8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2018I was so busy today with prepping for my Monday night class
that I didn't even get a chance to think about what to say to
you tonight. Sometimes I look back at what I wrote around
the same time in past years. And this year that feels like
an adventure. Every trip out didn't have to be planned. We
could see people. I didn't have to communicate 100% of
the time with people outside of my house via machine.
We could meet for coffee, hug, shake hands.
Talking to one of my children the other day I said that in
my normal life I probably see 60 - or 70 people in a week.
True. At least. The people in my art group, the people in
the women's art club I belong to, my students, the women in
my neighbourhood who meet for coffee, the people I see if
I walk my dog, the people at the grocery store, the printer
who prints my reference photos for painting, and maybe
one or both of my sons and my son's family, and son's girlfriend.
That's a lot of people. And now -- it is my husband. Period,
except if we go for a walk.
So creativity is more important than ever, even if there's no
time to do the work. Thinking about the work is gratifying.
Thinking about a time when this is over is almost like flying
to some amazing destination -- New York, or Paris, or
Florence Italy. That pleasure is free.
These tulips were drawn on my iPad from Tulip memory
2 years ago at this time of year. They are the bright escape
I need each day right now. Please stay well, stay safe, and
Have a letting the flowers in your mind grow day.