Friday, January 20, 2012

Dreaming of Nova Scotia

 The Schoolhouse in the snow
Acrylic on wood panel
5 x 5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
I got thinking about my little school house in
Nova Scotia today.  Normally because the
temperature is warmed by the waters of the
Northumberland Straight there is not a lot
of snow there.  But I think this winter they've
had some impressive snow storms.  So I
imagined my little school house right against
the highway surrounded my snow.  The wavy
piece is the highway that runs right by her
front door.  I showed the painting to Steven and
he loved it, so it must evoke our little home away
from home.  It is strictly a summer place, heated
by a woodstove, and no insulation.  On a bigger
canvas I'd put in the crows and the red squirrel
who inhabit our acre, but realistically I didn't have room.

This little painting is on a small wood panel,
self-framed in wood.  Many of my painter friends
in Europe paint amazing scenes on little boards
just 5.9 inches square.  This structure is 5 inches
square, and painting on it left me filled with
admiration for my friends.

Have a painting-your-dreams day.

6 comments:

Pam Holnback said...

What a happy dream piece! My family went to Nova Scotia for a vacation in '66! Hope to get back there someday!

Barbara M. said...

Hi Pam,

Wow '66. It is really beautiful. In fact your movie of Alaska reminded me of Cape Breton. You'd love it there.

XO Barbara

Sally said...

Hey Barbara,
Love it! This really shows your love of your little schoolhouse home away from home, I love the joy infused within it.
btw, i am commenting from my gallery blog now because i am having trouble with commenting on ANY blogger blogs from my wordpress blog. blah. i hate the techy boo boos i cant understand!

Karen Bruson said...

This is such a darling piece; a happy place.

Barbara M. said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. Computers gotta love them, but yeesh eh? I tried responding to your comment using my iPad, and kept messing it up somehow (fingers too big for the keyboard). I love your recent paintings, and you are getting very famous.

XO Barbara

Barbara M. said...

Hi Karen,

You are sweet. It is a very happy place. This is true.

It wouldn't be much fun in the middle of winter though.

Love your work,

XO Barbara

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