Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The 13th thing I learned again in 2023 is that art is alive

Journal Sketch
marker on journal paper
6 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2023

Yes the 13th thing I learned in 2023 is that art is alive.  You
know that's true when you walk through a gallery and portraits,
landscapes, and still life paintings and drawings stop you in your

Last year on December 13 I talked about landscapes being more than a
window to the soul, because they are like actual windows out
of wherever you are to somewhere else.  That's why I love
the huge diptych painting in my studio which is a view of
the first view of the ocean over farmland in Nova Scotia.
that we see the ocean on our trip out to our school house in
Nova Scotia, and it makes me happy.

Heading home
Acrylic on 2 canvas panels
4 x 6 feet,
Barbara Muir © 2016
This year I started a practice of doing a few portrait drawings
in my journal before I started my day. What I found fascinating
about the experience was that even though I was making quick
line drawing sketches from reference photos of people I didn’t
know, that they would come to life for me as I drew them, and I
would feel like I did know them. I was blown away that just a
few lines could have that power.

Right now I’m working on a landscape painting of a scene I saw
on my travels from Toronto to the Maritimes. The light is magical.
I feel excited every time I come in the studio and see the work.
That is a wonderful feeling. I’ve no idea if the final painting will
keep that vibe, but I hope so. Meanwhile what a pleasure. I look 
forward to showing you the painting when it's complete.

Have a loving your art day . 

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