Wishing You A Happy New Year!

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Ah. . . the magnificent blue sky!

Wow . . . after eight days of gray skies and rain, the sun is brightly shining here today, with gloriously clear, blue skies above!!! After this past week of cloudy weather and rain, it almost seems like a miracle! It’s really funny to see all of the birds donning sunglasses however, until their eyes readjust to this amazing, bright light. It’s been so bad, that the local farmers even had to install sunlamps in the barns for their poor cows! . . . just kidding. Anyway, needless to say, Wes and I have sure enjoyed it today, with lunch at Subway and then a nice walk around town. Wes is still enjoying it as I type, while working out in the yard.

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Our man-made sunshine . . . our Christmas tree!

We enjoyed a very nice Christmas Eve dinner with Wes’ parents and our friends, Fred and Barb, last Monday here at our home. I made homemade baked ziti, green beans with herbs and garlic bread, and we had chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting for dessert . . . why of course! Then we all enjoyed playing a game of Mexican Train Dominoes afterwards. Christmas Day, after eating a light lunch here at the house, we went to the movies to see the new movie, “The Hobbit, the Unexpected Journey”, then headed to our favorite restaurant, Lemon Grass for our Christmas dinner afterwards. As usual Lemon Grass was delicious, and poor Wes and his parents had to endure my Sméagol voice impressions for the next 48 hours! We got home in time to Skype with my family down in Florida, which was great fun! Tyler and Haydyn showed us some of their Christmas toys, and then they put Haydyn up in the chair so she and I could do the “Can-can” together. When we were down in Florida last month, Haydyn would say, “No No . . . do the can-can” at which time she would point her right toes and bring her leg up and down, so I proceeded to do the same thing, and this became a common activity for the both of us. It’s just adorable to see and I’m hoping to get her doing it on video next time we’re down there! After that performance, my dad and I commenced to showing off our treasured gifts of dark chocolate that we had each received for Christmas. He would show something then I would jump up and come back with some of my chocolate gifts, and this went on for some time. I heard giggles in the back, from Wes and his parents, but didn’t think anything of it until afterwards, when Wes told me how they laughed at the fact it had degraded into a “One-up-man-ship” between my dad and me, involving our dark chocolate! Ha . . . all in fun jest of course!

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Wes has a mean look on his face, because he had already taken all of his poor dad’s and my money and properties, and was after his moms! . . . Yes, he won Monopoly!
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Me Skyping with my Dad and nephew Tyler on Christmas Day

Fresh off the easel: Wes just recently finished a miniature painting of a couple of kid goats that we saw while visiting the Museum of Appalachia earlier this year. I am almost done on my painting of Eulabee Dix in our “Visiting the Masterpieces” series, and am having great fun with it!

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Admiring the “Lady in Black Velvet” (in progress)
3½ x 2½ inches
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“Wee Wittle Woolies” by Wes
2½ x 3½ inches

Come See Our Paintings This Week:

American Women Artists Master and Signature Member Show

Until January 6, 2013: Ironwood Gallery at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

28th Almost Miniatures Show

Until January 12, 2013: Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA


Mark Your Calendars:

Siegrist Solo Exhibition at the Yellow House Gallery, Sebring, FL (We will be here on Friday the 11th to give a lecture and be present for the public reception starting at 5PM!)



Opening January 10, 2013: The ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL (We will be here on Thursday the 17th to give a lecture, gallery walk and to be present for the public reception.  The programs start at 3PM!)

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

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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