Started the year off right at fellow Scrum Sister, Karen Watson's for New Year's Eve.  Karen is an amazing host and the small group we had gathered there were tight! We had such a grand evening. 
The next day my partner and I went to our local Art Gallery,  The Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery to view the infamous Beaverbrook Collection.  I never tire of this.  It was my 4th visit there and each time I see something new.  On my first visit there of course I was like a wide eyed child.  I entered the room where John Singer Sargent's "San Vigilo, Lake Garda" took me by surprise and my emotional center was caught off guard.  It is stunningly beautiful and mesmerizing, it moved me and it gets added to my list of favorites.  My entire focus was actually to see John Turner's work.  His  "Fountain of Indulence" literally glowed outward from the wall space on which it was hung...truly a master of the use of light!
Probably my biggest surprise was the 13' Salvador Dali painting Santiago el Grande.  I have seen this picture a thousand times I am sure, so, it really wasn't a big interest to me.  When you are standing in front of it, everything changes.  It is Grand for sure and the symbology riddled throughout is astounding and the painting is really wonderful and masterful.  
The Carmichael and the Tom Thomson was of course sheer delight for me as I have always been a big fan of the Group of Seven.  
The Masterworks leaves on February 7th so I do hope that I am able to go one more time before they leave!

January also started out with an artistic bang just as it had last year.  Not sure if I posted it or not, but last year I entered one of my textiles at the Lawrence House Center for the Arts and it not only won first place, one of the judges bought it!
How is that for a double win!
Well, I entered a piece again this year and also two pieces into another juried art show at Brights Grove "Gallery in the Grove" it had been quite a few years since our Scrum Sisters first exhibit together there, so I wanted to be sure to get in on that one as well.  I received the call/email that my pieces were selected for their exhibit as well!  Whoohoo!
This coming Sunday, January 17th will be the awards ceremony and I am quite excited to go to see the outcome of that!  Will certainly post the news!
I have taken 3 weeks holidays so that I can build up a body of work for the upcoming summer Art Shows and thought that it was a good time because of the winter months.  I won't be tempted to want to go anywhere and have my time wasted.  
So far so good.  Not progressing as quickly as I would like but I'm doing it!

Until next time.  Keep on creating!

<3
Patti