Sunday, September 12, 2021

Acquiring bravery

 Sunset on the Cove
(colour sketch
Acrylic ink on watercolour paper
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2021

It may sound strange, but sometimes I love it when messages come flying into my head that
make sense. I realized when I was travelling to the east coast and back for 15 days that I
want to enjoy making art. This trip gave me the inspiration I needed so badly.

About bravery -- all of us who have lived through this continuously surging virus have had
to acquire bravery. Some of us more than others. To my friends who have lost loved ones to
this nasty pandemic I extend my profound sympathy. 

And to the rest of us -- thank you for taking care of yourself and your family. Thank you for
listening to the health experts, and getting your vaccines. I am eternally grateful to you. Just
spending the afternoon today with the youngest artists in our family, I'm fervently wishing 
that they will continue to be safe.

I hope some of the many ideas that came to me on my brief holiday will stick and turn into
something more. It was exciting to be away even under the strange conditions of current travel
 – eating takeout the whole time – still masked. And it’s exciting to be home and to think about
putting my new ideas into action.

Wishing you an absolutely fabulous day.


laura said...

I love this watercolor, Barbara! Your customary beautiful, singing color! And great watercolor technique to boot!

Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

I love this sketch❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ Beautiful memories for you I think. Your message about wanting to enjoy making art really caught me today. I needed that reminder, thank you ����❣️❣️❣️ And stay safe.

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Evelyn! Yes they are beautiful!

Yes. Stay safe. You too. Love your work!


Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Laura,

I love your work! Acrylic inks are really bright. I do love that. Your beautiful
watercolour work sings too. Lovely image! Thank you!


Jennifer Rose said...

its not worth time and energy to make art that you don't enjoy, of course when its part of your day job you dont have much of a choice, but the rest of the time, def make art you enjoy even if no one else does (but hopefully they do enjoy the art)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Jennifer Rose,

There is a middle part in most paintings I find. I have the idea, get excited, start working, then hit
a block, a problem. Getting past that is everything. And if I can have fun doing it, there’s a good chance I’ll get to the happy ending.
Love your art, and thank you for your comments.


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