A Big Adventure in a Very Little Car

Our miniature paintings on display at the Waterfowl festival in Easton.
Our miniature paintings on display (center) at the Waterfowl festival in Easton.

         We left this past Wednesday for Easton, MD in an interesting way. Wanting to save some miles on our beloved older, and very large van, “Titanic”, we decided to rent an economy car. Upon arriving at the  car rental place, Wes learned that even though it stated on our form that they would have a nice regular sized car for us at 9 A.M., alas they did not. So we ended up with an extremely small Pontiac that was cute but was roughly the size of a shoe box. Not only did this prove as an interesting task for trying to fit all of our art and personal stuff in, but also our tall selves inside! Usually by the time we unfolded ourselves after being stopped for a few minutes, it was time once again to fold ourselves back up and continue on our journey. Not being equipped with cruise control also proved quite a challenge to keep it at the proper speed for the eleven hour journey to get there. Needless to say it was a happy reunion when we returned home and got to ride in “Titanic” after returning the rental car. By the way, we’re taking Titanic to Thomasville, GA this Thursday for the Plantation Wildlife Art Show, and are looking forward to a much more pleasant journey!

L to R: Dan, Ray Brown, Pat Pauley, Scot Storm, Bucky & Pat Bowles, Chris Chantland (hiding), Wes & Rachelle sharing laughs at the Waterfowl Festival Artists’ party.
L to R: Dan, Ray Brown, Pat Pauley, Scot Storm, Bucky & Pat Bowles, Chris Chantland (hiding), Wes & Rachelle sharing laughs at the Waterfowl Festival Artists’ party.

         The show was a nice success and started off strongly with several sales during the first preview on Thursday. We enjoyed once again displaying our paintings in the beautiful ballroom at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. This is always such a fun show for us enjoying being reunited with all of the wonderful volunteers that help out during the show weekend! This is such a great organization benefiting the local conservation efforts and community in big ways, and Wes and I are always so happy to be a part of it all!

A few of the beautiful Canada Geese in Easton.
A few of the beautiful Canada Geese in Easton.

         The first couple of days we were there it was rainy and very windy because of the hurricane remnants that refused to leave the area. Saturday found the weather improving quite a bit. Sunday morning we woke to a beautiful sunshine filled day so we got up a little bit early and enjoyed a wonderful walk around Oxford photographing several beautiful boats and scenes of the water, filled with  moored boats being lit by the strong early morning light! While taking photos at one marina, we were paid a lovely visit by the legendary Oxford Goose. We’re hoping to make her the star in one of our new miniature paintings for the show next year. It’s such a lovely place to wander around soaking in all of the water-filled surroundings with the delightful honking of the Canada Geese in the background!

L to R: Rachelle, Karryl, Vic, Jeff, Diane and Wes prepare for another yummy breakfast at the Ruffled Duck Inn in Oxford, MD.

        As always it was a tremendous pleasure staying at the beautiful Ruffled Duck Inn, bed and breakfast in Oxford. Dennis and Joyce, who run it, are the sweetest people and do such a wonderful job of making us feel welcome and at home, as well as feeding us! The three-course breakfasts are simply amazing and so very delicious! Every morning the large table is filled with a lovely new display filling all who are present with great anticipation while thinking of the edible treasures that are soon to come! This along with our artist friends, wonderful volunteer friends at the show, and the collectors that purchased making for a successful show helped to make this year another great one for Wes and I! So a great big thank you to all who were involved!
        Well, we head out once again early this Thursday morning heading to Thomasville, GA for the Plantation Wildlife Art Festival and are eagerly looking forward to it, being reunited with friends and collectors in the area. We’ll have several new miniature paintings on display there. Sunday after the closing of the show, we’ll drive an hour south, to North Florida to spend a few fun days with my family!

        We’re looking forward to seeing some of you this next week in Thomasville, GA! Please visit our website for information on current exhibits of our miniatures: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

Until next time ~ Rachelle     🙂


6 thoughts on “A Big Adventure in a Very Little Car

  1. Enjoyed your photos and sounds like a wonderful time. Oh, no, rent cars can be so strange! Glad you made it ok and didn’t stay in that folded position! Here’s hoping for a big success in Thomasville! I know you two will have fun!

    1. Hi Barbara,
      Glad you enjoyed the photos, and yes, we had a wonderful time. That rental car was certainly strange. It was much nicer traveling in our beloved “Titanic” this time. Yes, we had a lovely time in Thomasville and visiting with my family.
      Rachelle 🙂

  2. Hi Rachelle,
    You must be the two most energetic and travelled miniature artists I know. Liked the picture of the Canada geese. I wish some of ours that desecrate the banks of the river with their droppings would fly back to Canada sometimes. But they seem to have found permanent homes here in England.
    Love from Bill

    1. Hi Bill,
      Sometimes it sure seems like it! Glad you liked the photo. Perhaps some of your Geese will return to Canada for a visit. Maybe they just like all of your wonderful British accents 🙂
      Love and Hugs 🙂

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