Tuesday, February 23, 2021


Untitled (work in progress)
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2021

It’s easy to get stalled creatively in these scary times. I talked to a friend today
who said that he was of two minds -- first there was a constant cloud of fear
hanging over him (COVID -19 and the new variants, and then his rational mind
said that, 'probably everything will be all right.' When it comes to trying to be
creative we have to push that cloud of fear away, and allow ourselves to just begin.

Today I cleaned up the studio because I had a clear understanding that
I want to be living my proper artist's life as much as possible. This is where my
happiness lies.

I started work on this portrait of an artist friend.  It's not done -- but the images
of flowers, the lake and clouds have been surfacing in my dreams every night.
This is how far I got today. I had so much fun.  So my message to myself
is, "just start!" 


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

This is already so gorgeous ❣️ And it is so interesting that you work from dreams. I know what you mean about allowing ourselves to just begin. Difficult sometimes but so wonderful if we do!

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Evelyn,

I don't usually work from dreams, but my dreams have been insisting on
such amazing combinations. I haven't realized them yet, but maybe I will.
I am usually painting and drawing what's in front of me.


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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!