We returned home Monday evening from our short trip to Salina, Kansas, for activities surrounding our exhibition in the lovely Earl Bane Gallery at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. We arrived in Wichita, Saturday, in time to grab a quick lunch and then we spent the afternoon at the Sedgwick County Zoo. The weather was beautiful with lots of sunshine, and we happily took alot of great photos that will certainly become future miniature paintings. It was a very nice and relaxing afternoon, which we thoroughly enjoyed in the midst of the business of these next few weeks. Later that evening we drove to Salina in time to enjoy a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant.
After enjoying a nice lunch there at the zoo, we headed over to the Discovery Center to get ready for our two kids classes that afternoon. The first class was filled to capacity with excited young artists anxious to try their hand at drawing their favorite animals with colored pencils in miniature. They all did very well and went home with several Christmas ornaments to proudly display on their trees this Christmas. The 2nd class was also filled with the older kids who too did awesome jobs with their creations. They also enjoyed getting to watch Wes give a quick demonstration on drawing cartoons. After having not taught children art classes for almost 15 years, we actually got back into the swing of it pretty quick!
Upon finishing up with the classes it was time for Wes to give his presentation on the history of miniature art. Afterward, we headed over to the Gallery to spend a couple of hours talking with the attending public about our miniature paintings and asking many questions. It was a well attended and fun evening! We said our goodbyes at the close, and headed back to the motel to pack and get ready to fly out the next morning. We arrived back in Townsend later Monday evening, in time to unpack, wash clothes and repack to get ready for our next adventure, while painting on our current miniatures in between everything.
Fresh off the easel: I finished my landscape miniature “The Wee Tree Hugger”. It features one of the gorgeous Sequoias that we photographed and I hugged while in CA this past month. In case you’re wondering the wee hugger is me, happily hugging another one of those amazing beauties! Wes finished his painting “Awestruck” too, which shows him down on the foreground, standing and looking at the giant tree. I guess it’s quite obvious that we both couldn’t wait to paint miniatures of our wonderful encounter with the ancient giants of Sequoia National Park!
Currently on the easels: Wes is currently painting on a miniature of a Turkey that we photographed in Cades Cove, and I am painting on a miniature of a Ruby-throated Hummingbird eating from one of our beautiful orange Trumpet Vine flowers.
Happy Fall! . . . And in case you were wondering, yes the Wichita lineman is still on the line . . . I saw him!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂