Steatite and serpentinitePosted: November 23, 2014
Spending time drawing in a museum is a great way to really see a collection. Today at Sunday sketching with the Montreal Urban Sketchers group we started in the Inuit room at the Museum of Fine Arts. Hoping to avoid the crowds, I think the early morning visitors to the museum went directly to the blockbuster show (Van Gogh to Kandinsky), leaving our group mostly to ourselves with the carvings. Almost everyone seemed to find something to draw in the room and I’m looking forward to seeing what drawings other people post since I had to leave early. I started filling the page with one of the big sculptures — the great textured Shaman Head carved out of whale vertebra — and then drew the tiny polar bears made out of serpentinite. From there it was kind of fun to look for objects that would fill in the empty spaces on the page like the Alaska mask that tucked in nicely under the shaman or the little head next to the bear.