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The Musée des Augustins in Toulouse has a lovely courtyard. Inside one of the porticoes there are quite a few gargoyles displayed in a row. Many look like dogs or wolves, some have wings while others have reptilian features.

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On my final day in Washington D.C. I visited the National Museum of American History. What I found more interesting than the feature exhibitions were the display cases with random objects from American History: medical devices from the 70’s, Betty Davis’ coat from Voyager Now and one of Google’s original handmade servers. The technology stuff in particular show from what humble beginnings our amazing modern devices come from.

The permanent display of the Star Spangled Banner was also very impressive. I had no idea it was so big, originally 30 x 42 feet (now 30 x 34 feet thanks to souvenir takers long ago).

On the down side, the food in the cafeteria was pretty bad, expensive and the service was surly. On the definite upside, one of the display cases had a face jug, one of my favorite drawing subjects.


Face Jug

Face Jug

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The remains from my depressingly bad lunch at the museum’s food service.

Two drawings from the exhibition Uncommon Folk at the Milwaukee Art Museum. One is a porcupine by Felipe B. Archuleta. I don’t know what the body is made of but the quills look like dried grass with thick stems that have gone to seed. The thing I like about this sculpture is it’s much larger than I imagine a porcupine actually is, and it’s clearly smiling. The other is a carved wood snake painted red and cream. It’s by an unknown American artist ca. 1930.

I did a little stippling of my original drawings with MS Paint to help clarify the forms.


Root Snake, American ca. 1930

Root Snake, American ca. 1930

Porcupipne, 1978, Felipe B. Archuleta

Porcupine, 1978, Felipe B. Archuleta



When I was in Washington D.C. earlier this month I visited the National Museum of the American Indian. I was told that the restaurant there has great food that is inspired by the cuisines of the Native American people. The restaurant was big and impressive and my food was delicious but not surprisingly it was also very expensive.  Still, not an everyday opportunity for me. The museum’s architecture was very nice, for a moment you forgot you were on the National Mall and the exhibits were good but in my opinion there was way too much space devoted to food service, gift shop and children’s play area. On the other hand, I did have a good experience and it seemed other people were as well, so what the heck am I complaining about.

These drawings are from the exhibition Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed.


Chirqui, Panama, AD 800-1500

Chirqui, Panama, AD 800-1500

Panama AD 700-950

Greater Coclé Jar Depicting a Woman, Panama AD 700-950

Costa Rica, AD 500-800

Tapir, Costa Rica, AD 500-800



I was in Washington earlier this month and did a few drawings while visiting some of the Smithsonian museums. I was reminded that I had my Palm Zire during my first visit to our nation’s capital and sure enough the oldest drawing on my PDA is of the Washington Monument. That was ten years ago. A number of years passed before I started drawing on the PDA regularly but I still have that doodle of the Washington Monument.

While I was at the Hirshorn Museum drawing this one figure from a larger group of figures a couple were posing with it for some pictures. Their posing included hugging it around the neck and holding its hand. I think they knew touching wasn’t permitted but there’s something irresistible about mugging with a figurative sculpture. It’s because the only penalty for getting caught is a short moment of embarrassment.


Juan Munoz

One of the multiple figure’s from a Juan Muñoz sculpture at the Hirshorn Museum.



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My first use of the notepad feature on the Palm Zire 21 for drawing.

Drawing Deborah Butterfield’s horse sculptures is pretty gratifying with the notepad feature on my Palm Zire.


In the window of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

In the window of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

In the Chazen Museum,  at UW Madison.

In the Chazen Museum, at UW Madison.

At the Lynden Sculpture Garden

At the Lynden Sculpture Garden