Sunday, January 22, 2017

High on small things -- that's being an artist


Lemons in an orange world (working title)
Work in Process.
Acrylic on cradled wood panel
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017

No I don't mean drugs or alcohol in my title -- I really
mean reality -- the beauty of day-to-day and not so
common blows me away, and gives me endless
pleasure.

Today again going grocery shopping the store had
these beautiful oranges with the luscious big leaves.
I don't think I ever saw a leaf on an orange until I
visited Italy.  We tend to be more aggressive and
reductive with our supermarket fruit.

Past experience (last week) told me those leaves
dry up overnight in our Canadian house's winter
dry air, so I sat down with them and went to town.
This time I took photos too, in case they are changed
too drastically by morning.  And I am happy.

It has been a weekend of major demonstrations of
unity on the theme of women's rights, and human
rights across the world.  The sheer magnitude of that
outcry moved me so deeply.  And I continue to revel
in the everyday too.

Have a loving-the-great-and-small 
-moments-in-your-life day.

2 comments:

Belinda Del Pesco said...

Ahh, yes, leaves on citrus, tempting the artist. Aren't they lovely? I'm glad you found some at the grocers, in January! Simple pleasures magnified larger by the contrast against family illness... your grace, generosity and talent encourages the rest of us to take stock, appreciate, and make something. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. xoxoxoxo

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Belinda,

Thank you so much! You have (I'd like to say always) been an inspiration to me ever since I
first read your blog. Thank you for your wonderful posts, your glorious art, your
inspirational videos. You are a rock star!

XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Portrait Artist

My photo
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!