Clear Green Water

rachelle siegrist kayaking

Blessed with a day of nice weather this past week, Wes and I jumped at the chance to get back on the water since we had gone a couple of months now without kayaking! Even though there was some sun, it was a bit chilly when we started out across the glassy surface of the water perfectly mirroring the surrounding mountainsides. After paddling a short distance, we rounded a corner taking us further from the road, and the world became very quiet. I sat there happily floating in my kayak, just listening to the sounds of birdsong. Occasionally a kingfisher would fly by whilst chattering the entire time, and soon the cry of a Bald Eagle nearby joined this beautiful symphony of birds, along with the calls of Blue Jays and Crows. I could almost feel myself melt with relaxation, while cares temporarily slipped away.

wes siegrist fishing

We picked out a nice sunny spot to eat lunch while blissfully floating and watching the shore where we had spotted evidence of beavers having been there. We never saw a beaver, but thought it exciting to think of the possibility! Peanut butter sandwiches gone, we headed up along the winding river. A couple of times I heard a frog sing and it delighted me to think of visiting them later this spring when they will be singing their songs, resulting in a beautiful chorus! We stopped for a chocolate break and for Wes to fish from the rocks for a while. So while he fished I walked along the shore and explored a bit. I located a small section of sand, and removing my flip flops, I stood barefoot in it, finding it very warm and most satisfying indeed! Walking a bit further, I found a most interesting rock, sculpted by the force of high water at times, and I thought from above it looked like I was flying over a miniature grand canyon! Upon getting down on knees to examine it more closely, and by looking at it from just the right angle down low, I imagined I was rafting down the river winding through this miniaturized version on the grand canyon! I noticed a wee shrimp-like critter in the larger pool of the miniature canyon enjoying having the amazingly clear water all to himself.

 

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Eventually, we climbed back into our kayaks and were off, floating over unbelievably clear, emerald green water, watching as big boulders passed beneath us. “Oh . . . if only it was warm water!” I thought to myself, I would swim and swim to my heart’s content! But alas it’s not, so for now, I must continue to admire it from above. On the return trip, the smooth water had turned into choppy water which was white capping, sending water spraying up and over me with nearly every paddle.  Periodically I’d quit paddling, and just floated over the small choppy waves, thus feeling as if I was on a float at the beach. By the time we returned and were loading the kayaks into the van, we felt totally relaxed and thankful for a wonderful day on the water!

kayaking

~  In The Studio  ~

Wes has been working on SAA business stuff this past week and working out in the yard on projects as well as in the greenhouse and in the garden. I’ve helped with some of the yard projects and have spent most of the remainder of my time at the easel, making more progress on my Black-crowned Night Heron painting, and starting another miniature as well.

black-crowned night heron painting by rachelle siegrist
My Heron painting in progress

~  See Our Miniatures In-Person This Week At ~

Wonders of the West
March 21 – May 31, 2020: Customs House Museum, Clarksville, TN

Wonders of the west mule painting by rachelle seigrist

29th Annual International Miniature Art Show
May 2 – 30, 2020: Seaside Art Gallery, Nags Head, NC

seaside international miniature art show

Brookgreen Gardens ~ Murrells Inlet, SC

Exquisite Miniatures exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens7


 
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~ Rachelle

 

Poetry And Paintings

I love writing poetry and wrote my first poems as a little girl. As a matter of fact, I’m planning to publish a poetry book sometime this year, featuring a collection of poems I’ve written over the past few years, with a miniature painting to go along with each one. Knowing how much I enjoy writing poems, my dad recently suggested that I try writing a story in poetry style. So I did just that after our last kayaking trip a couple of months ago, and thought you’d enjoy reading it as much as he did . . . So enjoy!
The Lone Fisherman
Well, the sun finally made an appearance today,
So Wes and I decided to go out and play.

We loaded up the kayaks into our van,
Packed a lunch and made a plan.
Before we knew it we were at the lake,
Hoping the fish would give Wes a break.
When all of a sudden we saw a loon,
But under he went, disappearing too soon.
The water was smooth and there wasn’t any wind,
So merrily we went, paddling up to the end.
There I saw an old, lone fisherman,
Standing there a grinin’ with a pole in his hand.
When questioned he said, “I ain’t caught a thing!”
And then this song he started to sing,
“Here little fishy swimming in the brook,
Won’t you bite on my bright shiny hook?”
Well, this looked like a great place for a snack,
So I started looking through my little food pack.
I sat there eating chocolate, with the sun on my knees,
While listening to the wind a blowin’ through the trees.
Paddling back, I saw sticks floating here and there,
The ends gnawed off and the bark stripped clear.
“It must be a beaver!” I said to myself,
It’s either a beaver or a Bucktooth elf!
All too soon our day came to an end,
But before we know it more adventures will begin!

 

~  In The Studio  ~

wonders of the west wes siegrist miniature painting

Once again, we’ve been very busy at the easels this pas week. Unfortunately what we’re currently working on is a surprise commission and paintings for upcoming juried shows, so I’ll have to wait and share them with you later on. Wes spent time packing up numerous miniature paintings this week, which will be shipped out to upcoming shows very soon at Seaside Art and SnowGoose Galleries. We’re delighted to have four paintings included in the Wonders of the West show, at the Customs House Museum located in Clarksville, TN.  The exhibition opens March 21st and runs thru May 31st. Exquisite Miniatures was at this beautiful museum a couple of years ago, so we’re delighted to have work being displayed there once more! Shown above is one of our four paintings “Mountain Man Herb Herrick” available for purchase through this exciting exhibition!

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Brookgreen Gardens ~ Murrells Inlet, SC

Exquisite Miniatures at Brookgreen Gardens

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


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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

paint my dog commission

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~ Rachelle