Hall of shrines- Tacoma Art Museum
Watercolor & Micron
As the weather has shifted to autumn, we urban sketchers tend to duck indoors for our practice. I had been to the TAM a week before to draw the skyline through the windows of the upper gallery yet this week the large windows were covered with remembrance alters for Dias de los Muertos (Day of the dead). If you have never seen them they are a sketchers serious challenge as there is so much detail and individuality put into each alter. I was fascinated by how each creator of these spaces chose to build the space so differently. Alter closest had a plaid blanket and boat type bookshelf with melted candles, a memory book and butterfly motif with messages inside. The one beside it was more formal with the mother Mary saint, the prayer candles and the cross motif. The third alter used an antique tablecloth of roses, a mass of flowers, the cut paper banners and a skeleton motif.
Sand painting by Rene Julio
Although the actual day of celebration (Nov 1st) is a packed madhouse impossible to sketch, I do encourage you to appreciate these heart felt remembrances built by our community for their loved ones either by viewing or sketching... the sand painting in the lobby is awesome too!