Today’s solo sketch outing started out as a “Duh!”. It’s National Volunteer Week. There is a large list of museums offering reciprocal entry to each other’s volunteers. So with my Museum of Flight badge, I can go to a lot of museums for free this week. I sat down yesterday and made a plan to visit some I’ve never been to before.
I’d planned to go to the Washington State History Museum after Wednesday’s Tacoma Sketch outing. But then I thought I might not have enough time and decided to go today, since it is supposed to rain. I drove all the way there to then realize I’d failed to check the hours….. and it is closed today! Sigh.
As I drove down, I noted the sign for Bass Pro shops. I’d thought I might eventually scope it out as a possible sketching venue. I decided today is that day.
Wow. There’s a lot of dead animals there! For those who are anti-hunting, it might not be a place to sketch. However, there are lots of other things to sketch besides the mounts! It’s huge. It’s an impressive environment. I felt like I’d stepped into “Outdoor Man” the fictional store in “Last Man Standing” with Tim Allen.
As I entered, I just stopped in the huge lobby. There were chairs so I sat to sketch the opposite wall. As I wrote in my book, within the range of vision as I moved my head side to side and up and down, there were 62 trophies mounted on the walls.
Stillman & Birn Zeta hardbound (5.25×8.5) 180#/270gsm; Platinum Carbon Black in a Platinum Cool Pen; Daniel Smith Watercolors
Once inside, this is looking down the main aisle to the huge tank of live fish.
These models don’t move!
I almost bought Duck Butts! There is a very funny story by Dave Berry involving these duck lures in a punch bowl!
There is an amazing bowling alley
Between all the scenes, the mounts, the merchandise displays and the building itself, I think it could be a good sketch outing. It’s only about 10 min past the Tacoma Dome on I-5.