Watercolour and marker on
Arches watercolour paper
6 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012It's been quite the fall for my family. This past weekend
Steven and I drove to Windsor, Ontario to see Sam graduate
with a Bachelor of Fine Art from The University of Windsor.
Sam was so happy striding across the stage. Afterwards we
celebrated with dinner and champagne. Sam was thrilled.
On the drive home Steven and I stopped at various points
along the way so I could take pictures for future reference.
My artist friends traveled along the route with me in my
mind. Marcia LaBelle would have done a fine portrait of
Sam in his graduate's robes. David Lobenberg would have
nailed that confident look on Sam's face as we toasted him.
Sheila Vaughan has already painted one of Sam's parents,
and would have done a moving job of getting the mood
on both of our faces. Susan Carlin could easily be
commissioned to paint the distinguished faculty in their
I could see how Flora Doehler and Nicki Ault would
handle the autumn colours. All along the road we saw
purple wild asters set against deep rusty reds, brilliant
yellows of wild grasses and fields in fawn
the colour of my Siamese cat Fiona's fur.
Farmhouse on Lake Erie
I could see how Laurel Daniel would elevate the scenery with
warmth and beauty, how Karen Bruson would paint the red brick
farmhouse where we stopped one time. I could imagine
Edward B. Gordon's treatment of the dramatic low storm clouds,
and moody light. Róisín O'Farrell would have made the interiors
in any of the lovely old houses we passed gleam with delicious colour.
I imagined the lush, abstract drama Melinda Esparza would create
with those colours. Linny D.Vine would make whole towns appear
to be joyously part of Linnyland. I could see Sally Chupick's lovely
images of water scenes, and what Belinda del Pesco would
do with a quiet table setting at our morning breakfast. Liza Hirst
would get the light and gestures of the people at the take out place
where we stopped for lunch magnificently. Marilyn Flanegan
could paint me lasting and gorgeous images of the horses we
passed on quiet side roads.
Closer to home Julie Davis could make the stands of trees
against farmer's fields sing on canvas. Tammy Hext's impasto
would make the Niagara Escarpment at Milton monumental.
Kim Rempel could easily create fantastic paintings of brilliant huge
trees in a farmer's field, and Catherine Jeffrey would capture
the rainy, dark Toronto streets with aplomb. And there are too
many other artists I'd love to mention but I could see their work
too flashing through my sleepy brain as Steven drove on. One of
those artists is Pam Holnback, who would also love the ridge at
My painting today is a fast portrait sketch of Sam holding his degree.
Have an enjoying-your-painter-friends day.