Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A summery Thanksgiving

Flowers at the cottage
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving and
we had a great one.  We spent the time with our family
and extended family, eating so much turkey, stuffing,
roast potatoes, mashed potatoes, salad and pumpkin pie,
that it was hard to get back to normal today.  In short we
had a really wonderful Thanksgiving.
Steven makes the best pumpkin pies ever

I've said it before -- the great thing about our Thanksgiving
is that it isn't religious.  Everyone can take part -- because
it's about the harvest.  So we went to the market and bought
flowers and fruit, and the end-of-season tomatoes.  It was
so lovely.  And so warm that many people celebrated in their
shorts -- a first in my memory.
Flowers from the market and the garden

My painting today is the flower painting, modified again.
I think it's in its final version, but I'm not sure.  With a show
coming up in three weeks, anything is possible.
The Japanese Anemones in our garden 
in the afternoon light.
The days are definitely shorter. 
Have a being-thankful-for-the-harvest-and-family-and-friends day.

21 comments:

Linda Popple said...

I just LOVE this painting ... every time I've seen it!

Your Thanksgiving sounds like it was a lot of fun and Steven's pies look sooooo yummy. Our T'giving is in November and I'm looking forward to it. :-)

Tammy Hext said...

I like how you solved this one - beautiful

Kim said...

I like what you've done - definitely looks finished and beautiful! And I am seriuosly craving pumpkin pie. Just didn't get enough. Think I'll be baking some today!

Melinda said...

It looks like you guys had a really wonderful time enjoying Thanksgiving. Those pies look yummy.

Your beautiful painting of flowers is spectacular!

Nancy Laliberte said...

Beautiful! I love, love, love all that color! And those pies are making my mouth water! Great job, Barbara!

Laurel Daniel said...

Sounds delightful! Happy Thanksgiving!!! And love your painting, as always! XOXO

Nicki said...

I really like the end result of this painting, Barbara. It is joyous and filled with life. And you sorted all of your composition concerns out. Well done. A great painting to show on your Thanksgiving post. It sounds like you had a wonderful celebration with your family.

XO Nicki

Gwen Bell said...

Your cheery Florals are always among my favorites and this one does not disappoint. Gorgeous!

And thanks for kicking off my annual Pumpkin Pie craving!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks so much. Canadian Thanksgiving is not the big deal American Thanksgiving is. It's just a meal (or two) shared with family and friends. But I absolutely love it. Oh and we get a day off.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Tammy,

Thanks so much. Your highway and city series is inspiring me so much.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Kim,

I am pumpkin pied to the max, now have to dance and walk vigorously to get back to normal -- rice and beans for a month I think. Thanks so much.
Steven makes awesome any kind of pie.
But the two I adore are pumpkin and cherry.

This year we may add peach pie in February.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Melinda,

I'm hoping you'll come here sometime and have Thanksgiving with us. That would be awesome. Most years you'd need a sweater. But not this one. it was mighty hot in the kitchen with that turkey!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Nancy,

Thanks so very much. The pie was too good, if that's possible. My son took an entire pie back to university.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Laurel,

Thanks so much. I wish I could come to your show opening tomorrow.

You are great!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXOBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi NIcki,

I love what you're doing with the tree. I'm craving a solid easel like that. Mine is having major issues. I've switched to my second one and it just isn't the same.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Gwen,

You know I think your work is gorgeous. Thanks so much.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Liza Hirst said...

Hi Barbara,
Sounds and looks really great, your thanksgiving. We don't celebrate it like that here, although its such a nice idea.
Your flowers look fantastic! Lush and abundant. I just noticed that it is a larger painting, which must be wonderful to see it in real.

painterchum said...

Love that red lily! The whole work looks great. You must be looking forward to your show. Glad to hear you had a wonderful thanksgiving. it was glorious weather!!

Barbara M. said...

Thanks so much Liza. It is a happy painting full size I must admit.

Someday perhaps we'll have a huge Thanksgiving dinner and you'll be here of course.

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxBarbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sally,

I am looking forward to the show, and painting for the show. Great anticipation. If you're in Toronto that weekend -- please come by.

XO Barbara

Linny D. Vine said...

so beautiful and a tasty looking post, too. Happy belate Thanksgiving Day!!

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