A Week of adventures an Painting!
by Rachelle Siegrist
Wes and I have a very busy week! While getting in quite a bit of easel time, we also managed to paint our front porch and clean our 55-gallon fish tank, which we ended up having to replace with a new one after Wes discovered the 21-year old tank had a cracked middle support on top. What a job cleaning all of the plants, rocks and gravel, but it’s absolutely beautiful now and our precious fish are so happy! We decided to take a break last Tuesday morning and headed over to Lower Chilhowee for a paddle.
It’s always a good day when it starts in the kayak, and such was the case that morning. It was a gorgeous, picture perfect day as we headed out, and were delighted to be able to get fairly close to a beautiful pair of nesting Eastern Kingbirds! Sitting very still and quiet in our kayaks, they didn’t mind us at all, allowing us to get several great photos of them which will become future miniature paintings!
We also enjoyed watching the large Grass Carp swimming through the clear water, many times going directly under our kayaks! The Ospreys were nesting and busily feeding their babies, taking turns flying off to catch the next meal for the small hungry beaks, each time calling out as they flew directly above!
Wednesday evening we enjoyed a picnic supper in nearby Cades Cove along with several friends. Another gorgeous cool day, made for a great time as we walked around part of the loop road later that evening.
The resident horses were out in the fields enjoying the delightful evening, and it made my day when a young fuzzy colt came over and let me pet it and feed it grass. Within minutes, two other horses noticed us and decided the grass on my side must be better, so they reached their necks down, munching on it while I hand fed the young one!
We saw lots of turkey, a few White-tailed Deer and several Coyotes as well! It was a truly peaceful and relaxing time as we walked along, watching the setting sun paint the sky above in pinks and oranges. Twinkling fireflies entertained and dazzled us on the return trip, where we enjoyed looking through a friend’s spotting scope once back at the parking lot. We saw the craters of the moon, Saturn’s rings, Mars and Jupiter along with its 4 moons, it was a real treat indeed and the perfect ending to a delightful evening in the cove!
~ Fresh Off the Easel ~
Wes and I recently had the pleasure of spending time on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, while there to judge the the 25th International Miniature Art Show at Seaside Art Gallery. We were delighted to be able to spend a couple of days exploring the area, while getting lots of wonderful reference photos for future miniature paintings! Early each morning, I would walk down to the beach from our hotel, and take photos. Both of our paintings finished this past week, feature seagulls photographed just over the rise in the above photograph . . . a gorgeous and peaceful spot indeed! Since the beach is one of my favorite places, I greatly enjoyed painting this miniature and imagined I was back there, listening to the relaxing surf and calls of the gulls as I painted!
The Laughing Gulls in Wes’ painting were sharing . . . well mostly fighting . . . over a small Ghost Crab. The entire time one ate, the other would throw its head back while making their all familiar call. Needless to say, it was quite entertaining watching these two!
Until next time . . .