Wes and I each finished our current miniature paintings and are now getting things ready and packed to head to Easton, MD early Wednesday morning, for the Waterfowl Festival. I can’t believe it’s upon us already, time seems to fly anymore! We’re quite looking forward to once again seeing all of our artist buddies and collector friends, while catching up on many great laughs and recent happenings. My miniature painting “Bobwhite Aglow”, above, was finished a couple of days ago and will be one of our newest miniatures featured at the show. It was a delight to paint and I couldn’t resist the warm glow almost giving him an angelic look.
Wes’ miniature painting “Birdsong Bobwhite” was painted from a photo taken during our yearly visit to Thomasville, FL, last November while we were there for the Plantation Wildlife Art Festival. This is one of our favorite places to visit, as it is so beautiful and very peaceful. We love taking several artist friends there with us each year which all enjoy it as much as we do!
We were quite delighted to learn this week, that our miniature paintings featured in the “American Art in Miniature” show at the beautiful Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK, both sold at the opening this past Thursday evening! I also learned this past week that my painting “The Trapper” sold at the Western Visions show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY. Moreover, It’s been a good week for awards as we learned that Wes won the Best of Show at the 25th Annual Cider Painters of America Miniature Show and I received the Aviary Award for the best painting of a bird. We also both won awards at the annual Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers of Washington, DC international. Indeed it has been a great week 🙂
We’re still enjoying a touch of Fall, as there is still some nice color in spots that happily refuses to end. Our Burning Bush remains a pretty center piece in our front yard, as it’s still holding on to many of its beautiful red leaves. We also enjoyed a delightful trip into the Great Smoky Mountains, this past Saturday with dear artist friends Gregg and Judy Murray. We walked along the Middle Prong Trail for a couple of hours, that is just a few minutes from our house. The many falls and cascades along the trail were just beautiful as they rushed along, with the calm surfaced areas of the water reflecting the beautiful gold and sienna colored leaves still remaining on some of the surrounding trees. There were a few surviving mushrooms that were looked at and photographed, as well as the lush green moss growing happily with the abundant rains earlier this fall. After walking and just enjoying nature and chatting with each other, the four of us headed to Pizza Hut for a yummy pizza!
We’re looking forward to seeing some of you this next week in Easton! Please visit our website for information on current exhibits of our miniatures: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
This week our paintings can be seen in person at the following shows:
– Miniature Artists of America Traveling Exhibition at the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, TN.
– Paws and Reflect: Art of Canines at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, Salina, KS
– Small Works Show at the Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT
– The 49th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition at the The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO
– 25th Annual Cider Painters of America Miniature Art Show at the Vgogh Gallery, Kingston, PA.
– 39th Annual Waterfowl Festival at the Tidewater Gallery in Easton, MD
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂