Incredible Time Travel

We’re going to do some time traveling today through the magic of photos! Since Wes and I are preparing to list our house for sale this week, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back in time and see what changes have taken place over the past 20 years that we have lived here. It’s truly amazing to see the incredible transformation that a lot of time, hard work, tenacity and patience can create! I tried to take photos from the exact same location, from which we took the original ones over 20 years ago. I guess for us as artists, it was like creating a work of art using a BIG canvas! A masterpiece  in which we put a lot of blood, sweat and at time, tears into. So I hope you enjoy seeing these amazing “before” and “after” photos as much as I did! 

“Before” and “After”

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I believe our lives are made up of different chapters or seasons, and there comes a time when the page is turning  and a new chapter is starting. And many times change can be very scary, as we tend to settle into our lives of comfort and sameness, but sometimes wonderful things happen when we’re willing to take that leap of faith, follow a dream and step out of our comfort zone. So while Wes and I are somewhat nervous about the coming changes, we’re both excited to see what this next chapter brings us, as we embark on our new adventure in life together! And don’t worry, I’ll keep you up-to-date each step of the way.

With the coming move, we are currently having a BIG moving sale on some of our artwork, and this includes some of our larger artworks! So if you would like to acquire one of our paintings for your very own collection, here’s the LINK to Collector’s Corner and if you see paintings you’d like to get, please email us at: siegrist@artofwildlife.com

 

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These are 4 of the numerous miniature paintings available through our BIG sale!

 

See our miniatures in person this week

 Exquisite Miniatures is currently at the beautiful Elliott Museum located in Stuart, FL 

We are delighted to have our history-making tour on display in this beautiful museum! So if you’re in, or are going to be in the area, plan a visit to see over 60 of our miniature paintings in person, grab a magnifying glass and experience the “wow factor!” And if you fall in love with one . . . well, it can be yours forever, as all paintings in the exhibition are available.

To see our available miniature paintings, visit our website: artofwildlife.com

Would you like to commission us? If so, contact us by EMAIL at: siegrist@artofwildlife.com

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Don’t You LOVE to Laugh

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Laughing . . . who doesn’t like a good laugh? I can’t imagine anyone not loving to laugh, it’s one of my favorite things to do and I very much miss it when it’s been too long since I’ve enjoyed a good laugh! Laughter is even more important in stressful times, such as this past year, and I thought this excerpt from my 1982 Every Day Cook Book, was most interesting and so very true!

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So there you have it . . . Go ahead and laugh and I say do it boisterously as well! You will feel so much better afterwards, as laughter is truly the best medicine! That being said, here is your “Ridiculous Remedy” for the week. I must say it’s weird for it be geared toward women, but alas it was in a time when women did most of the cooking in the late 1800s. Perhaps this is where Rocky Balboa got the idea of drinking raw eggs for strength, but I think I will pass on this one no matter how hungry I get!!

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The sun blessed us with its appearance a couple of days this past week, so once again Wes and I charged outdoors full speed ahead to enjoy the infrequent occurrence! I even got to wear shorts and I can’t express how wonderful it felt! I got a great dose of vitamin D whilst traipsing about beneath clear blue skies!

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The first afternoon we went for a nice hike in the park, and I was delighted that the Spring Peepers were out and about, filling the air with one of natures most beautiful symphonies! Nearly every pool of water we passed was filled with an abundance of frog eggs, in various sizes and stages. 

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Every time we came upon another pool, I had to stop and peer down into the water to look for eggs. There were massive clumps of them everywhere, gently pressing onto neighboring clumps. It was an amazing frog nursery, and paired with the song of peepers filling the air, delivered the most delightful arrival of spring! The photo below was taken with my GoPro camera underneath the water, affording a unique submerged glimpse into this amazing occurrence.

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Whilst hiking we discovered this Honey Locust Tree absolutely covered with BIG, long, sharp thorns, and I decided it obviously wants to be left alone! I can’t imagine tripping and falling into something like this . . . YIKES!!!

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The other sunny afternoon, we spent on the water kayaking. It was all fun and games on the way out, with the wind at our backs pushing us along. However, on the return trip, we paddled like crazy at times and didn’t seem to go anywhere, and the wind occasionally gusted so hard, it was spraying us with water! Thankfully it was quite a bit warmer this time, so I didn’t mind it at all. As a matter of fact, there were times when the waves gave quite a thrilling ride! Although the water is still way too cold to wade in, I had some fun with my GoPro and captured this really cool video (below) of both beneath and above the water!

~ In The Studio ~

I’m putting the finishing touches on my commission of President Biden, for the Woolaroc Museum’s historic Presidential Portrait Miniature Collection. I’ll be sharing the video with you, of the complete process once it’s finished, as well as photos of the painting installed in the case.

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~ See our miniatures in person this week ~

 Exquisite Miniatures at the Norfolk Arts Center, in Norfolk, NE

To see our available miniature paintings, visit our website, artofwildlife.com

Would you like to commission us? If so, contact us by Email

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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

EXQUISITE MINIATURES at the Hickory Museum of Art

EXQUISITE MINIATURES opens at The Hickory Museum of Art!

By Rachelle Siegrist

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Wes and I just returned from a great weekend in Hickory, NC, where we attended the opening for our EXQUISITE MINIATURES Exhibition at the beautiful Hickory Museum of Art. The tour which opened in July of 2010 at the R. W. Norton Art Gallery, is now being exhibited at its 28th venue, and will be traveling to numerous other museums through 2022, bringing the total to 37 venues for our exhibition!

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Wes standing in front of the beautiful museum, which was once the High School

Normally the paintings ship from museum to museum, but they came back to our studio last week, for needed repairs on the shipping crates, as well as replacing some of the paintings and title panels.  So Wes and I drove the exhibit over, staying an extra couple of days, so there was time for the exhibition to be hung before the public opening on Sunday.  It’s always so exciting to see our miniatures exhibited in a new venue, so imagine our excitement at our first peak of the gallery in which they will be exhibited through March 17th!

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We did get to help with matching up the name signs since there’s 58 total!

It was so funny seeing our wee 58 miniatures lining the walls in preparation for being hung, and I enjoyed watching how the perfect lettering for the exhibition is applied, which is truly an art in and of itself!

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Kristina carefully applies the lettering 

We left our paintings in great hands, and spent a couple of hours enjoying another current exhibition at the museum, A Grand Vision: Elliott Daingerfield Paints Grandfather Mountain & The Grand Canyon.  It’s an absolutely gorgeous museum inside and it was a lovely exhibit.

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Wes looking at the Daingerfied exhibit

I really enjoyed our pretend visit to the Grand Canyon via a wall size photo on display in the exhibition!

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Yeah!!!!  I finally made it to the Grand Canyon!!!

We also greatly enjoyed seeing an exhibition of beautiful glass sculptures from the museum’s collection, including a stunning royal blue Chihully piece!  I personally love pop art, and was delighted to see a few pieces by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and other favorites of mine!  Needless to say, it was a most enjoyable afternoon!

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The first glimpse!

No matter the number of times we see it, it always seems like an amazing dream when we walk in and see our miniature paintings filling the walls of prestigious museums, being reminded of how truly blessed we are to have our paintings recognized and admired in such a grand way!

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The opening was very well attended, and the gallery filled with onlookers admiring the “tiny paintings” with great zeal and excitement, with many stating they had never seen anything like it before!  We spent the next couple of hours answering questions of how in the world we did that and about our sources of inspiration, as well as numerous other questions.

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The Museum’s Executive Director Jon Carfagno, introduced Wes and I, along with fellow artist Harold Humphrey, who’s wonderful work was in the adjacent gallery.  Afterwards Wes spoke for a few minutes before once again talking with people enjoying our work.

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Wes and I want to extend a BIG Thank You to the wonderful staff at the Hickory Museum of Art and especially to Jon, Clarissa, Kristina, and Kelly, for a beautiful exhibition and delightful time!  If you will be visiting the Hickory, NC area, I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum!

If you would love to see EXQUISITE MINIATURES come to a museum near you, please contact our Curator David J. Wagner, L.L.C

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~ Rachelle