Monday, November 21, 2011

Quick drawing -- giving in to instinct

 Ready to draw
black marker on Moleskine paper
9 x 6 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011

Practicing drawing
black marker on Moleskine paper
9 x 6 inches
Barbara Muir © 2011
I haven't painted much in the last two weeks.
For me that's a long time away from my passion.
  But I painted so solidly, and intensely
for the two months before the show opened, that
I thought I could use a break to pull back and
decide what was next.  Still it's almost impossible
for me to stop drawing. I draw when I'm sitting in
a car, every single time I'm waiting, even in between
chapters when I'm reading a book.

So here are a couple of small sketches from
today.  I know I held my tiny Moleskine at
an odd angle, but I like the results.  Painting
will resume again tomorrow.  I'm sure I learned
a lot in the break.

Have a-drawing-for-pleasure day.


Pam Holnback said...

Love these. I need to sketch more!

laura said...

Very nice! Love the subjects and also the way your lines are so gestural and "open"! Drawing is such a pleasure: why don't I do it more?? Once again, you inspire me!

cohen labelle said...

These are great drawings, superb!!! Delightfully in the moment!
Full marks as well to your instincts - full reign!!!
love, Marcia

Sadeu said...

I really like his drawings and paintings, Barbara : )

Anonymous said...

All of us need time away from the easle at some point, so after all your hardwork towards the shows etc, it's good to have a rest and recharge the batteries. great line drawings.

Marilyn Flanegan said...

the breaks fuel the passion - you are always in bloom, Barbara! Wishing you a lovely holiday with your fab fam.

Melinda said...

I love these small sketches. They are like beautiful jewels.

Taking a break is a good thing. You're recharging your art batteries, yes?

Linny D. Vine said...

You're a master of minimal! Amazing - and beautiful!

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Pam,

You are sweet. I love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Laura,

It's always the other way around. You inspire me -- over and over again.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marcia,

Thanks so much. I do love drawing. Sometimes it's hard to fit it in. I am so pleased you like them, because you are the supremo artist at drawing.

Love Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Thanks Sadeu,

I'm so glad you like my work.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks so much. I don't really need time away from the easel, I just haven't had time to get to the easel. Back at it now, but results take time.

Love your work.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marilyn,

Happy Thanksgiving. I didn't realize that's what's happening in the U.S. We have ours in October, so we're just gearing up for Christmas here.

XO Barbara (Love, Love, Love the dogs.)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thank you. I've been trying to train myself for a couple of years to draw quickly. Sometimes a gesture is just so awesome that I catch it like a dream. You are too kind, and I really appreciate that.


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Linny,

I so love your paintings. Love.

XO Barbara

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