“Even if something is left undone,
everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
~ Elizabeth Lawrence
A glorious fall it has been indeed!! Such beauty and splendor surrounding us, with the trees dressed in their finest shades of red, orange and yellow. Wes and I took an afternoon this past week to enjoy all of this beauty, as we headed into the Smoky Mountain National Park, to walk up the Middle Prong trail for awhile. As we got out of the van, we were completely surrounded by the bright, flaming color above. We started up the path that leads by the river, and every curve in the path led us to say again and again . . . wow . . . it’s just beautiful! And it was indeed, looking many times like a scene on a post card.
Falling into a state of complete relaxation, I began to think of how in this hurried society of coming, going and planning, most of us fail to take time to savor and relish the joy of the moment at hand. We’re so busy thinking of where we have to be, or what we have to do, or the emails and things that need answering, that sometimes we forget to simply stop and enjoy life in the present. So I decided then and there to savor these delightful moments. I intently listened to the sounds of the fallen leaves, covering the dirt path, crunch and swoosh underfoot as we walked along. The clean scents of the cool, crisp fall air was savored as it filled my nose with the delightful scents of both evergreen and decaying leaves. I listened to sounds filling the air, as the water fell over every cascade, great and small, crashing as it went down creating its own amazing symphony, while all the while, feeling and enjoying the warming touch of my best friend, Wes’ hand. Every splendorous tree adorned with leaves in the array of fall colors was admired and appreciated, as if studying a work of art. I truly enjoyed every moment of our walk and wished it could’ve gone on and on!
Before we knew it however, a couple of hours had passed and the evening sun was starting to lower behind the mountains. So we got into the van and enjoyed the lovely and peaceful drive back home, where we stopped to enjoy a pizza on the way. It was a great afternoon and such a wonderful way to enjoy this beautiful fall season, before it leaves us for another year! While we’ve also enjoyed several nice walks around Townsend this past week, most of our time has been spent at the easels, working on commissions and miniature paintings for our two upcoming shows, the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD, and the Plantation Wildlife Art Festival in Thomasville, GA. Our neighborhood also enjoyed a nice get together last evening at a nearby park. It was lovely as we sat there eating and enjoying each others company while overlooking the mountains surrounding Townsend still covered in their glorious golden fall colors! It was very cold though, and as the sun sank lower in the evening sky, the temperatures dropped, and most of us called it an early night.
Here’s a few more delightful fall photos from our walk for you to enjoy!
Fresh off and currently on the Easels: I finished my miniature painting of a beautiful Charlet cow, resting in the warmth of the sun, which I photographed here in Townsend one wintery day. Loving cows, I found this painting quite fun to do, especially with the bright warm sunlight present in it. Wes finished his miniature of a beautiful landscape from Yellowstone. Currently I’m continuing to paint on my commission portrait, and also on a miniature of three Amish horses resting after pulling . Wes is painting on a commission of a Secretary Bird.
Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week:
~ EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST at the DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER, in Traverse City, MI, opens this Saturday, November 5, and will be on exhibit through Sunday, January 1, 2012.
~ 27th Annual Exhibition Miniature Art at the Council for the Arts, in Chambersburg, PA, opens November 4, and runs through January 6, 2012.
For other shows where you can see our miniature paintings this week, please visit our exhibit schedule on the website.
Until next time ~ Rachelle