Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Nothing like a wonderful brother


Shorelines, The Gatineau River
My Brother Andrew
Acrylic on canvas
12" x 12"
Barbara Muir @ 2008

A recent question from a very young family member got me thinking 
about my brother Andrew.  He is the definition of multi-talented.
The child was asking about a creation from my brother’s jewellery 
design period, when he made money by making pins out of small coloured
pencils.  They were very beautiful, and I still wear one from time
to time.

He also made pins from tiny dried fish that he coated in a resin, and
then attached a pin.  They were gorgeous, and looked like they were
alive. Then as now he was concerned about the ocean, and our wildlife.  

In an earlier art practice he made prints of a character he created called
Hocha, and sold them on the street in Ottawa. 

This whole time my brother was writing, and he’s an amazing writer —
Writing everything, and lately mostly ads.  He’s taken big risks with
his art career, moulding clear forms of plastic figures using his home oven,
then filling a bar with them, and shining a slide show through these 
multiple clear figures.  

So I was thinking of him tonight, of how talented he is in so many
directions.  He hosted a television show about the arts in Ottawa for
awhile, and now occasionally joins his wife Lina to cohost
 a radio show Heavy Friends on a Carleton University station.

He is wildly funny, and kind, and I am so lucky to have him in my life.

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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!