Sunday, May 24, 2015

Life's pleasures and a delightful show!

 Summer Clouds Wallace Bridge
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 40 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015
Today was an amazing day at the art show. 
I met a novelist whose book will be published
next year.  I met two actors who met and fell
in love at drama school and are working at being
a professional clown therapist, and an escape game
trainer.  I met a journalist with CBC.

 At the Gallery at Wychwood Barns today.

And I met many, many people who used
to paint, would like to paint, almost paint,
paint at home only, dream of painting one day,
do paint but would never show! 

And I thought about how rule bound we can be. 
How there are rules for everything, art, beauty,
what is and isn't good enough.

Then there were the little kids -- a little girl with
her brother who was a gypsy, and had many
necklaces, a head scarf and long floral skirt. 
And another little boy with his sister, he happily
 holding a soccer ball, and his sister in a bathing suit,
after playing in the pool. 

Children know what we drum out of them -- that
we are all artists, that you should eat the macaron,
(maybe two or even three they are delicious)
that you are as beautiful today as you will ever be,
so smile.  They know that the best of life is about
fun, love and pleasure. 

Gill Cameron and I are lucky because so many
people loved our work, and bought it.  And talking
to people today made me realize that we're
lucky because we can't 'not paint.'

Thank you to everyone who came to the show.
Please give yourselves a hug and enjoy life.
Thank you to everyone who bought our art.
You affirm our purpose, and make our work

Thank you Gill for showing with me. And
thank you to the Wychwood Barns for a
gorgeous space.

Have a letting-yourself-have-fun day.


Laurel Daniel said...

Congratulations!!! I'm so glad that your show has been successful AND FUN!!! The little gypsy sounds too cute and full of life lessons. Off to eat a macaron right now! YAY for you and happy summer! XOXOXO

Unknown said...

looks like a really nice show Barbara. Congratulations to you and Gill for putting it on, and for selling some. awesome.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

It was so fun! I met all kinds of people from the city and our neighbourhood, and felt like I learned so much.

Happy summer to you and thank you.
Love your work.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thank you so much. It was just lovely. It's such a beautiful space and our work shows well together. I'll be talking to you soon.


Flora Doehler said...

That is one gorgeous painting that you sold! Congratulations Barbara for painting and showing and painting and showing. xo

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Flora,

Thank you too. I think I became a serious painter
when I met you. Not that I ever became "serious."
But I watched how art took up your whole life, and
how dedicated you were to it, and prolific. All of
it got to me.


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