Posted by: Rachelle Siegrist | August 26, 2015

Displaying Miniature Paintings

Displaying Miniature Paintings

By Wes Siegrist

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

End tables, desks and shelves are common places to display miniature paintings with a magnifier beside them for viewers’ delight!

This blog features a variety of displays with miniature art. Most feature our paintings but a few show our own collection of works by fellow artists. ~ Special thanks to our collectors who shared their displays with us!

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

Inside lighted cabinets and in the midst of other collections … the size of miniatures affords flexible options!

How do you display miniature art? Something so small will go almost anywhere but yet, you want it to be seen. For most collectors of miniature paintings, you also want to share the excitement of examining the works under a magnifier with guests,  so being able to get really close to them is also important.  Many collectors tell us how they enjoy picking up their miniatures and examining them with their magnifiers while seated in their comfy chair!

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

Small rooms and hallways make great cozy spots for spending time enjoying a collection of miniatures! Large walk-in closets are also places to proudly display a few that you wish to see each and every day!

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

Groupings of paintings can also “stand alone” with larger work. (That’s one of Wes’ conventional scale watercolors on the left in this photo)

Over the years we’ve been delighted to learn where our miniature gems have taken their place of honor in homes and businesses and we enjoy seeing photos of collections that we can share with others. Do you have a unique display in your house or office?

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

Alongside or underneath conventional scale artwork is another option preferred by collectors. (This photo shows our home with some of our own work on display)

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

Despite their historical conflict, miniature paintings get along just fine with cherished photos today!

Miniature paintings and illuminated manuscripts

How about displaying miniature paintings with their antecedent: illuminated manuscripts?

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

How about a grouping on a small table that encourages visitors to pick them up and examine them up close?

Miniature art fills a niche in the art world and it’s fun to hear tales of how our tiny artwork is hung in yachts, RVs and is often carried from one home to another with the changing seasons for those who migrate.

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

How about having an entire collection inside one frame?

Siegrist Miniature Paintings on Display

Consider the charm of this room filled with smaller works and miniature paintings instead of a couple larger pieces.

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TexArt Workshop 2016

~ A Rare Opportunity ~

Have you been waiting to take a workshop from us on miniature painting?  If so, here’s a chance but don’t hesitate as the workshop is already 2/3rds full and is expected to sell out the day registration opens in October.  (Sign up via the website below to get an email notification of when registration officially opens).  Please feel free to share the PR below with friends!

The Enchantment of Painting Miniatures

A Daily Session with Wes Siegrist at TexArt 2016

Come close …get really close! Not everything’s big in Texas! Work alongside one of miniature art’s premiere painters at creating these enchanting, tiny gems of the art world, at a unique workshop to be held on the beautiful campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville Texas from May 22nd till May 27th, 2016. Learn the guidelines contemporary miniature art shows and societies follow to preserve and promote working “in little” and how to overcome the unique challenges with making them. The session includes a brief presentation by Wes on the development and important role miniature art played in history from the Renaissance to the present day. He’ll explain why miniature art is more than just working small. Siegrist will also be discussing opportunities for exhibiting miniature art as well as how artists can niche market their work successfully.

And there’s a BONUS: Wes’ wife, Rachelle, will also be demonstrating and fielding questions! While all media are acceptable, the Siegrists will be specializing in watercolor.

Wes is honored to be one of the instructors at a unique Artist Workshop in May of 2016. For the very first time the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation and the Society of Animal Artists are combining their efforts to create one of the coolest workshops ever! This unique new weeklong workshop will be held on the beautiful campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville Texas from May 22nd till May 27th… 2016. Participating artists can train in all of the traditional mediums of Oils, Acrylics & Watercolor. They can also try their hand at Sculpture as well as the very cool skills involved in Scratchboard. But in addition… there are a couple very unique specialties offered in this workshop that set it apart from all others. Artists will have the opportunity to learn how to paint very, very big paintings… as well as very, very small miniatures.

The instructors in this workshop are all award winning members of the Society of Animal Artists and include… John Banovich – Painting huge… Wes Siegrist – Painting Miniatures… Sally Maxwell – Scratchboard… James Coe – Oils… Jan Martin McGuire – Acrylics… David Rankin – Watercolors… Dan Chen – 3Dimensional Canvases… and David Turner – Sculpture.  All in all, this workshop for the professional artist will be a noteworthy evolution of Workshops for Artists in America.

Click here to see why this is going to be such a cool workshop.  http://texart-we.com

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~ The latest paintings off of the Siegrists’ Easels ~

We’re delighted to finally be able to share two of our latest paintings with you now that they are happily being enjoyed in their new homes!

Miniature painting of a kayaker by Wes Siegrist

“Flint River Fun” by Wes featuring our dear friend, David Lanier

Miniature painting of a cat by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist

“The Sun King” is our latest tandem treasure featuring one of our favorite furry friends, KoKo

Posted by: Rachelle Siegrist | August 23, 2015

Friends . . . Quacks and Kayaks

Fun With Friends, Ducks and Kayaks!

By Rachelle Siegrist

waterfalls in brevard NC - 1One of the lovely waterfalls along the path

Last Monday, we enjoyed the beautiful scenic drive through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park with friends Fred and Barb, as we headed over to Cashiers, NC.  There we met friends Peggy and Tommy for lunch at a restaurant called Cornucopia, where we all enjoyed great conversation, laughs and food!  We arrived later that afternoon at our dear friend, Don’s house in Brevard, NC.  Trying to beat the coming rain, I headed out for a walk along a nearby trail.  The winding trail leads through a dense forest of Rhododendrons, their branches covered in thick, rubbery leaves, curving above the path, creating a tunnel as you go along.  A highlight of the wooded path is a collection of several cascades including a lovely waterfall!

I returned home in time to join the others for a delicious dinner at Twin Dragons that evening. After a pleasant breakfast in the sun room the next morning, we headed to downtown Brevard, where we browsed through several stores, including the quaint Ace Hardware.  As in years prior,  we enjoyed a delicious pizza at Big Mikes for lunch!  That afternoon, Wes and I had fun playing with Don’s cat Koko, before we all headed out for dinner at the Square Root that evening.

downtown chocolates in brevard NC - 1Mmmmmmmmm . . . which ones do we choose!

Before going to dinner, we made a very important visit to Downtown Chocolates, where we had the terribly hard task of deciding what chocolates we wanted!  The scrumptiously fragrant smell of chocolate fills the air as soon as you walk through the door, immediately making your mouth water for a taste of these luscious chocolate confections!  A few of my favorites there are the Mexican hot chocolates with their spicy molten chocolate filling, lavender dark chocolate, and the red pepper and cayenne dark chocolate bark! . . . excuse me . . . I have to go eat a piece of chocolate!

square root restaurant in brevard NC - 1Wes, Fred, Don, Barb and me at Square Root

Our dinner at the Square Root was absolutely delicious!  As usual, while our taste buds were enjoying themselves, we too were enjoying lots of laughter and great conversation!  That evening it was time to help Don eat his birthday cake I made him, which was Chai Spice cake with Vanilla Bean frosting, can you say YUM?  After a yummy breakfast of Wes’ banana nut pancakes the next morning, we said our goodbyes and drove the winding two-lane road to Cashiers, where we were stayed a couple of nights with Tommy and Peggy at their beautiful home on Lake Glenville.

rachelle siegrist kayaking on lake glenville in summer - 1Ahhhhhh . . . in heaven again!

Within minutes of being unpacked, I was dragging the kayak to the water’s edge and crawling in!  The lake was as beautiful as always, and I was in my element once again!  I paddled, following the lake’s wooded shore for a couple of hours, while watching several Belted Kingfishers patiently search for fish in the shallow water.  Occasionally they would drop from a tree limb above, diving into the water at high speed, appearing as if a small torpedo had been shot into the water!  Seconds later, up they’d pop, with a fish in their beak and off they would fly to enjoy their tasty catch from a treetop perch!

kayaking on lake glenville in summer - 1

From there I paddled over into a small finger of the lake, where a beautiful waterfall is located, and the resident ducks usually hang out.  So I immediately started feeding them and managed to convince several of them to follow me back to the house.  On the way back, a light, gentle rain started to fall, and thousands of tiny raindrops danced atop the water’s surface, causing a soft hush to fall across the misty lake. I stopped paddling, and sat there a few minutes, while enjoying the immensely peaceful setting! Once back, I announced to the others up on the deck that “I was bringing the ducks home!”

house on lake glenville in cashiers - 1Wes, Fred, Barb and Tommy on their deck overlooking the lake

That evening we were treated to Tommy’s delicious homemade lasagna for supper. Afterwards, I walked back down to the lake to see if there were any ducks.  While standing on the dock, a hummingbird flew out of seemingly nowhere and stopped mere inches from my face!  There it just hovered for a minute, while it checked me out, and then disappeared into the tree tops as quickly as it appeared!  Although there were no ducks, it was worth navigating the numerous steps just for that amazing encounter!  The next morning the group loaded onto the pontoon boat, and enjoyed a delightful boat ride.  The partly cloudy skies kept everyone nice and cool as we cruised around the lake, while admiring the beautiful surroundings.  Of course we had to feed the ducks a couple of times as well!

rachelle siegrist boating on lake glenville cashiers NC - 1

Having returned home and eaten lunch, I headed back down to the lake to spend the afternoon kayaking and swimming!  With mostly clear blue skies above, the emerald green lake glistened in the sun, and I was delighted to be able to enjoy it from the perspective of the kayak.  For much of my trip I was accompanied by one of my duck friends, who floated right along beside me, stopping when I stopped and swimming, when I paddled.  Needless to say, we had quite a conversation, mostly one sided however.

kayaking with ducks on lake glenville - 1My precious little friend

From there I paddled in the direction of the waterfall, and noticing a bass boat parked in front of the waterfall, I stopped short.  Withing seconds the ducks were all there waiting for more treats.  The air was filled with a variety of quacks, as they ate and then contentedly preened.  Then I happened to notice something large and dark, which looked like a flopping rubber hose on the lake’s surface, and quickly realized that it was a very large Banded Water Snake, one of the biggest I had ever seen!  It quickly swam through the middle of the onlooking ducks, to the edge where it crawled out onto the warm rocks and disappeared!

ducks swimming with banded water snake photo - 1The ducks checking out this interesting swimmer

banded water snake photo - 1

Noticing the bass boat had left and no one was at the waterfall, I paddled over to it and parked the kayak at the edge of a submerged sandbar.  I crawled out and waded waist deep into the clear, cold water, and happily fed my duck friends until I had ran out of food.  With swimming at the base of a waterfall being on my “bucket list”, I decided that this was my chance!  So in I went, and thankfully within a couple of minutes it no longer felt quite so cold!

kayaking by waterfalls on lake glenville - 1

Swimming in the clear, emerald water at the base of the waterfall and surrounded by ducks, I was full of unmitigated joy!  I floated and paddled about while listening to the sound of rushing water and occasional quacks.  A few of the ducks stayed close by, and I felt as if I was a true part of their world seeing them from that splendid vantage point.  I noticed several Bluegill and Bream swimming about and then going down to check out my pink toenails, to see what exactly those bright things were.  Completely mesmerized and relaxed, I peered down through the amazingly clear water, watching as the fish gently nibbled on my toes and legs, and as I have many times before, I felt so very blessed to be able to enjoy such a wondrous experience!

ducks on lake glenville cashiers NC - 1

A ducks eye view of . . . ducks!

ducks on lake glenville cashiers NC 2 - 1

I could’ve easily stayed there with the falls, ducks and fish forever, but the clouds were moving in, and I knew that would bring cooler temperatures.  So also knowing I had a good distance to paddle back, I reluctantly got out of the water and crawled back into my kayak.  I said my last goodbye to the glorious setting, and to the ducks who wouldn’t be following me back to our friends’ dock.  That evening we were treated to Peggy’s delicious enchiladas and cole slaw, and enjoyed it with lots of great conversation and much laughter.  The next morning it was time for the four of us to head back home, so I made one last trip down the stairs leading to the dock, where I fed several of my duck friends for the last time, before telling them and beautiful Lake Glenville goodbye.  Then goodbyes and thank-you’s were said and hugs passed around before we were heading down the road leading to home.

sunrise on lake glenville cashiers NC - 1

One last view of the lake

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Rachelle

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