This past week has seemed rather uneventful after last week’s dangerous adventure of driving home in the ice storm, but I must say it’s been relaxing to not have to deal with and travel in such conditions. Several days this past week were quite nice, with blue skies above and the sun warming things up a little, making it where we even got to ride bikes a couple of days. The spring peepers continue to sing their cheery little song in the woods behind our house. However, the temps plummeted to 20 degrees two nights ago, and a dusting of snow fell, turning much of the ground white once again, and sadly that morning I heard no cheery song from the peepers. Later that afternoon, I finally heard the song of one hearty little fellow, who had obviously thawed out and was able to sing once again, and by that evening, was joined by all of his buddies! Not only is the peepers song filling the air, but the Daffodils are also blooming, a sure sign that spring is drawing nearer, thank goodness! The Canada Geese are pairing up, and the Chickadees and Bluebirds are checking out nest boxes, as they sing their delightful spring songs! The male House Finch is starting to court his significant other, and is entertaining her with song and dance. One in which he sings rapidly and jumps around and up and down, raising his little crest, dancing and performing excitedly, while she mostly just ignores the poor little fellow and continues eating. He always reminds me of the male Bird of Paradise, which pulls out all of the stops, putting on a most spectacular performance, although the finch’s performance is a bit more subdued and obviously lacking all of the bells, whistles and fluff! Nonetheless, I always love watching his impressive and entertaining little display. I’m still making numerous trips out daily, to refill the buffet for the birds and feed Stubb’s, the titmouse, and Peedeepeeps, the wren, their own special treats! Sometimes it’s just the three of us there, and at those moments, time seems to stop.
We enjoyed having our friends, Kit, Fred and Barb over for supper one night this past week. I made homemade baked ziti with salad and garlic bread, and we ate while Wes and I recounted stories from our icy trip home from Tulsa. Then I brought out my sweet treat, to which everyone responded to with “Ooooo’s” and “Ahhhh’s”. It was a piece of my homemade Dreamsicle Angel Food cake, which is an angel food cake with added orange zest, vanilla and coconut, on which I drizzled orange cinnamon glaze. I topped it with a small dollop of whipped cream in which I placed one of my abstract chocolate swirl creations! It was as much fun to look at as it was to eat! We spent the remainder of the evening laughing our heads off while watching old Dick Van Dyke episodes! Wes and I also spent time deciding which miniature paintings to send to upcoming shows, and then got them packaged up and sent out. We both happily spent quite a bit of time at our easels as well.
~ Fresh off the easel ~
I finally finished my latest miniature painting in our visiting the masterpieces series. It’s titled: Admiring Stevens’ “A Portrait of A Group of Parisian Celebrities”. Goodness, I thought part way through this painting! Why on earth did I choose one that seemed to have 100 teeny tiny faces in it! Nonetheless, I conquered and finished it and now am very happy I choose to paint it! Wes spent about 8 hours on the painting I posted in progress last week and then decided he didn’t like the way the water was looking or the overall composition so he decided to start fresh. He finished his painting Natural Abstraction this past week.
~ Currently on the easel ~
I am painting a very, very fat Siamese cat, which lives at the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, FL. He appears to obviously eat lots and lots of fish scraps! It will be one of my miniature paintings featured in the “Feline Fine II” exhibition.
OPENING THIS WEEK:
March 16 – April 13, 2014: Premiering at the Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art, Bolivar, MO
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Until next time ~ Rachelle