Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Fossil and a Seahawk at the Burke

2/11/15 Platinum Carbon and Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun inks, Caran d'Ache Museum water-soluble colored pencil, Fabriano
Studio 140 lb. hot-press paper

The Burke Museum held a Behind-the-Scenes Night for members last evening. They opened up many of their collections that are generally not accessible to the public or are simply not on view right now. While I found them fascinating, especially the rare and old textiles and baskets, the viewing spaces were crowded and tight – not very conducive to sketching. After getting my fill of that, I wandered out to the regular exhibits, where I never run out of things to sketch.

2/11/15 Diamine Chocolate Brown and Fuyu-syogun
inks, Museum water-soluble colored pencils
My first stop was the fossil of a huge Eurhinosaurus, a 185-million-year-old marine reptile. After sketching it from a distance, I walked up to it to get a closer look and spotted (relatively) tiny fossilized nautilus shells around the reptile.

Next I saw Here and Now: Native Artists Inspired,” an exhibit of the work of contemporary artists who have been influenced by their ancestors. On temporary loan to the museum in this exhibit is a Kwakwaka’wakw transformation mask that was carved in the late 19th century on Vancouver Island. The original inspiration for the Seahawks logo, the mask will be on view through July 27. 


  1. Great jumbo fossil. Love the colors of the mask! You have some great things in your museum.

  2. Great sketches! I love the bright, energetic colours in the transformation mask. X Jane


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