Monday, December 26, 2011
Marathoning for art
(work in progress)
watercolour on watercolour paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
Does it seem to you that I'm going overboard with
the multiples. Not to me. Actually the delights
of family, plus a really busy holiday schedule
are getting in the way of my real plans. Perhaps
those were ambitious. On second thought they
were. But I wanted to draw small sketches all
day, and have an art marathon with myself right
up to New Year's Eve. I should probably never
sleep, because that's when my truly crazy ideas
surface, and I wake up certain that whatever
I imagined is a really, really good plan.
Today I got back on the track of delights of
the year. Our recent trip to Ottawa was both
great and difficult. But I took so many
reference photos going through the countryside
on the way there, that I could go on forever
just painting scenes. One of my favorite
things in Canada is the white farmhouse. I'd
actually like to build one right in the middle
of Toronto if I had the space and funds. That
is my ideal house. Mine would have gingerbread
trim circa 1880, and a wide veranda. Plus it
would be in my neighbourhood, so I could
still see all of my friends here.
This house as it turns out is an extension on
a much larger stone house. I still loved it as
I snapped it from the window of our moving car.
Have a following-those-arty-dreams day.
P.S. I have a couple of details to finish
on this one. The title is based on what I
say to Steven when we drive by one of
these white clapboard beauties.
- Barbara Muir
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!