Wes’ Birthday and Miniature Paintings at SEWE!
By Rachelle Siegrist
Wes celebrated his 52nd Birthday this past week, with friends Fred, Barb and Kit joining us that evening for dinner and of course cake! Since Wes loves lemon, I made a lemon cream cake combining a classic French yogurt lemon cake with British baker, Mary Berry’s, delicious lemon cream filling and icing drizzle recipes. Can you say Scrummy! . . . as it was scrumptiously delicious, and I will certainly be making it again! The funny part about the cake, which was totally unintentional, resulted from the lack of candle choices. Upon finding a “5” candle, I added two single candles to it, reading as “52” to us. However, many of our friends read it as “511” bringing about much humorous commentary about Wes’ ripe old age and wondrous face cream he must be using!
We’re currently preparing for upcoming shows SEWE and NatureWorks, so while we’ve both been at the easels most of the time, Wes continues with the framing process. It’s also time to look at last year’s painting inventory, to determine which paintings have already been there, as we try to take almost all brand new paintings to the shows.
Once paintings have been selected, databases have to be updated, title and information labels have to be printed off, and the joyous task of filling out mounds of paperwork begins. Filling out forms is one time that having so many miniature paintings and two artists at a show is a problem!
We’ve been able to enjoy walks most days, as well as playing ping-pong some evenings, but I must admit, that I’m starting to gnash at the bits to get back out on the lake in my kayak or take a nice hike in the woods. It won’t be long now!!!
~ Fresh off the Easels ~
Since the happy recipient received their surprise portrait painting of a beautiful Black Lab named Rain this past week, I’m able to share it with you. As you can well imagine, he was totally delighted with his precious gem!
Here’s a view of Rain with me painting on her for scale.
While Wes and I both continue painting for upcoming juried shows, here’s the latest painting in my African Gems series of a Cape Buffalo. The four paintings will debut at the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC.
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Until next time . . .