Hot . . . Hot . . . Hot!

“Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not”
~ Anonymous

And currently like it . . . . we do not, as it seems that, along with us, much of the US is practically burning up! I told Wes the other day that this is like a “heat storm”! Something just doesn’t feel right, not here in the Smokies anyway, for it to feel like an oven when you walk outside! It really messes with one’s mind! I’ve been placing a frozen chunk of ice in one of the bird baths the past few afternoons, and making sure that they’re all full, as the birds stay lined up beside them awaiting their turn at cooling off a bit. The Robins are practically staying in them, almost as if soaking in a wading pool. Well, I suppose all one can do is pray and hope for rain, and patiently wait for it to cool up a bit. With the warm days, we’ve been walking or biking either earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon. I must say, that the prospects of a cool crisp autumn day seems simply divine to me presently!

We’ve had a visitor on the front porch a couple mornings that we’ve seen during the past week. We looked up the name of the little beauty, and it seems he’s a Long-tailed Salamander. Thankfully he didn’t mind the paparazzi taking a few photos of him, so I was able to get a nice one that I can share with you.

My Mom, Dad and sister, Hayley, arrive later this evening, and I’m sure hoping that they are bringing up some much needed, leftover rain from Florida! So needless to say this next week will be a fun one, as we invent ways to keep cool, while hopefully getting to enjoy the woods in the Park some. I want to share a few more photos from our hike to LeConte last week, and who knows, maybe the waterfall scenes will help make you feel a bit cooler!

photo of maggie's falls

photo of Rhododendrons blooming in the smoky mountain national park

smoky mountain national park

smoky mountain national park

photo of shelf mushrooms on alum cave bluff trail

Currently on the easel: I’m currently painting on a miniature of a Meerkat, which is lit beautifully by very strong sunlight. Wes finished his miniature of an exhibition room in one of the National Art Museums in DC, showing several people admiring the painting of Napoleon Bonaparte, and it is part of our ongoing “Visiting the Masterpieces” series. I finished my commission and now Wes is also working on another one.

miniature painting of a meerkat

My miniature painting of a Meerkat in progress

miniature portrait painting

“21st Century Art Appreciation” by Wes is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

 

~ Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~

EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES AND RACHELLE SIEGRIST at the Nevada State Museum, Carson City, NV (Fifty of our miniature paintings are on display and available for purchase!)

  Blossom II: Art of Flowers at the Greenacres Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

51st Society of Animal Artists “Art & the Animal” Exhibition at the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL

8th Annual Heartland Art Guild Miniatures Art Show at the Miami County Historical Museum, Paola, KS

To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

~ Coming Soon! ~

the siegrists teaching at the Artistic Designs 2011 workshop 

We will be attending the opening reception for the 6th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show at Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, IN on July 13th.  At 7:30 that evening Wes will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on “The History and Challenges of Miniature Art” to the public.  The following day, Saturday the 14th, we will be teaching a workshop on miniature painting.  Please contact the gallery for information on joining us! (Photo courtesy of the Gallery from our 2011 Workshop)

 “Collect the future’s history today while it is still affordable.”

Until next time ~ Rachelle

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