a trip to the muttart conservatory

Spring! It's here whether it snows and catches you on a walk in sandals, or the sun comes out and suddenly you are wondering why you left the house with a coat and not your damn sunglasses. It's unpredictable, it's uncomfortable, it's fleeting, it's bipolar and highly non-committal. But it's here, spreading it's feverish ways throughout the population like a bad head cold in a day care. Hooray!! 

But it is also springtime in Alberta, which means we are a few weeks away from puttering about in our annual beds. The tulips and other bulbous growers aren't poking their green tenderness from the ground quite yet and I really wanted to draw some green, growing things. So my friend Robin and I headed to the Muttart Conservatory last Saturday, for an afternoon of drawing.

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This sketchbook along with about 11 others will be on display at the Naess Gallery  in the Paint Spot beginning this Saturday and there is an opening reception for the show from 2 - 4:30. The show is up until the end of the month. Along with my sketchbooks will be a collection of instax photos I have used for reference material, the drawings I made from my road trip to Toronto last fall, and a few new paintings. Hopefully you can make it out to see the show.

Happy Spring!