Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Line is still key for me -- the 14th thing I learned in 2022

Anemones in a Crystal Jug
Inktober drawing
7 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2022

In fact I think I did more line drawing than anything else this
year.  Aside from braving Paris for the Carousel du Louvre exhibition
in October, I was much too cautious about COVID to spend time
at gallery openings.  It seemed like everyday someone new would
get it, and on my street it's been rampant and still is. So smaller
work -- and especially line drawing made sense.

I was comforted today by finding this blog post from December 14, 2008.
*Note the interview with then Skype Blogger Howard Wolinksy, led to
my appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show in May, 2009. You have
all read about that here many times.  But here's the post from 2008.

It's all about line.

"An interest in sketching

Hi everyone,

Lately the sketches I do when I'm on Skype with my kids and friends
have garnered some attention in the wider world of the Internet.
You know I am a painter -- and I love painting, but I have always
been interested in sketching. Sketchbooks crowd my bookshelves.
At art college we weren't even allowed to use colour for some of
our classes, until we worked in grey scale for a year. I've
probably talked about that before -- because it drove me right
up the (white) walls.

Drawing was considered almost more "important" than painting.
Oh I know structure -- the gift of line -- I know why. The point
is that all of that went in, and I am someone who draws her life.
I said that on the video interview with Howard Wolinsky
that you can watch on You Tube by Googling Barbara Muir Skype.
Sketchbook self portrait
the girl fascinated by musicians

Tonight I was looking for a photograph of a friend that I stuck
in one of my old sketchbooks, and came across some drawings
that document my brief life as a musician's girlfriend. I really
wasn't cut out for the insecurity of life on the road, or the rock
musicians' obsession with equipment. The life was too harsh
and lived close to what seemed like a precipice to me.

A base player

But for the few months that I let myself get swept up in that
world, I'm really glad I documented it.

The drummer gets the spotlight

The funny thing is that both of my sons are very musical."

So that's my post from this date on my first year of blogging. Little did I know all of
the great things that were coming my way! Thank you Blogger!

Have a loving your life day.

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