My oh my how time flies. Another year has already passed and it was time once again for our annual painting workshop in the basement. Wes and I were able to get quite a bit of painting done, so I’m sharing a couple of our pieces with you. The above portrait miniature, titled “My Bride”, was done by Wes from one of our wedding photos. As you can well imagine, this piece is very precious to me since Wes painted it, and is a beautiful symbol of our nineteenth anniversary. It will be included in our show “Exquisite Miniatures” that will open at the R.W. Norton Gallery next spring.
“The Family Outing” was done from a photo and experience we had this past spring, while a friend was visiting and we were walking by the Little River, here in Townsend. This was one of two sets of Canada Geese parents with their three precious little Goslings. The parents swam to where we were standing, whereupon they exited the river and paraded their young in front of us, as if to show them off. As you can well imagine, we greatly enjoyed the show and were very impressed with their beautiful families. I enjoyed trying to capture the tenderness of the moment in time and the softness of the babies.
Wes’s miniature “Afternoon Light in the Hammock” was painted from a photo that was taken at Highlands Hammock during a recent visit to Florida this past January. Highlands Hammock State Park is one of my favorite places, and I have been going there since I was a very little girl with my family! Even with serious damage from a couple of major hurricanes a few years back, it remains a beautiful location, especially if you like swamps, Alligators and Cypress Hammocks, and I do! This gorgeous Egret was on one of our favorite trails in the park and he was patiently waiting to spot and catch his next meal. Although Wes didn’t include it in the painting, there was a beautiful Alligator about four to five feet away enjoying the warm sun 🙂
This past week was filled with conversation, stories and laughter as time quickly passed, while we all painted away. We enjoyed daily lunches on our screen porch, while watching the birds and critters outside all coming to enjoy and eat their peanut crunchies. The weather was nice and a bit cooler than normal for this time of year, so that added to the pleasant outdoor dining experience. Friday brought the workshop to a close and we all enjoyed a nice supper at our local Pizza Hut afterwards.
Yesterday, we drove over to Gatlinburg to meet friends for brunch. We had a wonderful visit with them, filled with much laughter! After fighting our way through the crowds for a short while afterwards, Wes and I were very eager to return to our quiet, peaceful little house and yard here in Townsend.
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂