“Miniature paintings make demands. They invite close scrutiny and en masse, draw viewers into their world. They’re so so minute and detailed, they generate a different perception . . . That’s their attraction. You have to marvel at the skill.” New York Times, Jan 4, 1998.
I finished my commissioned miniature painting of “Michael the Archangel” after Reni this past week. I must say that I truly enjoyed the entire painting process in creating this miniature, and am quite pleased with the end result. I’m so very thankful that it’s going to one of our dear friends and collectors and thus will be assured of a wonderful home! I almost hate to part with it as do I with many of my miniatures, but alas we must part with them at some point or another, if indeed we wish to be able to continue painting more.
Wes also finished his miniature titled “Immature Mourning Dove” this past week. It was painted from a photo that he took at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, where our show “The World of Nature in Miniature” will be exhibited at the Earl Bane Gallery, in Salina, KS, Saturday, September 4, 2010 through Sunday, November 28, 2010. We will be attending an opening for this exhibition and look forward to once again enjoying the friendly company of the staff there and hopefully will be taking several more wonderful photos that we can turn into future little miniature gems.
The flurry of activity in the yard has been at a minimum this past week as I think all of my feathered and furry friends are taking it easy in the shade. It’s a full time job keeping the bird baths filled with nice, fresh water for everyone, especially with our resident Miss Robin that so enjoys taking a bath every few minutes. I do think she is a bit compulsive about cleanliness, as she will sometimes take a bath, returning before she’s even started to dry, to take another and another. This goes on sometimes the entire time that we are eating on the porch. Perhaps she is just like us and doesn’t much care for this hot weather. It’s quite funny though, as sometime she will have an audience of onlookers patiently waiting for their turn at either a bath or a drink. We are very excited of the possibility that a skunk has taken up residence under a mass of old sticks and logs alongside secret garden. I do hope that she has and will very soon be parading around the yard with her dear, fluffy little ones following along behind her, as they are most precious to watch.
Despite the amazing heat and lack of regular rain showers, the garden is doing wonderful and is keeping us fed with lots of tomatoes, peppers and green beans. This past week, I put up 15 quarts of green beans and made a large pot of homemade tomato sauce for pasta. From the looks of the pile accumulating on the table in the basement, I will be making a lot more very soon. Needless to say, we have been enjoying wonderfully delicious tomato sandwiches with big, thick, juicy slices of tomatoes topped with a pile of fresh sweet basil . . . . yummy! We’re also enjoying a daily treat of fresh blueberries and raspberries from the yard. Ah . . . the simple delights of summer!
On the easels: I’m currently painting on a miniature portrait of my precious nephew, Tyler Jackson. He is simply dashing in his black suede dress jacket and pin striped shirt that his “Aunt No No” (me) found for him. I’m thinking of possibly titling it “ A Little Southern Gentleman”, as I’m painting the background with more of an old world style with a strong heavy red drape to one side, with a bit of a marble pillar showing, with a blue sky behind. Wes is currently painting on a miniature portrait of one of our friends from Dubois, WY of whom we took photos of while there a couple of years ago. He still owns and operates a ranch out there and looks the true part of a Western cowboy.
Well, I do hope that you are enjoying your summer thus far and are keeping cool!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂