You’ve heard the expression . . . “Aged, like fine wine”? Well, Wes has taken one more step in that direction, as he had another birthday this past week! And luckily for him, he got to spend it as another exciting day at home, since the temps continued to remain quite frigid outside, it was snowing, and I was still coughing pretty bad. Nonetheless, he at least ate very well. Actually we both ate really well, as I made him homemade Pad Thai for lunch and a dreamcicle angel food cake! You may be wondering what a dreamcicle angel food cake is and tastes like. Well, it has orange, vanilla and coconut in it, with a cinnamon orange glaze drizzled on top, and seems to just melt in your mouth . . . YUM! Needless to say, we both enjoyed it immensely . . . several times at that!
The snow has lasted for quite sometime here in our neck of the woods in the Smokies, and was most beautiful for days! I regretted greatly that I couldn’t get out and play and sled in it, but did enjoy admiring it through the windows. I did get to go out one afternoon for a short period of time, to enjoy a walk around our path and take a few photos to share with you. When I got around to the front yard, I could resist no longer, and just had to build something out of it. So I did, I made a snow gator. She turned out quite lovely and is actually still surviving in our front yard, although I expect her tragic demise soon with the milder temps and rain! After my short time outside, I felt much better and quite rejuvenated! It’s simply amazing what a bit of fresh air can do!
This past Thursday we actually got to escape the house and yard, and went for a lovely walk in the snow, stopping to enjoy a delicious pizza at our local Pizza Hut, one of the few places open! It tasted divine, and we had the place to ourselves, as Townsend was very empty still. With happy, full tummies, we went our merry way, stopping to enjoy walking out onto the swinging bridge, where we watched our local flock of Canada Geese. They were so pretty, grouped together on the snowy bank following alongside the Little River. Returning home, we felt like we had really had an adventure, as that was our first outing in almost two weeks!
Once again, most of our time this past week has been spent in the studio painting while listening to music. Wes has also been framing paintings and filling out paper work for the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC, which will take place in a couple of weeks. When listening to your favorite music, do you ever hear a song that instantly brings a particular memory to mind? This happens frequently to me, and while listening to my beloved Bossa Nova Jazz this past week, I heard a song that immediately transported me back in time to when I was about eight years old. My parents, brother and I, along with a couple of other families, went on what was a big adventure to my brother and I one afternoon. We left our small town of Okeechobee, FL, with my brother and I riding on our beanbags in the back of our big family van. Yea, that was back in the carefree days of freedom, before child safety seats were invented and required. Anyways, after traveling comfortably, we arrived a couple of hours later in Lakeland, where we all were in for a big treat! We had dinner at what was called the Sea Wolf Restaurant, and it was certainly way more than just a mere restaurant. It had two huge 1,000 gallon aquariums filled with fish, and large windows overlooking gardens full of peacocks, palm trees and tropical plants. As I remember it, our group sat at a very long table adjacent to the windows overlooking the peacocks and gardens, which I found to be a fairytale setting. The décor was very ornate and the restaurant was filled with museum pieces, which owner Gene Holloway had collected from his travels. The funny thing is however, that what really stands out in my memory was the ladies’ lounge! To a little country girl from Okeechobee, it was amazing to say the least! As I remember it, it had a fireplace, and a large red velvet sofa, flanked with ornate tables on either side. On top of the antique tables sat very fancy lamps complete with dark red lampshades adorned with fringe on the bottoms! It was truly an amazing dining experience for our entire family, especially for this little girl! Leaving the magical restaurant, we then went to see the Statler Brothers in concert, with Grandpa Jones and Minnie Pearl making special guest appearances. What an adventure it all was, and a great memory to have in my memory bank indeed! Well, back to the present for now. Here are some more beautiful snow photos for you to enjoy . . .
~ Fresh off the easel ~
Wes finished his painting of a Cougar this past week. This miniature painting will be featured at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!
~ Currently on the easel ~
I’m currently painting the next miniature for our Admiring the Masterpiece series. This one is a real beauty by artist, Alfred Emile Leopold Joseph Victor Stevens, entitled “A Portrait Group of Parisian Celebrities”. I absolutely love painting these little jewels! As you can see below, I’ve made quite a bit of progress from last weeks photos of the miniature painting. We’ve also been working together on a fun project for the National Museum of Wildlife Art that I’ll share next weekend!
EXQUISITE MINIATURES opened yesterday at the Wildlife Experience in Parker, CO with 65 of our miniature paintings! Please share with your friends and family if they’re in the area or will be traveling by Denver since the exhibit runs thru April 6th.
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Until next time ~ Rachelle