Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Past the 2500 mark -- whew. Thanks for joining me.

Large version of the award 
(the realistic sized version is 
much smaller)
Barbara Muir © 2015
(When I sent out this
award -- artists were giving
each other awards all the time.
I realized that there was nothing
stopping me from doing the same
thing. So today I offer
it to everyone.  I can no
longer even count all the
people who influence my art
and thinking, and make me happy.
Thank you times more than 2500 blogs!)

A good friend and fabulous artist from Texas sent me a letter
saying that she no longer cared what people thought about
her art, and she didn't care about sales.  I know exactly what
she means, even though I don't feel the same way.  I don't paint
for any specific audience.  When I do a commission I
explain that I paint in my own way, and that's what the
client is ordering. But I love it when my work pleases
people.  And I do care about sales.  I don't think there's
anything wrong with viewing painting as a job, or a

In fact whatever anyone thinks about what they do with
their work is what matters.  I was on a Zoom call with
my brother tonight, and he pointed to a self portrait that
I did when I was in university.  He said,"See that?
Do you think you've improved?"  I looked at it, and
thought, 'yes in some ways', but I love what my eye saw
then too.

What I know is that painting, and blogging here, and being
in art shows in North America and Europe has given me
a magnificent life.  And I'm grateful.

I give you all the Happy Art Award.  You make me happy!

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Portrait Artist

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I paint and draw on commission and for shows. To commission a portrait, or purchase one of my paintings please contact me at: barbara.muir@sympatico.ca
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!