Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sunday smash ups and funny friends

 At the restaurant 
Black marker on Moleskine
6 x 9 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

Last weekend -- especially Sunday
seemed to be about collisions and pain.
My older son was biking and got hit by
car going slowly in an intersection. He
saved himself by jumping on the car's bumper
and is fine thank goodness; my younger son was
having arguments with friends: one of my friends
broke a bone in her foot going up the stairs in her
house... if I believed in horoscopes (I don't), I'd
think the planets were colliding. But in reality
it was too many people in the back-to-school
supplies lines, unbalancing the city.

We decided to go out for dinner to our favorite
Thai restaurant.  I did what I always do -- try to
draw as much as possible in the short waits
between ordering and eating.  As I was drawing,
very roughly and quickly, some friends came
up to the table.  They were sitting in another
part of the restaurant watching me drawing.
They tried to get my attention by waving and smiling
and calling to me.  The people at neighbouring tables
thought they were crazy, but they didn't care.
The restaurant is large and lit by elegant chandeliers
dimmed for intimacy.  And my friends were not in
my sight lines for the part I was focusing on, I totally
missed them carrying on.
 Texting at dinner
Black marker on Moleskine paper
6 x 9 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
(The dragon's tail smeared when I 
wasn't paying attention.)
Still I laughed about that on the way home -- it was
the levity the day needed.  Usually people in public
places do not want random artists to draw them --not
those two.   And the dinner was delicious.

Have an art-can-be-surprising day.


Kim Rempel said...

Too funny. Love those! ; ) And what a relief the car wasn't moving faster!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Kim,

Thank you. Yes! I found out later, and saw my son standing and joking around and thought exactly that.

XO Barbara

Melinda said...

Oh, my. You have such a good attitude. You must have been beside yourself for a moment, though, and I am so very glad that everything is alright!

Love your drawings! You really have it down. I like that you are able to concentrate with all the distractions.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

I was beside myself. Focusing on drawing when people are distracted feels like an opportunity to me.


Karen Bruson said...

Nice drawings.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Thanks so much. Love your latest painting.

XO Barbara

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