Sunday, February 25, 2007
At the Museum with Sue
We had so much to squeeze into a quick three hours -- getting acquainted, a RUN through parts of the museum -- filled with youngsters for the premiere of the new dinosaur exhibit -- sharing various sketch and watercolor methods, supples, techniques, paints, papers, and oh yes, getting in a sketch.
We decided to sit within the balmy confines of the tropical butterfly house -- warm on this chill morning -- and filled with lush vegetation and bright flowers, and the fastest moving butterflies! There were a number of 'wood peacocks' or some bird sort of named that were so shy we could barely catch aglimpse of the pair, let alone a sketch. And for me, even those a beautifuly black, red, and yellow tropical butterfly landed on my knee, by the time I whipped off my reading glasses to focus on the markings, shape and size -- it was off!!! But the warmth of the house, scent and color of the vegetation, the bright dashes of exquisite butterflies, and unusual calls of the tropical birds -- was a moment suspected in utter beauty and relaxation!
We took up residence on the same bench; Sue facing one scene, me facing another. There, after a brief walk around the gardens within the glassed shelter and after admiring all views that would make perfect sketch material, we settled ourselves in. Sue's camera battery was a bit on the low side, and I completely forgot mine, and until I learn how to adjust my wee TREO, that wonderful device didn't render first-quality photos -- but I was able to manage a few shots for a good memories!
We sketched about an hour and a half; the numbers of visitors to the butterfly house increasing as the morning turned toward lunch. One small child was fascinated with Sue's painting, and so Sue, ever generous, let her have a go at her paints!
My garden class (History of the Garden in Art, Literature and History) forced me to leave long before I wanted to. Sue stayed a bit after I left ... but OH, how much fun we had! I don't think there was a moment of silence since we hugged one another at the ticket counter! LOL
We will definitely do more of these!