The 47th Annual Waterfowl Festival and “Tiny Trees”
by Rachelle Siegrist
We just returned home from Easton, MD, where we spent the past several days participating in the 47th Annual Waterfowl Festival. We were delighted to have so many collector friends come see our work during the weekend and wish to especially thank those who added more of our paintings to their collections!
As usual we enjoyed spending time with artist friends and especially loved getting to know Russian artist Vladimir and his wife, Tatiana, better. During the artists’ party Saturday evening we laughed uncontrollably, while trying to teach them to speak hillbilly, with them attempting to teach us a few Russian phrases! As you can well imagine with our respective accents, it sounded totally hilarious!
Before we knew it, the weekend had flown by, and we were saying our goodbyes and heading back to our home in the Smokies. There was still quite a bit of fall color on the return trip, while driving through the Shenandoah Valley region, thus making it a beautiful drive once again.
I’m delighted to share with you several photos of the “Tiny Trees” instillation at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. The collection of almost 300 miniature trees painted by students during classes throughout our week-long residency at the museum, will be on display throughout most of this month. It’s great fun to see all of the little trees, each and everyone of them totally unique! So if you’re in the Wausau area, I highly recommend you visit the Woodson Museum and walk amongst the the miniature forest! (Thanks to Catie at the museum for sharing these photos with us!)
~ Fresh off the Easels ~
I finished my painting of a Zebra this past week titled “Zebra Kisses“. I photographed this adorable Zebra while visiting a drive-through animal park last May and was delighted to be able to get a velvety soft kiss from him as well as this great photo for reference for my painting! Of course he enjoyed eating the food I gave him as a thank you in return too!
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Until next time . . .