This year I decided that every prompt on the Everyday in May 2018 list would be searched for and sketched at The Met, inside and/or outside on the plaza. When the list was released I searched the collection of the museum’s holdings for appropriate items that were on view and noted the gallery numbers. For some items I found multiple choices in one gallery or scattered all over the museum. Sometimes I wasn’t getting any hits but happened upon items as I was roaming around looking for something else. Since I don’t live in the city I’ve been spending 4 or 5 hours sketching, so far, for 6 days so it is not exactly a daily thing for me but I’m using my own rules. The weather has been perfect, I’m having fun, getting a lot of mileage on my pedometer, finally figured out how to get to the cafeteria without looking at the map and sleep like the dead at the end of the day.

I wasn’t able to find any mushroom images or mushroom items that were on view so I sat in the cafeteria at The Met, and copied #2 from a photo found in the collection.

I circled round and round the very large gallery containing Arts of Africa, Oceana and the Americas searching for this sculpture. I was looking for something small and couldn’t find it. I asked the guard – he pointed it out to me but I still couldn’t locate it. I walked towards where he pointed and looked up at the large bird that I had walked around several times without seeing. This was fun to sketch.

I searched the collection using the word “four” and came up with many likely candidates. This was my favorite.

Everyday in May 2018. Sketched from direct observation unless otherwise noted.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, Tombow dual brush. #2 I messed up the background so covered it with acrylic paint later at home.

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