Visits with Fellow Wildlife Artists

Mommy and daddy Dovecakes with the baby in the middle, enjoying the sunshine.
Mommy and daddy Dovecakes with the baby in the middle, enjoying the sunshine.

        Well, today the Dovecakes babies fledged! Thankfully the rain ended last evening and it’s a beautiful sunshine filled day for their debut into the real world. They are so precious, and Wes was able to get a nice photo of the one baby with the proud parents sitting in the Peach Tree above secret garden. Now their work continues as they feed these cute little eating machines!

 Stephen Left and I standing by my prized Peonies in the front yard.
Stephen Left and I standing by my prized Peonies in the front yard.

       We enjoyed a great visit with fellow wildlife artist, Stephen Left, this past week. Vicious and his girlfriend were strategically located on either side of our front sidewalk, soaking in the warm sun, to welcome him. They are quite used to us, so they did not mind Steve’s presence at all and were quite obliging for photos.

Vicious laying in one of his favorite places by the front stone sidewalk.
Vicious laying in one of his favorite places by the front stone sidewalk.

       We enjoyed sitting and talking awhile with Steve on our screen porch, then walked to Subway for a nice lunch on the porch. Afterwards, we took a walk down to the swinging bridge, where the river is really flowing with all of the recent rain. Then on to another favorite spot of ours along the river where there is a cave across the way. While there chatting and enjoying the scenery, we were visited by three sets of Canada Geese parents with their goslings following close beside. There were twelve Goslings all together. It was if the parents were going out of their way to show off their precious little babies to us, and we greatly enjoyed the show! The funniest part was when a Swallowtail butterfly, thinking the yellow colored Gosling were possibly a nectar source, started fluttering down and landing on the different babies, giving the appearance that it was attacking them. Thus you can imagine the laughter in our group of three, that resulted from that episode!

One of the beautiful Canadian Geese families swiming in the Little River.
One of the beautiful Canada Geese families swimming in the Little River.

         We enjoyed game night at our house this past week, and enjoyed playing the game of “Life”. It was so much fun and resulted in such laughter at times that both Wes and my side and stomachs were sore that night! These game nights are always so much fun with our wonderful neighbors! I still think the main reason we play games, is to enjoy eating all of the delicious foods that each couple brings!

L to R; Beverly, Avery, me, Judy, Earnie, Jim and Uschi, with Wes taking the photo and being the banker for the game.
L to R; Beverly, Avery, me, Judy, Ernie, Jim and Uschi, with Wes taking the photo and being the banker for the game.
Bandit pays us another visit on the back porch.
Bandit pays us another visit on the back porch.

        Bandit has been paying us visits in the evening. He enjoys eating the leftovers that the birds, many squirrels and chipmunks have left from the days munching sessions. Afterwards he’s always such a clean boy and washes his hands in the birdbath, which is quite funny to watch. The Chickadee babies also fledged this past week, and we saw the baby bunny for the first time in the front yard this morning. The Peonies continue to put on quite a show in the front yard as well, and fill vases in each room of our house!

Dinner with (L to R), Donny and Vikci Ferguson, Joan Heflin Rankin and her husband, Tom and me.
Dinner with (L to R), Donny and Vicki Ferguson, Joan Heflin Rankin and her husband, Tom and me.

        Yesterday, we went over to Gatlinburg to visit our fellow wildlife artist friends Vicki and husband Donny and Joan and husband Tom, at an art show. Afterwards the six of us enjoyed a wonderful dinner while catching up and having a lot of great laughs. It was a wonderful evening!

"Jenny Lake" by Wes, measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, and is shown with a
"Jenny Lake" by Wes, measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches

        Wes finished his miniature landscape painting, “Jenny Lake”, this past week. This painting was done from a photo we took while out in Yellowstone and Teton National Park, almost two years ago now. We enjoyed a wonderful picnic lunch in this gorgeous spot along with artist friend Karryl and her friend Diane. What a great time we had! I’m still working on my portrait painting “The Trapper”, featuring fellow wildlife artist friend John Phelps. I’m hoping to finish it up in a couple of days.

"The Trapper" by Rachelle, in progress, measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, shown with a transparent penny for scale.
"The Trapper" by Rachelle, in progress, measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches, shown with a transparent penny for scale.

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Visits with Fellow Wildlife Artists

  1. mary jansen

    Hi Rachelle,
    You just seem to have endless energy! With so much beauty all around it must be difficult to sit still in your studio. (At least I know I have that problem). My husband would not enjoy your “Viscious” so much, (terrified of snakes!). But I think he is quite the handsome fellow! I used to have the job of “snake removal” when we lived out in the country. I’d pick them up and place them in the woods out back so my hubby wouldn’t stumble across them. My favorites were the milk snakes…such patterns!
    Anyway, wonderful work as usual! I look forward to seeing the completed trapper mini, (although it seems complete to me as it is…) Happy spring!

    1. Hi Mary,
      On beautiful days, this time of the year especially, it’s very hard to sit in the studio! I too think Vicious is quite handsome and even more so now, as he just shed his skin. I’m so glad to know that you’ve saved the lives of so many snakes!
      The Trapper is almost done and I’ll probably finish him tomorrow. Congratulations on your award at the Seaside Miniature Art Show!
      Rachelle 🙂

  2. Doug Fletcher

    Hi Rachelle,
    I really enjoyed the picture of the “Canada” geese. Being a fellow artist I thought I’d try
    to save you from further harassment from other
    artist and bird watchers. You could go in an edit
    before too many others notice. Keep the great work! I enjoyed talking with you and Wes and seeing your work many moons ago in Omaha
    at The Henry Doorley Zoo.

    1. Hi Doug,
      Nice to hear from you again. Thanks for the correction as I’m always saying that wrong. It’s funny but Wes getting corrected years ago at a show was actually how we started being birders ourselves. The show in Omaha was great fun and quite a shame it ended after one year. It’s such a small world, our dear friend Tricia that lives here and is often on my blog, is Henry Doorly’s niece.
      Rachelle 🙂

      1. Doug Fletcher

        Hi Rachelle,
        Yes, it is a small world!! I see on an older post that Pat Pauley was
        pictured on your blog. I met Pat through a mutual friend a couple
        of years ago! The world of wildlife art is something. Anyhow
        hope to see you and Wes here in the Des Moines or Omaha area again
        sometime soon!
        Doug

  3. Hi Doug,
    We met Pat many years back and have enjoyed spending time with he and Sandy at some of the wildlife art shows through the years. It is a great group to be a part of . . . the family of wildlife artist. We would love to visit the zoo there again someday, so we’ll let you know if we’re coming your way.
    Rachelle 🙂

  4. Jim Smith

    The Trapper is great!! Thanks for joining into my blog!!! So nice to hear from another artist! Have a great day, Wes and Rachelle!!
    Jim

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