Getting Ready For SEWE 2019

Getting ready for The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!

By Rachelle Siegrist

wes siegrist miniature paintings SEWE
Trying to decide how we want to arrange paintings at SEWE

Its been a busy week for us here in the Smokies, while trying to get paintings finished, paperwork done and everything ready for the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this next week.  We also had the new HVAC installed this past week, which took a couple of days.  Jessie, Zach and Brandon, from Underhile Heating and Cooling did the job perfectly, and since they were such a fun group, we turned the event into a party!  They enjoyed eating homemade baked ziti and muffins with us for lunch one day, and warm apple pie the other day.

Underhile heating and air
Jessie, Brandon, Wes and Zach with our new unit

Zach even brought me some fresh eggs from their pet chickens one morning and taught me how to fold an origami bird out of paper, and you can even make its wings move!  Moreover, we now have a warm house, so what’s not to love about that!  They did a great job and filled our house with wonderful stories and lots of laughter while doing so, making it a pleasure to have them do the job!

origami bird sculptures
Yes . . . that’s mine on the left with the deformed beak . . . Ha!

We enjoyed a couple of beautiful days here this past week, so we took advantage of one to go kayaking one afternoon, and of course had a ball!  Clouds parted revealing abundant sunshine, turning the water surrounding us into liquid emerald green as we paddled along.  In sections it was so crystal clear, that the bottom over ten feet below, appeared as if you could reach down and touch it, feeling the sandy bottom in-between the huge rocks.  I just couldn’t resist getting out and wading in the icy water for a couple of minutes at one point, sitting atop a large rock in the sun to warm up afterwards.

rachelle siegrist kayaking
Weeeeeeee!!!

Fresh vitamin D is always best, and I happily got a full dose that day, as well as the day it was warm enough to ride bikes, wearing shorts no less!  I recently learned how to take long exposure photos with my phone camera, by taking them in the “live” setting, and then selecting the long exposure setting, revealed upon swiping the photo up on my phone.  The more still you can hold your phone while taking the photo, the better your outcome with the long exposure.

cascades in the smokies photo

~ Fresh Off The Easel ~

I’m putting the finishing touches on my painting of a Great Blue Heron painted on silk, which will debut at the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC, this coming Thursday.  The inspiration came from a photo taken during our delightful kayaking trip along the Crystal River in Florida last October.

great blue heron painting on silk
“A Southern Fisherman”

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle

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