Do Something You Like: Sketching at the Bell Museum

June 4, 2009


Above: Sketch of a Tundra Swan specimen at the Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. This is a pen sketch (Staedtler Pigment Liner) with watercolor washes made using a Niji watercolor brush. The text on the verso page was pre-pasted ("Have you solved what that means too?"). The tab left at the gutter was pre-cut when I first started to work in this journal (to make room for later inclusion of collage material). I used Daniel Smith watercolors in a small pan palette. This current journal is one I made with the new Folio paper (post 2001) and is about 8 inches square. Click on the image to view and enlargement.

After yesterday's mammoth, head-busting post I'll be brief today. I'm in a journal card exchange with some members of the MCBA Visual Journal Collective. One project member set as her theme for her cards (we each passed out cards with our themes to the other members of the group) "Do something you like" which I interpretted very literally indeed: I went to sketch at the Bell Museum of Natural History. (Janice, you'll be getting a card with a Godwit on it that I painted just before this.)

I deliberately placed the head to allow for writing on the recto page, however, I fell in love with the negative space. When will I ever learn. Every time I sketch this specimen I think the same thing happens.

Don't worry about painting across a tab: go for it. It can be great fun.

Note: The Bell Museum is at a critical juncture for funding for its new location (to be built) on the St. Paul Campus. Please visit their website, read about their mission, and consider supporting this valuable institution.

    • karen cole
    • June 4, 2009

    I love your work. Stopped by courtesy of Mary ann at dispatch from LA blog.

    I especially love the way you compose two pages together.


    • Roz
    • June 4, 2009

    Many thanks Karen, I hope you stop back often.

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