Thursday, December 9, 2021

Starting the countdown on 2021 things I learned in 2021

End of summer bouquet
Acrylic ink and marker on
drawing paper
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2021

The first 1,000

 There is always so much to learn:

A few years ago Howard Wolinsky, the Chicago journalist, and fabulous
photographer, who got me noticed by Oprah's people, wanted me to write
about whatever the number of the year was and how many things I'd learned.
So we are almost done 2021, and I'm thinking about it Howard.

This past year being literally in lockdown for so much of the year I sometimes
felt that I'd forgotten everything.  I teach once a week on a Zoom format,
and continue to learn about that.  In some ways teaching has been
my only social life -- and a pure delight. But I felt like I was forgetting
essential skills -- how to be with people in person, how to talk, how to create.

And when I'd worry, or feel lost, or sit at my easel, and not know where
to begin, I'd know that there were way worse problems out in the world,
than any I was experiencing here. 

I hope a major lesson I learned this year was to honour and understand how
lucky I am to be here, alive, thinking and even when I'm not creating,
yearning to be creating.  

To all of the artists, curators, collectors, and art appreciators who read my blog,
comment and support me -- thank you.  You have taught me more like a million
things this year (but let's call it 1,000 for form's sake) -- inspired me, and made
 me happy.  Thank you.   

Have a counting your 2021 lessons day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Thank you Barbara ❣️❣️❣️❣️I have learned so much reading your blog and appreciate the time and effort you put into writing it. I love your artwork, each piece is so beautiful and full of life and love. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Jennifer Rose said...

i dont know if I've learned anything this year lol
maybe how to be a hermit

Barbara Muir said...

Dear Evelyn,
thank you so much. I love your artwork, which makes me happy and inspires me.
Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday season, and a Happy New Year!


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