Awards, New Paintings . . . and Fun Outdoors !
by Rachelle Siegrist
My “Early Morning Run” and Wes’ “Sunrise At The Marina”
Wes and I are both delighted to have received awards in the 83rd Miniature Painters, Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C Show. This international Exhibition of Fine Art in Miniature will be held November 20th through December 31st at the Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, MD. Excitedly I took 2nd in Birds and Animals on my “Early Morning Run” with Wes received 2nd in Watermedia on his “Sunrise At The Marina“.
My “A Magical Encounter” and “Uncomfortably Menacing”
Moreover, we’ve recently learned that we both have won awards in the upcoming 2016 Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit to be held at the Henderson Fine Arts Center, in Henderson, KY. The Exhibition runs October 3rd through November 30th and is a great place to see and purchase four of our miniature paintings in person!
Wes’ “Two Sheep With A View” and “No Laughing Matter”
We’re also thrilled to have been asked to be instructors for the TexArt Workshop which will be held at the Schreiner University, in Kerrville Texas, May 21st – 26th of next year!
What we’ll be teaching? We will be differentiating ourselves by specializing in opaque watercolor techniques vs. transparent. We also, while specialists in miniature, will be teaching techniques that apply at any size/scale so the appeal is more broad. Depending upon class requests we may be demonstrating wildlife, landscape, portraiture, still life or marine (boats). We’ll be more inclusive this time with general small works and conventional sizes if participants wish to work in that format. To take part in this exciting fun filled week visit the TexArt 2017 website for more information.
Work in the studio has been plentiful this past week, as we continue to paint new works for the upcoming Waterfowl Festival, and Plantation Wildlife Art Show, and I’ll be starting a dog and cat commission soon, which I will be anxious to share with you! We enjoyed hiking to a waterfall nearby with friends Tom and Sharon this past week. Lunch was enjoyed at the base of the falls, with Tom and I braving the frigid water while wading for a few minutes afterwards! A few of the trees sported bright red and orange foliage along the way adding a touch of splendid fall color to our adventure!
Another day Wes and I took our kayaks to a lake nearby and enjoyed paddling under beautiful blue skies, while peering down into the crystal clear water below! It was a gorgeous day and we had the lake all to ourselves, as we paddled along listening to the delightful sounds of crickets chipping and birds singing, accompanied by the rustling of leaves in the gentle fall breeze!
Of course no picnic lunch is complete without a bit of dark chocolate, so while I relaxingly laid back watching clouds slowly form and pass above, savoring each and every bite of my scrumptious chocolate, sneaky Wes . . . never missing a thing . . . captured my moment of bliss in a hilarious photo!
~ Fresh Off the Easels ~
Somehow I overlooked sharing one of my latest dog painting of a beautiful Boykin Spaniel named Colt, which I finished recently. This handsome boy belongs to a friend living in Southern Georgia, and I loved having the opportunity to photograph him late one evening!
Wes recently finished his painting of a precious little squirrel which we enjoyed watching during one of visits out West. This miniature painting will be one of 5 of our paintings to be featured in the upcoming 10th Anniversary Exhibition at the Steamboat Art Museum
located in Steamboat Springs, CO. The exhibition and sale will run from December 2, 2016 – April 8, 2017, and will be yet another great venue for seeing and purchasing our miniature paintings!
I finished a landscape commission this past week which showcases one of my favorite walking paths! This beautiful scene always reminds me of an entrance to an enchanted garden, and while painting it, I almost felt as if I was right there!
Until next time . . .