Cynthia Barlow Marrs SGFA

Portfolio: • Windsor in My Sketchbook

Painting the Town's Heads Red

When you're trying to draw as many people as you can in just five days, it pays to live in a tourist town. I took part in the 2019 'One Week/100 People' international drawing challenge, aiming to draw at least 20 people a day and at the same time have fun. I started at the bottom of the page and kept drawing until I met my target numbers for the day. I was aiming for a unified look with just black, white and grey, but at the end on a whim I dyed everyone’s hair red.

I used a fineliner pen, Posca paint marker pens, Pitt Artist pens, Tombow dual brush pens, a Pentel pocket brush pen, a white gel pen and watercolour in an A6 (6x4.5 in.) sketchbook.

Pen on Paper

Holy Trinity Garrison Church 175th Anniversary

16 June 2019: One week into the job, Rev. Canon Sally Lodge -- the new Rector of Windsor -- presides over the service celebrating the 175th anniversary of the consecration of Holy Trinity Church.

Pen on Paper
22cm x 10.5cm

Theatre Royal, Windsor - Waiting for Ian McKellen


Pen and ink in A6 sketchbook
25cm x 10.5cm

Mobile Phone Son et Lumière

Café Rouge, Windsor Castle and the glow of the mobile phone screen.

Ink and watercolour in A6 sketchbook
29cm x 10.5cm

14/4 Literary Dinner 2013 at the Harte & Gartel Hotel

An elegant evening with fourteen authors and champagne. I borrowed a ballpoint pen and sketched my view of the proceedings on the back of a wine list. Our guest authors were Windsor's very own Essie Fox, Lesley Lokko, Martin Waites, Frances Osborne, Sally Spedding, Linda Waites, Lloyd Shepherd, Nicola May, Sinead Fitzgibbon, Lezanne Clannachan, Kevin Maher, Manda Scott, Will Booker and David Bullock.

Ballpoint pen on paper

View from Platform 1 - 2019

The Curfew Tower, Windsor Castle - my favourite view from Platform 1 at Windsor & Eton Central Station.

Inks in A6 sketchbook
15cm x 10.5cm

The War Horse Memorial blessing service - 2018

17 April 2018 at Holy Trinity Church, Windsor -- A moving service to bless artefacts from the first World War which wil be buried beneath the War Horse Memorial sculpture in Ascot.

Duchess of Cambridge Pub, Windsor

June 2017: Late lunch on election day.

Pen and water brush in A6 sketchbook

Monday at the salon

This is the lead illustration 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.

Graphite in Moleskine sketchbook
20cm x 26cm

Mind over Menu - Lunch at Café Rouge

This sketch is one of four artworks of mine in the book Pen and Ink - Contemporary Artists, Timeless Techniques by James Hobbs. 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 in Moleskine sketchbook
20cm x 28cm

Carols by candlelight 2015

Our annual candlelit carol service at Holy Trinity Church, Windsor, Christmas 2015

Bent-nib calligraphy pen and water brush in Moleskine watercolour sketchbook

Carols by Candlelight 2014 at Holy Trinity Church, Windsor

Ink in sketchbook

Alexander Soares in recital at Windsor Castle 5 April 2019

I carried my sketchbook to Vicar's Hall at Windsor Castle for a recital by the hugely talented Alexander Soares. Here you see him playing Bach's English Suite no. 3 in G Minor.

Alexander's newly released debut album is 'Notations and Sketches' by Rubicon Classics. It features solo work by Dutilleux, Boulez and Messiaen, and is Editor's Choice in Gramophone magazine.

The album artwork is an etching from 'Circular Scores', a sound visualisation project by printmaker Liz K Miller that 'sits at the intersection of music, geometry, psychology and visual art'.

Pen and water brush in A6 sketchbook
10cm x 15cm

The Queen's Six at the Old Court, Windsor

This is my on-the-spot sketch of The Queen's Six in concert at The Old Court in Windsor on 24 April 2018 -- a one-off fundraiser for the Windsor Homeless Project in association with Bang & Olufsen Windsor.

Established in 2008, the Queen's Six are among the adult singers in the Choir of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. The Chapel Choir performs during services and at private and state occasions, including the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Ink and wash in sketchbook

Café Mozart Concert in the Dungeon, Windsor Castle 2015

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

Graphite on Bristol Board

The Windsor Box & Fir Co play Bach

September 2017: '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.
Fountain pen and water brush in A4 Moleskine watercolour sketchbook.

Wilson & Wakeman at the Old Court, Royal Windsor

23 January 2019: A brilliant evening with Damian Wilson and Adam Wakefield, joined here for a tune or two with folk singer Sue Graves and Damian's brother Paul Jude. A memorable gig!

Fineliner pen and brush pen in A6 sketchbook
10cm x 28cm

Adam Wakefield at The Old Court, Royal Windsor

In the Wilson & Wakefield gig on 23 January 2019.

Fineliner pen in A6 sketchbook

Café Mozart Concert in the Dungeon, Windsor Castle 2015

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

Graphite on Bristol Board

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

January 2013: Virginia Water Library

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.

Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

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.

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

Authors Amy Shindler & Lesley Thomson

August 2012: The Firestation Book Swap in Windsor.

Graphite in A5 Moleskine sketchbook

Authors Steven Appleby & D J Connell

February 2012: The Firestation BookSwap in Windsor.

Ink pencil in sketchbook