A great day on the farm
© W.W. Muir
Oil on board
16 x 20 inches
My father should definitely have been #2, or combined #1 withmy mother, but like many artists I changed my mind. And instead of
just writing about women, I'm writing about people.
The more I look at the photos that remain of my father's work,
the more I so appreciate his art. I'm glad I own one painting,
and I hope my brother Andrew owns another. The rest were sold
off in a job lot (not by me) for next to nothing, which breaks my
heart, so let's not go there.
My Dad was a stern, somewhat harsh father of young children,
and had four. In that line up, I think the younger two may have
had less discipline, and perhaps more parental affection --
and as the second youngest I definitely saw my father's softer
side. I had no doubts that he loved me, and he started painting
in part because of my interest in art in high school, and the
fact that I went to OCAD (The Ontario College of Art and Design).
He was entirely self taught, and his innate talent astounds me more
and more. His eye for colour -- trained in photography first, his
art form before painting -- comes out in every painting.
My father was an amazing writer. His letters take my breath away.
I thank him for any talent I might have. And I also thank him big time
for taking us to a summer cottage every summer, and for living on the
Ottawa River, so we could visit and enjoy the dazzling countryside.
I miss you Daddy.
Have an appreciating your parents day