When it rains . . . we paint, and paint we did, a lot in the past week! Something drastic happened and our forecast for 8 to 12 inches of snow melted either before it hit the ground or shortly thereafter, so all plans of “extreme sledding” are on hold for now. With our two upcoming shows, SEWE in Charleston, SC this coming weekend and the NatureWorks show in Tulsa, OK in three weeks, it was nice to get a few more paintings finished that will début at these shows. My miniature painting “Royal Glow” was done from a photo that I took at the Knoxville Zoo this past fall while my family was here visiting. I loved the dramatic lighting in it and of course I had to play it up a bit.
Wes’ miniature “An Idyllic Spot” represents of one of my favorite waterfalls in the Smokies. We love to take a packed lunch, hike to this waterfall, and enjoy eating our lunch while sitting at the base of it, absorbing all of the surrounding beauty and peaceful sounds of just being in nature. A very cheap date, but nonetheless my favorite! If the water was warmer or if I was braver I could just imagine how delightful it would be to swim in this inviting waterhole on a warm summer day.
My miniature painting “Dreaming of Spring” was done from a still life that I set up in our living room one day last spring, and is a collection of some of the assorted flowering beauties from our gardens. The precious little bronze rat in it is a sculpture that was created by our very dear artist friend Diane Mason. This painting pretty much sums up how I’m feeling about the current weather conditions and thus was a delight to paint!
Wes’ miniature “Monarch on Plumbago” ties in with the dreaming of spring theme. Hmmmm . . . . I guess subconsciously we must be longing for the return of spring, bringing to us many beautiful flowers, butterflies, Hummingbirds and the many other delights that accompany the warmer weather. It won’t be long now! Even though I’m greatly looking forward to spring, it’s still beautiful to see a frosty morning where every limb of every tree is encased in thousands of shimmering, multi-colored crystals.
We welcomed the newest addition to our family this past Friday morning at 7:55. Haydyn Elizabeth was born to my brother Marshall and sister-n-law Alicia. Big brother Tyler is still not sure yet what to make of it all, as he will now have to share a bit of the attention. She is adorable and I enjoyed using Skype with them yesterday, while everyone was at the hospital playing “hot potato” with the new baby. Congratulations Marshall and Alicia!
We’re hoping the weather cooperates for our trip to Charleston and we won’t have to travel 3 hours out of our way to get there. We’re so looking forward to seeing many of our friends and collectors there this year, and know it will be a fun weekend as usual!
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Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂