Painting For Our 20th Southeastern Wildlife Expo


Rachelle Siegrist painting a river otter in miniature
“The Aquatic Ballerina”

Wes and I spent most of our time in the studio this past week painting and getting things ready for the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this week. We will both be demonstrating at their new and exciting A Big Night For Small Works which will take place Wednesday, February 12th from 6 to 10PM. I just finished painting “The Aquatic Ballerina” yesterday, which will be among the forty-some miniature paintings shown there and available for adding to your collection. Wes will be finishing the painting below at the Wednesday night event.

wes siegrist painting a night heron at SEWE

Wes will also be demonstrating on a painting of a Southern Fox Squirrel which we enjoyed watching, and photographed at Brookgreen Gardens, as well as on a Great Blue Heron that we saw while visiting Florida in December.

wes siegrist demonstrating miniature painting at SEWE

I will be demonstrating on a painting featuring my precious Bunny squirrel, doing what she does best other than eating, and that’s looking totally adorable! I’ll also be painting on a Yellow-crowned Night Heron which we photographed during our recent visit to Brookgreen Gardens.

rachelle painting a squirrel at SEWE

This past week has brought just about every kind of weather imaginable, starting off with a day of ample sunshine, followed by an unseasonably warm day in the mid-70s, which we decided to take advantage of by kayaking. It was a great decision and we enjoyed a beautiful, relaxing day on the water!

wes siegrist kayaking

That night it started to rain, and it continued raining for the next 3 days, filling the Little River to capacity and beyond, bringing it above flood stage! So as you can imagine we spent most of our time in the studio this past week painting and getting things ready for SEWE. We managed to take a couple of short walks down to the river to see how bad it was flooding. During one outing, an unexpected windstorm accompanied a heavy downpour made it almost impossible to use our large umbrella, so I imagined being one of those adrenaline junky weather reporters holding on for dear life to palm trees blowing over in hurricanes, thus turning it into an adventure indeed! As you can see in the photo below, the river rose, surrounding many homes along its lower-lying banks.

flooding in townsend

Shown below is the Wye, which is where we go snorkeling and tubing at times during the summer when the water is at a normal level. You can see the raging river has swallowed a big part of the woods!

flooding in the smokies

flood in townsend

What a difference a day makes…Unbelievably the photo of the swinging bridge above was taken a day before the one below!

snow in the smokies

Some things such as my Camelia, are totally confused as to what time of the year it is!

snow in the smokies2

Today, the sun is actually out and accompanied by brilliant blue skies. It’s a welcome sight indeed since we haven’t seen it since last Sunday! The Little River is back to a normal height once again and the snow has melted away. So I guess we’ll see what tomorrow brings us weatherwise here in the Smokies, as we continue to get ready for our 20th time at SEWE!

~  See Our Miniatures In-Person This Week  ~

38th Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
February 12 – 16, 2020: Charleston, SC

SEWE big night for small works Rachelle siegrist dog painting
(Thanks to our friend Terry Miller for this lovely graphic image)

Exquisite Miniatures at Brookgreen Gardens                                                               January 25 – April 26, 2020:Murrells Inlet, SC

Exquisite Miniatures exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens7

45th Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 19 – February 9, 2020: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

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~ Rachelle


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