Breakfast at the Skylight Diner, NYC
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014In May this year in New York City I had a
romantic breakfast with my husband at
The Skylight Diner. We might have spent
an hour in the restaurant, eating this fabulous
meal, drinking cups of coffee planning the day.
Which is where painting captures the real zen
of time. Because it has taken me the better part
of a month to paint that moment.
I've been thinking about why, and I think it
has to do with love. I usually paint people,
but when I paint still life or landscapes,
you can bet people made that vision stay
bound in my heart and brain, and determined
to hold it. And that was a day when I loved
my husband, the meal, New York City, exhibiting
there, and our long taxi ride from the diner to
I am sure I've painted strawberries before.
I don't care if you've seen 100 movies
about art and obsession -- you
don't get it, until you sit down in front
of a painting that is maybe an hour away
from done, and you must finish.
Now that's when the creative spirit needs
to call on determination and grit to come
to the studio party. Can I go for a break?
Yes! On the clock -- five minutes, maybe
ten and then you get back in here. That's
willpower talking, and logic.
These strawberries decided to be center
stage, as they so often are, and that required
focus. They aren't the whole story, but they
are delicious. On the spring morning in New
York City when I ate them I was as happy as
can be. Now hold onto that feeling -- ahhh.
That's it. Here's your picture -- strawberries
Have a finishing-the-berries-on-your-plate day.
P.S. I may change something minor tomorrow,
but I could not go to bed without sharing this