Sunday, June 22, 2014

Draw everything!

 The everyday purse
marker and watercolour on drawing paper
9 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2014
It's been a blissful weekend.  Beautiful
weather, fun with family and friends,
and so many art discoveries.  I was
getting frustrated at not being able to get
a painting ready to show you fast enough.

Luckily a friend in California made a pact
with me to meditate every day and report.
What changes do I notice?  I am calmer.
I drop what's bugging me way faster.
Negative conversations -- forgotten the
minute they end.  That in itself is huge for

But I also seem to be plugging into a creative
network in thought and ways of doing art
that is more and more vibrant all the time.
I feel blessed to know the artists I know through
my blog, and the artists I am learning about
all the time.

 I decided to draw when I can't do a full
fledged painting every day (because I'm working
on a larger work), and discovered these people --
the Sketchbook Skool.  Check out the course they
are starting on July 4th.  It sounds great.

My little sketch tonight is of my purse, flopped
on the table in exhaustion after a day of running
around doing chores.  I have maybe three,
or four purses, but this is the one I love the most.
It's Italian leather, very soft and as you can see
almost worn out.  And it has shiny, chrome studs
on it, that help me find it when it's lost.
(Why do purses hide just when you're heading out?)

Have a drawing-everything-that-moves-or-doesn't day.


Marilyn Flanegan said...

This lush sketch of your purse is wonderfully expressive. Along with purses, keys also hide just as you're about to leave!
: )
I had not heard of Sketchbook Skool. Thanks so much Barbara!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marilyn,

Keys -- oh keys are notorious for hiding and wasting hours of your precious time. I used to have a special key holder, and knew the keys were there, but then we painted a wall, changed our style a bit, and since then those keys love to hide.

So good to hear from you. I love your work.


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