Monday, October 30, 2017

My Beautiful Niece Is gone

Before the Dance in the White Dress                    After the Dance in the White Dress
Both Acrylic on canvas
Both 24 x 24 inches
Both Barbara Muir © 2008

Some things that happen in life are so sad that there is
no way to just carry on as usual.  I've written
about this before, and I know I will get back to painting
soon, but for now the loss of my niece is paramount
in the sorrow of my brother, her father, her mother
and the family -- her aunts, uncles, cousins, and me and
my husband.

My niece Chloé died suddenly in early October.  She was
beautiful, kind, intelligent -- a wonderful young woman.

She posed for these two portraits in my Dance Series, and
I will be grateful to her for doing that forever.

Miss you Chloé.  Our love and thoughts are with your
Mother, Father and my brother's wife.


Nicki said...

Tragic. So so sorry Barbara. What a treasure these images are.

XOXO Nicki

Sally Chupick said...

Dear Barbara, i am dismayed and sad for you and all who loved her. Sending condolences. Xo

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

No words Barbara, for this abject and crushing sorrow.
Sending love ❤️

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Nicki. They are a treasure to me, and the memories of my niece posing for them.


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Sally for your kind words. I am too.


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Mary Sheehan Winn,

So incredibly true.

Thank you.

cohen labelle said...

Our deepest condolences, Barbara, to Andrew and all of you during this time. You spoke often of your beautiful niece, Chloe...
Our love to you, we are here for you'
David and Marcia

Unknown said...

Oh Barbara, I am so sorry for you and your family. And lost for words about this tragedy.
Sending you love and strength,

Laurel Daniel said...

Oh dear Barbara, I am heartbroken for you and your family. I have missed you in my inbox and now I know why... sending you love and comfort in this very sad time. Xoxoxox

Barbara Muir said...

Dear Marcia and David,

Thank you so much. It is a stunning loss.


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you Liza,

We are all at a loss for words at this tragedy. Impossible to accept.
Your kindness means the world to me.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laurel,

Thank you so much. Until this loss was public, I could not say anything, and
didn't feel right talking about my work. Chloé's funeral is this week, and
I hope I can get back to painting soon.

Thanks for your understanding and friendship.


Verna Vogel said...

Barbara, I am so very sorry to read this post. Wish I could give you hugs in person. Glad you made those paintings, a memory, they are now so beautiful and oh so painful at the same time.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

Thank you. I am too. And yes the feelings are mixed. And very hard. Such a beauty. The funeral today was very sad. Thanks for your kindness.



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