Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Love of Flowers in the Month of Love

Jubilant spring flowers
Watercolour on watercolour paper
24  x 36 inches
© Barbara Muir (date unknown)
(The photo is not the best quality,
but this is a work from the time
when I painted with an
infant playing nearby.)

I started out as a flower painter.  When my firstborn started to crawl, I worked on small
coloured pencil drawings at the dining room table, while the baby played in his 
playpen, or bounced in the jolly jumper, or napped.  My goal was a drawing a day. All
I know is that I sold them at a very low rate framed. It helped me pay my share of the

After two years at OCAD, I switched to an English Literature degree, because 
I wanted to be a writer.  And I did, and do write professionally. Plus I teach writing. But art
wins in the big picture (pardon my pun.) It is my passion. And art has taken me all
over the world.

I love flowers, and almost always have some in the house, winter and summer.
I love drawing them, and painting them.  But I was trying to explain to a friend
(not an artist) the other day, that artists get high on what they see. True.  No
drugs necessary. And flowers really do make my heart sing.

Today was a beautiful winter day.  Not too cold, huge banks of bright white snow
everywhere, decorated with brilliant blue shadows from the trees. Beyond
amazing!  We took a drive out to our favourite park, fed the geese and ducks,
walked in the snow, and just now picked up some beautiful tulips. A happy

Have a loving your life day.


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Beautiful painting so like a Dutch master painting. ❣️❣️❣️❣️ And to have painted it with a little one.

Barbara Muir said...

Wow Evelyn.

Like a Dutch master. Thank you. I think it was a very happy time, and that helps.

I'm sure I was inspired by someone. I always am. I'm inspired by you now, and the lemons on my table are beckoning.


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