It was pure joy to stand in the middle of the dimly lit gallery, surrounded by Degas pastels and indifferent throngs, copying this towel.

Taking advantage of a long line one day I was able to fulfill the prompt to sketch outside.

I thought this would be easy. Ha! First off, the painting is situated in a corner and Everyone gravitates to it. I stood sort of in front of it and Everyone stood in front of me. I retreated to a bench far away and when Everyone moved I quickly sketched what I thought I could see – getting up occasionally, walking closer to verify what I saw and retreating back to the bench. I actually had to do a few thumbnails. This was the first time I was in the way of Everyone and vice versa.

There are coins all over the museum and I chased after them all. Most are Very Old and tiny and situated such that they were hard to see properly. These coins were in a gallery that was temporarily closed for that day. When i returned I saw that they coins were perfect – crisp details, well lighted and displayed at exactly the right height for me.

Everyday in May 2018. Sketched from direct observation.
#28 acrylic background added later at home.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, Tombow dual Brush.

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