Thursday, May 2, 2013

A delight in strangers

Cutie the bunny goes shopping
Black marker on Fabriano note paper
6 1/4 x 8 1/2
Barbara Muir © 2013
Artists see the whole world as their subjects.
Right or wrong it's true.  So naturally I was
intrigued when I happened upon this lady in one
of my favorite furniture stores walking beside her
husband and a cart with their purchases.  She was
calmly carrying a live rabbit (their pet) in a plastic
box you'd normally use for storing office supplies.
I had my phone with me, asked if I could take her
picture. She happily agreed.

Today I am pretty busy, but I always need to make
time for some art, and I decided to do this sketch.
I might do it again in a series I'll call the kindness
of strangers, paintings of people who've agreed
to pose for photographs for art over the years.  But
I've just come up with that idea, so it may be
a while.  You know from my Easter painting that
I once owned a rabbit named Harold, and that
I love New York -- so oddly enough this woman
and I had an instant bonding experience.

Have a delighting-in-strangers day.


laura said...

When I was a teenager, my younger brother Dan and I used to take our cat Merlin to the grocery store; we carried him around everywhere. No one ever said a peep about it. Ah, the 70s!
I like your series idea. It IS kind for people to open themselves up in that way! But I'm sure they're just responding to that people-loving vibe you have!
(oh boy, seriously dating myself in this comment)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

That's even more amazing really -- because I can't imagine a cat calmly going to the grocery store. The particular store this rabbit was in, has been visited by other animals that caused quite a stir -- one being a monkey! This couple were so matter of fact about the bunny that I'm sure most people didn't even notice them.

But because I love rabbits, it caught my eye.

I do have a few pictures I could use now -- so I will think about that series. Meanwhile I love the paintings you're doing.

XO Barbara

Unknown said...

curious...and curiouser...was the lady's name Alice per chance? I like your sketch, and your party baby painting. looking forward to seeing you:)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

No idea what the lady's name was (when I think of it -- I must have been pretty dazzled by the bunny not to ask). The bunny was Cutie. I guess it was the dog owner thing -- when you walk the dog you exchange other dog owners' dogs' names, but not the people names. Funny!

XO Barbara

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