Miniature Paintings of Squirrels and Herons

miniature squirrel painting by rachelle siegrist
Bunny squirrel in progress

Well once again, the weather here in the Smokies this past week made it very conducive for staying inside and working in the studio. Needless to say, we got quite a bit of painting time in. I’ve been painting on my precious Bunny squirrel, which I started during the Big Night For Small Works, where Wes and I demonstrated miniature painting techniques throughout the evening at the start of the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, South Carolina recently.

miniature heron painting by rachelle siegrist
My painting still in the early stages

While I’m also continuing to paint on my miniature of a Black-crowned Night Heron, Wes finished his painting of one entitled “Serenity In The Swamp” this past week.

black-crowned night heron painting by wes siegrist.jpg
Wes’ painting “Serenity In The Swamp”

The reference for both miniatures was taken during our recent visit to Brookgreen Gardens, for the opening of our exhibition Exquisite Miniatures which is currently on display through April 26th at Brookgreen Gardens and is the topic of this month’s Brookgreen 101 class, scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium, and is free with paid admission to the gardens.

Exquisite Miniatures at Brookgreen Gardens

One day this past week, the rain turned into slush falling from the sky, and within no time it looked as if someone had flown over our yard, spilling chunks of their slushy all about. Slushy, white piles covered the shrubs, building up until big globs of it slid off, where it splatted on the saturated ground below. Although most of it had melted away by the end of the day, slushy remains stayed on the back deck where it froze overnight and stayed there, making it very tricky to walk out and feed my critters. over the next 3 days or so, until it finally melted late one afternoon after the sun had blessed us with its presence that day.

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Brookgreen Gardens ~ Murrells Inlet, SC

Exquisite Miniatures exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens7

Society of Animal Artists’ 59th Annual Art & The Animal National Tour
~ The Evelyn Burrow Museum, Hanceville, AL

Wes siegrist miniature painting in SAA exhibition
Wes’ painting “Southern Sentinel” hanging in the middle

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~ Rachelle


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