Ringing in the New Year!

A Christmas lunch with our dear friend, Tricia.

        It’s hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone already! It was a great one for me and my critters though. My Mom and Dad graciously gave me the food processor that I’ve been wanting for several years now, so I can make even more yummy food for Wes and myself to enjoy! No more trying to coax my blender with “yes, you can do it even though you think you can’t” . . . ha ha! All of my critters are very happy too, because my Father-n-law George, gave me enough containers of peanuts, that he purchased at a really good deal, to make piles of peanut crunchies for months!! The feeding frenzy began yesterday evening as soon as we returned from our trip to Indiana. This morning it was a fresh round of peanuts, and steaming, fresh, warm water for our feathered and furry critters. They are quite glad that we’re home!

Enjoying the Speed Art Museum with our Nana and Earl.

        We enjoyed having our dear friend Tricia, over for a Christmas lunch and day of painting in the studio this past Wednesday. We treated our taste buds with homemade sweet potato-spinach lasagna and rosemary garlic bread, with our dessert consisting of red velvet cupcakes, homemade orange Sandie cookies and of course, some chocolates. We celebrated Christmas Eve with friends Gregg and Judy. I made homemade pizzas and Judy brought a delicious homemade chocolate pie! After dinner, we watched “The Christmas Story” with plenty of laughter to go around. We headed to Indiana later Christmas morning. On the way we were surprised to see Santa and Mrs. Clause waving to us as we drove under an overpass while still in Tennessee.

A photo of the Book of Hours at the Speed Art Museum.
A photo of the Book of Hours at the Speed Art Museum.

        We greatly enjoyed another visit to the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY, along with some of Wes’ family. All exhibits were new and we really enjoyed seeing a few of the illuminated manuscripts from one of several“Book of Hours”. It’s always such a treat to visit an art museum for Wes and me. You can explore the Book of Hours at the Speed Art Museum’s website: http://www.speedmuseum.org/BookOfHours/.  It was also nice spending time with Wes’ family and we sure got a kick out of playing golf and bowling with niece Caroline, on her Wii game. We were a bit slow to get the hang of it, but did pretty good once we half way knew what we were doing, and even helped create our own “miis” on the Wii. I also really enjoyed drawing and coloring with Caroline and Will. A little snow fell Sunday night making it a pretty Monday morning. We returned home to sunny Townsend, Monday evening.
        There are no miniatures fresh off the easel this week, but there are two in progress. Wes is working on a miniature of one of the pretty churches in Cades Cove surrounded by trees cloaked in their beautiful summer green, and graced by one of the old cemeteries. I’m working on a miniature of one of our Ruby throated Hummingbirds which is sitting on a stick tree off of our back deck, enjoying and soaking up the warm sunshine, while being beautifully back-lit. We should finish both miniatures this week and I’ll share them with you next week. We hope that every one of you had a lovely Christmas and we wish you a wonderful new year!!

         Please visit our website for information on current exhibits of our miniatures:http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


9 thoughts on “Ringing in the New Year!

  1. Todd Lowe

    Thanks for the kind comments about the Speed – glad you enjoyed the Book of Hours exhibit. It’s a very special recent gift to the Museum.

    I spent Thanksgiving down your way, hiking and enjoying the woods with my wife! Next time we’ll see some of your work.

    (Chair – Speed Museum board)

    1. Hi Todd,
      You are most certainly welcome, as they are well deserved! The Speed is one of our favorite art museums to visit. We greatly enjoyed viewing the Book of Hours and think that is a wonderful gift for the museum. I have added the link to the interactive exhibit on the Speed Art Museum website.

      Glad you enjoyed our beautiful area over Thanksgiving. Please do let us know when you’re in the area again, we’d love to get together. We look forward to seeing more of the miniatures in the Speed’s collections in the future.

      Rachelle 🙂

      1. Todd Lowe


        We are also planning a major expansion, so we’ll hopefully have thousands of square feet of more exhibit space. Perhaps in 2011 and beyond you’ll see much more of our permanent collection, as well as some larger special exhibitions!

        Continued best wishes for success as a working artist. I’m also chair of the Kentucky Arts Council, so I spend a lot of my time thinking about your compatriots here in Kentucky.


      2. Hi Todd,
        Congratulations on the upcoming expansion as it will be a wonderful addition! We’ll then get to spend an entire day taking it all in, and have a great time doing so! Thanks so much for the success wishes 🙂

  2. Hi Rachelle and Wes,
    Here’s wishing you a very happy New year. We’ve had some of your snow here. It’s just about gone now. Hope 2010 is prosperous for you both.
    Love from Bill.x

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