It’s Waterfowl Festival Time!


Siegrist miniature paintings at waterfowl festival

We are really looking forward to returning to Easton, MD this week for our 11th Waterfowl Festival! Many trees have dropped their last leaf and have become graceful outlines against the mountains and late fall skies, thus reminding us that it’s that time of year once again. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you there, and very excited that almost all of our miniature paintings are brand new to the show this year!

Meanwhile, much of this past week has been spent painting and also getting our miniature paintings together for the upcoming solo exhibition at the beautiful Yadkin Cultural Arts Center, which will open later this month. It will feature fifty-one brand new miniature paintings to the Center, and we will be in attendance for the opening and to give a lecture on Friday, November 16th starting around 5:30PM.

Since I don’t have new photos to share with you this week, I thought I’d share a few from our adventures with Wes’ parents from the week before, only this time in the world of black and white. My love affair with B&W photography began when I was a little girl. My dad enjoyed taking and developing photos, and was very good at it I must say. I remember being so excited when I would get to go into our “temporary darkroom” which was my brother’s bathroom and mine. Dad would move the enlarging camera in and set it up, and then methodically line up the numerous trays filled with the correct developing liquids and rinses. At this time he would explain to me and my brother that once we were in, we were in for the long haul, and would hang a dark green sheet over the door to block out any light, and it was time for the magic show to begin! I remember being so excited as the image was “burned” onto the sheet of white paper and then transferred to the first tray. It seemed to take forever, as anxiously I waited for it to be carefully removed from the first one and transferred to the second, where the real magic began and the image started to appear. I was always amazed at how this could be and it was so exciting to see the photo coming to life! As it was transferred to the remaining trays and rinse water and then carefully lifted out and hung to dry, we would start of the next in line, and the magic would start all over! When the photos were all developed and it was safe to open the door, one would’ve thought I had been the photographer with my excitement in showing my mom what we created! It took true artistry to create the photos back then and one really had to know what they were doing, starting with the knowledge of settings on the camera, to the chemistry of the developing process. And somehow, all of the careful planning and patience seemed to make each photo something of a treasure, not to be taken for granted, especially when you got a great one! Now with the brief history lesson on B&W photography, lets take a little visual journey through the artistic B&W eye . . .

photo on cherohola skyway

photo on cherohola skyway

photo of fall foilage

photo of a railroad track

box turtle photo

photo of a spider web

photo on middleprong trail

photo on cherohola skyway

Fresh off the easel: We’re actually still working on the paintings on our easel this week. Wes is almost done with another butterfly painting for his new series and I am just about to complete two tom turkeys puffed up and strutting against each other.

Come See Our Paintings This Week:


52nd Society of Animal Artists “Art & the Animal” Exhibition

Until December 31, 2012: Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, Oradell, NJ

10th Biennial Kentucky National Art & Wildlife Exhibit

Until November 29, 2012: The Henderson Fine Arts Center, Henderson, KY

22nd MonDak Heritage Center’s Miniature Art Show

October 31 – December 29, 2012: The MonDak Heritage Center, Sidney, MT

American Women Artists 15th Annual National Juried Competition and Member Show

November 2 – 25, 2012: K. Newby Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Tubac AZ

American Women Artists Master and Signature Member Show

November 3, 2012 – January 6, 2013: Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

To view all our many exhibits:

~ Have a loved one or a beloved pet you would like captured in miniature? Contact and commission us!

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Until next time ~ Rachelle


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