“The Blue Door” was painted from a photo taken during our visit to beautiful Yew Dell Gardens last month. The area in front of this blue door was filled with beautiful butterfly gardens with a meandering path weaving through them. It was obviously being well enjoyed, as there were butterflies everywhere enjoying this natural buffet. This miniature was a bit challenging with the small size but nonetheless a joy to paint, especially as I recalled walking the paths and drinking in the splendor nature offered me.
Wes’ miniature painting titled, “Basking Anhinga” was done from a photo taken during one of our visits to Florida. Anhingas are always one of our favorite birds to watch in Florida, as they swim along with heads and necks held high out of the water, many times with a nice size fish in their beak. After swimming for dinner and eating their meal, they sit on a nearby branch holding their wings outstretched, while drying in the sun, appearing to be the ultimate sun worshipper.
We enjoyed a nice visit from Wes’ Nana, her dear friend Earl, and his daughter Ann, who was kind enough to bring them down for a visit. They arrived Monday evening in time for my homemade baked ziti dinner and carrot cake, which they enjoyed. Tuesday was filled with a trip into Cades Cove, starting with a picnic in the pavilion, as the picnic area was totally filled. Afterwards, we all enjoyed a ride around the Cove and were treated with sights of White-tailed Deer, Turkey and a Black Bear. We arrived home in time to join friends Tricia and Daisy Wilhoit for supper at Pizza Hut. It was a great time of catching up for Tricia and Nana. Wednesday morning, Wes’ orange pancakes were enjoyed for breakfast once again, before seeing them off on their trip back to Indiana.
More of our recent miniature paintings can be seen on our website: http://www.artofwildlife.com/miniatures.html
You can listen to a live interview with us hosted by our friend, Kim McCool on August 10th, 2009 at 3PM EST. http://www.kimmccool.com/radio.htm The interview will be available for download afterwards if you miss it. This week our paintings can be seen in person at the following shows:
o Blossom Art of Flowers at the Canton Museum of Art, Canton, OH
o Paws and Reflect: Art of Canines at the Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT
o The 48th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition at the San Angelo Museum Of Fine Arts, San Angelo, Texas
o Small Works Exhibition at the Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
o Miniature Artists of America Traveling Exhibition at the Hampton Bays Public Library, Hampton Bays, NY
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂