The Fruits of Love
Work in Progress Stage 1 - 3
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014Today is Alyson Stanfield's birthday, and she put out a
request to all of her followers to have a happy day.
I was on board immediately. Part of what she wanted
was for people to spend time in the studio, so I did,
working on a small portrait that I'll show you
tomorrow, but itching to once again work on something
The fruits of January
Acrylic on birch panel
5 X 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014I loved this little painting called The Fruits of January,
so decided to blow it up. As we still have arrangements
of the same fruit in the house (some of them were kind
enough to help me with this today), I think I will call
this one The Fruits of Love, because it's a February
painting, and February is love month, and a very joyous
time in our house.
I have never done this before -- (hard to believe) -- worked
a small painting up into a large one, and it is so much fun.
Some things remain the same, but so many change. The
smaller painting was done on wood, the large on canvas.
For the small one I needed tiny brushes, for the larger
one, my largest two inch brushes are coming in handy.
But I was right about one thing. I liked it small, and
I am going to love it larger too.
More to come.
Now for another part of Alyson's request.
Five reasons to be grateful.
1. It was a relatively warm day, and spectacularly
beautiful -- sunlight, blue skies and heavy white snow
icing all the big pine and spruce trees.
2. My dog is getting more and more relaxed. This is
big news with a hyper puppy.
3. I spoke with several good friends today and had
fun. We talked about art, and politics and the
news both sad and happy.
4. I finished my wonderful book The Last
Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, and it was
5. I made an excellent dinner of vegetarian
6. Ooops is this cheating? Sam, my son, put
on my current favorite song, Happy by
Pharrell Williams and we danced in the kitchen
listening to it. We were, and I am Happy!
Have a having-a-happy-day day.