This past week has been spent trying to catch up from our absence during our last two art show trips, while also enjoying a visit from Wes’ parents. The brushes lie in wait in anticipation of being picked up once again and being carefully and meticulously used to create the next miniature painting. several times I’ve slowly lifted the lid on my palette in the past week to spray my paints, and enjoyed that wonderful, unique smell of my watercolors that has become one of my favorite smells in life. Tomorrow I hope to begin my miniature for an upcoming small works show at Gallery One. Even though its’ just been roughly three and a half weeks since I’ve last painted, in some ways it seems like months, so as you can imagine I’m anxious to get back in the creative mode.
After some lovely, milder weather this past week, a winter storm blew in with full force bringing with it amazing winds that took down several beautiful trees in the neighborhood. Leaving behind a scattered path of destruction, it then blanketed our area with a gorgeous snowfall, turning it into a winter wonderland over night! We woke Saturday morning to a very wet snow, making it quite picturesque as it clings to every tree, delicately following the form of each branch and remaining leaf. A beautiful sight indeed! After a quick lunch at Subway, Wes and I along with his parents, Jeanie and George headed into Cades Cove to enjoy the serene winter setting.
Since Cades Cove had been closed earlier that morning due to bad winter road conditions, it made it fairly empty that afternoon, leaving us to enjoy it without the massive crowds. White-tailed Deer and Turkey were out in great numbers enjoying the quiet, beautiful day, all the while eating. We were able to get several great photos of this lovely setting and there are miniature paintings already planned from this wonderful memory.
Earlier this week, the four of us enjoyed a beautiful hike on the Lumber Ridge Trail which is just roughly five minutes from our house. It was a very pretty day blessing us with perfect weather conditions. Wes and I had gone on this hike for my birthday this past summer and really enjoyed seeing it in now the winter, with all of its vast, open views it now offered, with the trees having lost their leaves. It’s always amazing how different a trail looks during other seasons throughout the year.
As always, I found several new and interesting mushroom species and an abundance of beautiful, lush green moss, that simply beckoned to be petted. One amazing patch, shown in the above photo, was simply gorgeous with all of its water diamonds glistening in the soft light. It made for another one of nature’s magical moments!
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Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂