Saturday, January 10, 2015

I hope you know I love you!


Catherine Scott
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 36 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009
Dear friends,
Spending time with your family and people
you love, matters every bit as much as
spending time drawing and painting.  Yes
there are lonely souls who work at art,
and art that is anything but happy.  But
to my mind, our lives with people who
love us, or cats and dogs, or people we
work with, are what give us the juice to
create.  And that matters.

Apparently purpose according to every
sage happiness writer I've read, is what gives our
life on this planet meaning.  My purpose here is
partly to be a loving wife, and mother,
and friend, and artist and teacher, and
person in the supermarket, and wherever
I go.

Two posts I've seen and read today moved me --
one to tears, and one to near tears.
Read this blog post by the renowned writer,
Rona Maynard.  And watch this video by
Lilou Mace, who graciously let me paint
her for my November show.

It has been a rough week in the world.
I grew up in a generation that believed
love is the answer, but I really didn't
understand what that idea meant until
I had my own family, and understood
that loving takes work, a continuous
back and forth of great times, poor times,
with rewards of joy and laughter in store
that are unimaginable until we experience
them.

So I did not paint today because I wanted
to spend time with family and friends,
 but I will post one of my favorite paintings
of all time. This was painted as a gift to a woman
dying of cancer from her dear friends
who knew she wanted a vivid record of
herself left behind.

Portrait painters get commissions to record
every stage in life.  I felt both honoured and
overwhelmed with this assignment, but
Catherine, the subject loved it so much,
and felt her friends' profound love when it was
unveiled on her birthday. That day I really
understood my purpose on the planet.

Have a knowing-I-love-you day!

4 comments:

cohen labelle said...

I agree that nothing matters more than love and acts of kindness - if we think anything else we're cheating ourselves.
xo, Marcia

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

wonderful thought. We went to see Wild last night. A loving mother and the search for meaning play a big part in that movie.

XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Sally Chupick said...

yep you got it right, Barbara Love is all that really matters. I love this portrait of your friend who passed away. it's so direct and honest.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

You can tell you believe that when you see your face -- it is so filled with light and joy. And you can tell that you are loved too. Thanks
for your kind words. It was a great
pleasure painting this, even though
she was so tired. She was a super, smart, spirited woman.

XOXOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!