Thursday, March 16, 2017

Tense, worried, crazy -- Relax

Better bring the laundry in Bob
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
It was a bit of a day I'd say for getting nervous,
tense, worried.  I was thinking myself into dead
ends and corners on many fronts and then I
watched this little message from Oprah from a
few years ago -- and hey she hit the nail on
the head.  (Click on her name to watch it).
So I just started painting, and kept on working on
my larger work, and on some smaller pieces.

I got the message, and thought.  "You know what
girl -- if the painting needs more work -- it's a
painting and you can do it!"

Thank you to my wonderful friends, and major
wishes of good health and happiness to all
the friends who have boosted my art in the
last year, pumped me up, shown me the
lovely light that is always there to see.

Have a starting-to-relax day.


Mary Lou van Schaik said...

Dear Barbara -- I love the vast simplicity of the clouds, water and grass in your painting, a mirror for the vastness of our true self, as Oprah says. Her piece reminds me of the lines from William Stafford's poem, "You and Art":
Your exact errors make a music
that nobody hears.
Your straying feet find the great dance
walking alone,
And you live on a world where stumbling
always leads home.
Love - Mary Lou

verna vogel said...

Hi Barbara,

You are so wonderful! What a super blog post. I like that Oprah clip a lot. I also like your painting a lot - that calm distant shoreline under the amassing clouds, and bright yellow foreground. Very apt.

Hope you are getting back into your balance, working on your beautiful paintings.


Barbara Muir said...

Oh Mary Lou,

How beautiful! And thank you. You are always inspiring. Sooner or later we
realize it either all works out, or it doesn't, and then it still really all works out --
in the larger scheme of things. Fingers crossed on that being true for the world.
Meanwhile I want to celebrate the beauty I see everywhere.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

Thank you so much. Life has thrown us a few serious curve balls for sure, but yes, I am in a painting
groove, and it feels wonderful. Love, love, love your work.


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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!