Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Happy Birthday to two brilliant artists

Look Me in the Eye – 2
Acrylic on Canvas
10″ x 10″
Flora Doehler © 2020

Flora Doehler and Janet Vanderhoof  have birthdays today, and I wish them
superb and wonderful celebrations. They both live where the COVID-19 counts 
are not as high as they are here, so I hope they can celebrate with family and friends.
Flora Doehler is the friend who urged me to start blogging — even before I was
ready, and she was so right. A whole exciting world of connections, TV interviews, international art shows opened up because of my blog.

Valley of Hope 
Cold wax and oil on 
gallery wrapped canvas.
24” x24” 
Janet Vanderhoof © 2019

Janet Vanderhoof and I connected through the blog and Facebook. I have met Janet over
the phone, and we did a meditation practice a few years ago that was fantastic— where
we’d both meditated every day, and emailed one another that we’d done it.  We were supposed
to accept the challenge for a month, but kept going for much longer than that, which was
funny because I was very reluctant at first.  But I quickly learned to love that time, however
short, each day.

Both artists create fabulous work, and both are kind, generous people. If we weren’t in
Lockdown, and I had the money — it would be a treat to fly from Toronto to Nova Scotia,
to sing Happy Birthday to Flora, then hop on a plane and head to California to wish Janet
a Happy Birthday and terrific year.

Have a celebrating your friends (virtually) day. 
(Correction -- apparently Nova Scotia is in Lockdown.)


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Beautiful work by both artists. I have seen Flora Doehler's work (probably following one of your links ;) ) and have been looking at the blog by Janet Vanderhoof. Love new connections!
Thank you

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Evelyn,

They are both so inspiring for me. And I hope they had magnificent


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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!