Fall Continues and So Does Painting Miniatures!

“October gave a party;
The leaves by hundreds came –
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name.
The Sunshine spread a carpet,
And everything was grand,
Miss Weather led the dancing,
Professor Wind the band.”
~George Cooper, ~ “October’s Party”

“Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!” by Rachelle, is 3½ x 4½ inches

Much of the past week has been spent painting miniatures! We’ve been finishing paintings up and Wes has been doing a lot of framing, all in preparation to get ready for the upcoming Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD this coming weekend, and the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville, GA, next weekend. Of our forty miniatures that will be displayed there, all but just a few are completely brand new to the show. This is quite exciting for us and should be very exciting for our collectors and the others in attendance at the show this year. Other than working on painting, framing and the paperwork, we’ve been enjoying our daily walks or bike rides this past week. The fall color continues to hang around, providing a long and wonderfully beautiful fall season! My Hibiscus are even still alive and blooming, and our pepper bushes continue to grow. It has truly been an amazing fall here in the Smokies!

“Inspiration at the Big Oak”,  featuring artist Clive Tyler,  by Wes, is 3 x 5 inches

My “kids” have kept me very busy this past week, to say the least, bringing out p-nut crunchies, cracked corn and peanut butter bread treats throughout the day to keep them all fed and happy. I’m so excited now because my clan of about seven Titmice are coming to eat out of the treat dish with me sitting right beside them! They have now fully moved in on the Wren’s turf! The peedeepeeps (Wrens) come many times throughout the day and little Hops is doing so well now and has become my little buddy! He chirps and talks to me constantly while he eats, making his mommy very happy! Dovecakes is returning a couple times daily and is really putting down the seeds, which will certainly get him safely through the winter with all of his extra padding! The shrews also occasionally come, which is always a big treat for me! Although the bears haven’t been in our yard, that we know of, lately, they have been seen at a couple of the neighbor’s homes and around town at different locations.

“An Amish Tractor” by Rachelle, is 2 x 3 inches

Fresh off and currently on the Easels: I finished my miniature painting of the beautiful horses that I photographed during our visit to the Delano Amish community here in Tennessee. I appropriately called it “An Amish Tractor”. It was quite intricate to render with all of the buckles, straps and things, but fun nonetheless. I also finished my miniature of three handsome tom turkeys strutting their stuff, titled “Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!” which I photographed during one of our early morning bike rides around Cade’s Cove this past summer. I’m also continuing to paint on my portrait commission as well. Wes finished his miniature painting “Inspiration at the Big Oak” this past week, which was done from a photo that we took while watching fellow artist friend, Clive Tyler, paint this magnificent oak tree. It’s one of our favorite trees of all the places we’ve visited, and having wanted to paint it for many years, we thought this would be a lovely way to show scale and is quite a tribute to this gorgeous natural icon of history! He also finished a miniature of a camel titled “Shaggy” which was photographed at a zoo.

My portrait commission in progress.

“Shaggy” by Wes, is 2½ x 2½ inches

~ Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~

~ 41st Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD, runs November 11 – 13, 2011. For more information visit their website at Waterfowl festival.  Hope to see you there

~ 21st Annual Miniature Art Show at the  MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney, MT, opens  November 15 and runs through December 30, 2011.

Enjoy fall!
Until next time ~ Rachelle

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