Well its official, while the “World of Nature in Miniature” is headed toward its destination at The West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen, Louisiana, the miniatures for the “Under The Magnifying Glass: Exquisite Miniatures by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist” show safely arrived at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Shreveport, LA. With the paperwork all filled out and the paintings safely on their way, we have been able to return to our painting, which has been quite enjoyable. To see information about our exhibitions at the museums, you can visit their websites at the links below. As you can well imagine we are very excited about these upcoming solo exhibitions and eagerly look forward to attending them in June.
Fresh off the easel and still on the easel: Wes finished his miniature “The Still of the Morning” this past week. It was painted from a photo taken in Oxford during our last visit to Easton, MD for the Waterfowl Festival. It was a beautiful morning as we walked around Oxford with the early morning light softly illuminating the many boats and beautiful homes in the small, quaint area. I’m working on a miniature of a lovely setting of boats from a photo also taken in Oxford. The warm, rich, colored wooden boat was quite beautiful complimented by the vibrant blue of the descended sail, with the numerous colors reflecting so nicely on the water. I’m very much enjoying painting on this miniature.
We continue to enjoy the wonderful springtime views out of our windows, especially in the studio and while we’re out working in, or just enjoying, our quickly growing gardens. The Azaleas are starting to bloom surrounding the front path with an amazing assortment of colors, transforming the front yard into a springtime wonderland! I’ll be sharing a few photos of them in the next couple of posts. A few more lilies continue to grace the area as well with their delicate lavender flowers. My feathered and furry friends continue to very much enjoy their daily handouts and treats. I now have to keep peanuts with me at all times while in the yard as Peedeepeeps follows my around asking for handouts. The other evening after finishing a delightful meal on the back porch and seconds after Wes had left to start working in the yard, Peedeepeeps came over landing on the table beside me and promptly walked, or more aptly “hopped” in his precious way, over and landed on the edge of my plate. He looked up at me as if to say, “Well, where is my portion?” So I had to explain that I had nothing there with me and to give me a second and I grabbed the peanut container. I put a few peanut crunchies there right before me and just as he was fixing to hop over and begin enjoying them, someone below started up the weed eater, unbeknownst to what was taking place . . . I won’t mention any names 🙂 The first of our Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrived this past week, obviously bringing us much excitement.
We enjoyed a wonderful hike in the Great Smoky Mountains park this past weekend as we hiked to Spence field and Rocky Top. Next week I will share a short story of our journey and the many wonderful things we saw and experienced during this wonderful day trip! Hope you all are enjoying this lovely time of spring!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂