Sally the dog
Acrylic on canvas
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
A huge honour for me is being featured on Alyson
Stanfield's Art Biz Blog on Friday January 24th.
My piece 11 Ways to Work Through Your Grief
and Return to the Studio was written after both
my mother and my dog died this fall. It was a
tough season, and for a while I could not even
think of painting, or would try, and just not be
able to keep going.
I am giving a talk on this same topic -- getting
back to creativity after a loss, or after stopping --
at the Don Valley Art Club on February 28.
I feel blessed that Alyson was supportive of this
topic, and encouraged me to write it for my guest
blog. Thank you Alyson for all you have done for
me. I don't think I'd know half of what I know
today about how to be an artist without you.
The painting tonight is not part of the post,
it's of my dog Sally -- who is bona fide nuts.
One of our friends says that she is just a puppy.
But she is all that and much more.
Her energy level, plus her need for our carefully
thought out strategies to calm her down have
played a huge role in helping my whole family
recover from the sadness of two deaths in a month.
So despite her craziness, Sally the dog has brought
a lot of joy into the mix. I loved her from the moment
I saw her at the Toronto Humane Society and couldn't
even hear the adoption fellow's explanation about how
she'd had 3 homes already, and how she had serious
separation anxiety. When I saw her in the cage I sat
down on the floor and cried, and she started pulling
my purse into the cage. (I guess she knew there was
a small adoption charge.)
Sally 11 weeks ago at the Humane Society.
She was a year old, and had had three owners
before us.Check out my piece in the Art Biz Blog, and please
comment there and here. It will mean the world to
Have a getting-back-into-the-studio day.