Our Workshop and the Opening at Artistic Designs Gallery

“When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art.”
~ Paul Cezanne

Wes and I by our miniature paintings, and those of other artists,  on display at the show.

We left early this past Thursday morning, as we headed for southern Indiana, where Wes’ parents live. We arrived that afternoon, and enjoyed visiting and eating supper together that evening. Friday after an early lunch, we drove a short distance to a nearby park. Once there we enjoyed walking around the path lined by grassy fields where Canada Geese gathered while chatting and eating. Before long we came to the official feeding area, which was my personal favorite destination, where we brought out some bread for the eagerly awaiting ducks and geese, floating there in the water. As soon as the bread was spotted, here they came hoping for a chance at some of the free handouts! The best part was of course, feeding the friendly group that walked right up to us, by hand. They were very anxious for their part, making it somewhat difficult for me to make sure that everyone got their fair share! Running out of bread and offering our pardons, we left the group of ducks and geese, and continued along the path. The trees were decked out in their splendorous fall color, casting tints of yellows and reds on the leaf covered ground below.

Feeding our very happy and friendly feathered friends!

In my element!!

By the time we came to the end of the path, in was time to drive the couple of hours to Brownsburg, IN, where we arrived early enough to enjoy eating supper with our very dear friends, fellow wildlife artist Luke Buck, and his wife Coleen. Having not seen each other in a few years, we had a great time of catching up with lots of conversation and laughter over dinner. It was then time for the opening reception of the 5th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show to begin that evening, at the lovely Artistic Designs Gallery. We were thrilled to learn later that evening that I had won overall Best of Show on my painting titled, “Early Summer Evening”, and that Wes had won Best of Show in Watermedia on his miniature “Standing Room Only”, making the evening even more exciting for the two of us! Wes’ lecture on miniature art was well received and enjoyed by those in attendance. Throughout the evening, there was an array of tasty foods to enjoy, with my personal favorite being a small bit of the flour-less chocolate cake, freshly made by a local bakery! Before we knew it, several hours had passed and the evening of fun came to a close.

Me laughing with our very dear friends, Luke and Coleen Buck

Wes giving his presentation, “Why So Tiny”, on the history of miniature art

The next morning started bright and early as Wes and I made our way back to the gallery to begin our morning painting demonstration. The attending students seemed to enjoy it very much, while asking questions and taking notes, as we both painted, with Wes giving tips on techniques etc. We broke for lunch and enjoyed eating with a few of those in the class. We then reconvened for the afternoon, where everyone enjoyed painting, while Wes shared more info and answered all questions. The students enjoyed painting on a few different, small pieces of surfaces, while making decisions about which ones they liked better. The afternoon came to an end and it was time to pack up and say our goodbyes to everyone, and thank the gallery owners, Laura and Lee, for their most wonderful hospitality! After grabbing a Subway sandwich for supper, we enjoyed the couple-hour drive back to Jeffersonville, to Wes’ parent’s home, to spend a bit of time once again. Most of the drive took place in the late daylight hours, so we enjoyed seeing the beautiful fall color and a gorgeous sunset as we headed south.

Wes and I demonstrating, as some of the students watch closely

Sunday morning, we returned once again to the nearby park, and this time with a lot of bread for our feathered friends. They were happy to see us once again, especially the extra treats, and as we fed our last piece to them, we left and let the father and daughter that were also there feeding, finish filling their tummies! After walking through the golden and red colored woods surrounding the path in areas, we enjoyed a nice lunch with Wes’ mom and dad before we started out journey home. We had been driving about an hour when Wes spotted a beautiful pasture setting with a good sized herd of Belted Galloway’s, or “Oreo Cows” as I affectionately call them, as they are my favorite breed! Oh it was a delightful surprise and simply made my day! Further on, the color became intense with the splendid reds, yellows and oranges that adorned the trees making up the forests alongside the road. On the way home, we stopped by to pick up our newsletters, which we had dropped off to have printed on the way up, that will be sent off this next week to our collectors. So we arrived home safely last night, and have spent today catching up once again, so we can get back to painting.

Three Onlookers

A handsome little guy!

A quick family shot before we left!

Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week:

~ 5th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show at the Artistic Designs Gallery, in Brownsburg, IN. The miniature show will be displayed through November 19, 2011, so if you’re in the area, be sure to go see this wonderful show, in which Wes and I have eight paintings.

~ Art of the Dive: Portraits of the Deep: Runs through November 30, 2011 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, Dania Beach, FL. Wes and I have six paintings in the exhibition curated by  David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director.

~ We also excitedly learned this past week, that we each won a first place in the Miniature Painters, Scupltors and Gravers Show that will open in DC next month!

For other shows where you can see our miniature paintings this week, please visit our exhibit schedule on the website.

Currently on the Easels: I’m continuing to paint on a portrait commission of one of our collector’s grandchildren, as well as a miniature of a gorgeous Charlet, that we photographed nearby. Wes is currently painting on a miniature painting commission of a beautiful Secretary Bird, as well as a landscape of a lovely scene from Yellowstone.

My portrait commission in progress

Until next time   ~    Rachelle 

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