“Collect the future’s history today, while it is still affordable.”
Fresh off the easel: I finished my miniature painting of a Broad-billed Hummingbird that I photographed in the beautiful Nacapule Canyon, on our recent trip to Mexico. After spotting a couple of these little beauties flying about a flowering bush, I hung out there for almost an hour getting some great photos and video of them, while they visited the profusely blooming bushes. At present, I’m painting on a miniature of a Polar Bear that will be available for sale in the upcoming Western Visions Miniature and More show which will be held at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. Wes recently finished his miniature painting of a Marmot that he photographed on one of our wonderful trips to Colorado.
Much of our time this past week has been spent painting at our easels, while also working out in our gardens. The weather has been quite beautiful and unseasonably cool for this time of year. We finally got a bit of needed rain, so things are growing nicely. My beautiful Mulberry tree is laden with berries, but it seems the numerous squirrels are laying waste to them, before they are even getting a chance to ripen, so at this point it isn’t looking to good for the girl who loves eating these berries! However, the fact that most of these tempting berries are way beyond my reach affords a bit of consolation. So eat up and enjoy . . . Chester squirrels!
One of my gorgeous Clematis blooming in secret garden.
We enjoyed another wonderful concert this past Thursday evening at a park along the lovely greenbelt in Maryville. We met our friends, Beverly and Avery, there in time to enjoy a few snacks before the concert began. It was a beautiful evening as the Knoxville Symphony orchestra began playing, and their melodic tunes filled the air. People from all walks had joined together there in the lovely grassy area, on lawn chairs or outspread blankets, as they sat relaxingly listening to the orchestra. As I looked around, it was quite obvious that one attending family consisted of a set of new parents and grandparents, as the grandpa held his new baby grandson on his lap the entire time, while continually looking down and watching him with such admiration! It certainly made for a very special and tender sight to behold! Another couple was there with their very sweet and attentive dog, that spent most of the evening laying on her blanket getting her tummy scratched. It was most funny however, when they started playing Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”, the dog immediately bolted upright, sitting straight up with both paws on her owner’s knees while looking right into her eyes, almost as if saying “Oh, you know this is one of my favorite tunes . . . I’m so glad they’re playing it!”
A lovely family outing
There also was a Mockingbird present and she obviously quite enjoyed the concert as well, since she sang along throughout the evening. When the baritone opera singer began his piece by Mozart, the Mockingbird would sing louder each time he got louder, almost as if she were singing “Anything you can sing, I can sing louder!” It was quite funny to say the least, and everyone seemed to greatly enjoy her addition to the music being preformed! As we sat attentively listening, periodically Mallard Ducks would fly over head, quacking as they glided along. Towards the end of the concert, dusk began settling in, showcasing the bright, beautiful three-quarter moon above. It wasn’t long then, before the Chimney Swifts came together and started circling above, creating a most elegant silhouetted ballet against the sky. Their graceful maneuvers of swirls and circles gave the illusion of being choreographed with the soft, elegant tune of the piece “Kol Nidre” composed by the symphonies’ very own Lucas Richman. It was truly beautiful and mesmerizing to watch, as they continued this ballet for quite some time, before going into the enchanting, softly-lit clock tower in the background of this lovely setting. The symphony closed with John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan”, and it was time to say goodbye to our friends and return home.
A gallery of beautiful Irises, up close and personal, for you to enjoy!
I‘m so very sad to share, that we learned this afternoon, Wes’ very precious and dear Nana passed away. She was a most amazing lady, and like a real Nana to me. She will be so greatly missed, leaving an empty place now in many people’s lives whom she’s touched through the past ninety-five years.
Until next time ~ Rachelle