works in progress

December reflections

Winter is settling in early, with lots of cold weather this December. We have had a lot of sundogs so far. I am hoping this means that we are getting the cold weather now and January will be milder, relatively speaking. The fall brings the settling in to the routines again, after the more free form summer days. That means back to the Artists' Workshop painting group, drawing class at Atelier 2302, piano lessons, and the regular exercise classes as well.

This fall, I also was very fortunate to be given my uncle, George Bates', easel. You can read more about that here. Here is a photo of it covered in current works underway. 

I really like having a proper easel that will take large paintings. Before, they kind of teetered on my small metal tripod type easel.

You can see my second Bargue drawing underway too. Craig has now set up a continuous program at his Atelier, so that you can progress through at your own pace. He has just put up information on his newly revamped web site, and will have a blog and newsletter as well.  I hope to be finished this second Bargue this month, and then will start the third one in January. That one will entail doing the drawing from sight, without doing all the exacting measuring. I did this second one about half and half. I am still enjoying the process so much. It has such a Zen quality to it and I am learning lots from Craig. After the third Bargue, then we do a fourth, expanding the size (i.e. not a 1:1 copy), without measuring. Then we go on to drawing from casts. I am really looking forward to that part. We have a very special resource here at the university, a Museum of Antiquities, which has original and reproduction pieces of ancient sculptures. Once I learn to do the cast drawing, I plan to go there and do drawings from the works there, which are very well lit, as you can see from the photos of the museum. This is a place most people no nothing about, even those on campus. A hidden treasure. 

This fall I also became a member of the Pomegranate Gallery at Persephone Theatre. Each time there is a new show, we change the pieces in the gallery. Also right now, we have a sale of small works from the gallery artists in the lobby of the theatre, during the run of the current show. 

I am looking forward to a quiet month or so now, and hope to get more painting underway. I have some new ideas I'd like to work on, and if this cold continues, I will be able to get going on them. I will put up some sneak peeks once I get going. Keep warm!


March madness

March madness to me has always meant a strong desire to get away from the old and explore something new. Just part of the idea of spring renewal I guess. I can still remember when I was very young, I would relish wind storms and loved to stand out in them. I think I hoped they would blow me away to somewhere else.
This feeling of wanting to be elsewhere is at the root of returning to painting images from France. It is hard to believe but it is nearly five years since I was there last. No wonder I am getting 'wanderlust' big time! I have done a couple of paintings of the river, La Couze, that runs between Montaigut-le-Blanc and Champeix, where we walked daily. The one above is the one I am currently working on. I always find it interesting to photo the work in progress as it points out areas that need some more refinement. I see some right now.
I was recently reading another art blog, Ancient Artist: developing an art career after 50, which I talked about earlier. Her most recent entry talked about a 'walkabout', and that is what struck the chord. Yes, a walkabout would be great. After months indoors in our northern climate, the urge to get outside is strong. Also, to see new things, find new inspiration, try out new ways of working.
Well, back to do a bit more work on the painting, then take the dog for a walk.
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A work in progress

I have been working on a large painting of one of my succulents. I must find out the name of it one of these days. I am planning to use it for our Escape Artist show at the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton this summer. It has been great fun to work on such a large scale (30 x 30 inches), much bigger than anything I've worked on before. I am looking forward to doing some more of these larger paintings.

For the Muttart show, we need larger works as the space is quite large and little ones would just disappear. I am hoping to go to Edmonton in March and will definitely go by the Conservatory and check out the space. I haven't been there is years, so it will be interesting to see what it is like again.

I am going to do a second painting for the show as well, but haven't quite decided what I will do yet. It will be somewhat smaller, and maybe floral. We need to keep to a 'nature' type theme in keeping with the Conservatory.

You can see the work in progress, which I think I am going to call 'Sun Seeker' on my flickr site, under 'Works in Progress'.


sun seeker



I really do enjoy painting succulents. They have such great colour and structure. I will be doing some more soon.

Now that this one is almost done - time to sit in what I call the contemplation stage - I am going to start on some small pieces for Gardenscape that is coming up at the end of March (see Upcoming Events on the side). I also like doing the little 4 x 4 inch pieces too. They are quick and I learn lots from doing them. So now to go and prime a group of little canvases.


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