Painting miniatures and enjoying spring

My Paintbox for The Wildlife Art Museum
My "mini" Paintbox for The National Museum of Wildlife Art. The painting is 2 x 3 1/2 inches.

        Although the beautiful, spring weather outside has been calling us, we’ve been spending quite a bit of time painting. Part of my time this past week was spent painting my painted box for the “Out of the Box Show and Auction” to be held at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. This fundraiser for the museum will be held on Friday, June 12th. It was a fun diversion from my usual board paintings. I wish the museum great success with it!

"Basking Broadheaded Skink" by Wes, is 3 x 3 inches.
"Basking Broad-headed Skink" by Wes, is 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.

        Wes’ painting above,of the Broad-headed Skink, was painted from a photo taken beside one of the cabins in the Great Smoky Mountains, a couple of years ago. Wes and I both love lizards of all types, and Wes was quite pleased to come in and announce to me one day this past week, that he had seen the first Skink of the season. The Skink had come out to enjoy the water spray from the garden hose, and had lain down with one arm propped backwards on his back, as they often do, and commenced to slowly drink the delicious treat of the fresh water. I so dislike missing these types of encounters, but remain happy for Wes to have experienced it and been able to share the story with me.

The neighborhood St Patricks Day party.
The neighborhood St Patrick's Day party.

        We had great fun with a lot of our neighbors at a local restaurant for St. Patrick’s Day. About twenty-five of us got together to enjoy great conversation and many laughs, as well as good food! This group always seems to have so much fun together and we feel so blessed to be a part of what we call our Chestnut Hill family. As you can see in the above photo, many of us got into the spirit of things sporting our green fashions around. Later that week on Saturday evening, we all got together once again, to enjoy the season’s first fire pit party, at our house. We all enjoyed yummy roasted (whatever of each ones choosing) and other delicious things brought to be shared and enjoyed by all. The evening came to a close with several of us enjoying the beautiful fire while sharing memories, spinning tall tales, and listening to the music of yesteryear! Indeed a great place to live!

The Chestnut Hill gang on our backporch.
The Chestnut Hill gang on our backporch.

   

          Wes and I took advantage of the nicer weather today, enjoying a nice walk to the post office and going to Subway for a nice lunch.  It’s really quite a blessing to be able to enjoy walking or riding our bikes to the P.O. and most other     necessary amenities.  It really saves on the gas as well.   Our friends, Fred and Barb, have been kind enough to  give

Chester the Squirrel enjoying the peanut cruchies.
Chester the Squirrel enjoying the peanut cruchies.

 us all of their Bearded Irises, Cana Lilies and other smaller Irises, that they had to remove from an existing garden.  Of course we took them with open arms, and in two evenings all have been planted in their new homes.  I can hardly wait to enjoy their showy blooms that will come later on!  We’ve been able to enjoy a couple of our dinners on the screen porch with the milder weather.  It’s the best dinner show on earth with the two Shrews coming out to eat their pecans, along with the variety of birds eating at the feeder.  The price of the show can’t be beat either!  During the day, I’m painting a miniature of a Carolina Wren that is soaking wet and obviously enjoying a great bath.  Wes just finished a miniature of a Seagull that was photographed during our recent trip to FL. 

           

Well, I wish you all nicer, milder weather and the sure signs of spring.  As for me regarding all of the beautiful blooming trees and shrubs, I shall enjoy them immensely, till alas the last petal has fallen from their branches!

Until next time   ~   Rachelle   🙂

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4 thoughts on “Painting miniatures and enjoying spring

  1. Hi Rachelle, nice new minis this wk. Did you work in acrylic for the minibox? Was just thinking you might have if you used acrylic gesso as a ground?

    You had more green on St. Patty’s Day than I had with your local gathering!

  2. Hi Mona,
    Thanks. I worked in watercolor. I used a gesso suitable for all watermedia. It’s actually quite absorbent. It definitely made painting on the wood much nicer.

    Yes, we had alot of green, but I had made threats to pinch anyone not wearing it that evening. However, I pinched several people anyway! Ha!

    Rachelle 🙂

    1. Hi Mona,
      I’m glad you appreciate my sense of humor, ha! My neighbors aren’t surprised with anything coming from me.

      Thanks so much for the “Passion for Painting” award! I will post it and answer the questions tomorrow, when I update my blog. . . I have to finish my painting first. Thanks again!
      Rachelle 🙂

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