Friday, January 25, 2013

The last of the house trilogy and joy in the kitchen

 Winter on St. Germain 
(Third in the Trilogy of Our First House)
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
I haven't shown you this final painting in the little trilogy.
This one is called Winter on St. Germain, and this features
in addition to the house, the father in the family with his
two children.

It's strange but it's been hard to get images of snow, because
almost as soon as it comes, we have warmer temperatures
and it melts.  But just after Christmas the snow bank from
shoveling was almost up six feet on the tree on our front
lawn.  I love painting snow scenes, and it seems almost
like recording a vanishing phenomenon.

When I was a child in Ottawa we used to dig snow
forts into the snow banks on the side of our driveway.
And I remember when my parents first moved into their
ranch style house on the Ottawa river, the snow drifts
went up over the roof on one side of the house.
Steven Dancing with the cat
Music by Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing
Didn't it rain,
via my good friend
the wonderful Irish painter
Róisín O'Farrell
The little video I'm connecting you to is of Steven dancing
in the kitchen with Timbah as he prepares food for the
animals (Timbah, Fiona (the Siamese) and Zoey the dog).
One of the wonders of the blog community is how we all
connect, how friendships are formed across continents and
oceans, and how we influence each other's lives.  I was
listening to Sister Rosetta Tharpe singing Didn't it Rain
from a link on Róisín O'Farrell's site, Róisín O'Farrell,
every other day paintings, and Steven started dancing
with Timbah.  Timbah loves Steven so much that he
was probably purring during this whole dance, which
I videoed with my cell phone.  But as you see when we
share our joy, our joy expands.  I love that thought.
And Róisín kept it going when I asked her permission
to post the video using her link, and she put my
little video of Steven and Timbah on her site.
Let's keep this artists' community hopping, and
have fun together.

 It was especially wonderful the other day on one of the
coldest days of the winter. But hey today is almost as cold --
so let's keep sharing the good times, and dancing to
keep warm.

Have a loving-your-dancing-house day 


Kim Rempel said...

I LOVE that! LOL What a happy little video. I like your dog at the end. Patiently waiting...

Barbara Muir said...

Hi KIm,

Thanks -- it is so much fun how we inspire one another. Yes there's Zoey patiently waiting for the cat food can. She gets the can before her treat. At bed time the cats eat, and she gets a cookie. (dog buscuit).

XO Barbara

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