This book, set two thousand years ago and based on nine hundred Jews holding out on Masada mountain against the Roman armies, was written by Alice Hoffman. What a fascinating read!
I finally got a chance to watch the miniseries and, in trying to use up the last few pages in my sketchbook, sat and did a few sketches while watching it.
Women at the market in Masada
When my neighbor loaned me a book she had recently finished, I knew I would like it as soon as I heard the title – “The Museum of Extraordinary Things”, by Alice Hoffman. It sounded inspiring, and it absolutely was! As I read her descriptions, it was easy to visualize the museum’s unique inhabitants.
“…A whirl of incredible creatures was before me as I stood there: a dragon lizard who flare his scarlet throat, an enormous tortoise who seemed like a monster of the deep, red-throated hummingbirds that were let out of their cages on leashes made of string.”
These images needed to get out of head and into my sketchbook.
Museum of Extraordinary Things
There are many more ideas for sketches in this delicious book. Maybe they will end up on paper, maybe not.