A Very Happy New Year to You!!

Me on the snow covered swinging bridge here in Townsend.

Yes . . . we greatly enjoyed our final morning of sledding last Monday!! It was even better than the day before, as I found a natural snow ramp, that when hit directly on the way down, sent you airborne, flying through the air a bit before landing and continuing the exhilarating journey downward!! After a couple of hours of this great fun and exercise, I finally wore myself out climbing the hill over and over again, and conceded to Wes’ wishes to return home and get back to work. But alas, it was another wonderful morning on the “slopes” though!!

A beautiful scene that we enjoy, on our daily walks, covered in snow.

Our beautiful snow lasted until yesterday, when it finally gave way to the rising temperatures and the sunshine. However, I sure enjoyed it for the week that we had it! By the end of today, there was still a very small remnant of what was “Mt. Snowmore”, on our back deck. Mr. Cardinal kept climbing on it searching for left over, and somewhat buried, sunflowers seeds. This past week, we thoroughly enjoyed our daily walks through the winter wonderland that Townsend appeared to be, and I believe I hit every other telephone pole with a big snowball. Why the telephone poles, well because they don’t pummel me back with a deadly amount of snowballs like Wes does when I throw them at him. He’s really no fun to play snow balls with!
Okay, I have several photos of our house and yard that I’d like to share with you, so I will now take you on a short, little photo journey . . . so sit back and enjoy!

Our sweet little house surrounded by a marshmallow world.
Our magical winter wonderland in the front yard.
Our walking path in the back yard.
The gorgeous Little River in Townsend, a short walk from our house.

Besides playing in the snow as much as I could, Wes and I have been getting quite a bit of painting done. We also enjoyed a wonderful visit from our dear artist friend, Karryl, this past week. She was able to stop by and enjoy spending a night with us on her way down to see family in Texas. Of course we fed her a nice dinner, then we enjoyed playing games and later watched a funny movie together. We filled her with grits and blueberry pancakes, and one of my special coffees with “fluffy milk”, the next morning, before seeing her off for the rest of her journey southward.
Last evening, New Year’s Eve, we enjoyed a nice meal at Pizza Hut with several of our dear friends. We all returned to our house afterward, where we enjoyed a few assorted desserts and had a great time watching old episodes of “I Love Lucy”. Sides were spitting and tears were running down the faces of many of us, as we laughed until it literally hurt, at that hilarious Lucy! She was certainly one of the best!! The one episode with her as the ballet dancer is amazingly funny!! A wonderful way to get ready to start the new year off I’d say!

Dovecakes and her friends, along with hundreds of other birdies, kept me very busy with refilling their treats this past week!
Handsome P.W. enjoys the yummy nut crunchies!

Fresh off the easel;
I finished my miniature painting of a Meerkat this past week. My miniature painting will be featured in the upcoming Gallery One Masterworks in Miniature show. Wes finished his miniature painting of a lovely setting with several old boats in it also this past week. I’m also continuing to work periodically on the commission of the winery in Italy.

"Sunbathing Meerkat" by Rachelle, measures 3¾ x 2¾ inches.
"Low Country Fleet at Rest" by Wes, measures 1½ x 4½ inches.

I‘m excited to share with you a bit of information on our soon and upcoming workshop at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.  It will take place Friday, January 14 – Sunday, January 16, 2011.  The class will include a gallery walk by us to discuss and field questions about our 70 paintings concurrently on exhibit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as well as a Power Point presentation by Wes, on the history and scope of miniature art today. There are a few spaces left if you would like to join us!

For more information please visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert  Museum website.

We hope to see some of you there! It’s going to be a lot of great fun in a beautiful location! We also look forward to seeing several of you at the opening of the Miniature Art Society of Florida’s 36th Annual Miniature show this next weekend, at the lovely Dunedin Fine Art Center in Dunedin, FL. The show runs January 9-30, 2011. If you have the chance, it’s a great one to see!

Hope you continue to keep warm and I wish you a truly wonderful, happy and healthy New Year!!

Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂


4 thoughts on “A Very Happy New Year to You!!

  1. Gary

    I’ve just seen your art for the first time via a link I found on Jason Morgan’s site.

    I’m gobsmacked.

    Amazing and gorgeous work.

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