Been away awhile... Baby llamas, fiber shows and painting deadlines

Been away awhile… Baby llamas, fiber shows and painting deadlines

Mirabell - 4 hours old!

I can’t believe I haven’t posted in so long, but then again, I can believe it. After finishing all the Italy paintings and getting all my deadlines for printed material done,  I had a painting and an article to write by May 1st…

Fritillaria-melagris, Kelly Leahy Radding ©2010, egg tempera on panel

we had 4 fiber festivals to attend, with all the yarn dyeing and fiber preparing necessary to have enough product,

Yarns drying on the rack...

And two classes to prepare for! Currently I am teaching a Birds in Botanicals class for the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass. We are having a lot of fun!

Last but not least, we have had one cria born so far. Mirabell, daughter of Aurora and granddaughter of our farm favorite, Joya. Sadly, we had to say goodbye to Cleo’s daughter, Harmony after only aroun 12 hours of life. Harmony had multiple birth defects that she would not be able to overcome. We are waiting on NiNi & Tick Tock (both at 374 days of gestation today) and our full Argentine Isobel’s first cria. This will be the first full Argentine llama born on our farm.

Other news… I got into the 201o Birds in Art show at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. This is a huge deal for me. I will be exhibiting alongside some of my wildlife art heros, Carl Brenders, Chris Bacon, John Busby to name only a few! I am so excited to be a part of this show. I will be going to the opening weekend where I will be participating in painting demonstrations along with the festivities.

Our show ‘Symphonies of Italy’ is now open at the Royal Gallery in Providence, RI until July 25th with our opening reception on Thursday, June 17, from 5pm to 9pm.

Now I have to get back to the painting table to finish a painting for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. I will post scans of work-in-progress!

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