Exquisite Miniatures And The Return Of Winter!

Exquisite Miniatures And The Return of Winter!

by Rachelle Siegrist

Exquisite Miniatures At Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs
Exquisite Miniatures on display ~ Courtesy of The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

Our Exquisite Miniatures exhibition recently opened at The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs, located in Bonita Springs, FL.  Our miniatures can be seen there through April 29th, so if you’re in the area, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy seeing them and this lovely venue in person!

Lady looking at miniature at EM in Bonita Springs

Experiencing the enchantment of viewing our miniatures ~ Courtesy of The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs

We enjoyed a “false spring” this past week here in the Smokies, tricking not only us, but so many of the flowering trees and shrubs as well!  Needless to say, several things are already blooming and even leafing out, so Wes and I took advantage of the beautiful, mild weather with a fun bike ride in Tremont this past Thursday.  I’m also excited that the shrews are out and about, and sat watching them eat peanut crunchies one evening, but after remembering to take the camera the next time, the little stinkers stood me up! But alas our “false spring” is fleeting, as winter has returned with a vengeance and who knows what will happen this coming week, with predictions of very cold temps and even possible snow!

Our beautiful Crabapple and Forsythia blooming this week


We’re delighted to have 4 of our paintings featured in and available for purchase through Collectors Covey’s  Miniature Show and Sale 2017.  This gorgeous gallery and sporting store is located in Dallas, TX.  An integral part of their mission is their involvement with Texas Wildlife Conservation efforts, and since their inception, they have helped give back roughly $12,000,000 to these efforts! The Miniature Show and Sale will take place on Friday, March 24th, starting at 6:30 PM, with the drawing taking place at 8 PM. The show can be viewed online at Collectors Covey.

Our 4 paintings available through Collectors Covey

If you have ever wanted to take classes from us, this is your opportunity to do so!  The fun TexArt workshop held at the Shriner University, will take place this May.  We will be teaching four days and enjoying seeing the beautiful Texas sights one day.  For more information: TexArt  You can also check out the blog post from last year’s GRAND adventure at TexArt both here and here!

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~ Fresh off the Easels ~

I recently finished another commissioned dog painting of a beautiful Yellow Lab named Max.  I have to say I was totally relaxed the entire time I was painting this adorable boy, laying there sleeping so sweetly!  We’re each still mostly painting on works for upcoming shows.

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“Max”

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle

Miniature Paintings, Flowers and A Friend!

Miniature Paintings, Flowers and Friend!

by Rachelle Siegrist

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And of course we even have miniature Daffodils!

Spring seems to be coming early this year, as our Daffodils, Forsythia, and several other things are in full bloom already!  Being a fan of warmer weather, green trees and flowers, this is fine by me!  In the studio, Wes and I have been busy catching up on everything since returning home from our our shows the past two weekends, NatureWorks and SEWE.  We’ve also been back at our easels painting on commissions and other paintings for upcoming shows.

I however, took a break yesterday afternoon, and walked down with my little buddy Chance and his grandparents, to the school playground.  He was very happy to see Aunt Chelle after me being gone the past two weekends, and even more excited when he realized I wasn’t there to just watch, but was actually going to play with him!  He sweetly took my hand and led me like a princess up the steps climbing to the top, before telling me which slide we were to go down.  He flew down the slide exclaiming . . . “Come on Chelle!”  and I followed suite.  Having usually traveled slow on most slides, I wasn’t prepared for what came next. I flew right down the slide and right off the end . . . flying up into the air and landing in the dirt!  Little Chance ran over to me gently taking my hand, and saying “Oh Chelle!”  and sweetly helped me dust the dirt off of my pants!  Of course I laughed and laughed while climbing up with him to do it again, this time more prepared however.

Down we went again and again, and each time Chance got to the bottom of the slide, he would watch me come down, saying “Here she comes!” Each time I reached the bottom, he gently took my hand, causing us to shock each other, thanks to the unbelievable amounts of static electricity being made coming down the slide . . . Ha Ha!  We had so much fun sliding, climbing and swinging, and my precious little friend reminded me once again, how the best things in life are both simple and free!


~ Fresh off the Easels ~

Wes and I both recently finished miniature paintings for the upcoming 26th International Miniature Art Show held at the Seaside Art Gallery, located in Nags Head, NC. Last year we were honored to be judges for this delightful miniature show and enjoyed spending time exploring the Outer Banks area as well!  I’ve always been a big fan of lighthouses and so visiting this beautiful one was indeed a highlight of the trip!  And painting it . . . even more fun!

Bodie island lighthouse painting
My “Bodie Island Lighthouse” 
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“Shelter From Storm” by Wes

Wes also recently finished his painting of a beautiful Quail, one of our all time favorite birds!  While living in Florida, we had a pair of quail who nested in the grassy field beside our house, and it was a such a treat every year, when they started bringing their little adorable puffball babies to our front yard to eat the scratch corn we put out for them.  Watching them from our dining room window was such a delight!  Wes’ quail is part of Collector’s Covey Miniature Show this year.

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“Upland Gold” by Wes

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle