Winter at the beach
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
8 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
It was a very warm day today. Spring is coming in pretty fast and strong
out of nowhere. Two weeks ago there was snow everywhere -- and now
little pieces of it sit like jewels everywhere. I think it was a wonderful
winter. I know I have friends who would disagree, but I enjoyed it.
I don't know why it was so good -- maybe our trips to the park to feed
the geese, swans, ducks and seagulls? Maybe our new kitten, who is almost
a 24/7 distraction? Not sure. All I know is that I loved the look of it, and
the sweet drives my husband would take me on down a treed road, and up
into a neighbourhood of beautiful houses, and a spectacular tree dressed in
The other day at the same time of day we drove through that neighbourhood --
it was sunset, and there were no longer had lights on the tree. I know that means
spring, but we felt sad for a minute or so. That giant live holiday tree has been
such a spirit lifter.
Tonight's painting is one I sold a few years ago of the beach at Port Stanley
in winter. That was a long, long drive. Now our favourite park is much
I feel grateful that we enjoyed the winter so much, with all of its restrictions.
And we're overjoyed that it's spring. (Cautionary note -- it very likely that
there will be more snow.
Have an enjoying what you have day.