Sunday, February 26, 2023

Remembering February 2020

Late evening tulips 
Acrylic on birch panel
12 x 12 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014

Today we saw some of our family -- all rapid tested, and it was a treat.
Remember back when we didn't have to worry about viruses
every minute of every day?  Toronto started to be affected
by COVID in a big way in March, 2020 -- three years ago.
And people on my street have COVID now. Not fun. 
I taught my last in-class, class on March 9, 2020.

So as it's Sunday night, and time to stop working, I am
going to reprint a blog (slightly edited) from that magical time,
when we had no idea what was going to hit us. 

"Through every season, flowers are a necessity for me.
I paint them, I revel in their presence, I need them,
-- they are an essential part of my life.  It's great
in summer when we can just go outside and pick them,
but in winter they are such a supreme delight.

For reasons I can't explain I am very tired tonight (true
tonight too in 2023) on this 
the 26th day of The Month of Love.
It has been a 
brilliant snow melting day (after almost no snow
this month) 
that makes me think of sleep, and want to curl up
with a good 
book (got two).

I love this painting and am so glad it sold to an appreciative
collector a couple of years ago.  At that time I was trying to
paint one of the biggest paintings I've ever created. Then I broke
my wrist tripping on my cat, one night when I got home
from class.  My husband was away. Not good.

But you know what got me through the night until I
went to the emergency ward?  The gorgeous flowers in
our house. Today I'm appreciating how nice it is to be
healthy, whole and happy.  And to have flowers -- an
Amaryllis coming out -- tulips, and Hydrangeas.  Now it's TV time.

Have a loving your life day."


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Gorgeous ❣️❣️❣️ what an interesting three years it has been. So much has happened and I feel like time has been compressed. Love your paintings. I am finding that painting larger is a difficult process. So much canvas to cover and make interesting. 🤗❣️❣️❣️

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

Getting out from under the creative limits of the past
three years is a major challenge. And we will do it!
I prefer large to small. And I do both.

Love your work!


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