We enjoyed a wonderful visit to an Amish community with friends Fred and Barb this past week. The Delano Community and farm market is located, about an hour and a half from our home, just south of Etowah, TN. Although it’s just minutes from the main road, the beautiful setting of this community seems miles and miles away from everything. Before entering the market, as I stood there looking out surveying this lovely, idyllic setting, I became overwhelmed with a tremendous sense of peace and tranquility. With the absence of noise associated with motor vehicles, tractors, and the likes of other such machinery, the only sounds one heard was the distant occasional clanking of the metal pieces dangling from harnesses worn by the working horses and the beautiful, melodious songs of the Meadowlarks which seemed to linger in the air a bit longer than usual. A group of fit, younger men and boys that were both simply and modestly dressed seemed to be from a different time as they calmly and steadily carried on with the daily tasks of working in a garden. As I continued to look on admiringly, taking this all in, I thought of how very far we have all strayed from the simple life of our ancestors living like this, a mere hundred years ago or even less. Even though there is a lot of hard physical labor involved, this type of basic, simple lifestyle must fill one with a tremendous amount of personal satisfaction and peace at the day’s end, while sitting on ones back porch, watching the sunset, listening to the lovely call of the Meadowlark. The vegetables I purchased at the market were delicious and the strawberries were the best I’ve had since moving from Florida! Perhaps the idea that it was completely and simply done by just a man and his horse had something to do with it. So, if you live somewhere where you are able to grow a garden . . . . then grow one . . it tastes good and it makes you feel good! Besides, it will make your great, great grandpa look down from heaven and smile! :-)
Fresh off the easels: My miniature painting “Experienced Deckhand” was done from a photo taken during our recent visit to Tarpon Springs, FL this past January. This particular boat was moored at a dock in the quite interesting Greek area known as the Sponge Docks. The variety of textures in this miniature, ranging from the curves in the pile of ropes, the wood siding on the building, to the brightly patterned float and smooth shiny surface of the metal pieces, proved to be quite a joy to paint from beginning to end. Wes’ painting “Favorite Fishing Hole” was done from a photo that was taken when we enjoyed our previous wonderful visit to Yellowstone a couple of years ago. It was amazing to stand and watch all of the busy activity as these birds fished, preened and pretty much enjoyed life from the middle of this fast rushing beautiful river.
For Mother and Father’s Day, I did a pencil portrait of my mom and dad’s second grandchild, Haydyn Elizabeth, pictured above, to be a companion piece to the one they already have of her older brother, Tyler Jackson. As you can imagine, they were both quite happy! The drawing, “The Expert beggar”, I did from a photo taken during a visit to Colorado, to visit dear friends, Diane and Bob Mason, and also to attend the Society of Animal Artists Show last fall. It will be featured, and available for sale, during the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art this fall.
Currently on my easel: I’m painting on a miniature of an Indian woman dressed in her beautiful native attire. This miniature painting will also be featured and available for sale in the Western Visions show. I hope to finish her in a couple of weeks and will then share her with you to enjoy. Our solo show at the West Baton Rouge Museum opened today! Wes and I are looking forward to our time at the museum next month.
I hope all of you are able to enjoy your flower gardens as much as we have been blessed to thus far this spring!
Until next time ~ Rachelle :-)