Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The concept of happiness

Yes I'm happy
marker on Canson 
watercolour paper
9 x12
Barbara Muir © 2020

The image I’m sharing with you is all about the word Happy. On different days,
and even from moment to moment, the word means different things. Today it
seems to be about order. It’s been a very strange day. Perhaps this is the day when
the whole idea of a new year hits in a concrete fashion.  The piles of paper on my
dresser, and bedside table strike me as more than a little annoying. As for the table
in my studio with all of my supplies scattered on it – suddenly the look of it seemed

Maybe that’s the point of the whole new year idea. Even though as they said on the
James Corden show last night we aren’t in a new year really, we're in lockdown again
which is exactly like the 2020 we are so eager to leave behind. But maybe the point is
fresh vision –The ability to see things in ourselves and to change what we don’t like.

This is something we're used to in art. We put a painting away for the day, and get it
out the next day and think,"oh no I’ve got to change this!"And sometimes that goes on
until the work is done. Sometimes even for years! This drawing my not be completely
finished, but I do like the mood it conveys.

Have a very Happy and Creative Day!


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Beautiful drawing! It has such a lovely calm happiness. Calm is my chosen word for this year to remind myself to stay calm 😄❣️

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Evelyn,

Good word. When I was writing my happy blog, I realized that if I said the word
"happy" I felt happy. So I'm sure calm works the same way. I will try that one. Your comments always make me happy.

Love your work.


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!