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Palace of Fine Arts

December 30, 2008

The monumental dome at the Palace of Fine Arts (one of the architectural highlights of San Francisco) fairly bristling with the the kind of overblown gothic detailing I love to draw.

I’ve always wondered what’s going on in with the sculptures – the male figures in the niches seem like they should be holding some relic aloft – yet their hands are empty…and the female figures on the colonnades are turned away from the viewers, heads down, staring at something that we’ll never be able to see from ground level. I suppose I could do some research on this place – the story must be on a wiki somewhere…for sure I’m bringing binoculars next time!

Funny story here  – this is actually the second of two identical(ish) drawings from the same sitting – a passing stranger bought my first sketch right off the drawing pad. That’s never happened to me before! As soon as he left  I turned a new page and did the drawing again (I mean, I’d come here specifically to get this sketch, so I wasn’t going to leave empty handed!) …thing is, I think he got the better version – but I’ll never know I for sure :)

4 Comments leave one →
  1. McBain permalink
    January 6, 2009 2:39 AM

    I can see why someone would do that. It’s a really iconic and interesting structure. I really like this sketch, out of all your walk about sketches, this is probably my favorite. Theres something very appealing about it.

  2. Sean Thurlow permalink
    January 8, 2009 3:01 AM

    It’s funny because my parents have a picture of this building almost exactly from the same angle. The pen sketch looks great. Nice blog also and art!

  3. January 16, 2009 7:40 PM

    Your ink drawings of San Francisco are really wonderful. What kind of pen are you using for these?

  4. February 2, 2014 7:58 AM

    Keep going because this site is just awesome, the content is great and I will visit again for more. Cool!!

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