Some are just born with it. A high level of artistic ability.
We’ve enjoyed her talent. Our halls used to be covered in her art. One day my midwife came for our first home-visit in preparation for the upcoming birth. She paused as she walked down the hallway to our bedroom, mesmerized by Rauchelle’s art. And at the ripe age of 14 years old at the time she made her first sale, right there on the spot. Actually, two copies of the same picture, one for the midwife herself and one for the midwife she worked alongside of. Can’t find that picture to show you, unfortunately.
Here are some of Rauchelle’s earliest charcoal pictures from back when she first started. You’ll see what I mean when I say it was natural. She had just turned 13 the week before she sketched these first ones. She hadn’t really done much for sketching before this time. It was like she woke up one day and decided to draw.
She started out This Good:
Typical girl she was in love with horses. Dreamed of owning one someday. Her and Layne took many riding lessons over the years. For a season Everette would drop Rauchelle off at her riding instructor’s house early in the mornings on his way to work so that Chelle could volunteer with Donna, mucking out the stalls, currying the horses. Anything to place her next to these gorgeous creatures she so loved. No wonder she drew them.
After some years of travel we went back to Vancouver Island and spent about 6 weeks at some friend’s acreage where they had 2 horses along with cows, sheep, dogs and cats. The horses were in the midst of some training, and Rauchelle took mental notes from the trainer and worked with the horses through the week. When our friends took some needed time away and we maintained The Farm, Rauchelle took charge of all-things-horsey and clearly understood the time commitment that horses took and has since never wanted to own a horse. Solved that problem!
A friend of Everette’s would bring back Arizona Highways magazines back from his trips to visit his sister in Yuma, and passed the magazines on to us. Rauchelle found them a great source of ideas. She could take a picture and mentally enlarge it and convert to black & white the incredible scenery of Arizona. That is where this burro picture came from.A Menagerie
Ok, bragging time is up because I haven’t been able to locate her other pictures. But I figure you’ve already got the gist of how good this kid is!!
Remember, these pictures are all from years ago. She continues making art, her newest medium is coffee which I had her teach some of her younger sisters this summer when she visited.
See this picture of Gaelyn:
Check Rauchelle’s coffee art she did of this photograph.
Love you, Rauchelle! You are Awesome!!!
(So are the rest of my kids, too. They all eventually get a bragging about!)