Saturday, April 18, 2020

The artist's brain

Part of my answer to the current lockdown
is remembering all of the wonderful things
that have happened.  Like this shot of
Steven (my husband) in my son Christopher's studio
 in 2015 waiting while Christopher photographed my
art for the Paris Carrousel du Louvre show.
The painting is Breakfast at the Skylight Diner NYC
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
That painting went to Paris for my first show
in the Louvre, and what an amazing
experience that was!

I sure hope you got to watch the two hour special
One World Together At Home.  It was amazing and
moving, and was put together by Lady Gaga in
support of the World Health Organization and
health workers, and first line workers all over
the world.

I've been thinking about the artist's brain--mine.
I've had trouble getting down to making art.  In
part that was because the one evening course I
was teaching went online, and that has been a major learning
job for me.  I'm still learning every day, and I see
a tidal wave of learning coming at me for
future courses -- which will all be online for the
next few months at least.

But I've also been stalled by the worry about the COVID-19 virus,
the massive, total changes in how we run our lives, the
disruption in all of our routines, and the pleasures that
punctuate our weeks.

Tonight listening to pieces of this amazing concert,
I started working on a painting that's been stumping
me for awhile.  I listened to the uplifting, heartwarming
music, and gorgeous voices, and I could paint!
It was like the reality was expressed for me, so I
could express mine.

Maybe that's what we artists need.  Beautiful
music.  Go for it.  And thank you for painting.

Have a listening to beautiful music day.

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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!