Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Flowers everywhere

Nova Scotia Lupins (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
(Flowers really are everywhere here.  Wild
roses and wild hydrangea bloom around the
school house and across the street.  Bright orange
day lilies flare

The other day we walked up the road from our little schoolhouse
 and Steven climbed down into the deep ditch to pick some lupins
for me.   Normally the lupins are finished at the end of June, so this
was a great treat to bring home a bunch.  I put them in a lovely blue
glass jar I bought from a woman who used to run a health food
 store in the house next to us on the highway.  And then of course
I started this painting.  It isn’t quite done, but I thought you might like
to see the painting in progress.  I started with a magenta ground
 because some of the lupins have a very bright pink look. 

We’re heading out in search of a sheep farm in a nearby town, that
 has a lovely shop in its farmhouse.  You can go out to the barn alone
and talk to the lambs, which we always do.  “Dogs are baaaaad, sheep
 are good” (Remember this from the movie Babe?”  Well
the sheep love that line, and can’t hear it enough times, cliché or no.

Have an exploring where you are day.


Anonymous said...

i think i know the lamb barn that you are visiting, Rachel and i went there in May. The shop is lovely, full of wonderful wooly things. The lupins look good:)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. Isn't it wonderful.

XO Barbara

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