A New Year Begins

Here we are, beginning another new year. Here we are in continuing weeks of very cold weather. Venturing outdoors means many layers, and running from house to car to building and reversing the process. So lots of indoor time lends itself to more painting. 

Beginning on Monday, January 6, I am participating in a group show at Wanuskewin Heritage Park. A group of us, under the organizing hand of Bobbi Clackson-Walker, spent a couple of days out along the riverbank at Wanuskewin plein air painting the landscape there. We went out in June and in September. Bobbi has organized a show of the work we did then, or based on our days out there. This is the information: 

Art Exhibition
'Wanuskewin en Plein Air' Art Exhibition and Sale
January 6th to 31st, 2014 at Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4:30 pm, Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, closed Sunday
In 2013 artists Anne McElroy, Bobbi Clackson-Walker, Brett Schiissler, Celeste Delahey, Dianne Allen, Dianne Schiissler, Gloria Wingerter, Karen Stobbe, Lorraine Khachatourians, Louise Roy, Marie Kemmer, Marina Melchoirre, Paige Mortensen, Patricia Clarke, Tim Fahl, Val Miles, Valerie Borycki, Valerie Poulin, and Wendy Pahl spent two days in the Wanuskewin landscape creating a response to the environment. This exhibition is the visual journal of their experience.
Here is me in September:
Today, I drove out to Wanuskewin to drop off the two landscapes I will have in the show, and it was quite different. Very cold, sunny and windy (-40C with the windchill), so I took very quick photos. There wasn't anyone out on the trails today!
It is very beautiful out there in the winter, you just need a day with no wind, so if one comes along and you are looking for something to do, head out there this month and see the show. 
I am continuing on with the drawing program with Craig Berry at Atelier 2302. Here is my second Bargue drawing, nearly done now. We resume classes in a couple of weeks, by which time I hope to have her finished. Some more work is needed on the dark shadow shapes and then the really light shades. Then on the the next stage, learning comparative measure. I am looking forward to this next step, learning how to gauge proportions, first from a two-dimensional plate, then from a three-dimensional cast. I can't recommend this program highly enough. 
Also, I will continue showing works at the Pomegranate Gallery at Persephone Theatre. We will be changing the show in a couple of weeks with the next play. The play is called 'Strawberries in January' so I think I need to do something with that theme for sure.
Monday our Artists' Workshop group gets together again, working toward our annual spring show. This year the show is happening right at the beginning of April, so mark your calendars for April 4 - 6, 2014, and check in with the page for details as they are firmed up.
So keep warm and carry on! 

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