Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy Robbie Burns Day

Robbie Burns
Black marker on paper
6 x 9 1/2 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017

I drew this portrait of Robbie Burns last year on January 25, officially
Robbie Burns day, a day to celebrate the poet and all things Scottish.
Some friends of ours introduced us to the great tradition of Robbie
Burns nights at the Caledonian in Toronto, and we're going to hear
the pipes (bagpipes), see the Highland dancers, and eat a traditional
Scottish meal -- with (yes) Haggis tomorrow.  This has become a
thing -- and a great treat it is.

I found this delightful animation of a Robbie Burns portrait saying
his famous poem To A Mouse.  I hope you enjoy it.  I've spent
my painting day with my head in the clouds -- a place I seem to
be very happy with.   Coming soon -- to a blog near you -- a very
large landscape with clouds -- 6 feet tall, and 4 feet wide.  Your
painter friend is 5ft. 4" -- so it is bigger than I am.  And built well
on a very hefty frame.  So far an absolute treat to work on.

Work in Process (detail)
Acrylic on canvas
6 ft. x 4 ft.
Barbara Muir © 2018

I'll toast the Scottish in you tomorrow night.  
Have a Happy Robbie Burns Day.


Verna Vogel said...

Hey there Barbara, Happy Robbie Burns Day!! Love your larger-than-the-artist painting (so far)! Enjoy the haggis, the pipes & dancing and all celebrations tonight :)


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Verna,

You made my day. It was a lovely celebration and a super night. So fun! My larger than the artist painting is
coming along. I love what you do and the scale. I think you make me more ambitious and that's good,
because I heard a comedian on Jimmy Fallon tonight say that his big ambition was "to sit down", and
mine is to sit down with a book. Got to push myself! And I see what you do, and think, "Damn it woman --
get cooking!" (Artistically speaking you understand. I am not the cook in this family!).


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