Tuesday, February 6, 2018

100% Love -- the animals in our house

Sally the dog
Acrylic on canvas
5 x 7 inches 
Barbara Muir © 2014

I'm so lucky that I grew up with pets.  They really are
a joyful addition to any family.  Yes -- like babies --
they are demanding, sometimes messy, expensive when
they need care -- but also like babies they are wonderful.

Our animal family is a dog, Sally, and two cats -- Fiona
and Timbah.  Sally is still a bit crazy after 4 years -- especially
around other dogs (she was attacked by a Great Dane one
of the first times that we took her to the park).  Plus she
had four owners in her first year, and we are the fourth.
But she is totally calm in the house, unless you ask her
to sing -- then she will accompany you with great gusto on
any song for a cookie.
Outside then please
Acrylic and marker 
on bond paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
Timbah was a shelter cat. When our cat Max died we were
devastated and wanted to get a new kitten like him.  But
kittens are only available about twice a year.  We went to
the PetSmart that fostered animals, and Timbah, who was
one and a half, grabbed my hand through the bars of his cage.
 I was hooked.  He was very nervous at first too, because he'd
been a street cat -- but he is incredibly affectionate now -- so
 he got over it.

Acrylic on mounted birch panel
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
On the mohair throw
iPad drawing
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
(This is also Fiona -- and one of
my favourite iPad drawings)
Fiona, the Siamese cat, is my familiar.  She gets me, and
she always wants to play.  So she forces me to get off my
chair when I'm writing or marking, and away from the
easel if I'm painting to throw her tiny toy shark, which she
tosses in the air, catches, and brings back to me.  Plus that
girl loves the piano, and we have to admit that's why we
have a piano.  The cat likes to play.

These three add so much love to our family.  They are
the best.

Have a loving the animals in your life day.


Marilyn Flanegan said...

I so agree - animals enrich our lives beyond measure. I see your love all over these portraits!
Hugs to you and your little wonders,

Barbara Muir said...

Hugs to you Marilyn,

for the most amazing and moving animal portraits there are! I love your work so much.
Yes animals are the best. We have a bit of a zoo with these three. They comment
and are involved in so much of what we do. I love them!


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