Enjoying Watching and Painting the Falls!

“Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.”
~ Fulton J. Sheen

photo of Spruce Flat Falls

I’ve decided that I indeed have internal batteries that must be recharged, and the absolute perfect charger is time spent in the woods. This past Thursday we took some much needed time off from painting and work, to enjoy a walk in the woods leading us to my favorite waterfall! It was a beautiful day, one perfect for spending a few hours outdoors and enjoying it. So I made us sandwiches, and packed them into our packs and then off we headed. With the first soft thud of my foot on the dirt, I could feel a relaxation coming over me as I let the cares of the day fall off one by one, until alas they were all gone. I was left with a light spirit as I walked along feeling a spring returning to my step. The moss lining the path was lush and green from recent rains, and there was a lovely breeze blowing gently about as we walked around the curves leading to the falls. Around one such curve, we were met by a beautiful Garter Snake that had found a perfect location on a Mountain Laurel limb, where it was enjoying the warmth of the sun. We also passed several little baby Fence Lizards, who looked at us inquisitively, as we quietly passed.

photo of a Garter Snake

A gorgeous Garter Snake

photo of mushrooms in the smokies

An amazing clump of mushrooms growing by the trail

Before long, we could hear the thunderous roar of the falls growing louder with each step, and after rounding one last curve, there it was, one of my favorite waterfalls. How delighted I was to see that our favorite spot located on a large, smooth rock near the falls was empty, so we quickly scampered up and across several other large rocks before reaching it and settling down there. We unloaded our lunch goodies and ate while sitting there, enjoying the spectacular scene before us and listening to the nature’s symphony! The sun was hitting the falls from directly above causing hundreds of water drops to appear as dancing diamonds as they were thrown about until finally reaching the cool, pool of water below. Something is so truly mesmerizing about watching and listening to a waterfall, and it seems impossible to be concerned with cares and worries while being absorbed into its ever-changing world.

photo of spruce flat falls

Standing by the falls

photo of swallowtail butterfly

A lovely butterfly rests in the warmth of the sun

After finishing our lunch and packing up our things, we met and enjoyed a lovely chat with a friendly couple visiting from the Grand Canyon area. To top it off she was an artist and he was a photographer, making it even more interesting talking with them. Before long we said goodbye, wishing them a pleasant visit, and started making our way back along the trail. This time, we walked along more casually than on the way there, since we weren’t concerned about securing our favorite picnic spot. I noticed several Sourwood Trees with leaves already turning the brilliant shades of autumn red and orange, which were beautiful with the cloudless, azure blue sky serving as a backdrop. The Garter snake was still enjoying his sunny hangout and this time I got photos of the adorable baby lizards. We also spotted two awesome spiderwebs, which were shaped like large funnels leading straight to a hole, where the constructor of the amazing webbed castle, had staked out his position directly in the center of it. We looked at it with amazement and thought it must have surely taken a very long time to build such an impressive structure. A true work of art it was!

photo of the smoky mountains

The first touch of Fall

photo of a fence lizard

A precious baby Fence Lizard

photo of a spider web

A couple of very cool spider fortresses

photo of a spider web

photo of a spider web

A large old tree that was the home of one of the webs

Much too soon we were back at the trailhead, but alas there was to be one more surprise. Although we had somehow missed them on the way up, there they were greeting us with their stunning red petals, a beautiful group of Cardinal Flowers. Driving back home, I knew that my batteries were completely recharged and I was ready to go back to painting, and since the miniature I was working on was of this waterfall, I was indeed inspired!

photo of cardinal flower blooms

A beautiful Cardinal Flower blossom

Fresh off the easel: I finished my miniature landscape painting of the waterfall. This is the first time that I have painted it and it almost feels as if it’s a tribute of sorts to such a beautiful place. Wes finished his painting of a stunning and colorful King Vulture that we photographed during a visit to a zoo. Wes has also finished working on a commission.

miniature landdscape painting of a waterfall

“My Place of Solitude ” by Rachelle is
3¾ x 4¾ inches

miniature paitning of a kng vulture

“The King’s Colors ” by Wes is
2⅝ x 2 inches

~ Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~

EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV (Fifty of our miniature paintings are on display and available for purchase!)

6th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, IN

 

~ Coming Soon! ~

miniature paintings

We were delighted to find out that three of our miniature paintings were accepted into the upcoming

10th Biennial Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibit in Henderson, KY

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

 

Until next time ~ Rachelle

 

 

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