My “Business” Sketchbook: The Rotunda

The Washington State Legislative Rotunda!

D.Katie Powell Art

W14 10 21 WA CAPITOL ROTUNDA 52014 10 21 WA CAPITOL ROTUNDA 1This week at the Washington State Legislative
Building I had a good deal of free time, as it was Mitchell doing the lion’s share of the work on the Senator’s offices.  In the middle of a dark downpour, (the building was dark inside) I sketched all over the building.

I started in the Rotunda, with the beautiful dome overhead and the Tiffany chandelier, because it thoroughly intimidated me.  I figured if I was able to do even a halfway decent drawing, I could do anything!  The steps were cold, and people came to look over my shoulder and talk to me, more than normal.

I began by understanding the geometry of what I was drawing, which I think is even more important in symmetrical buildings.  If a building is wonky to begin with, then your mistakes may not be noticeable.  But with formal symmetry, if things are off they jump…

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