It’s official . . . spring is here! Well, even though today it doesn’t much look like it with the overcast gray skies, falling rain, and the trees still appearing to be barren, from a distance. However, several flowering bushes are blooming now in our yard and the trees, when viewed up close, are sporting brightly colored tiny baby leaves protruding from their almost barren branches. So alas . . . the hope of summer is finally on the way!
Dovecakes is returning daily for her sunflower treats now and brought a friend along several mornings ago. The only thing is when the sweet friend came over to us to enjoy its share, Dovecakes starting cooing, in a not so nice way, and charged it with her head down. She did this repeatedly every time the poor thing came to have another try at it. Obviously she has not yet learned the art of sharing and I’m guessing she really has no intent to learn. After eating her handouts she commenced to walk across the remaining part of the back porch in a manner as if she were a princess and hopped up to her favorite perch, the handrail surrounded by the Wisteria, fluffed out her feathers and the sat there looking at me as if to see “That will be all for now”. Now after having said this, yesterday she was very gracious and shared her treats with her friend , of which the friend was most grateful for! Now he returns periodically through the day as well, to see if any more handouts are being offered.
Not only are the chubby Squirrels enjoying the freshly made daily peanut butter bread treats, so are the Titmice and a few other birds as well as the Chipmunks. It’s so much fun watching them all, outside the studio window, either eating or carrying off their new little prized possessions! Chippy the Chipmunk does her best to collect all of the scattered about sunflower seeds before anyone else can get them, producing quite an entertaining show.
Well, here it is as promised . . . the roach painting I’ve been telling you about! You must admit that after seeing it, you now look at roaches in a slightly different light. This small painting was so much fun to do!! I had a splendid time with all of the little intricate parts, and especially enjoyed painting the Hissing Cockroach itself and “bringing him to life”. The letters of the label made for quite a challenge and were however, quite difficult at times. I feel the warm glow brings a certain softness and beauty to the roach and the entire setting.
Wes has finished his beautiful miniature commission of “The Lolly”. Each time I look at it, I imagine myself being there on it basking in that magnificent sunshine surrounded by all of that amazing, beautiful emerald colored water! I imagine having on my dive fins, mask and snorkel, all of which are pink of course, and simply falling over board, head first, into that wonderfully inviting water and not getting out until I’ve turned into a salted raisin!! It’s a great feeling, being a bit like a salted raisin, I know, as I’ve spent many an hour in the past in just such a way! I’ll greatly miss this painting when we have to ship it out to its new fortunate owners.
Currently on our easels: I’m working on a miniature of a beautiful colt and its mother enjoying a last bit of supper before the sun sets on their beautiful horse farm in southern Kentucky. Wes is working on a miniature of a Grackle perched on a thorn encased dead tree, with a beautiful palm tree with all of the fallen, natural, pastel colored palm frowns behind it.
Wishing everyone signs of spring!!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂