Friday, May 3, 2019

Good cheer is what happens when you let it

Saint Hilaria -- saint of humour and good cheer
(disguised as a portrait of me)
Watercolour crayon, watercolour pencil, watercolour, 
acrylic ink, regular pencil, markers, acrylic pens.  
9 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2019
Okay.  Great day.  I am going to be working extra hard in
the next month and a half with a bunch of projects.  And
miraculously today I am somewhat organized for it, and
ahead of the game.

I was reading the other day about the root of the word
hilarious (one of my favourite words because of the
feeling of laughing so hard you can't stop -- the best).
And I found out that the Romans had holidays called
Hilaria - maybe after bad things had happened, but as
part of spring celebrations.

So with all that is happening that is cheerful, and
happy, I painting myself as Saint Hilaria.  As a teacher
I am not entirely bad at making people laugh.  My
husband said, "isn't it princess Hilaria?", and I said "no.
But okay.  If you like."

This was inspired by the fact that David Hockney painted
himself often, that many painters are using stencils, because of
my love of Florentine art, heavily loaded with halos.
I used so many things that I can't list them all in the caption.
Watercolour crayons, watercolour pencils, pencils, watercolour
ink, acrylic pens, markers.  So there you have it -- Saint
Hilaria, otherwise known as me.  One variation.  It does
not really look like me, but tomorrow is another day! LOL.

Have a truly hilarious day (which by the way is guaranteed for
me if my family and friends are in a good mood.)

P.S. This has nothing to do with Alec Baldwin's wife, Hilaria.
She is lucky to have a great name.

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