Look at this
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
A friend and I were talking today about fear of the unknown,
and how it hinders an artist's life. Then I was looking for a photoof my art for a Facebook cover, and found this image of my son
and his then girlfriend, now wife, Megan. It was a Skype painting.
I was afraid of starting a blog, and my friend and fabulous
artist Flora Doehler persuaded me to do it. Christopher
was going to teach in Korea for a year, and helped me
get started before he left. Once he and Megan were in Korea, Skype
was the best way to talk, and not feel so far away. During
conversations with Christopher I'd draw him on sticky notes
or whatever was on my desk. Then I did a little sketch painting
of my friend Flora via Skype, and published it on my blog.
When Chris and Megan were heading for Korea I was so
anxious about those two being so far away -- a 14 hour plane
trip. When I started using Skype I was afraid I'd mess it up.
But I got a job via New York company drawing people via Skype at the
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and did not
know that my Skype images were being broadcast on a huge
screen at the show. That connection led to journalist Howard
Wolinsky from Chicago calling and asking to see my Skype
paintings. Howard interviewed me on a YouTube video for the Skype
blog, I was terrified. He asked me if I could get some new paintings
together in a week, so I did. (Deadlines always help).
Oprah Winfrey's people saw Howard's YouTube video, and asked me to
be on a show called Where In The Skype Are You?
I have never been so frightened in my life. But I did it -- and do
you see where I'm going with this? Essentially if you follow the
dots -- Christopher and Megan going to Korea got me on Oprah.
And that show got me media attention, invitations to exhibit in art
So yes fear is bad, and yes there are things to fear -- but some of
the things we fear -- especially when it comes to art -- will bring
Oh yes. This is important! After a year in Korea Christopher
came back to Toronto to work as a photographer, and then a director of
videos. Megan is working on her PhD in Early Childhood Development.
They are married now, and have a beautiful, brilliant daughter --
Have a letting your fear go day.