New Paintings and a Wedding.

"Promise of a New Season" by Rachelle,  measures 2 3/4 X 2 1/4 inches.
"Promise of a New Season" by Rachelle, measures 2 3/4 X 2 1/4 inches.

        Most of this past week has been spent indoors painting, as it’s been quite warm.  Thankfully, we’ve still been able to take daily bike rides or walks earlier in the morning or later in the evening. My miniature painting above, “Promise of a New Season” was done from a photo that we took at a horse farm in Kentucky last summer. I especially enjoyed painting this piece, rendering it with more of an old world style and look. It will be framed in the traditional miniature style which is a small, gold, oval frame.

"Baby Elephant" and "The Fixer-Upper" by Wes, both measure 1 1/4 inches.
"Baby Elephant" and "The Fixer-Upper" by Wes, both measure 1 1/4 inches.

        Wes’ miniature painting “Baby Elephant” was done from a photo that we took at the Louisville Zoo of their baby elephant named Scotty. I thought it was quite appropriate since Wes’ middle name is Scott. The painting of the old house was done from a photo taken on a drive not too far from where we live. They will both also be framed in the more traditional miniature style , consisting of a small, round, gold frame.

Dovecakes getting a drink after eating her seeds.
Dovecakes getting a drink after eating her seeds.

        My beautiful Morning Dove, Dovecakes, continues to enjoy daily, multi-feedings of piles of shelled sunflowers. She sweetly runs over to me and waits for me to start handing them out and then contentedly eats until she’s quite sure she’s full. She then sweetly looks up at me and slowly meanders off to the bird bath to get a drink. Afterwards, she quietly sits on the handrail above and rests as her recently consumed meal starts being digested. At times she will sit here for quite a while, and at others she will fly off to the woods in back. It’s always a treat every time she graces me with a visit! We’ve been fortunate to see the baby Carolina Wrens several times in the yard, as the parents are frantically trying to keep them fed and content. Beside feeding our critters, we had a nice meal at Pizza Hut with about eight of our neighbors this past Friday evening. Afterwards we enjoyed another wonderful concert at the Heritage Center, here in Townsend. Upon leaving there, we enjoyed wonderful conversation while eating some delicious homemade cake with chocolate icing at one of our neighbor’s home. Another great evening indeed!

Andrew and Joanne Gott's wedding.
Andrew and Joanne Gott's wedding.

        We drove down yesterday to Chattanooga, for our dear friends Andrew and Joanne’s wedding, were Wes was the Best Man. After a photo session, a trial run, waiting for the guests to arrive and Andrew’s multi attempt at retying his tie to get it to a satisfactory length for those in charge, the wedding was underway. It was a garden wedding, taking place in their lovely backyard surrounded by flowers and trees. One of the most memorable parts was Joanne’s dog, D.J., taking part in the wedding, including walking down the aisle and ending up directly between Andrew and Joanne. It added a very sweet touch! Everyone was treated to wonderful and delicious food afterwards. Their cake was beautiful and quite yummy, and was cut with a beautiful hand-forged knife that Andrew made himself. Each family in attendance was sent home with a beautiful wooden bird house with Andrew and Joanne’s name and date of their wedding burned into it. This was a lovely gesture and tied in quite nicely with the theme of their wedding, birds. Not knowing this, Wes and I were quite pleased that one of our gifts was a precious drawing that Wes did of them as . . . you guessed it . . . birds! It was a fun day and another great memory!  Congratulations again Andrew and Joanne!

Andrew and Joanne Lovebirds
Andrew and Joanne "The Lovebirds".

        The next few days will be spent painting, while we prepare to leave this coming Thursday to go up to Indiana to visit Wes’ family and attend his 25th high school reunion.

baby wrens
The baby Carolina Wrens "Peedeepeeps", a couple of days before they fledged.

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


8 thoughts on “New Paintings and a Wedding.

  1. mary jansen

    It’s always such a pleasure to view, (and gawk) at your new work Rachelle! I just love your horse. The colors simply glow!
    My two sons just returned from TN a couple of days ago. They were on a mission trip in Copperhill. They said the country there was breathtaking. After seeing your photos I know they tell the truth!

    1. Hi Mary,
      Thank you, I had so much fun doing that one! That’s so cool that your sons went on a mission trip! I believe that Wes and I have driven through Copperhill, a couple of times, on the way to do an art show in Blue Ridge, GA. It’s just south of us a bit, and is a beautiful area. So yes, they do tell the truth 🙂

  2. I love that foal Rachelle! Just gorgeous light you’ve used. This reminds me of where I grew up. I lived next to a thoroughbred breeding farm and was fortunate to watch foals like this romping in the fields. The farm actually bred a Preakness winner back in ’83. Sadly, the farm has now been turned into a housing development. I miss seeing those foals.

    1. Hi kelly,
      Thank you! We’re heading up to southern IN later this week and one of my favorite parts of the trip is driving through the beautiful horse farms in the Lexington, KY area. They are disappearing so fast, and what a shame it is as they are so pretty. Like you say of your farm, these also are being turned into housing developments.
      Rachelle 🙂

  3. Hi Gary,
    Thank you! I’m so glad that you’re enjoying our work on my blog. I see that we have a shared friend in Les LeFevre. We love the Dubois area and have enjoyed visiting there several times. I enjoyed visiting your blog as well. Your work is beautiful and I love seeing the photos of Dubois. God bless 🙂

  4. Rachelle, the foal is a great mini, and I appreciate in particular how it draws me into this scene from how small the landscape part is—the old classic feeling you were striving for in the background also gives it an iconic feeling.

    Did I mention I loved your pink peony necklace as well? Can I ask you, where did you find the beautiful window pendant for this one?

    Wes’s latest two are amazing for their scale and detail.

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