“Throughout its course miniature painting has always remained parallel to large scale portraiture; yet it has never lost its independence”. Graham Reynolds
I finished my miniature painting “Native Splendor” this past week and will be sending it to Jackson Hole, WY later this summer for the Western Visions Miniatures and More show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. It was done from a photo taken at a painting and photo session while we were in Dubois, WY for the SKBF Workshop a couple of years ago. The many beads were challenging but in the same respect quite fun to paint, and as usual, I loved working with, and playing up, the glowing warm lighting in the miniature portrait.
Wes has been spending most of his time this past week continuing to work on the “Modern Masters of Miniature Art” book that will be going to print later this year. We have also been enjoying our daily walks or bike rides most days as well. We had a wonderful lunch at Subway today and a nice walk before the late afternoon thunder and rain storm hit. Thanks to it though, we won’t have to water the gardens again for a couple of days.
The past several mornings have been most pleasant and I have been enjoying them by eating my breakfast on the back porch with all of my dear feathered and furry friends. This morning I was joined by my precious Peedeepeeps, the Carolina Wren, at the table, which came to eat his peanut crunchies. Dovecakes came and ate her pile of sunflower seeds right alongside us and we were joined by Chippy, the Chipmunk, several Chester Squirrels, Cardinals, Blue Jays and many others. The funniest and most entertaining at present however, is the baby Titmice that obviously love to eat and squeak and squawk with growing intensity as the parent gets nearer to them with the delicious tidbit of seed or peanut. Moreover, just before the seemingly tireless parent places it in its widely opened beak, the precious noise has reached an all time high in intensity! It is indeed quite funny and no matter how many times you hear it you still can’t help but to smile and laugh every time happens.
Boxy the Box Turtle has also been enjoying her many treats of fresh tomato and Mulberries that I pile into quite a heap for her to eat. Several days ago after placing one of these piles in front of her, I returned after filling the birdbath to find that she had eaten them all and sported a lovely purple stain around her mouth! At present she appears to be digging a hole in which to lay her eggs in the backyard gravel area. Perhaps then I will have lots of babies to feed . . . What an incredible blessing are all of God’s critters! 🙂
We’ll be in Shreveport, LA making an appearance at 2:00 on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the R .W. Norton. There will be a presentation and lecture by Wes on The History of Miniature Art and David J. Wagner, Ph.D. on Nature in Art History immediately followed by an exhibition Gallery Walk and book signings by us and David J. Wagner, our Curator/Tour Director. The show is already being well attending and excitedly received! Afterward we will drive to Baton Rouge, LA where we will also be making a guest appearance at The West Baton Rouge Museum from 2:30-4:30, June 13, 2010. There will be a presentation and lecture by Wes on The History of Miniature Art and David J. Wagner, Ph.D. on Nature in Art History immediately followed by an exhibition gallery walk and book signings by us and Dr. Wagner at this wonderful museum as well. If you live close to either of these great museums hosting our shows, we would be delighted to meet you!
Currently on the easels: I’m painting on a miniature of a boat covered with natural sponges that are hung out to dry in the sun a bit while docked at the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, FL. The lighting is beautiful, the details are many and I’m having great fun working on this miniature painting. Wes is hoping to get back to painting on a miniature of a turkey that we photographed off of a beautiful drive not far from our house on Rich Mountain road.
Next week I will share with you photos and exciting highlights from our museum shows!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂