Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • Sketchbook Trains and planes

12 November 2021 on the Windsor to London line

We were on the way to London to meet friends for lunch and take a second lingering look at the ING Discerning Eye exhibition at the Mall Galleries, where my drawing Papered Over No. 3 is on show, in the very best of company, until 21 November.

I had lost my sketching mojo last year, but I have started carrying a little A6 sketchbook again. Being selected for this prestigious exhibition, and getting to know the work of more than 300 other artists in the show, has made all the difference.

Pen on Paper
20cm x 15cm

Dozing on the Paddington line

March 2019. Intrigued by the splendid beard, I extended it into a curly fleece garment for this fellow traveller.

Fineliner pen, white gel pen and paint marker pen in A6 sketchbook
10cm x 10.5cm

Flight to DFW

February 2019. The best antidote to boredom on a long flight is a sketchbook.

Fineliner pen and brush pens in A6 sketchbook
20cm x 10.5cm

Home from the shops

It's not often I have a close encounter with the distinctive eau-de-nil carrier bags of Fortnum and Mason, and as I sketched I tried to envisage the contents. October 2018.

Pen and ink in A6 sketchbook

Waiting at the gate at Kansas City International Airport

Pen and ink and watercolour in A5 sketchbook
10.5cm x 29.5cm

Still pictures from a moving window

October 1 2017: This was my view on the train from London Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside Station. Rather than attempt a single view through the window, I created a composite with elements I glimpsed along the line: a platform here, backs of houses there, a tree, someone rushing for an exit, two different location signs, two women waiting on a bench with a suitcase.

Ink and water brush in A6 sketchbook

Train texter

Pen and water brush in A6 sketchbook

Readers and sleepers on the Paddington line

Fellow passengers are among my favourite sketchbook subjects. 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.

Pen and water brush in sketchbook

Flight lighting

March 2017: I am intrigued by the complex lighting in airplanes, with strong horizontal light coming from small windows.

Pen and ink in A6 sketchbook

Five o'clock shadow

January 2017

Graphite, pen and water brush in A6 sketchbook

Feet up on the Paddington train

Pigment liner pen in sketchbook


Julyl 2013

Pigment liner pen and wash pens in A5 sketchbook

Gate 76

This drawing is one of four artworks of mine in the book Pen and Ink - Contemporary Artists, Timeless Techniques by James Hobbs (pub. Frances Lincoln, 2016). It's published in the UK and internationally. Thirty-four of us artists are in the book, from ten different countries. Well worth dipping into.

Pigment liner pen and wash pens in A5 sketchbook


2012: EasyJet London to Venice, economy class.

Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook