Painting, Reading and Whooooo!

Painting . . . Reading and Whooooo!

by Rachelle Siegrist

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What a difference a week makes . . . At least in the weather that is!  Wearing capris and sandals this weekend, it’s hard to imagine it was just last weekend, when temps barely hovered above zero a couple of nights in a row!  Not to mention it took nearly half an hour just to suit up to go snow tubing and sledding!  However, We had a blast once again last Sunday afternoon snow tubing with friends, and  I personally fell in love with a new way to enjoy it.  After watching Wes fly down the hill, belly down on the tube, I just had to try it and was instantly hooked!  Each time I hit one certain bump, the tube and I flew up into the air, landing on the snow several feet in front of me before zooming down the remainder of the hill!  It was exhilarating to say the least, and although no one else proved brave enough to try it, I went down dozens of times more that way, now preferring that method!

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Now who could those pink snow boots belong to?

The overcast skies and daily showers this past week, created perfect days for painting in the studio, so needless to say, we got a lot of painting time in!  But when you desperately want to get out kayaking, hiking, tubing etc and can’t, the next best thing of course is to read about it.  So my recent favorite read, is a book titled “Still Waters, White Waters, Exploring America’s Rivers and Lakes” by Ron Fisher, published in 1977.  A terrific book, written in such a way, that I felt like I personally made the trip down each river with the group, whilst reading along.  My personal favorite was the chapter pertaining to their journey down the beautiful Suwanee River, as I would love to kayak part of it some day!

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Sweet Shivers the Screech-Owl

The mild temperatures this past week have made it possible to enjoy breakfast with my feathered friends on the back porch several mornings.  Indeed a rare treat in January, here in the Smokies!  Wes and I were thrilled to recently discover that we now have two resident Eastern Screech-Owls living in our bird box!  Almost every evening, when we sit down for supper, either the soft gray head of Shivers, or the beautiful rusty-colored head of Rufous, pokes out the hole.  At first their eyes are barely open, but as the sun dips lower into the sky, they start getting bigger and become more alert, while watching the ground nearby.  Then as the last light of the day fades, they shoot out of the box at a high rate of speed, and if you’re not watching very intently, you’ll surely miss it!

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Rufous . . . or maybe Sienna the Screech-Owl

How did they get those names you ask?  Well Shivers comes from my late Grandpa Jackson, as he always called Screech-Owls, shiverin’ owls, because he said it sounded like they were shiverin’ when they gave that familiar “Whooooooo” which warbled up and down quickly emerging from the dark forest.  Wes recently came up with the name Rufous, and I must admit I’m still not quite sure about it, for if it’s a girl, she may not appreciate that name as much and may prefer something more elegant like Sienna. But alas, time will tell.


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~ The Miniature Art Society of Florida’s exhibition opens today Sunday the 14th, at The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL.  I encourage you to see this wonderful miniature show if you are in the area!  For more information visit MASF or Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

~  Exquisite Miniatures is currently at  The George A. Spiva Center For The Arts in Joplin, MO.  It will be on display there until February 19, 2017.

Steamboat Art Museum 10th Anniversary Exhibition located at the Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat Springs, CO. We have five miniature paintings available for purchase at this special exhibition on display until April 8, 2017. 


~ Fresh off the Easels ~

I finished my miniature landscape painting this past week, featuring a wonderful old barn, which I photographed during a trip out West.  I loved the dramatic lighting and lay of the shadows on the mountains below, making it quite enjoyable to paint.  We’re currently working on a commission as well.

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My “In a Field of Gold”

Wes finished his miniature painting this past week of a Bison, which we watched and photographed while in Yellowstone.  It seems it’s always been very cold at one point each time we’ve visited Yellowstone, so I always think it quite smart of the Bison to enjoy the warm steamy air of the geysers.

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“Iconic Yellowstone” by Wes

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~ Rachelle

Wonderfully White New Year!

Wonderfully White New Year !

by Rachelle Siegrist

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Trying to perfect our group selfies, Wes, Tom, Sharon, Me, Elise, Dick and Kit

Unbelievably, yet another year has passed, seemingly passing more quickly each time!  We rang in the New Year, while playing Mexican Train at a party, with Fred and Barb and friends, at their neighborhood barn nearby!  New Year’s evening was spent with neighbor friends enjoying dinner at our house, followed by dessert and a night of music at friends Dick and Elise’s beautiful home.  Elsie played her baby grand while Tom played along on his guitar and I on my hammered dulcimer, and we all sang along, filling the air with joyous sounds and at times much laughter!  It was a delightful evening to say the least and indeed a truly inspirational way to start off the New Year!

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Making music and memories in their beautiful music room

Yesterday we woke up to a white world and it was simply gorgeous!  Last year we missed the snow, and thus sledding opportunities, so I was thrilled it came while we were here this year!  Like a good friend recently said to me . . . “I wish it would snow, at least it’s compensation for enduring the cold!”  I totally agree and it seems to brighten the world up! So after taking a few photos of our snowy landscape yesterday morning, after lunch we headed out with several friends to enjoy it on our sleds!

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Booboo squirrel enjoying her treats
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My feathered friends enjoying their treats

 

After a short walk we were at one of our favorite sledding spots and the adventures began! I made the first trip down on my purple sled and it was pretty exciting!  Then Tom and his grandson Chance loaded up on their inner tube and started down the hill.  Within seconds they had really picked up speed and were flying and bouncing along!  Then all of a sudden they hit a deeper section of snow and looked as if they became human snow plows, as the snow was flying over them so densely that you could hardly see them at times, giving them both a real “snow shower”.  Squeals and laughter could be heard all over the mountains I’m sure, as we witnessed their extreme snow tubing trip and thus Chance’s first real induction into the world of snow!  Many thanks to Kit for getting this awesome video of the human snow plows!  To see it click . . . video  (On Facebook so hopefully you can see it)

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Wes warms up little Chance and it becomes his favorite seat!

Then suddenly the inner tube became the favorite thing to ride and we all took turns flying down the hill on it!  Between the tube and sleds we sped along shooting up and going completely airborne each time we hit the one particular hump, filling the air with squeals and “yee-haws“!  This went on for as long as we could stand the cold, while Wes warmed little Chance up after his one and only trip, with that becoming his favorite seat during our outing!  After thawing out back at home, we returned later that afternoon once the sun had finally popped out, and of course had a blast once again!  This time I too had my tube, and the dropping temperatures had made it freeze, causing us to fly even faster that time around!  Chance decided he loved to sled too on the shorter runs! Afterwards we enjoyed a relaxing and warm evening at Tom and Sharon’s home, while eating pizza . . . A great ending to a great day!

Lovely views of our front yard dressed in white

A beautiful snowy scene from our front door and the greenhouse in the backyard

Yes, the snow is still here today and I must say I’m very anxious to get back out there on the sled for a little while with our friends, enjoying it while we have it!


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The Miniature Art Society of Florida’s exhibition opens this coming Sunday the 14th, at The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, FL. Sadly, Wes and I will not be attending this year, but we encourage you to see this wonderful miniature show if you are in the area!  For more information visit MASF or Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

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~ Fresh off the Easels ~

Wes finished his latest commission of a Red-shouldered Hawk and Crows this past week, and I finished my miniature landscape painting featuring a beautiful section of Yellowstone from one of our trips out there in years past. Wes also finished his painting of a Gray Jay, which we really enjoyed watching when we were out West!

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“A Bad Day At The Office” by Wes
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My “Sunshine Around The Bend”
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“Portrait Of A Gray Jay” by Wes

 


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~ Rachelle