Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Museum visit NEW DATE: Sunday, April 19

Please note that the date for our visit to the Garden and Cosmos exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum has changed:

The new date is Sunday, April 19 from 1:30-4:30.

See below for details.

Join me for sketching, informal lecture, discussion and exploration of this extraordinary show, followed by dinner at a nearby restaurant (TBA).

"Blossom Cluster of Delight"

I picked up a postcard of this painting in Boston and it's on my studio wall right now - what a delight to find the image on the Harvard's Sackler Museum website so I can share it here. Apparently, beetle-wing cases were used in its making, see below. How's that for mixed media?
Unknown Artist
A Nayika and Her Lover: Page from a Dispersed Rasamanjari Series (Blossom Cluster of Delight), c. 1660-1670
Indian, 17th century
Basohli, Kashmir, India
Opaque watercolor, gold, and beetle-wing cases on paper
actual: 23.4 x 33 cm (9 3/16 x 13 in.)
Harvard Art Museum/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Gift of John Kenneth Galbraith, 1972.74

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Museum visit NEW DATE: Sunday, April 19

Join me for the next Julia's Studio Museum Visit to

Seattle Asian Art Museum
Sunday, April 19
$42 (non-SAM-member)
$33 (SAM member)

There is nothing like looking at paintings from another country to bring home the mystery (and delight) of cultural perspective. These lush images burst with life and story, and at the same time they present visual viewpoints quite different from conventional western ones. Let's look for ways to understand the stories as well as the visual elements of the paintings by noticing connections to other work, discussing what we see, and sketching the paintings to make them our own.

All are welcome to join me for an early dinner following the class at a restaurant nearby, TBA.

Read Jen Graves' review of this gorgeous show in the Stranger.

Contact me to reserve your space.