New Paintings And A Greenhouse
By Rachelle Siegrist
I don’t know, maybe we just spent way too much time in the studio this past week . . . or we just wanted to see what one of our miniatures feels like being observed under a magnifying glass . . . or perhaps even just for fun. Nonetheless, for whatever reason we took this crazy selfie of ourselves under the magnifying glass, we thought it was pretty funny! We have also spent some time this past week building a greenhouse for our garden. Much of it is being built from recycled materials we had on hand, saving money and making it more environmentally friendly. In this photo, the bottom part is in place.
Having finished the bottom sections, the top part which is being constructed out of PVC, will be covered with plastic, save the couple of recycled windows that it will have on the front, and around the bottom on three sides. This way it can be taken down fairly easily if needed.
We’re hoping to be able to grow lots of kale, spinach, lettuce and help our peppers produce longer, as well as move all of our herbs and deck plants into it for the winter. I personally am hoping that it will be warm enough on some of those cold winter days, to be able to enjoy siting at a little table and perhaps eat lunch while being surrounded by green growing things!
It has been a very productive time here in the studio this week as well. Wes has been painting on a turkey painting, which will be one of our Tandem Treasure paintings, which I’ll be painting on this week too. It is for a special event taking place during the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville, GA this November. Excitedly, I started painting a miniature landscape of an older gentleman fishing the Flint River. We saw this stunningly peaceful setting while kayaking the river with artist friend David Lanier recently. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to paint it and of course I’m having loads of fun with it thus far!
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~ The latest paintings off of the Siegrists’ Easels ~
I put the finishing touches this past week, on two miniature paintings I had been working on as well. “Patterns of Light” featuring a gorgeous Great White Egret was painted from a photo I took while in Corkscrew Swamp this past May. He was fishing one of the few remaining “gator holes”, or very small areas of water which are crated by alligators digging them out with their bodies, to trap and catch fish in dry seasons.
“Snowy at the Beach” was painted from a photo taken at Lovers Key State Park, while we were there in the Ft. Myers, FL area this past May. I absolutely love the lighting in both of these paintings, making them delightfully interesting to paint!
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Until next time . . .