Autumn at the Siegrist Painting Studio!

Autumn at the Siegrist painting studio!

By Rachelle Siegrist

fall leaves at siegrists house

“It was a most delightful and warm afternoon! Drenched in sunlight, I could feel the warmth of the sun caressing my bare shoulders, as I stood watching the first few golden-hued leaves twirl and waltz about,  as they slowly drifted to the ground below. Every fiber in my being desperately searched for the last few remaining signs of summer. Then night fell, and when I awoke, I realized it had turned cold . . . very cold. Suddenly I was faced with the harsh reality that those last few precious threads of summer had somehow managed to escape the grip of my tightly clinging fingers . . . while I lay sleeping.”

fall flowers at the siegrists

They say it makes one feel better to write about things that are bothering them, so I guess I should feel somewhat better now about the passing of summer. But I must admit, I find myself standing and scratching my head, while asking . . . “Where did the summer go?” It seemed to pass in the blink of an eye, perhaps because we enjoyed much of it while lazily floating down the river on tubes basking in the warm summer sun. Now donning a sweater, I can’t imagine that a mere week ago, I was swimming in Dale Hollow Lake, enjoying the intense warmth of the sun, while dressed in minimal summer attire. Seasons come and seasons go. It’s just that some are much more anticipated than others I suppose. Thankfully, it’s still warm in our studio however, where we have spent most of our time this past week painting. While I have been working on a portrait commission, Wes and I both have also been painting on miniature paintings for our upcoming shows, the 44th Annual Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD and the 19th Annual Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville, GA. With recently acquiring several more wonderful photos at both the Knoxville Zoo, and during our trip to CO for the SAA show, it is becoming ever increasingly difficult to choose what to paint next, with so many inspiring choices awaiting us!

golden retriever dog painting in progress

My Golden Retriever painting in progress . . .

Wes and I also enjoyed a couple of fun outings this past week. We attended a lecture, one in a series named “Tuesdays at 2” at our local Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, where photographer Bill Lea gave an interesting presentation entitled “Understanding the Black Bear”. We almost thought it wasn’t going to take place however, as it was ten past 2PM, and Bill was nowhere to be found. Luckily, our friend, Fred, saved the day, when he called Bill at his home here in Townsend, and reminded him of his talk, telling him there was a crowd of patiently waiting people, eager to hear him and see a collection of his beautiful photographs of Black Bears. Within minutes, he was there graciously apologizing for the missed appointment, and then gave a delightful presentation.

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I’m thrilled to share with you that Wes and I both received very nice awards at the Cider Painters of America’s 30th Annual Exhibition!

meerkat painting by Rachelle Siegrist, Best Watercolor CPA14

The Blacksmith  portrait painting by Wes Siegrist, Best Portrait CPA

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~ The latest paintings off of the Siegrists’ Easels ~

I finished my miniature painting of a mother Canada Goose taking her babies out for a swim this past week, while Wes finished his painting of an Anhinga, drying out after a swim, amongst beautiful Spanish Moss laden trees.

Anhinga painting by_Wes_Siegrist                               “Sitting In A Spanish Cathedral ” by Wes

Canada Geese with babies painting by_Rachelle_Siegrist                                   “Taking The Kids For A Swim ” by Rachelle

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Until next time . . .
~ Rachelle

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