Once again, much of the past week has been spent painting and Wes, along with a few others, has been putting the finishing touches on the soon to be published MAA book. Thankfully, our weather has been a bit more pleasant with cooler temps during the day and at night, allowing us to enjoy the windows being open for most of the past several mornings. This is a great joy to us, as we love to hear all of our sweet birds singing their beautiful songs, and the occasional squirrel fussing, when it doesn’t feel like sharing his peanut butter treats. Dovecakes has been coming to get her treats daily, and the Carolina Wren family continues to eat us out of house and home! Little Scarlett, the Chipmunk, has been gathering her share of sunflower seeds to store for this winter.
The hummingbirds continue their battle over the feeders and the many available nectar sourced plants throughout the yard! They never believe that there’s plenty for everyone. We have also had a mother Black Bear and her three cubs visit our neighborhood at least a couple of times this past week. They’re moving about a bit this time of year as mating season starts, but no visits lately, so that’s probably it for this year. Stinky the skunk is definitely still around though, because her natural “aroma” drifts in through our opened windows most mornings. We also enjoyed a visit from a gorgeous little Black-throated Green Warbler yesterday, and that was a nice treat!
We enjoyed a wonderful concert this past Friday evening at our local Heritage Center, featuring Randy McGinnis, a native flute player, and Lucie Carlson, a concert violinist. It was a magical and relaxing time as the smooth and beautiful sounds from their flute and violin filled the air. One could almost hear a pin drop as the audience sat mesmerized by their peaceful songs of long ago. It was quite easy while listening, to picture oneself sitting on a mountain top, looking out across the vast scene of distant mountain ranges, while a Red-tailed Hawk circles above, and the calls of crows can be heard off in the distance. At the conclusion, it was time to snap back into reality.
Fresh off the easel: I finished my portrait miniature, “The White Squirrel Man”, of our dear friend Don this past week. Part of our mini vacation last week, was spent at Don’s place in North Carolina. He enjoys feeding his resident White Squirrels, and it’s always a real treat for me to be able to see and feed them as well when we visit. Mama Whitey graced us with her presence during this past visit!
Currently on the easels: I’m putting the finishing touches on a portrait miniature of myself wearing a Victorian style lace dress, and this will be the first self portrait miniature that I too have done. I also will be starting a commissioned portrait miniature of a little girl, once we receive the frame for it. Wes is currently painting on a portrait miniature of a mountain man named Herb, that we photographed in Dubois, WY.
Our solo exhibition,“The World of Nature in Miniature: Paintings by Wes and Rachelle Siegrist”, at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina, Kansas, opens Saturday, September 4th.
Also, the 50th Society of Animal Artists “Art & the Animal” Exhibition opens this coming Saturday, September the 4th at San Diego Natural History Museum in San Diego, CA.
Continually wishing you all the coolness and beauty of the onset of fall!
Until next time ~ Rachelle 🙂