Sketching at the Field Museum…

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Some friends and I had an art-filled day last Friday.  We spent the day in Chicago sketching at the Field Museum, followed by going to an art reception featuring Kathleen Garness’ botanical art at the Oak Park Conservatory.

Chicago skyline © 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Chicago skyline
© 2014 Karen A. Johnson

It was lovely getting out with friends, wandering around the animal exhibits, and spending time with my sketchbook.  The morning was spent with the zebras in the dimly lit hall of African animals.  I didn’t realize how the lack of light affected my sketch until I came to lunch and showed it to my friends-the termite mounds were very bright!

Zebras at the Field Museum © 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Zebras at the Field Museum
© 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Sketching-Kimberly © 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Sketching-Kimberly
© 2014 Karen A. Johnson

The afternoon was spent in the bird section, trying to draw a great blue heron.  Unfortunately, I grew impatient and started painting before really making sure the drawing was correct, resulting in a heron with a small head.  Sigh.  Yet another example to prove that the initial drawing is so important as a foundation for your painting.

By the time we finished, the museum was emptying out and they were preparing for an event.  I liked the lighting on the elephants and Sue, the resident T-Rex.

Elephants at the Field © 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Elephants at the Field
© 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Sue, the T-Rex © 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Sue, the T-Rex
© 2014 Karen A. Johnson

Kathleen’s exhibit at the Oak Park Conservatory will be up until December 28, 2014 and I encourage you all to go see it if you can-it’s beautiful!  The Conservatory is also very pretty right now.

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