Happy Easter! It’s a beautiful one in Townsend today with clear blues skies above and a delightful temperature being in the mid-70’s. Most of the flowering trees in our yard have opened or will do so in the next couple of days, bringing so much wonderful color into our lives! The Yoshino Cherry Tree has outdone itself this year and is simply magnificent. I’ve decided to change its name to “The Bee Tree” however, because the bees love it and while totally covering it, are creating a buzzing sound that can be heard from a distance.
Wes and I have been enjoying one of our favorite pastimes of being able to work in our gardens in the evenings this past week. I’ve already brought home a few beautiful flowers that have become additions to the gardens and Wes has already started planting the “edible” gardens. One of the neatest additions to Secret garden was a nice square planting of Scotch Moss that will be quite suitable for the shrews personal lawn, and one which I hope to add to a bit in the future. It has been most pleasurable eating our meals on the back deck and being entertained by our feathered friends. The greatest part is having them fly over us while at the table, although one must watch carefully lest you get an addition to your lovely meal that was not wanted! I have to take Dovecakes personal seed supply out with me each meal as she sees us and comes to join us, of course wanting her share!
The front garden has a lovely moss path that winds through the middle with gentle sloping curves. Along the path is a nice collection of several different bulbs that have begun to bloom this past week. One of my favorites is one which was given to us by our dear friend Tricia, and is a type of miniature Daffodil. It is obviously dear to my heart, being a miniature, and is simply a little blooming treasure, giving off the slightest sweet scent. There are a few regular daffodils continuing to bloom scattered about and the native Blood Root has opened and is quite beautiful.
While the evenings have been spent enjoying the outdoors much of the daytime has been spent continuing to get everything together for our solo museum shows. Paperwork and more paperwork had to be filled out, while the crates also had to be constructed and we received almost daily, paintings from collectors that will be featured in the shows. One could never have imagined just how much work is involved in getting everything together for museum shows, but is so exciting and will be quite worth it! While everything is all together and ready to be picked up tomorrow for the Exquisite Miniatures Show, we’ve still got a bit more to do to get the World of Nature Show completely ready. Under The Magnifying Glass: Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist will open Tuesday, May 4 and run through Sunday, July 25, 2010 at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA. The World of Nature in Miniature; Paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist will open Sunday, May 16 and run through Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen, Louisiana. This show will subsequently be featured at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tuscan, AZ and possibly another venue. We will also be teaching a workshop in AZ during the exhibition period of our show. Watch for the details of the show openings and the workshop in the very near future. It is also listed on our website at the following address: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
Wes finished his miniature painting “Great-Tailed grackle” this past week. This is such a beautiful bird sporting its magnificent, iridescent feathers and it was our first time seeing one when we photographed it while in southern California a couple of springs ago.
Currently on our easels: I’m continuing to paint on a miniature of a beautiful colt and its mother enjoying a last bit of supper before the sun sets in southern Kentucky. Wes is currently continuing to work mainly on getting the remaining tasks done for the upcoming World of Nature Show. I’m sure he will be quite ready to get back to painting!
Celebrate Easter . . . for He is risen!!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂