Artists of the Natural World Invitational Show

 

Our Miniature Paintings at John D. MacArthur Beach State Park!

By Rachelle Siegrist

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
Wes and niece Haydyn at MacArthur Beach State Park last December

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, the only State Park in Palm Beach County, is not only a gorgeous park, but indeed an environmental treasure for the State of Florida!  Nestled amongst a natural heritage of subtropical coastal habitat that once covered southeast Florida, it is indeed a joy to visit this park, and makes one feel in many ways that you have returned to a time before so much of Florida’s natural beauty has been destroyed.

Wes & Rachelle Siegrist Miniature paintings at MacArthur Beach Show
Photos of paintings on display in the Nature Center

Wes and I are delighted to be a part of the Invitational 2018 ~ Artists of the Natural World Art Show and Sale,  currently taking place in the visitor center. Wes and I have enjoyed visiting this beautiful park many times over the years and are thrilled to be part of this show, with proceeds benefitting the park and helping to preserve it for future generations to enjoy!

Wes and Rachelle Siegrist Miniature paintings at MacArthur Beach Show
We’re off to a great start upon selling several during the opening!

I’m excited to say that several of our miniature paintings have already sold, but there’s still a chance if you too would like to add one of our miniature gems to your own collection, whilst also helping to preserve this beautiful park!  Here are our paintings, which as far as I know, are still currently available . . . .

Wes & Rachelle Siegrist Miniature pelican Paintings
“On Blissful Seas”
Wes & Rachelle Siegrist sea turtle painting miniatures
“Head Of The Class”
Wes & Rachelle Siegrist - Miniature seagull Paintings
“Surfside At The Outer Banks”
Wes & Rachelle Siegrist Miniature gator Painting
“Basking Juvenile Gator”

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Until next time . . .

~ Rachelle

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Heading For SEWE!

Another Birthday and Miniature Paintings at SEWE!

By Rachelle Siegrist

siegrist miniature paintings for SEWE
Miniature paintings ready to be packed up to head to SEWE

We’re currently preparing for the upcoming Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) in Charleston, SC. and the NatureWorks show in Tulsa, OK. While we’ve spent most of our time at the easels this past week, Wes finally finished framing our miniature paintings for the two upcoming shows.  We also celebrated another birthday this past week, so I decided to put into use some of what we’ve learned while recently watching The Great British Bake Off!  I made a dark chocolate cake with mint flavored cream cheese buttercream frosting, and of course as always, calorie free . . . HA!

elegant chocolate cake

Our friend Sharon has an upcoming birthday, so we surprised her with a cake and party, and surprised she was indeed!  Her husband Tom, as well as friends Fred and Barb were all more than delighted to help her celebrate by eating the yummy cake!

rachelle siegrist with birthday cake
Sharon says . . .  “Oh Yum!”

We were blessed with a day of beautiful weather this past week, so we headed into Cades Cove with Tom and Sharon to spend the afternoon hiking about woods.  With clear blue skies above and milder temps, we felt as if we were in heaven to say the least!  We even felt breezes that were almost warm at times, which truly felt amazing!  At one point, we sat by a stream to enjoy an afternoon snack and Tom and I couldn’t resist wading in the icy water.  Since my feet went numb as soon as I stepped in, it didn’t feel too bad . . . Ha Ha!

rachelle siegrist in cades cove
Oh come on in Wes and Sharon!

~ Fresh off the Easels ~

I finished  my miniature landscape painting featuring a gorgeous sunset, which we photographed while in Florida at Christmas.  It was actually Christmas evening, when my parents joined Wes and I as we walked a trail through a beautiful marsh near their home.  You cane see below I’m adding the 76th bird to the wee flock flying above the marsh.  This painting along with about 50 others can be seen and purchased at SEWE this coming weekend, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of you there!

Rachelle Siegrist painting a miniature landscape painting of a sunset
“Sunset At The Marsh”

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~ Rachelle

Getting Ready For SEWE!

 Miniature Paintings at SEWE and The Neville Public Museum!

By Rachelle Siegrist

siegrist gardens

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!

wes siegrist framing miniature paintings

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.

framing miniature paintings

 

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!

Siegrist Exquisite Miniatures Exhibition at The Neville Public Museum -

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


dog painting by rachelle siegrist commission a pet painting

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~ Rachelle