Whitewater adventures in the Smokies!
by Rachelle Siegrist
We’ve been having a ball this past week, continuing to replace some of our daily walks with tubing adventures! The video camera is still our cherished new toy and we’re having a grand time using it! If only I could manage to learn how to operate it while wearing it atop my head, all would be well! Thrilled that I had captured some great video while tubing recently, I was crushed when reaching the bottom of the large cascade to discover the battery had died right as I started, and that the camera had not been filming at all. Oh well . . . I’ll get it right eventually and I’m certainly having great fun learning!
I have figured out that wearing my hair up in pigtails works best with wearing the head strap with the camera on my head. What a hilarious sight I am, crashing down the cascades with that camera mounted on my head, pigtails sticking out through the top two sections of the strap and my black ribbon tied under my chin. I’ll have to let Wes get a photo of the hilarious get-up sometime to give you a good laugh!
We finally got some rain, so the water was up and flowing nicely for a couple of our trips down, keeping the rock polishing to a minimum . . . Ha Ha! When the water level is lower, at times it seems that our main job is polishing rocks with our backsides! Needless to say the moss-covered rocks or what I call “carpet rocks“, and friend Sharon calls “hairy rocks” are indeed our favorite, as they are the most comfortable and painless to polish when the necessity arises. We have jokingly started calling our gang the official Little River Rock Polishers!
Even though we’ve been down this section of the river numerous times already this summer, and think we know it’s character, along with every little twist and turn, it still surprises us now and then whilst going down, but then that keeps the adventure fresh and new!
Much needed rainy weather kept us from our usual Friday night date with Chance and his grandparents at the river this past week, so instead, we spent a creative evening at their house while coloring and cutting things out with him. He loved it when he and I started making our own little crayons, which I cut out of appropriate colored paper in the shape of a crayon, writing the name Crayola and the name of color on each one. He was most delighted when I folded him a box out of paper to keep his “crayons” in, loving it so much that he wanted three more paper boxes. Who knows, we may have the makings of another little artist here!
Wes and I currently have three paintings featured in the Society of Animal Artists’ Wildlife Treasures Show. Located at the Nature in Art Gallery and Museum in Wallsworth Hall, Sandhurst, Gloucester, UK. The exhibition runs now through September 3rd, so if you live in or are planning to be in the area, I recommend a visit to this beautiful museum!
Wes and I are thrilled that our two paintings have been selected for the SAA tour! The image below lists the museums at which you can see them in person.
~ Fresh off the Easels ~
I finished another dog commission this past week of an adorable little baby named Tito. He has been gone for a few years now, and his family thought this a wonderful way to remember him! As you can imagine, I had a delightful time painting him with those big, beautiful and expressive brown eyes!
I also finished my landscape painting this past week, featuring the Dan Lawson place from our beloved Cades Cove. This painting is inspired from a visit to Cades Cove earlier this summer with Wes’ parents one evening. I just love the late spring/early summer bright green of the trees in our area, as evident in my miniature painting!
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Until next time . . .