almost May and it snowed last week! Funny.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much. I am looking forward to catching up on your work. The past few weeks have been pretty intense. Now I have a couple of days to catch up with my life, and your wonderful art definitely inspires my life.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Thanks so much. I've been thinking about you, about your art, and that striking photo of your grandmother as a baby. Your posts on your grandmother have been very moving.


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