Happy new pansies
Acrylic ink, and marker on
7 x 9.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2021
One of the things I want to quit doing -- something so many encouraging
articles recommend -- is competing with me. You know how the talk goes. You see
a photo of yourself from three years ago, and you flinch. “Oh my god, I looked
so good back then." Really? Or was it the photographer, and the light and your
super happy expression?
The same is true for art. I see one of my favourite paintings hanging on my wall,
and in a down mood may tell myself, “you knew what you were doing then, and
now?” Stop it. Children and teenagers do this too. And when they do, as loving
parents, we step in and say, “That’s not true. I think the work you did today
is wonderful." Then you pick it up, and praise your child some more.
As artists we have to do the same. And we need to focus on enjoying, not being on
some path to glory— a trophy out ahead that we’re missing. If this pandemic has
taught us anything, it's that there’s a lot that’s good about loving being here now.
Speaking of being in the moment -- right now one of my favourite flowers is
thriving in some pots on our front steps. But with the high heat we've had this
week, and the higher temperatures we know are coming, that can't continue.
I enjoy these beauties -- pansies -- by painting them. Here is one of my latest
Have a loving the moment day.