Well, as you can see from the two new paintings above, we’ve been spending most of this past week painting. We’ve been working on pieces designated for specific shows. My painting, “The Cliffs at La Jolla” was a joy to paint for the most part, with the more abstract patterns of the cliffs. It’s a painting, as a miniature artist, that you can be a bit more spontaneous and let the creative juices flow more freely. Becoming completely absorbed and time passing more quickly than you can imagine, happens while painting miniatures such as this. What a great experience this is! Wes’ painting “Frosty Morning”, was painted from a photo taken out of our bedroom window one early morning while the frost was still heavy on the ground. “Dove Cakes”, as I call all of our Morning Doves, was settled in for awhile, until things thawed and warmed up a bit.
Spring is still springing right along. The Forsythias are in full splendor, gracing the world with their beautiful and heartwarming yellow flowers! They almost appear to be glowing at times when the lighting is just right. The Cherry Tree outside of our bedroom window is almost completely bloomed out all of the way as are the Peach and Bradford Pear trees in the backyard. It’s a glorious sight out each window of the house at present. Many flowers, including my Irises and Peonies are starting to show, with their green buds pushing up through the soil.
Above is a photo of the view off of our back porch at this time of the year. A few evenings last week were warm enough to sit out and enjoy the spectacular display of evening splendor. It makes for quite a view, since the trees are still not budded out. Since so many of you enjoyed my sunset story. I thought I would post a photo of what it looked like. As beautiful as the photo is, it still doesn’t do justice to the gorgeous scene that unfolded before my eyes that evening!
I was delighted to learn this past week that I now have two Shrews, at least for now. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, I hope we’re both right and that soon there will be baby shrews running around. . . .oh, the many joys of spring!!
On a sad note, we were really upset to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Pete Labyak, a couple of weeks ago. He and Wes became quite the email pals, tackling the issues pertaining to miniature art. Pete had started a couple of years ago at the beginning asking “what is a miniature?”, and before he passed away, he had met all of his goals as a miniaturist. We were also very sad to learn of the passing of another friend and leader in the world of Miniature art this week, John Thompson. He had been the President of the MPSGS Society for the past fifteen years, and will surely be missed by many. He also had recently been helping Wes with MAA business.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂