511 Years Old And Upcoming SEWE

Wes’ Birthday and Miniature Paintings at SEWE!

By Rachelle Siegrist

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Wes celebrated his 52nd Birthday this past week, with friends Fred, Barb and Kit joining us that evening for dinner and of course cake!  Since Wes loves lemon, I made a lemon cream cake combining a classic French yogurt lemon cake with British baker, Mary Berry’s, delicious lemon cream filling and icing drizzle recipes.  Can you say Scrummy! . . . as it was scrumptiously delicious, and I will certainly be making it again! The funny part about the cake, which was totally unintentional, resulted from the lack of candle choices.  Upon finding a “5” candle, I added two single candles to it, reading as “52” to us.  However, many of our friends read it as “511” bringing about much humorous commentary about Wes’ ripe old age and wondrous face cream he must be using!

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Get ready to make a wish Wes!

We’re currently preparing for upcoming shows SEWE and NatureWorks, so while we’ve both been at the easels most of the time, Wes continues with the framing process.  It’s also time to look at last year’s painting inventory, to determine which paintings have already been there, as we try to take almost all brand new paintings to the shows.

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Once paintings have been selected,  databases have to be updated,  title and information labels have to be printed off, and the joyous task of filling out mounds of paperwork begins.   Filling out forms is one time that having so many miniature paintings and two artists at a show is a problem!

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We’ve been able to enjoy walks most days, as well as playing ping-pong some evenings, but I must admit, that I’m starting to gnash at the bits to get back out on the lake in my kayak or take a nice hike in the woods.  It won’t be long now!!!

~ Fresh off the Easels ~

Since the happy recipient received their surprise portrait painting of a beautiful Black Lab named Rain this past week, I’m able to share it with you.  As you can well imagine, he was totally delighted with his precious gem!

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My latest dog commission “Rain”

Here’s a view of Rain with me painting on her for scale.

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While Wes and I both continue painting for upcoming juried shows, here’s the latest painting in my African Gems series of a Cape Buffalo.  The four paintings will debut at the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC.

Rachelle Siegrist working on a miniature painting of a cape buffalo

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~ Rachelle


Getting Ready For SEWE!

 Miniature Paintings at SEWE and The Neville Public Museum!

By Rachelle Siegrist

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Ah . . . the feeling of hammer hitting the nail!  How delightful to derive so much satisfaction from one of life’s simplest activities, especially when done efficiently and perfect! I got to spend the day yesterday, enjoying this favorite past time of mine, while Wes and I rebuilt a large wooden planter by our back deck that houses a beautiful Weeping Holly.  After 15 years, the old wooden box was in disrepair and needed to be replaced, and I must say that the holly seems very pleased in its’ new container, and I was very happy to spend the day outdoors building and hammering!

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The rest of the week has been spent once again at our easels and with Wes working on framing our paintings getting ready for the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC.

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Upon finishing a painting, we decide which frame it looks best in, and then they lay in wait, until appropriate mats are cut and the painting is assembled, ready to be hung or displayed on an easel.

wes siegrist framing paintings

Painting and framing are only part of the work that goes into getting ready for our upcoming shows at SEWE and NatureWorks. I’ll share more of the process next week.

Our traveling exhibition tour Exquisite Miniatures, opened at the Neville Public Museum a couple of weeks ago and is being greatly enjoyed by the public!

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Over 60 of our miniature paintings were hung with careful precision affording the viewer the opportunity to enjoy looking at the little gems with ease.

Siegrist Exquisite Miniatures Exhibition at The Neville Public Museum

Green Bay Presses’ The Daily Dose, was live on January 24th at the Neville Public Museum to talk about the new exhibition, Exquisite Miniatures.  You too can enjoy watching the fun interview by clicking on the photo linked below.Green Bay Press Gazette live with Siegrist Exquisite Miniatures Exhibition at The Neville Public Museum

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~ Rachelle

Walkin’ In A Winter Wonderland!


Snowfall at the Siegrist’s in the Smokies!

By Rachelle Siegrist

snow in the smokies wes and rachelle siegrist1A magical thing happened at our home nestled here in the Smokies . . . snow fell!  It started falling last Friday, so Wes and I ventured out for a walk, the big fluffy flakes falling all around and landing on us. It was a wet snow, so it stuck to the trees like glue, outlining each and every limb, twig and remaining leaf with snow!  It was a beautiful sight and the world became a quiet and peaceful one!snow in the smokies wes and rachelle siegrist 8Being the first snow of the season, and a gorgeous one at that, I couldn’t resist taking photos, documenting our white world in pictures.  The ground was warm enough that the snow melted in many areas, creating less than ideal sledding conditions.  But not to worry,  I was more than happy to walk around just admiring my new marshmallow world!snow in the smokies wes and rachelle siegrist 7Surprisingly during the night, even more snow fell and we awoke to a stunning winter wonderland the next morning!snow in the smokies wes and rachelle siegrist 6To top it off, the clouds parted, revealing crystal clear blue skies above, allowing the sun to shine down, thus illuminating our white world and creating a surreal winter setting!   snow in the smokies wes and rachelle siegrist3I walked around our gardens babbling to myself about how amazing and unbelievably beautiful it all was!  Once again, God the master artist, had created yet another stunning masterpiece, and I was completely awestruck!snow in the smokies wes and rachelle siegrist5So sit back in the warmth of your home and enjoy this amazing walk amongst our winter wonderlands through these photos which say more than words ever could . . . .snow in the smokies wes and rachelle siegrist4

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While I love seeing, sledding and playing in the snow, I also love being warm.  So I’ve been enjoying watching . . . and I mean really watching, as it’s in Portuguese so I have to quickly read the subtitles . . . a documentary on Bossa Nova Jazz, and how it all started in the mid-50s.  Of course the birth of this amazing style of music happened in warm, sunny Rio De Janeiro, so the scenery alone makes one feel at least a wee bit warmer!

Having loved Bossa Nova since the first time my Dad played one of his LPs for me as a little girl, I am intrigued by how it came to be. One of my many favorites is “The Girl from Ipanema” . . . of course the first word describing her is “tall” so perhaps that’s part of the reason.  Nonetheless, watching the musician sitting outside amongst his tropical paradise while singing it, softly strumming the beautiful harmonious chords on his guitar, I could almost feel a warm sea breeze gently blowing my hair and hear the sounds of crashing surf in the distance, and I certainly felt warmer!

Today our winter wonderland is mostly gone, all that remains is a little snow in shady areas. The sun is shining and the skies are blue, much the same as in the Bossa Nova documentary in Rio De Janeiro,  but alas there’s still a big discrepancy . . . . the temperatures!

~ Fresh off the Easels ~

This week brought more easel time and Wes and I finished painting our latest Tandem Treasure, featuring a gorgeous rooster we photographed while visiting the Oconaluftee Visitor Center and Mountain Farm museum with my parents this past fall. We only do a few of these special miniature tandem gems each year.  We’re busy now painting for upcoming shows and doing commissions.

With hands for scale ~ Wes paints on Mr. Red 

Rooster painting by Rachelle and Wes Siegrist, Mr. Red From Rhode Island
Our Tandem Treasure “Mr. Red From Rhode Island”  

yellow lab painting, yellow Labrador Retriever painting, dog commission by rachelle siegrist

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~ Rachelle