A Busy Start To Spring!


Busy Bees!

by Rachelle Siegrist

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It’s been a very productive week here at our studio in the Smokies!  Happily, we’re seeing signs of Spring, with days growing longer, flowers appearing, birds singing and bees occasionally zipping through the air!  Needless to say, that brings me much joy with anticipation of warmer days ahead!  We’ve enjoyed spending time with friends in the evenings, with a BBQ supper on the screen porch, dinner parties, playing Mexican Train dominoes and more!

While we’ve been busily painting, a couple of shows featuring our work have opened, with one being the Miniature Show and Sale at beautiful Collectors Covey in Dallas, TX.  I’m delighted to say that both of my Longhorn paintings sold during the drawing this past Friday evening!

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Our 4 miniature paintings are featured in the middle (photo courtesy of Collector’s Covey)

Exquisite Miniatures can be seen at the lovely Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, located in Bonita Springs, FL, now through April 29th.  If you are in the area or planning a visit this next month, this is a great opportunity to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person! The paintings on display are available for purchase and will be sent to the collector at the closing of the show at each venue.

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Exquisite Miniatures on display (photo courtesy of The Center For the Arts of Bonita Springs)

We also have several of our miniature paintings available for purchase at the Steamboat Art Museum  located in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Our paintings are featured in their  10th Anniversary Exhibition, so if you’re in the area now through April 8th, plan a visit to this beautiful museum!  Other shows will be opening soon and I will be sharing more info about them as the time draws near!

~ Fresh off the Easels ~

I recently finished my painting of a Red-eared Slider, which I photographed during our trip to Texas last August for the annual Society of Animal Artists Exhibition.  While walking on a boardwalk, I happened to spot this precious little turtle completely surrounded by duck weed, happily resting and quite content in its sunny spot!

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“Enjoying My Sunny Spot” 

Wes is currently painting on a commission of a gorgeous location in the Virgin Islands!  Every time I look at it, I love imagining that I too am happily sitting on that warm, sunny beach!  We thought it would be fun showing just how small these two relaxed collectors are compared to his tiniest brush!

Wes Siegrist painting a miniature beach scene

I’m also currently working on several paintings, three of which are commissions.  This is my latest dog commission which I’ve just started, featuring an adorable group of precious furry friends, and as you can imagine, I am most excited about painting this one!

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“A Mule Full” in progress

There’s still time to sign up for this amazing opportunity to take a workshop from us, as well as several other artist during this exciting week at TexArt!  To experience what went on during our week there visit my blog TexArt 2016  . . . For more info on the workshop visit  TexArt 2017

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle

An Adventurous Week With Family!

An Adventurous Week With Family!

by Rachelle Siegrist

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Tyler and Haydyn enjoy walking on our trail with a wee bit of snow

We enjoyed an adventurous fun filled week with my parents, niece and nephew, starting with a happy reunion a week ago!  Last Sunday morning while driving to Fort Loudoun State Park, we stopped along the Foothills Parkway to play in the dusting of snow.  We managed to scrape up enough to build a small snowman, we named Poe and placed at the base of the windshield.  Poe managed to last through our picnic at Chilhowee Lake, and much of the drive until all that remained was his head and an arm, which blew off while driving down the road, obviously filling the truck with laughter!

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Mom, Dad, Haydyn, me, Tyler, Wes, Sharon and Tom at Fort Loudoun

Once at the fort, the kids enjoyed exploring the numerous buildings, finding old canons, and checking out historical artifacts!  Haydyn and I even made special brick oven “pizzas” for everyone, from pieces of bark, stones and sticks in a brick fireplace.  Blue skies above and ample sunshine made for a great day while roaming throughout the picturesque fort and the evening culminated with a delicious supper at a favoriteMexican restaurant.

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Haydyn and me making special brick oven pizzas

The next morning Wes showed the kids how to draw and design their own forts. Once completed, we each explained how our forts worked and what everything was, and Tyler informed me that mine called “NoNo’s Happy Fort” was going down, because of the chocolate fountain and palm trees in the center court yard, as well as the fact that the canons shot out chocolate kisses instead of bullets, and the alligators swam in a chocolate filled moat!  

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Drawing and designing our forts

That afternoon we hiked up nearby Middle Prong Trail, and the kids had a ball exploring and seeing the waterfalls and cascades!  We petted lots of thick green moss, skipped rocks and pretended how much fun it would be to tube down some of the big cascades!  They really loved the old, long, metal bridge and floating pieces of bark, our boats, down the white water!

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Haydyn and me

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Dad, Tyler and me found the perfect spot . . .  out on a fallen tree

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Dad and Tyler sitting by one of the many cascades

Clouds, cold and drizzly rain made it a perfect day Tuesday for spending the afternoon at friends Sharon and Tom’s house, while Sharon helped the kids make special cards and projects.  That evening they, as well as friend Kit, joined us for a taco party at our house, with everyone enjoying playing in ping pong tournaments!  

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Wes and I are happy to have influenced their likes … Bats and Rattlesnakes!

We spent Wednesday afternoon in Cade’s Cove, where we counted close to 80 deer while driving around the loop road.  We stopped to walk and see historical buildings and play in the wee dusting of snow at times, and I must admit we all just about froze to death!  That evening we joined several friends for a delicious supper at Pizza Hut, and played pool here at the house afterwards.

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Tyler, Mom, Wes, Haydyn and Dad in Cades Cove . . . I thought I saw the camera . . . obviously not!

Although Thursday brought clear blue skies and sunshine, it was still a cold one!  So we bundled up and headed for the Knoxville Zoo, where we had a great time seeing all of the animals and exhibits!  A highlight for the kids was riding a camel for the first time, and for me it was spending time singing a duet with Georgie the Gibbon, as well as watching a mother gorilla cradling and feeding her baby! Delighted to have captured the precious intimate moment in a photo, I can’t wait to paint it!

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Tyler and Haydyn having a blast!

Lots of fun and excitement at the zoo!

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Haydyn and I ride a friendly Komodo Dragon

Friday we hiked to a nearby waterfall, and I am thrilled to say I have two new little hiker buddies, who absolutely love hiking now, especially to waterfalls!  They had a great time climbing over the rocks and standing at the base of the falls!  We watched water striders and small minnows swimming, petted lush moss and smelled wee wildflowers. Needless to say, we had an awesome time!

Haydyn and Tyler by the falls ~ Dad, me, Haydyn and Tyler walking the trail

That evening friends joined us for fresh baked brownies on the screen porch and the kids, big (me) and little, had fun walking and playing on the trail in the back woods.  Little Chance immediately fell in love with my family, especially Haydyn, and while sitting by her on the porch swing, sweetly told her “hold hands” in his tiny little voice, and as you can imagine the rest of us said “Ohhhhhh” with big smiles on our faces!

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Tyler, Wes, Chance and Haydyn

Sadly, the next morning it was time for big hugs and goodbyes, and after our fun, adventure filled week, nobody was ready to go home!  Needless to say we’re already looking forward to their next visit!!!

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle