Friday, June 15, 2012

One of those perfect weeks

August Colours
(final version)
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
(Available at the Gallery at the Porch Door)

This has been a really wonderful week.  I finished a commission,
worked on other paintings, went to Kim's super show
last night, talked to some dear artist friends on the phone
and capped the week today visiting a friend who
can no longer paint.  

All of the love we share one way and another teaches
us about life.  My brother uses a phrase with my mother
when things get difficult because she is losing her
eyesight, and has a chronic cough.  He says, "It's
okay Mommy somehow we're just going to muddle
through."  And when I think of it, as I
walk or drive through this city, no matter
how shiny our cars, or luxurious our homes and 
offices, we are all just muddling through.  

Today when I left my friend who no longer has so many
of the options we take for granted -- being able to
walk, being able to paint, even being able to talk
without difficulty -- I felt so lucky to know him and
to witness his bravery, and his still resilient
sense of humour.  And I felt blessed beyond compare in
my own life.  In some ways that's the only way to
feel -- incredibly blessed in this city, in this country
knowing you are out there, and that like me you
are doing your best at muddling through.
I hope you also feel blessed to have the life you

Have a taking-a-good-look-around-you day. 
P.S. Yes you did see this painting before.  What's changed?
My photo is not quite as clear as I'd like, but the painting's
out at the gallery.  I added highlights to the flowers and
beefed up the highlights on the little jug.  In real life it's
a big improvement from small changes.

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