“Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”
~Clarence W. Hall
I do hope that you all enjoyed a very happy Easter! The weather was beautiful here in East Tennessee, one of those picture perfect days really. Not too cool, although not too warm, with a nice mix of sunshine, and a gentle breeze. After church, we enjoyed a lovely Easter dinner with our dear neighbor friends, Richard and Melodie, at a restaurant in nearby Maryville. Upon returning home, I greatly enjoyed casually walking through and admiring our beautiful azalea gardens, which are simply stunning this time of year! Some of our bushes are so densely covered with flowers that the foliage barely shows through, and I think to myself . . . Ah . . . they simply love all of the pine straw that I carefully put around them each year, and are returning the favor with a gorgeous display of color! I took my camera along with me on my walk and captured some images of our beautiful blossoms to share with you. So come along with me, on an belated Easter afternoon stroll through the gardens . . .
Among some of my blooming beauties!
Later that afternoon, our dear artist friend Beverly and her husband Ira Abbott, blessed us with a delightful visit! After giving them a quick tour of our home and studio, we simply enjoyed sitting in the living room, while sharing the remainder of the afternoon in much conversation and laughter. As we sat there relaxing, the open windows, invited the warm gentle afternoon breeze to softly come in, carrying along with it the delightful spring songs of our numerous feathered friends, making for a most pleasant time spent together. That evening, the four of us headed down to Pizza Hut for a couple of pizzas, while enjoying more laughter and stories being shared. At one point Bev and I were laughing so hard, our stomachs were hurting. Before long, it was time for them to leave and head over the mountains, so alas we said our goodbyes.
Although it’s cooled off once again and has been a bit too cool to eat lunch on the back porch the past couple of days, we did enjoy eating several lunches out there this past week. Almost every day we were blessed with a visit from my sweet Dovecakes. He comes and lands on the handrail, then slowly jumps the deck floor, walks over close to us and looks at me while I slowly get up and put his special seeds down. He then meanders over to the tempting pile, where he daintily begins consuming his edible treasure. About half the way through, he pauses, then walks the short distance to his floor level birdbath, where he gulps down several big drinks, before returning to the seed pile, to polish it off! When he’s sufficiently full, he slowly walks over to his favorite spots in the sun. It’s located at the edge of the deck, where he can survey the back forty, yet he is safely tucked under the trumpet vine, while also being able to enjoy the full warmth of the sun. He usually sits there the entire time we are nearby eating. Usually Peedeepeeps, my Carolina Wren, also pays a visit, to eat a few of his peanut crunchies in his dish located on the table by us. What a great lunch it always is to me, when we get to share it with our feathered friends!
Me standing by a gorgeous Snowball Bush that’s along our walking/biking route
Fresh Off the Easel: I’ve been painting on a portrait miniature commission this past week of a precious little girl wearing her straw hat. I’ve also just started a miniature commission of three adorable puppies. Wes finished his very tiny miniature of a sweet little turtle enjoying a sunny warm spot on a rock. He also finished a miniature painting of a kayaker going down a gorgeous waterfall, called Bald River Falls, that is located a short drive from where we live, in the Cherohala mountain range. I tried to get him to paint the kayak pink and put bits of blonde hair coming from under the helmet, as I figured that is probably the only way I’ll get to go down a waterfall in a kayak. However, he said it was too difficult, and declined. Can’t imagine why, since the kayak itself, is only about 1/16th of an inch long . . . Ha!
“Wee Sunbather” by Wes
1¾ x 1¾ inches
“Tackling Bald River Falls” by Wes
3½ x 2½ 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.
21st Annual Artists for Africa Benefit April 11, 2012: New York, NY
Up Against the Wall Gallery, Kingsport, TN – This gallery has over a dozen of our paintings on display!
Miniature Artists of America Traveling Exhibition – At the MasterWorks of New Mexico Fine Art Show, Expo New Mexico, Expo New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Art of the Dive: Portraits of the Deep at the Wildlife Experience, Parker (Denver), CO
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