Friday, November 28, 2008

Sometimes you paint, sometimes you draw

Being a painter with too much to do to paint can
drive you nuts. But lately I've noticed that anything
can make you crazy if you let it. So what's the answer?
I teach a course in creative problem solving.

Coming up with solutions -- I'm good at that.
What I can do is draw -- it fits in nicely between
bouts of marking hundreds of essays and tests. Especially if
I draw people while I talk to them on the picture phone
--known as Skype. I keep thinking of that movie "mother"
with Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds. The
obnoxious brother in the movie gives his mother a
"picture phone" and she has trouble making it work.

At any rate. I've been pestering my friends and
relations to let me draw them in my marking breaks.

Christopher in Korea
Drawing 8 1/2 x 11 inches
Bic Marker, Crayola Marker
Sharpie Marker, Staples Highlighter
and Prismacolor coloured pencil
on bond paper

What's strange about portraiture, is that some people
are iconic -- burned into your visual brain. So when
I talk on the computer to my son Christopher I can
draw him really quickly. But other friends take two
or three tries just to get something like a likeness.

My friend Lyn #2
Drawing 8 1/2 x 11 inches
Bic Marker, Crayola Marker
Sharpie Marker, Staples Highlighter
and Prismacolor coloured pencil
on bond paper

It's been an exciting few days. I've met some
wonderful people through the blog, and will have
so much to tell you in a couple of weeks.

My friend Lyn #3
Drawing 8 1/2 x 11 inches
uni-ball Vision marker
on bond paper

But for now it's time for bed, and getting ready for
another day reading what my super students have

Have a drawing-out-the-best-in-people day.


Mary J DuVal said...

This always works good when you have little time but a need to create. I will sometimes pause the DVR at random and draw a person. I like your skype idea!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi MJ,

Thanks for your idea.

Take care,


Melinda said...

These are very strong pieces. The contrast, color and the economy of marking are very successful.

I use to try to draw newscasters. Gets one's mind off the news! This inspires some quick drawing techniques, too.

Thank for wishing us Americans a happy Thanksgiving. It's so nice to be thankful for family, friends, talented bloggers and hope for a better country (coming soon).

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Yes I get it. The only newscasters I watch anymore are Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. That would be a challenge.

Funny too.

Thanks for your comment. We live in some powerfully strange times -- but you know what? These times let us all
meet through blogging, and that makes me happy. My husband says we're going to have to rent some sort of vehicle and drive all over the United States and then make a side trip to Europe to meet the friends I've made through blogging.

That would be so much fun.

Take care,


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