Heading to the Waterfowl Festival

"Bob White Aglow" by Rachelle, measures 2¾ x 2¾ inches.
"Bobwhite Aglow" by Rachelle, measures 2¾ x 2¾ inches.

        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.

"Birdsong Bobwhite" by Wes, measures 3½ x 2½ inches.
"Birdsong Bobwhite" by Wes, measures 3½ x 2½ inches.

        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 🙂

Me, Judy and Gregg Murray on the Middle Prong trail.
Me, Judy and Gregg Murray on the Middle Prong trail.

        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!

The beautiful Middle Prong in fall.
The beautiful Middle Prong in fall.
Myself with a few of the beauitufl red trees gracing our neighborhood.
Myself with a few of the beautiful red trees gracing our neighborhood.

        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    🙂

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6 thoughts on “Heading to the Waterfowl Festival

  1. Congratulations on the sales and awards! Terrific news and so well deserved. Also it is a treat to see your local landscape. Middle Prong is so beautiful, you must ‘see paintings’ all the time when walking that trail. Lesley

    1. Hi Lesley,
      Thanks so much! We found it to be great news! Glad you enjoyed seeing the beautiful area we live in, as I love sharing it with others. Yes, indeed we see paintings everywhere we look and it makes it very hard to narrow it down to what will actually be painted!
      Rachelle 🙂

  2. Congrats on your sales and on your wins! And good luck in Easton! You’ll only be about 2 hrs. from where we live, but I’m not going to be able to get over there. I’ll be at the Bethesda show. Maybe I can say hello to you there. Have a safe and fun trip!

  3. Hi Rachelle,
    Your fall colours are wonderful! I remember a trip I made in the fall to Canada a couple of years ago. Just wonderful Our fall (which we call autumn) is still with us. I’m currently painting an autumn picture, and as you can imagine it’s taking quite a while. Love from Bill

    1. Hi Bill,
      Thank you, we sure enjoyed them this year! We had some strong winds today which did away with most of the remaining leaves. I’ll bet Canada was lovely in the fall. I’m glad to know that you all are still enjoying your fall colors. I can’t wait to see your painting, as I’m sure it will be beautiful!
      Love and Hugs 🙂
      Rachelle

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