Friday, March 15, 2013

Dreams of summer

 Derbyshire wildflowers
(work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013
I think it might have been June when Steven and I
last went to England in 2006.  A beautiful time of
 year, and our friend Kathleen lived in Sheffield.
 We spent a weekend with her, and one memorable
 event of the weekend was travelling by bus to a little
town outside of Sheffield where there was a cave
and a small waterfall.  We were weary travellers,
and I think we slept on the bus, but on the way
home Kathleen pointed out the woods rushing by
the window which were carpeted in a breathtakingly
beautiful mauve flower.

Although I don't usually paint from memory, I'm trying
it with this work in progress.

Have a remembering-awesome-beauty-and-friendship day.

9 comments:

Karen Bruson said...

Love the purple forground!

Karen Bruson said...

Foreground

Sheila Vaughan said...

That would be the Blue John cavern and the Peak cavern I think Barbara. The flowers look like bluebells but I don't know the area well enough to say where that could be. I think we underestimate the extent to which we memorise and store images, however fleetingly we see them. This is a lovely piece!

eldon w said...

Pretty cool!! Love that foreground. One day it would e nice to trip to that part of the world. Ireland too I'm thinkin!!

Sally Chupick said...

I think they must be bluebells Barbara. I remember them so well carpeting the woodlands in the spring when we used to live in England. What a beautiful memory, and you've brought it to life again in this wonderful painting.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Thank you so much. I'm glad you like it. I love your latest painting.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sheila,

I'll ask my friend Kathleen the next time we talk. Must get back to England soon. My mind is filled with images from that trip, and many from that short, rushed weekend.

Love your portraits.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Eldon,

Yes I think you would love that part of the world, and the people there.

Thanks so much.

Take care,

Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

What was strange about England that year was that it was unseasonably hot there. So we had lunch in a lovely pub, then hiked around the town, and up a hill to see the cave, then saw this incredible vision in the woods rushing by. Bluebells sound right.

Lucky you living in England. I'm so glad you like the painting.

XO Barbara

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