How Nifty…Guess Who’s 50?

Rachelle Siegrist
On my first Birthday and Wes says I still eat dark chocolate like this . . . LOL!

Today is my birthday, and I can’t believe I’m 50 years old already! . . . That’s half a century, and it just doesn’t seem possible! Where has the time gone I scratch my head and wonder? In many ways, it seems like I just graduated this year, but instead, I realize it was 32 years ago! My parents can’t believe I’m 50 already either! I remember when my paternal grandparents were 55, so I just know there’s no way I can almost be as old as I remember my grandparents being! But alas here I am, and I tell myself it’s just a number anyway. I have a sign that a friend gave me many birthdays ago, which reads . . . “I never grew up, I only got taller“. So while I may be 50 that doesn’t mean I have to act like it . . . so I’ve decided I won’t.

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At age 4 with my best friends, Prissy and Nicki-Nicki-Tumbo (my nickname for her)

Wes and I were supposed to be with all of my family in Florida today, celebrating my birthday together at Lake Jackson, whilst riding the tube behind the boat, swimming, and spending the day in the warm water. But one thing I’ve learned in my 50 years of life thus far, and that is many times things don’t go as we had planned or hoped for. Like many of you, we’ve had to cancel all our trips because of COVID 19. Even though we’re not all together today, thankfully everyone is healthy and I got to video chat for a short while with them earlier this morning. They sang happy birthday and I got to watch my nieces and nephews enjoying being at the lake.

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My Dad loved photography and enjoyed staging photos like this one over the years

The world is a different place now than it was when I was a little girl. There have been both good changes and bad ones during my lifetime thus far. I too have changed in many ways, but in many others, I have remained the same. I still love being outdoors, it’s always been my favorite place to be, especially when I can be in the woods or in or on the water! I suspect it will remain my favorite place to be. I still love birds, animals, alligators, flowers, trees, the sounds of the beach, and the wind in the trees! I may be much taller, but I still feel the same excitement when walking down the white sand and heading to the saltwater! Even though presently I’m mostly walking down to the edge of the lake with my kayak in tow, I still feel that same childhood excitement! I have been blessed with many wonderful memories so far, and even though there have been hard times too, I’ve learned they help build character and help make me stronger. It will be interesting to see where the last half-century of my life takes me, and I’m betting much of it will be spent outdoors!

~  In The Studio  ~

Junior's Saudade painting in miniature by Rachelle Siegrist
“Saudade” after Almeida Junior

Well, I finished my commission painting this past week of Almeida Junior’s “Saudade“. Just as I suspected, one of the most challenging things to paint on this miniature was the wee tears on her nose! This was certainly a fun journey painting this beautiful masterwork! You can see and read how “Saudade” was done step-by-step in my last three blog posts, Painting Almeida Junior’s Saudade in Miniature Part IPart II, and  Part III


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Making Their Mark: American Women Artists (ONLINE ONLY)
May 23 – August 23, 2020: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

The Art of the Miniature XVIII (NOW OPEN FOLLOWING GUIDELINES)
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

15th Masterpieces in Miniature   May 2 – 30, 2020: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada – One painting has sold and the other three will remain on display for a limited time.

 


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Painting Almeida Júnior’s Saudade in Miniature Part III

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This is the last step-by-step blog I’ll be posting of the painting process on my commission of Junior’s “Saudade”, as now I’m just tweaking areas and painting in the final few details, and there are no longer drastic enough changes to show. So it won’t be long and this fun painting journey will come to an end, and I must admit that I feel a bit of “Saudade” about it, for I have really enjoyed painting it!

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Painting Saudade pronounced, souˈdädə or even easier . . . “Sal daa daa” made an impression on me as soon as I looked it up and saw it when asked if I would paint it as a commission. Immediately enraptured, I said I would be delighted to do so and have really enjoyed the entire process.

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Shown above is a close up detailed section of rivets or something attached to the front of the piece of furniture. They were painted by painting a darker colored semicircle at the bottom of each little bead and carefully placing a highlight towards the top of each one. The ones above this design were painted the same way.

Shown below is a close up detailed section of the letter she’s holding. Although the words can’t be read, (they can’t in the original either), I was careful to paint the dark stipples in the same shape, style, and spacing as in the original to make it look right.

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The most difficult part, just as I suspected has been painting in the teeny tiny face, and the hands, which I’m still working on. I’ve decided to leave painting the wee tears on her nose until the very end, as the icing on the cake, so to speak. Now, it’s just a process of looking very, very closely at it to make sure I have it as close to the original as possible, making necessary little subtle tweaks here and there.

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I took this photo to show how we store our miniatures when we’re not painting on them or while they’re waiting to be framed. We seal them up in a ziplock storage bag to keep them completely safe. So next week I’ll share the finished painting with you. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along in this painting process with me!

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Making Their Mark: American Women Artists (ONLINE ONLY)
May 23 – August 23, 2020: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

The Art of the Miniature XVIII (ONLINE AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

15th Masterpieces in Miniature   May 2 – 30, 2020: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada – One painting has sold and the other three will remain on display for a limited time.


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Painting Almeida Júnior’s Saudade in Miniature Part II

Painting Almeida Júnior’s Saudade in Miniature

Like many of you, I too have been wondering just who is the lady is in the Saudade painting. Some of my readers have speculated that it was the lady he loved, who was married to his cousin, and ultimately the reason Junior’s jealous cousin murdered him in front of the Hotel Central in Piracicaba. It is said that many of the women in Junior’s paintings had similar characteristics of the lady he loved, named Maria Laura do Amaral Gurgel. I suppose it adds to the mystery surrounding this painting, but it’s actually more interesting to just imagine who it is, and what exactly is written in the letter she’s reading, which seems to have made her very emotional. Perhaps they’re tears of sadness or maybe they’re tears of joy brought about by remembering wonderful memories from the past. Whatever the case may be, I find myself occasionally pondering the possibilities while painting it.

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In last week’s post, the differences between the steps were much more obvious, starting with the sketch, and then laying in basic washes. This week the changes are much more subtle since it’s getting down to multiple layering of transparent washes to build up the rich warm colors, especially in the shadow areas, and painting in the details.

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I’m also starting to paint on her hair and arms, and am working on the face in stages while taking breaks to work on other less detailed areas, before painting on the face again. I’m also building up the texture in the bricks, floor tiles, and stucco. Her skirt has been darkened slowly by washes, and folds and details in her shirt painted in. This next week, numerous hours will be spent painting more details, with the face and the wee tears to be painted on her nose being the most challenging part I’m sure!

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Shown with face greatly enlarged

~  See our miniature paintings this week  ~

Making Their Mark: American Women Artists (ONLINE ONLY)
May 23 – August 23, 2020: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA

The Art of the Miniature XVIII (ONLINE AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY)
May 3 – June 14, 2020: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA

Siegrist SnowGoose Gallery 2020
Our miniature paintings currently available through Snow Goose Gallery

15th Masterpieces in Miniature   May 2 – 30, 2020: Picture This Gallery, Alberta, Canada – One painting has sold and the other three will remain on display for a limited time. 

 


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~ Rachelle