Saturday, August 10, 2019

The pleasure of languages -- travel rocks!

Making magic in Montreal
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012
There is so much talk now about why we can't get along,
why we can't abandon our differences, and then there
is the Food Court in downtown Ottawa, where people
from all over the world grab and eat their lunch, talking
the whole time.  A buzz of international culture, and one
of the reasons I love travelling.

Maybe we could start by all sitting down and eating together.
A camaraderie arises over shared food that is unique I think.
One of my students researched that there are 6500 languages 
in the world.  I would so love to know how to speak all of
them, instead of one language, with smatterings of one other,
and phrases here and there of a couple more.  Along with
visual art, language is definitely one of my passions.  And we need
to start speaking to one another, finding out and enjoying how
much we share, and how little we know about this big planet.

The woman who modeled for this painting was joyous, 
beautiful, confident, and loved to travel at least as much as
I do.  It radiates out from her face -- her sheer enthusiasm for
life.  We are still on the road, and will be passing through
Montreal tomorrow, so this painting that sold in New York
City when it showed there is perfect.

Have a loving learning something new day.


Wendy Barrett said...

What a stunning painting Barbara! Your paintings are as eloquent as your writing. You are so talented in both arenas.

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks so much Wendy,

I love your paintings, and hope we can meet again soon. Keep blogging please!


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