Crisp Morning Air and New Miniatures!

“The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

The skies are blue and clear, the leaves beginning to yellow and there’s a crispness in the morning air! The first signs of the approaching autumn season are quickly descending upon us, and after this summer we all are ready for it! This past week brought us seven inches of much needed rain, thus cooling things down a bit and bringing renewed life to our very thirsty trees, making the mountains smile again! As you can imagine, a couple days of steady rain gave us great amounts of painting time in the studio. The other days we have been continuing to enjoy daily walks and bike rides, and with new gusto in the cooler air. With rains come risen water levels in the Little River, which have now descended back to normal lower levels. However, the rising, faster, flowing water was enough to whisk the carved wooden “foot”, along with the log it was attached to, somewhere way down the river to a new home. Now there’s no more foot at the bridge where we take our water breaks. It’s a good thing I got the photo of it when I did, so we could settle the issue of its identity before it washed away! Now it can cause others to stop, look and scratch their heads as they try and figure out what in the world it is!

The boys, Wes, Fred and Bill, working on the BBQ! 

We enjoyed a yummy dinner consisting of barbequed salmon and corn at friends Fred and Barb’s house one evening this past week. It was delicious, and Fred pulled out all the stops, while creating his masterpiece, which he served on a large platter, topped with lovely sprigs of fresh dark green parsley. We all enjoyed eating his creation and then had fun finishing up a game of Mexican train dominoes which we had started the week before. Friday evening we went to another concert here locally. The most amazing part for me was when a flock of about fifty Night Hawks soared into the air above the field beside the amphitheater, and created a magnificent aeronautical ballet, swooping up and down and back and forth, while catching insects in mid-air! They made not a single sound, but carried out this most amazing display silently. Several times a bird would swoop directly over my head, just before swinging straight up into the air. This show of nature lasted about five minutes, then as quickly as they came, they suddenly disappeared, leaving me very thankful and content to have seen this awesome sight!  Here at the house, my feathered friends have kept quite busy carrying out nut treats for them, as there are several new mouths to feed now!

Fresh off the easel: It’s been another very busy week in the studio! I finished my miniature painting “Fine Art in Little”, featuring a roomful of art in one of the Smithsonian museums in the D.C. area! Wes finished his miniature “Admiring the Moran”, which shows him looking at one of his massive works during one of our wonderful visits to the art museums. He also finished his miniature “Descending King’s Canyon” showing a very small car enjoying the spectacular scenic drive through the Park. We took this photo during our trip out there last fall, to attend the Annual SAA show and enjoy the National Parks.

miniature painting of interior
"Fine Art in Little" by Rachelle is 3 x 3 7/8 inches.
"Admiring the Moran" miniature painting
"Admiring the Moran" by Wes, is 2½ x 3½ inches.
miniature landscape painting
“Descending Kings Canyon ” by Wes, is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches.

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week:

~ THE YADKIN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER, 226 E. Main Street, Yadkinville, NC 27055; (336) 679-2941
Wes will be giving a formal presentation/lecture on the history and modern scope of miniature art followed by a gallery walk from both of us to discuss our work on Thursday, September 15th at 6:00PM. We will also be present on Saturday, September 17th at the official opening of the exhibition for informal discussion about our miniature paintings with the public. (Museum Hours 10 AM to 3 PM).  The exhibition will run from Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, October 16, 2011.

~ Western Visions® Miniatures and More Show & Sale opens to the public Saturday, September 3, 2011 with the opening being on Friday, September 16, 2011.  Western Visions® has gone digital. The bidding this year will be done through a digital bidding system. For more information visit the You Tube Link on how to use the digital bidding devices. The Western Visions Miniatures and More Show & Sale is one of the signature events of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival.

polar bear painting“Icon of an Uncertain Future” by Rachelle,
is available for purchase in the Western Visions Miniatures and More show.

~ Two of our paintings will be featured in the 51st Society of Animal Artists “Art & the Animal” Exhibition
PREMIERE: The Dennos Museum Center, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI Public Opening Saturday, September 17, 2011

~ The Art of Miniature Painting Workshop – 5th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show October 22 – November 19, 2011: Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, IN.  We will be attending the ticketed opening reception on October 21st from 7-9PM. On Saturday, the 22nd, Wes and I will be giving a demonstration/workshop from 10AM until 5PM. (Demo from 10-Noon with full workshop continuing until 5PM). For more information, or to sign up, please contact Laura at the gallery.

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Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂

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