Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The wonder of the new


 New in pink
Acrylic on birch panel
5 x 7 inches 
Barbara Muir © 2014
I had to paint this baby tonight.  I'm not quite done,
but she captivated me as babies do.  I was staring
at her sweet little blanket and T-shirt, and thinking
about what it's like before the baby arrives.  We
used to walk past Sam's room with the crib in it,
and tell a doll who was a substitute for the soon-to-be
real boy, to be quiet and go to sleep.

Then the real baby is there wearing the clothes you
bought, sleeping in the furniture you picked out
and you are numb with the shock of what you've
done.  A new human -- a whole life to help
encourage and nurture.  Astounding courage is
required.  But you look at a little baby and think
'Aw!'  I wish the parents of this little girl a wonderful
time.  I do think being a parent is one of the best
jobs on earth.

Have  an enjoying-the-new day.

4 comments:

Sally Chupick said...

I am so enjoying arriving at your blog each time to see yet another new painting! You are on a roll. The baby painting is wonderful, must have been a lovely pursuit to paint it. I laughed at you telling the doll to be quiet and go to sleep, ha ha!

cohen labelle said...

Oh, sweet baby!!! You are too.

Love, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thank you. That doll is now 6'3" and he is loves sleeping. It was funny. I enjoyed painting this pretty baby so much.

XOXOXO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Marcia,

I just loved the way the parents wrapped her up in such a fashionable pink blanket. She is going to have a great life.

Love,

Barbara

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