Thursday, December 7, 2023

Light Chasers -- The 7th thing I learned in 2023 -- love what you see!


A most beautiful tree
Barbara Muir © 2022

I've been painting all day today -- and having so much fun.  I watched
one of my favourite painters, Daniel Bordi, doing a painting from
start to finish, and then decorating the packing paper, packaging it
and getting ready to ship it. He was so inspiring that I went into
my studio, gessoed a bunch of canvasses, painted out work that
wasn't working, and began a new painting that is going to be

I like what I wrote about last year actually on December 8, because it's still
true and Steven and I have driven by this beautiful tree and cheered
again this year.  I hope the people in the house didn't hear us!

"Steven and I are light chasers.  I realize that.  All year round we
try and see the sunset. And this month when the 21st comes, and
the days start getting longer we will be toasting one another
with a small glass of champagne! Hurray.

Meanwhile the brilliant (pardon my pun) thing about December,
especially in a colder climate, is that in the darkest month there
are lights everywhere.  Steven and I take a route home from our
favourite grocery story, up a tree lined street, and then into a
neighbourhood that has one of the most beautiful trees -- pine I
think -- in the city.  

Last year this very tall, majestic beauty was lit so beautifully in
December that we were in awe every time we saw it.  This year 
some people put lights on in November, and we kept thinking
the tree would be lit early, but it wasn't.  December 1, we drove by and
started shouting yay, and almost jumping up and down in our
seats with excitement. (That's right some people never grow up.)

The picture in no way does the beauty of this 50 foot tall beauty
justice, but it does give you an idea.

Have a loving your life day."


Evelyn Oldroyd - painter said...

Amazing tree❣️❣️❣️ I hope the people did hear you cheer, they would love the appreciation for their efforts 🤗❣️❣️❣️ we turned the lights on in our little Rowan tree earlier than usual. The neighbour who walks his dog on these dark evenings really appreciates the glow on his dark walk. Looking to love what you see is a great lesson❣️❣️❣️

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Evelyn,

You are clearly good at loving what you see. I love your work.


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