Thursday, December 19, 2013

The gift of wonder


December evening still life (work in progress)
Black marker on watercolour paper
10 x 6
Barbara Muir © 2013
I'm posting a drawing tonight that I did in preparation
for a watercolour tomorrow maybe.  I'd put the dog
(new hyper dog Sally) to bed, and the cats.  I sat
down to do the drawing and could hear my Siamese
cat complaining.  I am not supposed to work after
everyone's in bed.

Making this simple line drawing I was thinking that
I've painted this same cut glass bowl so many times.
It confounds me and delights me every time I look at it.
And although it's perfectly beautiful, part of what gets
me every time is that it's not a completely perfect
structure. It's not 100% symmetrical And I'm
filled with wonder every time I paint or draw it
because it shows me new facets and shapes every time.

Isn't that the best gift of all of being an artist -- the gift of
wonder? Walking home from a friend's place the other
night, saying goodbye to people on the street who were
with us, I looked up and saw huge flakes of snow lit
by the street lamp as they fell, like sparkling stars. Someone
during the evening asked me if I hated the word "awesome,"
and I said no.  I'm an artist.  The world is.

Have an enjoying one-of-the-best-gifts-of-all day.


Unknown said...

i know what you mean about the's what keeps the artists fires burning I believe. i like your new dog's name. heh heh.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

It is what keeps our fires burning. True. I'm glad you like the name. I do too. ;)

XOXOXO Barbara

Liza Hirst said...

My dear Barbara, thank you for another beautiful drawing and lovely words! I haven't been present here for ages and I am very sorry. But I think of you often and am always happy to receive your blogposts.
Just wanted to wish you and your family and very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014. Who knows, we might make it to Toronto again next year and if so, I would be thrilled to meet you again! I keep my fingers crossed.
Lots of love to you all,

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Oh that would be sooo exciting! Merry Christmas to you and your family! I miss talking to you, and I miss your wonderful art.

Love to you all too,


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