Sketching the Burke

Thanks to Tina for organizing and coordinating with the Museum for our monthly Urban Sketchers Seattle sketch outing at the Burke Natural History Museum on the campus of the University of Washington.

My initial destination was a mask carved in the late 19th century that is on loan to the museum from the Hudson Museum in Maine.  It was carved by the Kwakwaka’wakw of Vancouver Island.  I’d read about this loan a few months ago.

Pentalic Aqua 3×5 watercolor sketchbook, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors

It is likely the inspiration for the first Seattle Seahawks (football) team logo.  The designers were inspired by this mask when they found an image of it in a book.

detail on how the mask opened

I stayed in the exhibit room for “Here & Now”.  This is a modern piece by Tlingit Tommy Joseph.  It is inspired by museum pieces he saw.   Several pieces make up this “Rainforest Warrior”, made between 2004 and 2014.

Stillman & Birn Zeta, Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors

We shared sketches and had our group photo.  We were about 30 people today!

All photos here.


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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