Snow, Paintings and our Exquisite Miniatures Exhibition
By Rachelle Siegrist
It’s hard to believe that most of January is already a thing of the past, and that warmer weather I was so hoping for, well it never came, but alas we did get more snow. So what do you do when it snows, why you build snowmen, sled and walk in it of course! So Wes and I enjoyed a few nice walks amongst the carpet of white, and I decided to build a fashionable snowgirl this time to brighten things up a bit!
I also greatly enjoyed sledding nearby, while flying down the steep hillside leading to a pond! The frozen pond was covered with snow and squirrel tracks that zigzagged across the powdery white surface, like those of the little boy in the Family Circus cartoon, when told to hurry home. Refraining from going into the pond adds an element of adventure to the downhill run, and I was tempted to head across the one end of it at the bottom! But alas I doubted it was frozen enough, and just knew as soon as my sled skidded to a stop out in the middle, it would crack and then . . . UH OH!
Nonetheless it remains cold, and so we spend most of our time at the easels. While recently lamenting to my dear friend Don, about how I so long for the bright cheery sun to return, he had a wonderful idea! He graciously got me the gift of my very own little sun in the form of a Verilux Happy Light, which emulates natural daylight! As you can imagine it’s my new best little buddy, and joins me each morning for breakfast making me feel like I’m eating outside in the bright sunlight. I just know these past few days that my dining room table is the brightest spot in the Smokies, and I simply can’t refrain from singing . . . “Sunshine in my dining room makes me happy!”
Our traveling tour Exquisite Miniatures opened this past week at it’s 26th venue thus far, the beautiful Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, WI. It will remain on exhibit through March 25th, so if you are in the area, grab your coat and head over to the museum to see over 60 of our miniature paintings including portraits, landscapes, wildlife and still-lifes!
~ Fresh off the Easels ~
This week brought more easel time, with both of us finishing our two recent surprise commissions which I’ll be sharing with you later this Spring. We’re also painting on pieces for juried exhibits. I finished my miniature painting of a Brown Pelican, which I photographed at Sailfish Marina located on Singer Island, while recently visiting Florida. It will be one of seven paintings which Wes and I will have featured in the upcoming Invitational Show at MacArthur Beach State Park.
Located on Singer Island, this show runs March 2nd thru the 18th, and is a great chance to see our miniature paintings in person, as well as add one or more to your own collection, while helping to support this fabulous State Park!
Oops . . . we recently realized that we had forgotten to share this little gem with you after I completed it this past year! I photographed this precious family in Texas last spring while there teaching a painting workshop for the SAA. Each afternoon, when the sun would beat down on the wee babies, the caring mother would spread her wings out over them to shade them, while panting herself to try and regulate her own body temperature. It was a touching sight to see her protecting her precious little babies!
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Until next time . . .