Pansies center stage (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
6 x 6 inches
Barbara Muir © 2013I have a friend who recently said, "you always do exactly
what you want." Not really true for a variety of
reasons although I do love my life. This is a common
misconception people have about artists. But many
artists are terribly constrained by the voices in their
heads that criticize their ideas, and hobble their creations
before they begin. A few years ago I found the antidote
to this one. Action. As Neil Gaiman says, "Make good
That instruction to make good art, could send some
artists (including me) squirreling back to the newspaper to
look for any other job. So I say, just make some art.
Be gentle on yourself. You don't have to be Michelangelo
or Mary Cassatt, or Andy Warhol, or anyone else.
You just need to indulge that preternatural urge you
won't escape by not doing, to make art, and make some
Here's a little bit of art I'm working on making, following
my own dictum.
Have a making some art day.