Sunday, January 8, 2017

Renewal on the joy train

The Invitation
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
This painting is one of my favourites.  Not only that it's
in my bedroom and I wake up to it every morning.  I
love it, but it started to bug me awhile ago.  Such a
contrast of energies -- all loose and bright on the one
hand -- and careful and constrained on the other. I am
thinking a lot about joy, so I want the things I look
at every day to add to that feeling.

I began actually working on remedying this a few
months ago, but then working on preparing for
the shows in New York, and Paris seemed to take
up all of my creative energy.  But I changed the hands --
which were not right.  And today I've added to the flowers.
They were way too tame, not in colour, but in willingness
to invade the space.
The Invitation
pre changes
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 

The great thing about flowers is that they do invade the
space, and become what you notice.  Right now I'm
noticing that the beautiful bulbs the model for this
piece gave me for Christmas, are shooting up tall
green leaves and what will be blooms into the
gathering light.  Every day the light is growing, and
every day my hunger for doing more in this new year
and experiencing more joy is growing too.

Have a recognizing renewal day.
The joy train?  I think it's a song, and the only train
I want to be on.

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