Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • Sketchbook Music and words

The Windsor Box & Fir Co play Bach

September 2017: I drew 'Another Bite of Bach', a Windsor Fringe lunchtime concert at All Saints Church. The performers were the Windsor Box & Fir Co, who play 18th Century music on instruments of the period. That's Ian Gammie in the foreground on bass viol, Katharine May at the harpsichord, Michael Sanderson on violin, and Jenny Thomas on flute. (Jenny is petite, but I managed somehow to shrink her further -- and next time I shall position myself so as to draw more of Katharine!). All Saints Church made the national news last year when an altarpiece designed by the novelist Thomas Hardy was discovered behind panelling. That's the altarpiece at the right-hand side of my sketch. We looked in on the restorers after the performance, learning more about the extraordinary cover-up that kept Hardy's altarpiece hidden from sight and mind for nearly one hundred years. https://www.apollo-magazine.com/why-we-should-take-thomas-hardy-seriously-as-an-architect/
Fountain pen and water brush in A4 Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.

London launch of 'Court of Lions' by Jane Johnson

June 2017 at Daunt Books in Marylebone High Street, London

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Pen and wash in A6 sketchbook

London launch of 'Flights' by Olga Tokarczuk

May 2017: The London launch of Olga Tokarczuk's novel 'Flights' translated by Jennifer Croft and published by Fitzcarraldo Editions. The venue was Calvert 22 Foundation in Shoreditch. It was an important event for me, as it brought together three important periods of my life: five years living in Warsaw in the early 1990s, my current life in the UK, and my formative years in Tulsa, Oklahoma, first as a teenager and then as a young adult. It's not often I end up in the same room with a peripatetic fellow Tulsan like Jennifer Croft and a renowned Polish author. I brought my sketchbook just in case.

Pen and ink in A6 sketchbook

Philharmonia Orchestra - warming up

October 201: Royal Festival Hall, London

Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

View from Row G: Philharmonia Orchestra

October 2012: This drawing won the Arqadia Award for a Highly Commended Work on the Theme of Music at DRAW 13, the Annual Open Exhibition of the Society of Graphic Fine Art in 2013 in London.

I drew the orchestra with my Moleskine sketchbook on my lap: Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor and Mahler's Symphony no. 5 at the Royal Festival Hall, with Juraj Valčuha as conductor and Renaud Capuçon as soloist.

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Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

Authors Natalie Haynes & Stephanie Butland

September 2012: The Firestation Book Swap in Windsor. Stephanie's gorgeous red shoe kicked off the entire drawing.

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Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

Robin Ellis launch at Books for Cooks, Notting Hill Gate

January 2014: The afternoon warm-up before the evening party to launch Robin's latest cookery book Healthy Living for Life.

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Pigment liner pen in A5 Moleskine sketchbook
25cm x 15cm

Author Essie Fox signing books - "Elijah's Mermaid"

January 2013: Virginia Water Library

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Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

Carols by Candlelight 2014 at Holy Trinity Church, Windsor

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Ink in sketchbook

Cheltenham College Chapel Choir in Venice

July 2012: Il Redentore, Venice.
This is one of eight illustrations in 'Drawing at the Speed of Life', an eight-page feature about my location drawings published in the Summer 2016 issue of Drawing magazine in the USA. The author is British-American artist and writer John A Parks.

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Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

Café Mozart Concert in the Dungeon, Windsor Castle 2015

2015: Jenny Thomas flute, Ilana Cravitz violin, Ian Gammie guitar. Windsor Fringe Festival.

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Graphite on Bristol Board

Café Mozart Concert in the Dungeon, Windsor Castle 2015

Rogers Covey-Crump tenor, Ian Gammie guitar - Windsor Fringe Festival 2015.

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Graphite on Bristol Board

The Jubilee String Quartet in recital

2013: The Royal Academy of Music. New Music for String Quartet performed by Tereza Privratska, Alanna Tonetti-Tieppo, Stephanie Edmundson and Lauren Steel

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0.5mm mechanical pencil on paper
15cm x 14cm

Authors Stephanie Butland and Robert Shore

April 2014: The Firestation Book Swap in Windsor. Such a treat to draw Stephanie at the Swap again. She had just published her first novel, Surrounded by Water, and Robert Shore's book Bang in the Middle was hot off the press.

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0.5mm mechanical pencil in A5 Moleskine sketchbook
21cm x 26cm

Tea dance

June 2013: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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0.5mm mechanical pencil on A5 Bristol board
21cm x 14.5cm

Authors Amy Shindler & Lesley Thomson

August 2012: The Firestation Book Swap in Windsor.

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Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

Authors Steven Appleby & D J Connell

February 2012: The Firestation BookSwap in Windsor.

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Ink pencil in sketchbook

Deborah Moggach reading at Windsor Library

Windsor Festival 2013

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0.5mm mechanical pencil on paper