Wes’ parents arrived this past Wednesday afternoon. Thursday was spent playing games here at the house since the weather was pretty yucky. That evening, we met a few neighbor friends for supper at Pizza Hut, then they all came here afterwards to enjoy some dessert and visiting together around the Christmas tree. Friday the weather improved a little, so after lunch we enjoyed a drive around Cades Cove. We then decided to go up to Newfound Gap and check out the snow, so up we went. When we got there it was simply beautiful, all decked out in the white stuff! Boy, were we in for a surprise however, once we stepped out of the van! The wind was blowing at least 40 MPH and with the temperature being in the low twenties, the wind chill factor must have been about 5 degrees!!! It was totally freezing, so we enjoyed the snow in quick little spurts, while getting back into the van a couple of times to warm up before braving the cold once again. The sun blessed us with its presence a few times, which made for some gorgeous views and some great photos! Leaving there, we started the journey back down through the Park while stopping a couple of times for more great photo-ops. We got to Gatlinburg in time to enjoy a yummy supper at a Jose’s Place Mexican restaurant. I have several great photos of the snow to share with you, so sit back in your nice, warm chair and enjoy . . .
Saturday was to be the prettiest day weather-wise, so we headed early that morning for Helen, GA. It was a bit longer ride than we had expected, but alas a pretty one. Since part of the drive consisted of driving the Dragon, a portion of US129 that I think the United States curviest road per mile, it took quite a while. We got to Helen in time to eat lunch. Since German restaurants don’t cater to people like Wes and I that don’t eat meat, we all ate at a pizza place, which turned into a real experience, but I won’t go there. Anyway, afterwards we walked around for a while to see the sights, and take a few photos. The best thing there to me was a magnificent Pitch Pine Tree, which in 2001, the Georgia Forestry Commission deemed the largest Pitch Pine in the state of Georgia! Needless to say, I was totally impressed with this amazing, giant beauty! We left Helen early so Wes could drive home mostly in the daylight, especially with us having to go back across the Dragon!
This evening friends, Fred and Barb, are joining the four of us for a Christmas Eve dinner consisting of my homemade baked Ziti, with homemade chocolate cupcakes for dessert!
Fresh off the easel: Wes just recently finished a miniature painting of some adorable piglets. They were the babies of my sister Hayley’s pet hog, Dolly. I have been working on another painting in our “Visiting the Masterpieces” series that was commissioned by collectors. It’s really special to me since it features a portrait of Eulabee Dix who was an American miniature painter that helped spur on the revival of miniature painting at the turn of the 20th century. The portrait of her was painted by Robert Henri and titled “Lady in Black Velvet”.
Come See Our Paintings This Week:
Until December 31, 2012: Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ
22nd MonDak Heritage Center’s Miniature Art Show
Until December 29, 2012: The MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney, MT
Until January 6, 2013: Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
Mark Your Calendars:
Siegrist Solo Exhibition at the Yellow House Gallery, Sebring, FL ~ The month of January
(We will be here on Friday, January 11th to give a lecture and be present for the public reception starting at 5PM!)
Opening January 10th, 2013: The ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL
(We will be here on Thursday the 17th to give a lecture, gallery walk and to be present for the public reception. The programs start at 3PM!)
To view all our upcoming exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
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Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas celebrating Jesus . . . the reason for the season!
Until next time ~ Rachelle