Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012This has been a unique and wonderful day. This
morning I called my friend the artist Gill Cameron,
because she'd written to ask me if I'd send her a Jpeg
of my painting of Jesca. Jesca lives in at Peace Matunda
an orphanage/school in Tanzania, in Africa, and she is
turning 12 next week. Gill's roommate when she worked at Peace
Matunda last year, lives in Germany, and is going to be
in Tanzania for Jesca's birthday. So I've just sent off a Jpeg of
the latest version of the painting, even though I think
it needs a tiny bit more work. I relayed it to Gill, who
will send it along to Kathrin in Germany, and she will
print a copy and give it to Jesca for her birthday. That
makes me happy and proud to be part of this little girl's
Then this afternoon my friend, Melinda Esparza,
a wonderful artist in Tucson, Arizona painted on Ustream
and I watched her paint live for about an hour. This was
wildly exciting for me, because I love her work so much.
She was so great in front of the camera, painting away,
showing us her various palette knife tools, discussing
technique, colour and light, then leaning smiling into the camera
to answer our comments. I was entranced. As a person who
loves to marvel at the glorious elements in life, this
was pure delight. It was funny too having her talk, and
then typing back remarks.
As Steven my husband says when people are finished eating
a terrific meal he's cooked, with the candles flickering and
everyone complimenting him, "I'm afraid that's all
she wrote folks." And that's the truth for now.
Have a marvelling-at-the-world day.