Bell Museum: A New Show, an About-to-Close Show, and Sketching

June 8, 2014


Above: Me at the Bell Museum with my 9 x 12 inch pad of Fluid Cold Press Paper and my sketch of the bird almost directly behind the pad. Ken Avidor has arranged for UrbanSketchers Twin Cities to have a show this fall and of course it all has to be drawn on site, and from now until then I'm going to be working on a pad of paper at these types of events so I can generate something I can frame and put in the show—and Ken wanted a photo of the person on site. My friend Diane used my iPhone in the dim light of the Bell to take this photo. See below for a scan of the image.

Last week the Bell Museum was hopping. 

Project Art for Nature (a group I used to belong to and to which several friends still belong to) had a show opening in the Jaques Gallery.


Above: I didn't arrive until 1 p.m. and spend time wandering about. Here's my first sketch of the day: Staedtler Pigment Liner and Daniel Smith Watercolor sketch of one of the Sandhill Cranes. I was going to do more on the back and wing feathers, but then Patti came along and we talked for a long while.

The second half of the Audubon show was still up (I believe it closed yesterday or today); I wanted another peek—in fact I had yet another peek on Thursday, but that's a whole other story.

And it was the first Sunday of the month so the day Metrosketchers usually gets together—and because it was supposed to thunderstorm all day the organizers Liz Carlson and Tim Jennen invoked the rain-day location which just happened to be the Bell.


Left: A quick sketch of one of the beavers on display at the Bell. I sat on the floor and looked up. And I didn't have my normal palette with me so I decided to use cobalt blue and go for "interesting" paint effects. It was quite fun. While I was painting Tim came by and we caught up, but then it was time for the wrap up meeting—which is good because I was starting to get really fussy with this. (I have to say I'm much more productive sketch-wise, when I go on my own!)

As you can imagine I had a pretty good day Sunday.

And after sketching I went out with a group of MetroSketchers to Cecil's Deli for a French Toast Turkey Club Sandwich (the bread is French Toast).

Yep, it was a damn fine day.

  1. Reply

    I adore all your art. But there is something extra special about all your bird art. It makes me happy. 🙂

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