To report on the failure or success of my resolution conclusion for my first month, I have painted three times a week, but I ave failed horribly in my resolution to sketch everyday.  I must start this new month and do daily sketches to see if I can at last be successful.  This month has been very fun, however.  I have tried to paint snow and snow related subjects.  This is new for me and it has been interesting.  ;I like the coldness of the blue and white with the warmness of burnt sienna and yellow ochre.  It is a stretch for me not to use predominantly reds and yellows and greens.  This challenge was suggested by a critique grou[ I have been attending consistently.  Critique groups are very exciting.  They differ from open studio gatherings where you mostly work alone for a couple of hours in a room full of people.  I have received lots of help and suggestions from the other artists but contrasting this to a critique group is interesting.  Critique groups look at your painting and really study it giving gentle suggestions and encouragement.  It helps me define what I am doing and it inspires new ideas.  Here are a couple of my snow, cold etc paintings..