No Contest -- Nature Wins
Acrylic on Canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016
(This is a corner in Amherst, Nova Scotia,
and the edge of a parking lot. I was
asked to do something urban with
my clouds. And this is it. It could
be a corner in a suburb anywhere in
Canada really. )You know how you think your life is going to be?
Do you? You fall in love, learn how to do something
to make some money, do your job and have your kids,
and that's it. All that is beyond wonderful, when it
works, and I have been really over the moon lucky,
because like the Facebook one liners say -- love IS
what matters. I am well aware that life can be hard
as hell, and I've been there too, but I think it's important
to welcome the happy dance when it comes your way.
What they don't say is that life can just get more and
more amazing, and richer, and funnier, and more
delicious and delightful, and you can get more friends,
and if you leave the job that was there forever, but
started to wear thin, new stupendous opportunities
can fly in to dazzle you. No I haven't been drinking --
just milk (seriously -- oh and tea at the Art Gallery
of Ontario -- but what an amazing week.)
I got my painting finished for the Scape show (landscapes)
at the Super Wonder Gallery -- with a love blast,
overwhelmingly, marvellous interruption in the process
in the final hours of our lovely granddaughter being
born -- perfect and gorgeous.
Alice with her DadHow I ever went back to the easel is beyond me,
but I did. Whew.
Me with In the City,
at the Scape show this weekend
on until February 4th between 2 and 8 p.m.
(This is the painting inspired by a
Howard Wolinsky photo.)
Acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2016Two openings later, and yesterday an afternoon with
Alice Isabel Vincett Muir and her mom and dad, and
we are exhausted today, but filled with a giddy joy.
(Were you picking up on that?) As there were other
visitors to the baby today we visited the Art Gallery
of Ontario, and saw the Turner show again. We also saw a
super Stella, a Claes Oldenburg hamburger, Paul
Peel's beautiful work, a Monet, and a Gaugin.
Tonight I'm planning my work for next month's show,
so that's all for now. Whew. I'll keep you posted.
Here's the show invite, in case you missed it. It's a great show,
check it out if you're in town.
Have an enjoying-the-happiness-life-gives-you day.