Back to the Easels

"Rock Dove" by Rachelle, measures 1 3/4 X 1 3/4".
"Rock Dove" by Rachelle, measures 1 3/4 X 1 3/4".

        After trying to get caught up on paperwork and all of the other “fun stuff” upon returning home this past week, most of our time is once again being spent at the easels. My painting shown above titled “Rock Dove” was painted from a photo that was taken in California, during our time spent there, last spring. It was almost a magical setting with all of the beautiful wildflowers blooming in pink everywhere, gracefully cascading down the sides of the stone cliff edges.

"As Good as it Gets" by Wes, measures 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches.
"As Good as it Gets" by Wes, measures 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inches.

        Wes’ miniature painting “As Good As It Gets”, was done from a photo taken during our visit to Rolling Hills Wildlife adventure, in Salina, Kansas,  last weeks. We were fortunate to be there at the right time, and enjoyed watching this rhino taking great pleasure in rolling and wallowing in its mudhole. As we stood watching and photographing it, we stated what a great miniature painting this would make, and it did!

"Under Mother's Care" by Rachelle, measures 3 1/4 X 1 1/4 inches.
"Under Mother's Care" by Rachelle, measures 3 1/4 X 1 1/4 inches.

         “Under Mother’s Care” was done from a photo that I took at the Louisville Zoo several years ago. Even though these beautiful Doves weren’t part of the “official” exhibits, they caught my attention, as birds always do, and I enjoyed watching them in their little quiet secluded world for a bit. The nest was inside of a wooden fence with the space between the slats serving as the door. I thought this unusual composition would give the viewer the feeling of being afforded a personal glimpse into their private little world.

Mommy Bandit and babies enjoying the water.
Mommy Bandit and babies enjoying the water.

        While Dove Cakes and the Wrens continue to enjoy their daily handout of treats, this week the mommy Raccoon brought her three very precious babies to the secret garden for leftover nuts and water. Since this took place in the afternoon, Wes and I enjoyed front row seats form our top deck and thoroughly enjoyed watching the family as they searched and occasionally took time for play. A younger Bandit has been enjoying the secluded spot, in between our house roof and porch roof, for daily naps.

Visiting the secret garden.
Visiting the secret garden.

        We also enjoyed a lovely evening of music this past Thursday. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra performed in an outdoor park in nearby Maryville. Wes and I met friends there and we all enjoyed the beautiful music while also taking in the pretty and lush surroundings. As the sun set, it reflected on the ornamental top of the courthouse which was behind the stage, providing a stunning backdrop. The Cicadas joined in with the symphony until darkness fell, getting louder when the music would get louder and quieter when the music became softer. It was almost as if they had practiced along with them earlier that afternoon. As evening fell and the air became heavy the music sounded wonderful and rich.  A favorite song of the evening was a stunning piece written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The experience  made for another great memory!

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


2 thoughts on “Back to the Easels

  1. Your paintings, of course, are wonderful.

    How fortunate you were to get photos of your raccoon family. We had a family of woodchucks living in our backyard for 2 yrs. and those little guys would NOT pose for me to get any good shots. They made off with all the produce from my gardens, but never once allowed me a photo reference. Hmmph!

  2. Hi Deb,
    Our raccoons were pretty cooperative for photos as long as we stayed quite still.
    Well, this morning an eggplant was missing, so we’re pretty sure who enjoyed that! I just hope all the babies got an equal share 🙂

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