Thursday, August 10, 2023


Making magic in Montreal
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012

I teach tonight, and it's a class about community.  People from
all over the world, who care about the neighbourhood they live
in, and want to keep it vibrant, are studying how to present
their ideas at public meetings.

This post from pre-pandemic life came up in my feed today,
and I'm sharing it with you:

"There is so much talk now about why we can't get along,
why we can't abandon our differences, and then there
is the Food Court in downtown Ottawa, where people
from all over the world grab and eat their lunch, talking
the whole time.  A buzz of international culture, and one
of the reasons I love travelling.

Maybe we could start by all sitting down and eating together.
A camaraderie arises over shared food that is unique I think.
One of my students researched that there are 6500 languages
in the world.  I would so love to know how to speak all of
them, instead of one language, with smatterings of one other,
and phrases here and there of a couple more.  Along with
visual art, language is definitely one of my passions.  And we need
to start speaking to one another, finding out and enjoying how
much we share, and how little we know about this big planet.

The woman who modelled for this painting was joyous, 
beautiful, confident, and loved to travel at least as much as
I do.  It radiates out from her face -- her sheer enthusiasm for
life. This painting that sold in New York City when it showed
there is the perfect expression of the joy of learning.

Have a loving learning something new day."


Anonymous said...

You have really captured her joy ❣️❣️❣️❣️

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Evelyn,

She was lovely -- a friend of my son's.

Love your work.


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