Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bests and the lost photo

 My best boyfriend
Black marker and watercolour 
on watercolour paper
12 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
In my classes we talk about 10 reasons to be
happy.  Tonight I have many more than 10 reasons
to feel joy, but I am thinking in terms of bests.
My little sketch tonight is from an old photo
of the best boyfriend I ever had.  In a rush to
clean up before the wonderful cleaners came today,
 I've hidden the photo from myself so
although I'd like to make changes, I can't go farther
 than this at the moment.

 I decided that instead of reasons to be happy I'd
write 5 bests -- I could easily do 100 bests, but lets
 stop at 5, because it's late and I am incredibly tired.
1.  Best boyfriend ever -- my husband Steven --
still my best boyfriend ever.
2.  Best beach in the whole world -- (the world
I've seen) -- the beach at the North Shore park
near Pugwash Nova Scotia at low tide.
3.  Best most diverse city in the world -- Toronto
Canada, (but the massive push to high condos has to stop).
4. Two of the best cities for art that I've visited -- New
York and Florence. And I'd have to add to that London,
Paris and Stuttgart, Germany and Stockholm.
5. Best family ever -- mine.
Oh now I have to go on.
6.  Best move I ever made that involved writing and
art -- starting this blog which let me meet you and
you are:
7. The best artist bloggers I've ever met.
Well heck I might as well go to 10.
8.  Best flower people in the whole world,
Yangs on Avenue Road in Toronto, PegAnn's
Flowers at the Brickworks market in the summer
and fall, and Sunrise Greenhouses in Pugwash
Nova Scotia.
9. Best year of my life -- this one.
10. Best book I've read in the past year --
Cutting for Stone, Abraham Verghese.

That's it for now. Best idea I've seen more
than once in the past couple of days -- express
gratitude, say thank you.  Why?  Being grateful
makes us happy.  I am so happy that I know you.
Thank you so much


Marilyn Flanegan said...

And what a pleasure and an inspiration it is getting to know you, Barbara!
I have a Best - or shall I say I have a favorite part of your painting - the soft blushing around your hub's sideburns and lips. Your passion is blooming all over this piece.
pure joy.

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You are, and continue to be, without pause, a generous, enthused, gifted, creative, beautiful soul. You are a tall glass of fresh lemonade on the front porch with friends on a hot afternoon. Really. Cheers to you, my friend. xoxo

Liza Hirst said...

Well, what can I say after the first two comments?! I agree!
At first I thought this was your son. Do they look alike, father and son?
You're sooo good at watercolours!!!
All the best,

Unknown said...

gratitude is infectious, once you start to count your blessings, you realize there's just way too many to count. great loose gestural feeling in your watercolour!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marilyn,

Thanks so much. Congratulations on your cover girl, and show. Such a beautiful painting. Hey I didn't know my passion was showing. You are a sensitive and observant soul. I do like the man rather a lot.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hey Belinda,

Back at you. I would love to have a tall glass of fresh lemonade with you sooner than later. Kind of a cold day for it here. I feel that meeting you has been a blessing in my life, and can't wait to actually meet you dear girl. You are a kind friend, and a constant inspiration.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Both of my sons look like their father -- so much so at birth that I wondered about my contribution -- although my students said the other day that Sam looks like me, so who knows. Glad you like it.

Love your China work.

Gorgeous and inspiring.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. It is a great practice seeing what's right with the world isn't it. I'm so glad I've been trained and supported in that philosophical outlook -- it's a great help on grey days. Love your paintings big time.

XO Barbara

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