Spring is certainly in full swing now, as more flower blossoms daily join the living painting outside. The sea of pink created by the phlox is coming to life! Usually, it’s enough color to cast a warm pinkish glow on the living room which is a true delight to me, a lover of pink! Ms. Shrew and the new shrew, Skinny, continue to enjoy their pecan treats almost daily. I’m thinking that Skinny will have to get a new name soon, if it continues to enjoy the pecans so extravagantly! I was so thrilled to get this lovely photo of Ms. Shrew a couple of days ago! Look closely and you can see her wee little eyes. . . Isn’t she totally adorable? You can tell when there’s trouble in paradise however, by the shrill, little, rapid chatting coming from inside their palace-like domain. They are quite entertaining indeed! I’m hoping to do a miniature painting of her sometime soon. I continue to keep my hopes up that there will be baby shrews in the near future!
The front yard, and even a part of the road, are covered in beautiful pink petals that have fallen from the Crabapple Tree, making it take on a wonderland appearance. The Redbuds in the back gardens are in full splendor now and the couple in the front gardens are well on their way. The Peonies continue their spring growth journey and are half a foot tall already. We were graciously given more Irises, Hostas, and other varieties of lilies from our dear friends Tricia and Daisy Wilhoit and Fred and Barb Weiser. They have all been planted in their new homes and have been watered naturally with the rain that we’ve received the past few days. It will be a beautiful display later this Spring.
Chippy, our local resident Chipmunk, and a friend have been thoroughly enjoying the new barn feeder on our top deck and its contents of sunflower seeds. She gets a great workout running up and down the steps with empty cheeks coming up and maxed out cheeks, totally packed going down! It’s a hilarious sight we’re enjoying almost daily. She keeps this activity up until she is sure she has gotten the last seed. Chippy also enjoys her pecan treats when I feed the Shrews, in secret garden. As one can tell, all of our critters are well loved and fed in the Siegrist gardens.
Wes and I continue to spend most of our time painting miniatures for several upcoming shows. We’ve had fun getting together with a few of our friends, two of them fellow artists, Catherine Girard and Fred Weiser, to enjoy watching art videos and of course have a little something yummy to eat. Last week part of the video took place at Giverny. It’s such a beautiful place and how exciting it is to see a glimpse into the lives of a few of the past masters such as Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, and others. Besides, I always find it extremely relaxing to watch someone else paint.
Above are our two latest paintings. “Sopping Wet” was painted from a photo taken of our Carolina Wren enjoying a wonderful bath on the small amount of water that was puddled on the handrail of our top deck. It was such fun to just watch this bathtime. Wes’s painting of the Painted Lady was done from a photo that was taken from atop CLingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains last fall.
I’m honored to recieve an award created by Kim Ratigan, and given to Wes and I by fellow artist friend, Mona Conner. The receiving artist is asked to acknowledge the artist who passed on the award, name 7 loves, and pass it forward to 7 artists.
My 7 loves: (obviously Wes, but you all already know that) so,
1) The natural world and all of its critter inhabitants 2) God 3) Walking into the woods and feeling the lush green moss after a recent rain 4) The color pink, especially hot pink 5) Hiking to waterfalls 6) Playing my piano 7 ) Working in my flower gardens with Wes by my side 🙂
It’s hard to pick just seven, but here are some friends, with blogs, that I know have a real passion for their art. Some of them have already received the award, but they are: Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen, Tracy Hall, Bill Mundy, Kelly Singleton, Victoria Wilson-Schultz, Karryl and John Mullane.
Thanks again for the award, Kim and Mona!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂