Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Missing you. Thank you for getting me through to today.


Concentration
Black marker on Fabriano paper
6 x 8 1/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018
Here's what happened!  I broke my wrist in February -- falling on the cat.
True.  Late at night after school, making my supper, with a cat spinning in
circles under my feet.  I was working on my big painting for the Water for
Life exhibition at the Niagara Falls History Museum, opening in May at
the time and running until September 9. And for awhile most action stopped.  
Opening a tube of paint hurt, opening a jar hurt.  Opening a cat food can was impossible.
Yes my valiant right hand still worked.  But every small task was like climbing 
a mountain.
I know
Black marker on Fabriano paper
6 x 8 1/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018

So when I was offered intensive teaching work -- for some reason I accepted it.
( I do love teaching).  My sweet husband Steven drove me to work.  I couldn't
drive, or carry my bags holding the class assignments. I needed help with just about
everything.  Luckily I was much better at the wonderful opening of Water for Life in May,
and could go without the splint my doctor recommended after the cast came off.  Now at the beginning of July, I am almost completely back to normal.  Naturally my urge to blog
has returned.
The studying jam
Black marker on Fabriano paper
6 x 8 1/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018
Meanwhile I've taken on teaching a super demanding, fast-track course, so all of my 
time is squeezed.  Now I intend to manage that, and painting, and talking to you.  
Here are some drawings I did at the end of my last school term. I'm inspired by people who 
say I should draw every day.  I'd like to now.  It's hard to concentrate when you need pain 
pills every four hours, but that is finally over. Hurray!  What did this teach me beside 
watch that cat? (who I love, and who is fine).  Enjoy moving, and every single bit of health and happiness you have.  Life is precious, art is wonderful, everyone who helped me is so kind and
special. And enjoy yourself.  I so enjoy you.  And thank you for your inspiration and
help, and affection.

Key search in the small purse
Black marker on Fabriano paper
6 x 8 1/4 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018

Have a loving whatever holiday you celebrate day!

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I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
A major highlight in my career? Drawing Oprah Winfrey live via Skype for her show "Where in the Skype are you? Galleries: Studio Vogue Gallery, Toronto, Canada. The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City. Gallery at the Porch Door, Kingston, Canada. Your positive comments on this blog mean the world to me. I'd love to hear from you!