Who’s Watching Us Paint?

 

Painting, Kayaking and Baby Screech Owls!

By Rachelle Siegrist

rachelle siegrist kayaking

Early one morning this past week, we loaded up our kayaks and headed out for a mini adventure.  It was a gorgeous day, with clear blue skies and a slight chill in the air, as we climbed into our kayaks and paddled across the glassy surface of the water.  It was extremely clear too, allowing us to peer down several feet into the water below.  I was delighted when I saw a large trout, as well as several bass. A highlight of the morning, was when a Bald Eagle passed overhead!  We had an awesome adventure and returned home in time to spend the rest of the day painting our front porch.

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As you can see I’m much neater when painting my miniatures with wee little brushes, than when using a larger house brush . . . HaHa!  But not to worry thankfully, as we were painting the floor afterwards.

wes and rachelle siegrist greenhouse

Even the greenhouse got a fresh coat of paint, and our resident Screech Owl Shivers,  currently nesting in the box above the garden, curiously watched Wes as he painted below.

screech owl red

While Wes was painting, I happened to look out of our studio window at the right time, and saw two baby owls peaking out of the hole in the box.  I was thrilled to say the least, and quickly got a few photos before going down to tell Wes about our newest little residents!

baby screech owls

The yard finally dried out enough, after recent rains, that we could have a fire out back.  So we had several neighbor friends over one evening, for smore’s, while we enjoyed sitting around the fire and chatting.  As the sun set, the fireflies started appearing all around us, putting on quite a light show!

smore's at the siegrists

We were delighted to have Wes’ high school art teacher and dear friend Mike, and wife Connie, visit us one evening.  After supper together on the porch at our local Subway, we spent the remainder of the evening at our house, showing them our miniature paintings, model railroad and art collection, while sharing stories and catching up.  Mike played an important role in Wes’ desire to be an artist, and while they had a shared interest in art, they also enjoyed playing war games for countless hours, and doing other things together as well!  Needless to say, it was a great evening of reminiscing for us all!

wes siegrist and art teacher


~ Recently off the Easels ~

Here’s one of Wes’ recent miniature paintings, featuring a Jordan’s Red-cheeked Salamander, which we were delighted to see in the Smokies during one of our hikes in the upper elevations.  A good friend of ours knew exactly where to find them, and it wasn’t a minute after we had arrived in the correct area, that he carefully lifted a log, and voila’ . . . there it was!  Obviously he made our day with that!

Jordan's Red-cheeked Salamander painting by Wes Siegrist
Wes’ “Jordan’s Red-cheeked Salamander”

~ See our miniature paintings in person this week at this location ~

 The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, located in Clarksville, TN . Our Exquisite Miniatures tour will be on display there through June 30, 2018.

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Watching It Rain

Watching It Rain . . . And Rain . . . And Rain!

By Rachelle Siegrist

memorial day picnic

Wow . . . what a rainy week we’ve had!  Memorial Day we enjoyed a neighborhood picnic and were all very thankful for the pavilion at the park, as we ate lunch, talked and watched it rain.  Even though it was damp and chilly, the homemade ice cream was still the highlight, and fun was had by all!

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What do you do when you’re getting hit by large bands of a tropical storm? . . . why you go camping of course!  And that’s we did for a couple of nights, taking our kayaks along with us.  We managed to kayak for awhile the first afternoon, before being hit with a deluge whilst cooking supper at our campsite.  Rain poured down, flooding the ground and turning it into one huge mud puddle!  So we sat there while eating supper, and watched it rain.

siegrists van

Thankfully it was a short-lived downpour, so we went for a nice hike that evening, stopping continuously to admire the abundant clumps of Indian Pipe blooming!  It was obviously very happy with the soggy conditions, as I’ve never seen so much of it before.

indian pipe

That evening we fell asleep while listening to rain drops hitting the roof of the van, which is quite mesmerizing indeed, and within seconds I was sound asleep.  We awoke to a bit of sunshine the next morning, so after a breakfast of oatmeal, we decided to take advantage of the storm-free weather, while kayaking.  The clouds parted, letting the early morning sun stream down and illuminate the peaceful water below, creating a magical setting for a couple of minutes.

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Returning to the campsite, we ate lunch and played cards, while another shower passed over us, thankfully not flooding us that time.  Afterwards it appeared clear, so we decided to go for another hike, and we were nearly halfway through the 3-mile trip, when we began hearing a rumbling sound in the distance.  Minutes later the rumbling sounded like the “BOOMS” in Jurassic Park, when the T-Rex is coming, and before we knew it, the lightning was striking all around us . . . Yikes!!!

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Each time it struck and then thundered before I could say “One thousand one“, my heart quickened, as did my feet, knowing we still had almost two miles left to hike!  The rain was falling so hard that the trail turned into a muddy stream bed, causing us to hike along in water and mud puddles, making it feel even more dangerous mixed with the close lightning strikes!  Even wearing ponchos, we returned from our hike soaking wet, but were happy to not have been incinerated!  I must say, the excessive rainfall caused streams and waterfalls to roar with whitewater, creating some stunning sites!

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Amazingly that evening we were actually able to enjoy sitting by our campfire, while feasting on delicious S’mores, watching fireflies and listening to Peepers and Whip-poor-whills.  The next morning we packed up our soggy camping gear and headed home, having enjoyed another adventure!


~ Recently off the Easels ~

Here’s one of my recent miniature paintings, featuring a Black-tailed Jack Rabbit, which I photographed while in Texas a couple of years ago.

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“Black-tailed Jack Rabbit”

One of Wes’ recent miniature paintings, features a Banded Water snake, which blends in with the reflected patterns on the water’s surface, making it tricky to spot.

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Wes’ “Among Cypress Swamp reflections”

~ See our miniature paintings in person this week at this location ~

The Art of Miniature XXVI
May 6 – June 10, 2018: Snow Goose Gallery, Bethlehem, PA


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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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