Summer Fun With The Siegrists
By Rachelle Siegrist
Wes and I have spent most of our time painting this past week finishing up a couple of commissions, as well as painting pieces for upcoming shows. We’re still enjoying daily walks or bike rides, which we do either early in the morning or later in the evening, since it’s been getting rather warm during the middle of the day. Last Tuesday, we enjoyed a wonderful visit from artist friend LeAnn Pendleton, and her husband Jerry. After showing them around, and critiquing her recent work, the four of us went to our local Mexican restaurant for a yummy lunch! We all had a delightful time filled with lots of laughter, and I think one of the highlights for them both was watching our silly and very entertaining squirrels!
This past Friday morning, we decided the water level of the Little River had finally receded enough that we could safely tube down it. With tubes in arms, we excitedly went down to the river’s edge. Once there, we mounted our tubes and after letting out a scream when the icy cold water hit us, off we went! No concerns about hitting ones backside on rocks during that trip, as the water was rushing right along at a pretty good clip! “Wow . . . what a great adventure!” I thought as I zipped along, bobbing up and down, quite seriously at times! It was all was fun and games, until each time the white water areas splashed, spraying me all over with the frigid water! We tubed for a couple of hours until I was satisfied that my toes looked like raisins and we both had worked up hearty appetites. The fun morning was finished off with us lunching on Subway sandwiches, while soaking up the sun on their porch!
(Since we had no camera Friday, the above photo was from another recent trip)
If you’ve ever been to Townsend, you know it’s quite small and easy to miss when driving through it. That being said, I have to share this funny story I witnessed, while sitting in the parking lot at the P.O. recently. A well dressed lady got out of her car and asked an older local gentleman who was walking out of the P.O. “Where is the city of Townsend?” to which he replied, “Well Mam . . . I reckon yer purt’n near standin’ the midt’ of it”. To which she replied “Oh, well where are the shops in the downtown section?” to which the older gentleman once again kindly replied, “weeeeeell . . . if’n ya take a right at the end of the road . . . don’t mind the convicts pickin’ up trash . . . and go up er’ a ways . . . there outta be a store or two.” Everybody is always wanting to know where our “downtown” section is, and this scene both made me chuckle and very thankful to live in such a wonderful place!!!
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~ The latest paintings off of the Siegrists’ Easels ~
I finished my dog commission painting of two adorable little sweeties this past week, named Mighty and Minnie. Sadly, Mighty had recently passed away, making this gift even more special! They were fun to paint, and I especially loved their pretty little Kimonos.
Wes finished his commission painting of a precious baby elephant, which we enjoyed watching and photographed during one of our many visits to the zoo.
Last week I shared with you that I was delighted to win the “Patron’s Choice Award” on my miniature painting, “Mother’s Things” at the 9th Annual Miniature Fine Art Show at Artistic Designs Gallery, so I thought I would share the painting with you this week.
There’s still time to take home one of our miniature paintings from the Masters in Miniature Invitational Show taking place at beautiful Trailside Galleries in Jackson Hole. The show runs through July 31st and you can visit the galleries website by clicking on the image below.
Until next time . . .