Living in crowded Orange County CA has its advantages . . .
I'm very fortunate to live near the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art....with it's mood lighting and tribal music, it feels like a mini trip around the world.
What was intended as a one hour "artist date" with my sketchbook, turned into three!
Today, I went early and was blessed with near empty galleries and only the occasional peeker into my sketchbook.
Never mind the rowdy group of teenagers playing hide and seek in the Pre-Columbian room...kind of spooky, them hiding in the shadows.
I visited the permanent exhibits where the Mayan and other Native American art lives.
If I could encourage you to do just one thing, it would be to keep a sketchbook - seek out and take note of what inspires you.
For me, it's other cultures - their art, their clothing, their ritual, their symbology, their music.....
Everything about exotic or primitive peoples fascinates me and leaves me dreaming.
My quick sketches are not meant to be art....
rather it's the place to play, really "see" things - the details.....learn....find what I love.
And that may indeed lead to making art.
This year, I will be doing this more often and I'm taking you with me.
Show me what you love - share your sketchbooks!
Do leave a link to your pictures or blog posts in the comments section.
You see, I'm that girl straining her neck in museums and coffee shops to see what's in your sketchbook.
Come on show me yours, I always show you mine!
Note: The Bowers museum allows non-flash photography - many museums do not, so be sure to check their rules first.
I've never visited a museum that did not allow sketching, however.
They do frown upon leaning on their walls and exhibits....not that I have any experience with that.