Friday, February 9, 2018

Thank You to my wonderful teachers!


Poem by the Don
Acrylic on canvas (diptych)36 x 48 inches
Barbara Muir © 2008
Love, love, love -- day Nine.  Thank you to my teachers, and I send
love out to all the inspiring teachers in my life.  When I started
school at OCAD (the Ontario College of Art and Design) in
Toronto, I was like all the people who tell me I can't even
draw a stick figure.  Why do people think a stick figure is so
simple.  But within months I was drawing very competent life
drawings.  Reeling in shock as a 17 year old girl when the first
male life model came out -- a huge middle aged man with a
cloth bag over his privates.

It took great teachers to bring young innocents who grew up
in the dull suburbs, like me, into the exciting, confusing,
wild world of art, and they did it.

My teachers at university pulled me into the world of literature
opening doors to what would be a life long love of reading
and writing.

And more recently the workshops I've taken in person and
online have taught me so much about art, that I am sometimes
so dazzled I don't even know where to begin.  But isn't that
a good thing?   My brother's current philosophy is to ask,
"Is it true?"  Constant learning sets us up in front of that
question every day, and for sure makes life just as exciting
as it was when I took my first art lessons at OCAD.
Reading with Heart
acrylic on canvas
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir 2010
As a very part time teacher myself, one of the great pleasures
of the job is learning all the time from my students -- and
trying to help them get their fantastic experiences down in
writing.

Have a loving learning day!

2 comments:

Marilyn Flanegan said...

I could be biased, but I believe artists and teachers embrace and engage in life-long learning more than people in other professions. I'm beyond grateful to all of my teachers, workshop instructors and online mentors.
Hugs to you Barbara.
Marilyn

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marilyn,

I know that artists do engage in life-long learning (some artists) because they really have to don't
they! But I have met so many non-artists who constantly read and learn and teach me so much
about the world, so I don't think we artists are alone. I'm so glad I know about your work -- I
feel like you have a lot to teach me.

XOXOXOXOXO Barbara

Love your work!

Portrait Artist

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