Protected Fields of Napoleon Waterloo, Belgium and surrounding villages
In 2015 The Bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo will occur. A re-enactment of the battle occurs every five years, but the Bicentennial will be exceptional. Local towns and villages are already preparing. The fields in this historical area are federally protected. I'm inspired by the color of their changing crops and the way light rolls across the open stretches all through the year. Leading up to this celebration I am preparing a solo show of plein air paintings. I will complete fifty or sixty plein air landscapes in preparation for a solo exhibition. I hope to find a sponsor(s) which will allow this exhibiti to travel in whole or in part to other cities named Waterloo -- about fifty internationally. The Napoleonic areas cover quite a geographic expanse and as such, the exhibition can encompass areas outside of Belgium--not just that where the last battle took place.
Federally Protected FieldLILLOIS-WITTERSEE
A typical field entrance, bordering Waterloo adjacent to the Domaine D'Argenteuil in the far left distance. The winter of 2009-2010 delivered a record- number of (artist friendly) snows in 30 years. The roads were clear enough to navigate by car to softly blanketed views. One can see far into the distance because the baren trees leave the beauty of winter skies to shine through.
For Francophones there are a number of books availabe in the Tourist Office of Waterloo written by locals and interesting museums, and of course the climb to the top of the monument for even more spectacular views. Depending on the time of year and calm winds also the ultimate wat to view the fields is possible by paragliders and hot air balloons.