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Tomb Raiding!

February 13, 2012

This weekend I made a daring raid on a trove of Mayan artifacts. I thought I was going to get away with it – but suddenly, a guard spotted me. I made a run for it, evading dogs and searchlights, slipping under the wire only seconds ahead of my pursuers. I managed to lose them in the dense jungle on Yonge Street.

These are the only sketches I could smuggle out of the tomb.

[10×14″, ballpoint and brushpen sketch, water colored after the fact]

What actualy happened is, I learned the hard way that Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum does not allow drawing in traveling exhibits.

At least not without pre-arranged permission. Which cannot be arranged on a weekend. They don’t have a problem with you sketching in the permanent collection – but since they don’t own the work in the temporary shows they don’t allow photography, and apparently, no sketching either. So, let that be a lesson – just because they say sketching is allowed when you buy your ticket – they may not mean in all areas of the museum.  Next time I’m going to make an Urban Sketchers Press Card to tuck into my fedora.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2012 9:40 PM

    Beautiful tones to that first sketch – glad you were able to get it.

    Boo to TO’s ROM – sketching should be considered as a form of appreciation (and good press for them).

    • tarosan permalink*
      February 13, 2012 9:48 PM

      Well *I* think so :) I’m interested to see if I can do it properly next time – actually come in with official permission – perhaps even after hours with a sketching group! We’ll see how it goes next time a similar show is in town.

  2. February 14, 2012 2:15 AM

    Lovely post. I have a lovely image of a maddened sketcher laying about him with of those Indy whips……


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