A Walk in the Woods and New Paintings

“Whether the angels play only Bach praising God, I am not quite sure.
I am sure, however, that en famille they play Mozart.”
~ Karl Barth

photo of white oak sinks trail

Where Bambi surely must live

A friend shared the above quote with me this past week, and finding it quite interesting, I thought I would share it with you. While on the subject of classical music, my sweet mommy dove has been enjoying her daily morning dose of classical music, and when Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major” begins, filling the heavy morning air with it’s melodious, tranquil sound, I can just picture her sitting peacefully on her nest of three eggs, and slowly closing her eyes, while feeling at that moment in time, that alas all is right with the world. This also happened to be one of my favorite pieces of music to listen too while painting on my white pigeon painting this past week. As you can tell beautiful music plays an important part in our lives, and brings us great enjoyment throughout the day!

photo of white oak sinks trail

Wes, and I along with Ernie, Richard and Paul in front of the falls

We started off this past week in the best possible way . . . walking through the woods! We enjoyed a hike to the beautiful White Oak Sinks in the Smokies, along with three other dear neighbor friends. It was me with the boys, as we started our lovely journey up the moss-lined trail that follows a stream much of the way up. After a distance we break from the main trail and start out walk through the Rhododendrons until we reach a point where we must cross the stream. This part is always fun to watch as everyone tries to carefully make his or her way across without going in the drink! Everyone was successful, and upward and onward we went, stopping along the way to admire the early blooming wild flowers that appeared as treasures scattered about the forest floor. Some time later we arrived at what I call the meadow, where the lovely tall phlox were just starting to bloom. I always imagine seeing a doe and her precious little fawn bedded down in this gorgeous, lush setting.

photo of white oak sinks trail

A tree lies entirely covered in moss

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An abandoned, but intricate snail shell

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Fiddleheads from a fern along the trail

Walking through one of nature’s flower gardens, we arrived at our destination, White Oak Sinks, which was running quite nicely with all of our recent rainfall! As soon as we approached it, a small bat flew out and circled back, from the steep rock wall above, where the falls begin and plunge to the dark opening below. From that point it actually runs backwards underground. It was then time to enjoy a snack, while we watched and admired the rushing falls. As the sunlight began filtering in, warming the air, we noticed throughout the meadow area, small white butterflies were rising from the ground, and dancing about in the warmth of the sun. We then started our return trip, where along the way, our friend Ernie showed us an interesting old grave, which we never knew was there, and thus had not seen before. A few Shooting Stars were also spotted along the way, and beckoned to me to be photographed. Assorted Trillium blooms and the delicate white flower of the Chickweed were also present. The moss was stunningly lush and called equal attention to itself! It was a delightful hike and we so enjoyed the conversation and laughs.

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A gorgeous sunlit Shooting Star

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A secluded old grave in the Smokies

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A lovely little Cabbage White Butterfly

smokies wildflower photo

A flower we’re still trying to identify

Much of one day this past week was spent in town, as we had to get our beloved van worked on, and gathered some groceries. The highlight of the day was going to one of my all time favorite stores, Tractor Supply, where I in my pink jacket and shorts, explained to the nice gentleman working there, that I was looking for cracked corn for my doves. After a puzzled look, he kindly showed me where it was, so Wes hoisted the 50lb bag over his shoulder, and carried my prized critter treats along. Of course on the way out, I had to stop and admire the big galvanized tubs that were filled with numerous precious, peeping baby chicks, which if I could have, I would’ve brought each and every one home with me! After dreaming of the possibilities of it, alas we left with just our bagged corn and headed for home. Although our days now are filled with painting on our miniatures along with daily walks or bike rides, we enjoy getting together with friends in the evenings sometimes. This past week we enjoyed spending an evening with dear friends Fred and Barb, after eating at Subway, we went to their home, where we enjoyed watching an interesting DVD of artist Richard Schmid painting, which I greatly enjoyed, as I love his work!

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Two of my homemade strawberry pies, made with ginger ale, which we greatly enjoyed eating this past week!

Fresh Off the Easel: I finished my small painting of a gorgeous White Pigeon, sitting on a window sill that is bathed in sunlight! It was such a serene and peaceful setting that I photographed at the San Diego Zoo some time ago, and have been waiting ever since to paint! Wes finished his miniature of a wonderful Polar Bear, which was also photographed at the same zoo. On my easel is a portrait commission of an adorable little girl, wearing a straw hat. On Wes’ easel is a very small miniature of a turtle on a log, the only spot of sun around.

paintng of a white pigeon

“At Peace” by Rachelle is 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

miniature painting of a polar bear

“Ice Bear” by Wes is 2 x 3 inches

~ Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~

~ 21st International Miniature Show at the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC. This show opens April 28th and runs through June 2nd. Miniatures are displayed in the gallery, as they arrive, so are some miniatures are already on display including ours.

To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

“Collect the future’s history today while it is still affordable.”

Until next time ~ Rachelle

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