Friday, November 6, 2020

A model son's birthday

This photo, taken eleven years
ago, shows how we tidied up
Sam's room when we had
to show the house to get
a loan. Sam van Schaik Muir,
our son was the model for these
paintings and many others.
The room is no longer this 
colour, and Sam moved out
years ago.
Photo and paintings are
© Barbara Muir

I don’t really think of my son Sam as a model for my art, but it is amazing
to me how many paintings I’ve done of him. Tomorrow is his birthday, and
once again, like every year on this day, I am filled with memories of his life
so far, which I think has been a pretty great one. I'm so grateful that he came
into our lives on this coming day. 

He is kind, funny, and over-the-top generous. He's a great writer, an actor,
an IT whiz. Plus he’s happy and in love with his beautiful girlfriend, Emily.

In the past year because of COVID we have met Sam and Emily, and Sam
alone on our back porch many times, and those visits have made this 
strange time much happier.  I wish Sam a wonderful year, and we
will see him (social distanced) for some birthday magic tomorrow.

We are lucky to have two wonderful sons and a great family. 


Verna Vogel said...

Hi Barbara,

I love your blog! I'm so happy that you have wonderful children, and that you can visit with them even now. A wonderfully Happy Birthday to Sam!


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

A very Happy Birthday 🎂 it is mine today and I am on the road but saw my mum which made it special for us both. 😀❤️❤️❤️

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Verna,

I am happy that our children are wonderful. Christmas looks dicey, as we can't
have our children inside the house. And it will be very cold and snowy. This
weekend's warm weather was a fluke -- a gift from the universe. Thanks for your kind warm wishes, I will pass them on!


Barbara Muir said...

Happy Birthday Evelyn,

How are on the road today -- are we allowed to go anywhere? Your birthday too
marks a momentous day on the planet. You were born,(Yay!) and Biden and Harris got elected. Whew. I love your work. Happy, Happy Birthday!


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I have a cottage and travel there and back with no contact with anyone. My mum is in my bubble so that is wonderful for me. But it is a long drive so only second time seeing her since COVID.
And I love your work. This painting is so beautiful. I love your blog and thoughts about life. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

I see that there was a typo in my response. It should have been, "how are you able to travel?" So did you spend your birthday alone? I hope not. I love your work.


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