“O God, what a world of beauty hast Thou made for man! And yet how poorly does he requite Thee for it! He does not even repay Thee with gratitude.”
~ Davy Crockett
My gorgeous, new Non-stop Fire Begonia
And . . . a world full of beauty it continues to be here in the Smokies! It seems some of our trees have already grown a foot or more, with the springtime growth now in full speed, and the shrubs and flowers are doing their best to keep up. The Peonies have put on a lovely show with big, gorgeous blooms in shades of white, pink and maroon! The Irises continue to surprise us daily with regal flowers in a variety of colors, as well. The garden is now starting to look like a real garden, and we’ve already been enjoying using fresh herbs in many of our dishes.
A beautiful Knockout Rose bloom, after a morning shower
We were very excited to witness firsthand the fledging of our baby Bluebirds this past week! While I was sitting in the studio painting one afternoon, I kept looking out of the window to check on the Bluebird babies, as they had became more active and started peeking out of the box earlier that day. Fortunately, as I was looking out one such time, I saw a baby jump up onto the hole opening and I told Wes to look, which he did just in time, as the baby sprang out and began his first flight, which amazingly was up towards the studio, where he tried unsuccessfully to land on one of the metal rungs of the deck, and crashed down below! Wes and I ran down the basement stairs, and peered out of the window, and there was baby blue sitting in the middle of Wes’ garden plant nursery! Maybe it was a bit rough on the plants, but it made a wonderful soft landing for the maiden flight and crash of baby blue! After we were able to get a few photos he flew up and landed on the nearby stair rail. It was about a half an hour later, when the next sibling decided to make the big leap out into the real world, and flew up into a nearby Tulip Poplar, we call our anniversary tree, as it started growing when we moved here, and is now a lovely big tree. The very next morning, the last baby fledged and we can hear the family, when they pay us a visit, with their happy little calls of “cheer”!
After the first initial crash landing!
Checking out the new surroundings . . .
Surveying the back forty . . . .
Daddy blues trying to coax out the next baby.
Fresh Off the Easel: I finished my sketch, which will be exhibited and available for purchase this fall during the Western Visions Miniatures and More Show, at the beautiful National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, WY. I’m also continuing to paint on my commission of three adorable puppies taking a nap. Wes finished his miniature painting of three Terns, which we photographed during one of our recent trips to Florida. He very appropriately called it “Three Turned Terns”.
Pronghorn Buck drawing by Rachelle
“Three Turned Terns” by Wes
3 x 3 inches
Rachelle’s miniature painting commission of Lab puppies in progress
~ Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~
21st International Miniature Show at the Seaside Art Gallery in Nags Head, NC
The Art of the Miniature XX at the SnowGoose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA
20th Annual International Juried Miniature Show at the Parklane Gallery, Kirkland, WA
31st Annual Juried Miniatures Art Show at the El Dorado Gallery in Colorado Springs, CO
Up Against the Wall Gallery, Kingsport, TN – This gallery has over a dozen of our paintings on display!
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