Thursday, February 2, 2017

Day Two of the Month of Love -- More from the Hospital

I will be fine she says
Black marker on Fringe drawing paper
9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
Here are some drawings I did at the hospital this
afternoon. As usual I had to be fast, because patients
come and go out of the waiting room sometimes
in seconds, or a couple of minutes.

We're Okay
Black marker on Fringe drawing paper
9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017

But I want to add to my day-by-day exploration of who
 and what I love in the month of love -- February too.
Of course when I think about love, next to my husband
comes my family.  I have two wonderful sons, Christopher
and Sam, a brilliant, beautiful, kind daughter-in-law,
Megan, and my son Sam's delightful, sweet girlfriend,
Emily.  They are all family in my mind, and there is my
lovely granddaughter Alice, who just turned one.  I have
actually painted all of them, and will make a collage of
those images for another day.

For now -- more of my hospital drawings:
Sleeping through the wait
Black marker on Fringe drawing paper
9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017

Well at least it's warm
Black marker on Fringe drawing paper
9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
Today I noticed that some people who have
 been in treatment for several weeks at the same time
were making friends in the waiting room.
The news on the waiting room TV was about how Canadians
band together in hard times.  So altogether my time there
 was both heartening and touching.  I hope my
drawings show that.  I wish everyone I saw today
good health, and an excellent and joyful

On the phone
Black marker on Fringe drawing paper
9 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017

Have an enjoying the second-day-of-the-month-of-love day!


Anonymous said...

Great study of people. You can almost read their thoughts as they wait. I was one of those folks when my mom had lung cancer. I was working at Scarboro General Hospital when she was ill. I work nights and took her to Princes Margaret Hospital for treatments in the day. I was probably one of those folks sleeping while I waited. I did everything around the house etc. very little sleep for about 12 months. Unfortunately, it didn't end well.

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Anonymous,

So sorry about your mother. There is a kindness and grace in waiting for someone
to go through what your mother went through. I'm sure your mother was

Take care of yourself, and I so appreciate your comments.


verna vogel said...

Hi Barbara,

I smiled when I read that some of the people in the waiting room are beginning to make friends. It's cool that you can see that happening after awhile, better than the lone islands of waiting that you mentioned some days ago in a previous post. Your drawings are very beautiful, in fact I think this is my favourite of your work that I've seen.

You once remarked something to the effect that you live life on the surface, but seeing these drawings I don't think so. Perhaps you walk lightly, but you're not a surface dweller.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

An anti-clutter course I subscribed to (funny if you ever see my house) asked me to consider the
"juice" of the moment today. I teach my students to write with "juice" which means to write
vividly. I immediately thought "juice of the moment?" Aha--another coffee. I am pleased by
simple things, and visually most of those are surface. But of course in portraits the whole
person leaps out of the face. Always true. I love your work and your comments.


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