Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pies are not square

My dear friends, there may not be any
art tonight. As I write this I am powerfully
distracted by the smell of cherry pie wafting up
the stairs. This has happened to artists dozens of times
before. Distraction so huge that there is no
creativity -- on the two dimensional plain.

Oh wait, I'm being called -- pie rules -- as in
the rules of pie.

1. We must wait until it cools down to eat it.

Trying to be good I settled in to do this little drawing
of my model, who was anxious to be on her way,
with her purse on her lap when I took the picture.
The mood was similar, I wanted to be on my way
downstairs to pie heaven.

Time to go
black marker on bond paper
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
Rule #2
2. I said please put the pie in the fridge to cool
down. A no no apparently, but my husband did.
I used my picker/pitter status to get the pie to my
plate quicker.

3. You can eat the tarts first. (Did I mention that
I've been dieting for three months? I was not settling
for tarts over pie. One piece of cherry pie is 480
calories if homemade. )

4. Eat the cooled pie while it's still warm.

First cherry pie this year
Look at that. Imagine it hot
from the oven. The smell is
even making the cats crazy.
But no pie until it cools down.

5. It doesn't matter if it's so fresh that it falls apart.
It tastes so much better.

My piece on the plate
-- so much juice
comes out of newly picked cherries
into the pie. It is the ultimate fresh
delicious taste. The butter crust was
thick, rich and soaked in the juice.
I know what I'll dream of tonight.

6. Thank the pie maker, and stop eating pie, because
truly you could eat nothing else for days, and
you know you're going back up that tree the second
the rain stops.

Have an what-the-heck-I'm-having-some-pie day.


Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara,

It looks scrumptious.


Karen Bruson said...

Yummy. I can totally relate.

Gwen Bell said...

What a delightful post...I'm still laughing! That photo looks like a painting waiting to happen. Delicious!

Very nice drawing too. Just amazes me that you can draw that well with a Sharpie of all things!

Barbara Muir said...

It is scrumptious. OMG and how.

Love Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

I'd so love to give you a piece of this beautiful pie. Just picked 8 more cups. Watch out.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Gwen,

It is so good. Wish you could have some. I drew the drawing with a Staedler fine point beautiful pen and a prismacolor brush pen for the hair and purse.

No Sharpies were involved.


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