Thursday, August 29, 2013

What's the opposite of a cold?

 Portrait detail (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
Barbara Muir © 2013
I came up with the answer this summer.  A hot. Think
of a cold.  When you have one you're sick, you have
no energy.  Every now and then this summer I've had
the opposite -- a condition I'd like to encourage -- a highly
creative work day, good in every way. A day when I knew
 just what to do.  I was on fire with ideas, sent brilliant emails,
painted effortlessly, gave great advice, was helpful and
kind and the most brilliant I can be -- in other words had
 a dream day.

What's Your Perfect Day? -- Here's Mine
For me an exquisitely productive day is an ideal day.
 Add the ocean, or a few trips out to the garden,
some funny phone calls with friends and family.
Fantastic.  On the weekend sleeping in, reading,
seeing a movie might join the roster.  Lately
Steven and I have been trying to stick to the ritual
of walking the dog in the evening. No matter how
demanding the workday has been this adds to the picture
 of a perfect day.

Here's another face in the painting I'm working on.
I love the girl's face and I think she's great. If she were
here we'd be talking about her dress. It was pink, but
pink doesn't work in the painting -- so we'll work it out.
Plus her hair is wonderful.  Meanwhile:

Have an- optimally-creative day.


Flora Doehler said...

Barbara, the painting of that little girl is wonderful--that iconic gap toothed smile made me smile. She looks like a real spark, a pixie.
Your positive outlook and enthusiasm for life shines through in all your writing and also in your happy portraits. Thanks so much for being the blogger, the painter, and the good friend that you are. xo love, Flora

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Flora,

Wow! You made my day, my night, my weekend. So happy to be your friend, and all the same thanks go to you. A true inspiration.



Kim Rempel said...

I love this - a hot! ; ) And I LOVE great days. And there's so much in most days to bring some pleasure. A good cup of coffee, hugs, flowers and trees, smiles... thanks for all your wonderful posts!

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks so much Kim,

Yes we're so lucky to be positive people. Really exciting about your Artbomb picture tomorrow. Let's talk soon.

XOXO Barbara

Portrait Artist

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A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!