I spent this Christmas and New Years with my mom and my sisters and their families in Washington. Thanks to Margaret who posted about a great display in Arizon of Dale Chihuly glass, we found an installation of his work in Tacoma, WA. Dale is from Tacoma and there is a lot of his work around the city. We also visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and were happy we had made the trip.
Eight of us ventured out early for the two hour ride to Tacoma. The Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park was host to many wonderful pieces of Chihuly Glass. Planted among the beautiful plants were spectacular colorful blown glass pieces. With the sun shining through the glass of the greenhouse, the sight was truely breath taking.
The next day my sister, Lynette, and I met up with our friend, Sydney, from a previous sketching trip. We went to the Portland Art Museum and spent some time in the Native Art Exhibit. The mask were fabulous and more than a little bit scarry.
I have always been intrigued by the Kochina carvings. Their wonderful shapes and designs are very spiritual for me. And who wouldn't want a Hopi Dance Wand! After sketching we went for, you got it, lunch! It was a great way to spend a very cold day and fun to visit and sketch with Sydney again.
Robert Bateman Sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor