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.