Who’s Watching Us Paint?

 

Painting, Kayaking and Baby Screech Owls!

By Rachelle Siegrist

rachelle siegrist kayaking

Early one morning this past week, we loaded up our kayaks and headed out for a mini adventure.  It was a gorgeous day, with clear blue skies and a slight chill in the air, as we climbed into our kayaks and paddled across the glassy surface of the water.  It was extremely clear too, allowing us to peer down several feet into the water below.  I was delighted when I saw a large trout, as well as several bass. A highlight of the morning, was when a Bald Eagle passed overhead!  We had an awesome adventure and returned home in time to spend the rest of the day painting our front porch.

rachelle siegrist painting

As you can see I’m much neater when painting my miniatures with wee little brushes, than when using a larger house brush . . . HaHa!  But not to worry thankfully, as we were painting the floor afterwards.

wes and rachelle siegrist greenhouse

Even the greenhouse got a fresh coat of paint, and our resident Screech Owl Shivers,  currently nesting in the box above the garden, curiously watched Wes as he painted below.

screech owl red

While Wes was painting, I happened to look out of our studio window at the right time, and saw two baby owls peaking out of the hole in the box.  I was thrilled to say the least, and quickly got a few photos before going down to tell Wes about our newest little residents!

baby screech owls

The yard finally dried out enough, after recent rains, that we could have a fire out back.  So we had several neighbor friends over one evening, for smore’s, while we enjoyed sitting around the fire and chatting.  As the sun set, the fireflies started appearing all around us, putting on quite a light show!

smore's at the siegrists

We were delighted to have Wes’ high school art teacher and dear friend Mike, and wife Connie, visit us one evening.  After supper together on the porch at our local Subway, we spent the remainder of the evening at our house, showing them our miniature paintings, model railroad and art collection, while sharing stories and catching up.  Mike played an important role in Wes’ desire to be an artist, and while they had a shared interest in art, they also enjoyed playing war games for countless hours, and doing other things together as well!  Needless to say, it was a great evening of reminiscing for us all!

wes siegrist and art teacher


~ Recently off the Easels ~

Here’s one of Wes’ recent miniature paintings, featuring a Jordan’s Red-cheeked Salamander, which we were delighted to see in the Smokies during one of our hikes in the upper elevations.  A good friend of ours knew exactly where to find them, and it wasn’t a minute after we had arrived in the correct area, that he carefully lifted a log, and voila’ . . . there it was!  Obviously he made our day with that!

Jordan's Red-cheeked Salamander painting by Wes Siegrist
Wes’ “Jordan’s Red-cheeked Salamander”

~ See our miniature paintings in person this week at this location ~

 The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, located in Clarksville, TN . Our Exquisite Miniatures tour will be on display there through June 30, 2018.

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle

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