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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sketching in museums


Too cold to draw outdoors? Museums are a great place to indulge in urban sketching during the winter season. I recently sketched at Seattle's Museum of History and Industry for my newspaper column. On the photo, you can see a sketch in progress of the locally famous "toe towing truck."

But as fun as sketching inside a museum is, you may encounter some obstacles. For reasons I can't really understand, some museums have strict rules about sketching, going as far as banning wet media such as watercolors. Are they afraid we'll vandalize their art collections? If that was the intention, a car key could do more damage. I think museums should be more friendly to artists. We are their number one customers!