Fish Nibbling On My Fingers

Eastern Black-nose Dace.2

Happily, we managed to find a spot at the river a couple of times this past week, while leaving the house during real estate viewings. Obviously that is a favorite place to hang out for awhile for me! I do believe my little fish friends recognize my bright pink mask, for as soon as I go to one particular spot, there they are almost immediately lined up in a semicircle, all patiently waiting for me to rub the sediment off of the rocks, so they can enjoy eating the bits and pieces of dislodged stuff. It’s just so sweet and instantly makes my day!

Well, this past week, what I’ve been patiently waiting for, happened! The fish started nibbling on my fingers and hands, and it’s quite precious to watch, and very cool to feel! At times they even lay on my hand or between my fingers and gently rub their silky soft bodies along my hand, and that simply delights me, to know they trust and accept me in their underwater world! From what I can discern online, a big portion of the small fish are Eastern Blacknose Dace, a type of darter minnow. There are also several other species of shiners, minnows and a couple of times big chubs and even a baby hogsucker came very close to nibbling on my hand!

Eastern Black-nose Dace

Needless to say, I’m completely in heaven the entire time, while snorkeling about and hanging out with my little fish friends! This past week, some recent rains brought the water levels up high enough that we were able to tube a section of the river, which is always great fun, and indeed another favorite pastime of mine! 

rachelle siegrist

At home, we continue to work in the gardens and keep the house inside ready at a notice for a viewing. Most mornings, I spent outside in the garden, whilst enjoying breakfast with my feathered and furry friends. I usually have the bunny, several squirrels and many birds, including my Carolina Wrens and their 4 babies. At one point all 4 babies were all together on top of the little wooden picnic table eating! It was truly adorable to see, and I was so sad that I didn’t have the camera with me. Maybe I’ll have another chance at getting a photo of them for you. 

beautiful gardens

I did manage to record this sound file of the babies singing. I only wish I could’ve recorded it in surround sound for you, just at it sounded to me in real life, which was absolutely beautiful!

Below is my beautiful blonde squirrel named B.B., which stands for Bissell’s Baby. Bissell was my original blonde squirrel, who was a dear furry friend for many years, and this is one of her babies who is very spoiled! Okay, you may wonder why I had named her Bissell. Well, it’s because she appeared to just suck in every spec of food in sight at a high rate of speed, much like a Bissell used to clean carpets . . . Ha Ha!

adorable animals

I was delighted to paint something other than walls or porches etc. this past week, as I started painting on this miniature watercolor of a Griffon sculpture in gorgeous Brookgreen Gardens, located in Murrells Inlet, SC. I loved how the Mockingbird was sitting atop its’ wing, and actually has its’ beak opened just like the sculpture, and thought this was so much fun, that I just had to paint it! 

miniature painting by Rachelle Siegrist

This is after another days work of painting on it, much of it being a stippling technique to achieve the texture of the stone. 

miniature painting by Rachelle Siegrist2

With planning to move, we are currently having a BIG moving sale on some of our artwork, and this includes some of our larger artworks! So if you would like to acquire one of our paintings for your very own collection, here’s the LINK to Collector’s Corner and if you see paintings you’d like to get, please email us at: Wes is continuing to remove paintings as they sell. Below are a few of the paintings remaining.

siegrist collectors corner

See our miniatures in person this week

Society of Animal Artists Art That Matters to the Planet Show
August 14 – October 25, 2021:The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY


My painting “Cool, Clean, Water” and Wes’ “The Tragic Death of a King” are both in this prestigious exhibition!


Exquisite Miniatures is currently at the beautiful Elliott Museum located in Stuart, FL 

We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.

To see our available miniature paintings, visit our WEBSITE

Contact us by EMAIL here:

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

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