Miniature Paintings in Progress

miniature paintings in progress by Rachelle Siegrist
“Bunny Squirrel” and my heron painting in the first stage of the painting process

It’s been another highly productive week here in our studio in the Smokies, with us getting in a lot of painting time at the easels.  I thought it would be fun to share a few of the steps along the way while painting our two recently finished squirrel miniature paintings. We demonstrated on them at the Big Night For Small Works event during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this past month. Once the initial washes are laid down, then it’s time to start building up and establishing the values.

miniature squirrel painting by rachelle siegrist

Since we work in watercolor, we carefully lay down brushstroke upon brushstroke of thin color to create the texture of the fur. It’s best to try and establish as early on as possible the darkest areas in the painting, which makes it easier to judge the middle values. Then it just takes a lot of time and patience to continue building the soft, thick-looking fur, so that it packs a punch when viewed under the magnifying glass!

Bunny Squirrel by Rachelle Siegrist

While we enjoy painting, it’s always especially fun to paint something you’re really excited about, and that was certainly the case with my precious “Bunny Squirrel” who is one of my best little critter friends! Bunny has her nest located in a tree not too far from our back deck, and she spends much of her time hanging out on our back porch.  I give her treats often, and when she thinks she needs more, she sits atop the handrail and strikes adorable poses, changing them, until I go out and give her a little edible something to enjoy.  Needless to say, it was a delight painting her!

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My painting “Bunny Squirrel”

Wes painted a miniature of a beautiful Fox Squirrel, and it’s always interesting to us to see the different ways in which we both begin, as well as paint our miniatures.  Wes started his with a very bright wash on the entire background, then built up the fur texture and the basic shapes of the stump.

Southern Fox Squirrel painting in progress by Wes Siegrist

The remaining texture and darkest darks and brightest highlights were added to the stump and the squirrel.  The gold is the last thing to be painted.

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We had so much fun watching and photographing all of the resident Southern Fox Squirrels, while at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens last month, where we attended the opening for our Exquisite Miniatures.

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“Southern Fox Squirrel” by Wes

~  See Our Miniatures In-Person This Week At ~

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

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Would you love to enjoy your special friend as a miniature painting?                             Then commission us to do just that! Email photos for consideration to us at siegrist@artofwildlife.com

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Until Next Time . . . 

~ Rachelle

2 thoughts on “Miniature Paintings in Progress

  1. Donald Weiser

    Hi, More lovely. Miss Bunny Squirrel is very precious!! Don

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    “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

    Voltaire

    On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 10:12 AM Under the Magnifying Glass wrote:

    > Wes and Rachelle Siegrist posted: ” It’s been another highly productive > week here in our studio in the Smokies, with us getting in a lot of > painting time at the easels. I thought it would be fun to share a few of > the steps along the way while painting our two recently finished squirrel > mi” >

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