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!

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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

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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!

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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

What We Do When It’s Cold!

 Snow, Paintings and our Exquisite Miniatures Exhibition

By Rachelle Siegrist

Rachelle Siegrist's snowman

It’s hard to believe that most of January is already a thing of the past, and that warmer weather I was so hoping for, well it never came, but alas we did get more snow.  So what do you do when it snows, why you build snowmen, sled and walk in it of course!  So Wes and I enjoyed a few nice walks amongst the carpet of white, and I decided to build a fashionable snowgirl this time to brighten things up a bit!

snow in the smoky mountains

I also greatly enjoyed sledding nearby, while flying down the steep hillside leading to a pond!  The frozen pond was covered with snow and squirrel tracks that zigzagged across the powdery white surface, like those of the little boy in the Family Circus cartoon, when told to hurry home.  Refraining from going into the pond adds an element of adventure to the downhill run, and I was tempted to head across the one end of it at the bottom!  But alas I doubted it was frozen enough, and just knew as soon as my sled skidded to a stop out in the middle, it would crack and then . . . UH OH!

snow in the smokies

Nonetheless it remains cold, and so we spend most of our time at the easels.  While recently lamenting to my dear friend Don, about how I so long for the bright cheery sun to return, he had a wonderful idea!  He graciously got me the gift of my very own little sun in the form of a Verilux Happy Light, which emulates natural daylight!  As you can imagine it’s my new best little buddy, and joins me each morning for breakfast making me feel like I’m eating outside in the bright sunlight.  I just know these past few days that my dining room table is the brightest spot in the Smokies, and I simply can’t refrain from singing . . . “Sunshine in my dining room makes me happy!”

Our traveling tour Exquisite Miniatures opened this past week at it’s 26th venue thus far, the beautiful Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, WI.  It will remain on exhibit through March 25th, so if you are in the area, grab your coat and head over to the museum to see over 60 of our miniature paintings including portraits, landscapes, wildlife and still-lifes!Exquisite Miniatures at the Neville Public Museum


~ Fresh off the Easels ~

This week brought more easel time, with both of us finishing our two recent surprise commissions which I’ll be sharing with you later this Spring.  We’re also painting on pieces for juried exhibits.  I finished my miniature painting of a Brown Pelican, which I photographed at Sailfish Marina located on Singer Island, while recently visiting Florida.  It will be one of seven paintings which Wes and I will have featured in the upcoming Invitational Show at MacArthur Beach State Park.
Located on Singer Island, this show runs March 2nd thru the 18th, and is a great chance to see our miniature paintings in person, as well as add one or more to your own collection, while helping to support this fabulous State Park!

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My “On Blissful Seas”
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With hands for scale

Oops . . . we recently realized that we had forgotten to share this little gem with you after I completed it this past year!  I photographed this precious family in Texas last spring while there teaching a painting workshop for the SAA.  Each afternoon, when the sun would beat down on the wee babies, the caring mother would spread her wings out over them to shade them, while panting herself to try and regulate her own body temperature.  It was a touching sight to see her protecting her precious little babies!

bird painting Under Her Wings by Rachelle Siegrist
My “Under Her Wings”

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