Caroline Muir answers some Frequently Asked Questions (and Comments)

Q: How long have you been an artist?
A: Ever since I was a little scribbler.

One of my earliest memories was of my first experience -- one of my first, anyway -- wielding a pencil, and my fascination with the "magic" of making marks. I could rationalize, even at that early stage, that tiny parts of the pencil were rubbing off onto the paper, leaving something of the pencil lead behind, but that understanding didn't reduce the appeal of the phenomenon.

Even better, sometimes the marks -- I really was just scribbling at that point -- began to resemble things in the outside world. Wonderful!

C: I wish I were talented!
A: Do you wish it enough to have continued trying, even when it was difficult? Even when things didn't come out the way you'd planned?

Maybe "talent" is just another word for "sufficient interest in [something] to make the effort." Or "sufficient practice to get good at something." This is not to dismiss or diminish anyone's talents or accomplishments. Really, the human species is peopled with a lot of latent and realized talents. But talent alone was never a substitute for effort and application.

Q: What's your favorite color?
A: I don't play favorites. If I did, the colors might gang up on me and cease to cooperate.

I know, I know. It is irrational to anthropomorphize that way, but it's just a way of making a point.

Q: Who is your favorite artist?
A: I have a lot of favorites. To answer, I'd have to designate what makes particularly appeals to me, among the artists whose work I really love.

Though I'm perfectly passionate about color -- and can bend your willing ear for hours on the subject -- the artists who really draw beautifully are generally the ones who I am most "drawn" to.

Michelangelo's dynamic compositions -- though he regarded himself as more of a sculptor than a painter -- impress me more greatly than Raphael's softer, more sentimental (to my eye) work.

Goya is wonderful. I love the work of Picasso, Matisse, Gentlieschi, Klimt, Kline, Marc, Macke, Pollack...

I don't particularly love Chagall; though I once found a certain dull appeal in Andrew Wyeth, I quickly outgrew that interest.

Manet and Monet are both greats, in my view. I have little time for Renoir; though he has some wonderful paintings to his name, there are also a number of perfectly hideous -- I'm confident that wasn't his intent -- Renoir paintings about.

I am sure I could go on at great length, and will, if asked. I was very fortunate that Waltham High School offered Art History when I was there. It was a five-classes-a-week-full-year class, and the teacher, Sidra Stitch, was an excellent teacher of that subject.

Taking that class helped inspire me to pursue art in college (I majored in painting at Bard College) and in my future life. Somehow, before my exposure to Art History, it hadn't occurred to me that anyone regarded art as an adult pursuit.

Here are some pictures from 2004's Reunion and Commencement at Bard:
Class of 74 Reunion
Robert Redford at Bard
Commencement 2004

Here are some pictures from 2005 Reunion and Commencement at Bard:

The Walk of the Bard Lands

C: I wish I had your job! My job is nothing but stress!
A: Aww, heck! Most of the artists I know, have "day jobs" as well as their art work. I'm no exception. But, to look at me, you'd hardly guess I was 96 years old, would you? (Note to the unwary: If you're going to lie about your age, once you're old enough to vote and serve as President of the United States, it's better to tell people you're considerably older than you actually are -- that way, people might just say, "Wow! I hope I look that good, when I'm that age!" instead of, "Who's she think she's kidding?")

For over two decades, I did pre-press work in the printing industry, mostly offset stripping (most of the other "strippers" I knew, were men) but also some design, illustration, and other graphic arts production work. I am currently employed doing patent drafting, which is a specialized kind of technical illustration work for patent filings.

Q: Did you write those yoga books?
A: I am sorry to disappoint you. That's someone else, who spells her name the same way I do. I suspect she got her name through marriage. I hope she's not co-writing those books with her brother, father, or uncle, if you get my drift.

And, oh, yeah, I'm way more impressed by people who associate the name "Muir" with woods and mountains, than with a fictional ghost.

Q: Do you sell your artwork?
A: When people buy it, yes.

Q: Where are the obligatory pet pictures? Every home page has pet pictures!
A: My first priority is to get my art pictures up. Stay tuned.

To see Caroline's work, go to:

... Caroline Muir's Image Gallery

Mark your calendar!
Caroline Muir opens her studio for this Fort Point Arts Community event:

Fall Fort Point 2011 Open Studios
Friday October 14 (4 - 7 pm) Saturday & Sunday, October 15 & 16 (11 am - 6 pm)

Studio visits at other times, by appointment.

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Created 09/06/2003 · Most recently updated 9/6/2011