No hitting the trails this past week, as we were busily painting away here in the studio, but we did enjoy seeing what each day brought to us in the way of wildflower blossoms throughout our gardens. And many surprises there were, as the natural world is finally awakening, and the forest is coming alive! The trees appear to be coming closer to the house each day, and the world outside is looking three-dimensional once again. We’ve enjoyed several days of sunshine, and a bit of rain, which brought cold temperatures once again, reaching down into the 30s at night! Other than painting and enjoying our flowers currently blooming, we’ve enjoyed walks and a couple of bike rides around town. We also had a fun evening playing Mexican Train dominoes with friends here at our house.
Friday evening we enjoyed a concert at our local Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, featuring Four Leaf Peat, a band comprised of four men, who are very talented musicians, playing traditional Irish-style music. Only the hardy came out for the concert, as it was quite cold when it began at 7PM, and during the intermission half of the attendees decided they were no longer hardy, when the temps dropped down in the low 50s! Nonetheless, we were two of the hardy ones who stayed to enjoy the rest of this great and entertaining performance! Humans weren’t the only ones to enjoy this Friday night out on the town, as throughout the concert several different birds, and at times flocks of birds, came by to see what was happening. One of the most entertaining was a beautiful pair of Pigeons, who flew down and landed nearby, both sitting and facing the stage. At that point the band began singing a beautiful love ballad, to which the Pigeon couple reacted by staging a graceful courtship ritual while gently preening each other. They looked like a couple dressed in their finest, out enjoying a Friday date night at the concert. However, the best part came a few minutes later, when two of the band members started singing a duet in Acapella. The one pigeon obviously a big fan of this style of singing flew down even closer and started “cooing” along with the singers on stage! What a precious performance that was! The participation of birds in the concert was far from over though, as several songs later, the band began playing a fast-beat reel, at which time a Starling which was sitting on the pinnacle of the building behind them nearby, began pumping its little wings up and down . . . in timing with the beat no less, appearing as if he were doing jumping jacks, without jumping, all the while singing his little heart out! As soon as the song ended, he ended this energetic and amazing performance, and flew off! Wow . . . what a great concert, by the band and the birds!
Yesterday, we enjoyed the evening at friends house while celebrating our dear friend Fred’s birthday. It was a lovely evening, and I must admit one of the highlights was eating the birthday cake! We also enjoyed eating some Morel Mushrooms for supper one evening this past week. Wes picked them, I sliced them up and sauteed them in a little butter, and Mmmmmm . . . they were delicious! Another interesting encounter this past week comprised of one of our resident Song Sparrows, spending a morning trying to figure out how to get into the living room, as he must’ve thought the Croton plant looked like a perfect nesting site! This past week also treated us with seeing our resident Black Snakes, Sweet Pea and Vicious for the first time this spring! They obviously have kept their “friendly” nature throughout the winter, as the one acted like a big bad rattler when we just stopped to admire it, rearing its head up, and shaking its tail in the leaves, making it sound like it had a hundred rattles on the end! While only one was spotted at first, soon afterwards , the other joined it, and I suspect well have baby black snakes in the front yard in the near future.
Currently On Our Easels: I’m currently working on my sketch for the upcoming Western Visions Miniatures and More show at the National Wildlife Museum this fall and Wes is painting a seagull in the surf that we photographed in Mexico.
~ Come See Our Paintings This Week ~
~ Miniature Art Exhibition (Wes received the Best of Show!)
Until April 28th at Ridge Art Gallery, Winter Haven, FL
April 23 – June 22, 2013: Artistic Designs Gallery, Brownsburg, IN
~ The Society of Animal Artists’ Show and Sale at the 2013 Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
April 26-28, 2013: The Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD
Until June 2 at the Museum Of The Gulf Coast, Port Arthur, TX
Until June 2nd at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
To view all our upcoming exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html
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Until next time ~ Rachelle