Monday, September 14, 2020

Before the flowers go

Zinnias in the house
Acrylic ink, and acrylic
on cradled Birch
6 x 6 inches
Barbara Muir © 2020

I was thinking about meditating this morning, and instead I watched
a Bob Burridge video about being creative.  He is so inspiring . I love
everything he does, and have followed him and watched his delightful
videos about painting for years.

 Today he was making collages with tissue paper and paint
 and talking about how important it was to just fool around and enjoy
yourself.  I found out today that I’m teaching tomorrow one night a week.
I’m glad, and it means I have to figure out how to organize my time so I
can do everything I want to do.

I’m trying to walk 10,000 steps a day so I walked to the printer today to
pick up the inspiration for this little painting.  Plus we have the most
gorgeous red zinnias in a vase right now that one of the vendors at
The Brick Works market gave me.  It was the end of the day Saturday, and he
told me to pay him in two weeks when he’s back at the market.  Generosity
always means a lot to me, and it's especially heartwarming now.

A few weeks ago I saw a video of my artist friend Flora Doehler painting
using acrylic ink, and drawing with the ink dropper. Inspired by Bob Burridge
and Flora Doehler,  I got to work on this little painting in honour of the
gorgeous zinnias in my kitchen.

 And I got my 10,000 steps with my sweetheart Steven tonight. I wish you a
 wonderful, creative, and productive day tomorrow .


Evelyn said...

Love your zinnias! I tried to do a watercolour of zinnias in the summer and they aren’t easy. So pleased to have your posts back in my inbox.
Thank you Barbara for your great insights. Evelyn

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Evelyn,

I'd love to see your watercolours of zinnias! They are a complicated flower,
but the ones in my kitchen -- Wow! So bright.
Flora Doehler told me about acrylic ink a couple of summers ago. She prefers
Liquitex, and I have to say I love the depth of colour in those inks.
So glad my posts are getting through.


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