There’s Gold In Those Hills

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“When leaves turn to flame”. . . I couldn’t help but think of that line out of “September Song” off of Willie Nelson’s Stardust album, whilst walking through our woods this past week. There is a tremendous amount of oak and nut trees on our property and many of them recently turned yellow and gold with the onset of colder temps. Thankfully I captured several nice photos of them for you, before four days of rain set in. 

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There are also numerous  sourwoods, a favorite of both mine and Wes’, that fill the forest with bright splashes of red! Then of course there are the beautiful sugar maples, and there is one tree in particular in the backyard that is absolutely splendid to behold right now! Once the weather clears up a little, I’ll be sure and get a photo of it to share with you next week. 

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We added two new sections to the trails this past week, and I enjoyed getting to walk them several times, never tiring of the sections of yellow woods they lead me through, especially when paired against a gorgeous clear blue sky!

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We made a trip back to Townsend this past week to get our bikes that we had to leave with our friend Kit when we moved, because there was no space to bring them with us. Happily we were able to get together with he and his visiting mom, at our Townsend neighbor friends Dick and Elise’s beautiful home. It was a delightful reunion for all, as we sat around their table beautifully decorated in fall attire, whilst catching up on recent happenings and enjoying delicious food! Later that afternoon, we visited with friends Fred and Barb for awhile, before driving the nearly two-hour drive back home. 

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To get to our house, we drive along roads leading to the top of the Cumberland Plateau where Grandview is situated, and there are several beautiful views offered along the way. I thought the section shown in the above photo, was very picturesque while being “kissed by a cloud” as one of our friends called it upon seeing this somewhat mysterious looking image. The image below is from a lookout point along the same road and offers a grand view indeed! Who knows, perhaps that’s why they named the little community Grandview. 

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The photo below showcasing some lovely fall color, was taken along the road we live on. There seems to be a lot more reds here in the autumn than in Townsend, and it reminds us both of our two memorable visits to Vermont during the fall!  

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I’m thrilled to be able to share with you that we finally got the new carpet installed in our house this past week, and I must say I’m over the moon with delight! We patiently waited nearly 6 weeks for it, so it was a happy day indeed! I was most impressed with the efficiency and great job by the two guys doing the install, and I just had to take a photo of his seam sealing process, as it was very interesting to watch, and I still can’t find this seam in the living room . . . Job well done indeed! 

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I’ve been painting the past couple of days, but not on miniatures. It’s actually a few tables we have that needed a little sprucing up, so as not to diminish the beauty of the new carpet . .  Ha Ha! We also made more progress in the office/studio the past few days, and it continues to look better and work more efficiently. Soon I may actually be painting on a miniature once again.

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See our miniatures in person this week

Society of Animal Artists Animal Impressions Show
August 21 – November 7, 2021: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

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 hereartofwildlife.com

Contact us by EMAIL here: siegrist@artofwildlife.com

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Bats, Birds And A Special Visitor

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After what feels like months of work, we took a couple of breaks this past week to just enjoy life for a while, and enjoy it I did! One day while running errands in town, we swung by Captain D’s and grabbed some delicious lunch to go and took it to a nearby park. What a nice park it was indeed and we found a great spot by the water to enjoy our picnic lunch. Afterwards we took a leisurely stroll around the mile hiking trail, stopping to admire a couple of beautiful flower gardens created by a local garden club, and to watch a flock of Mallards exhuberantly taking baths. It was such a nice break from the recent days spent working, and I felt like I was visiting and exploring a new location, which I guess I was! 

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Another day this past week, we enjoyed a visit from one of our dear collector friends whom we’ve known for many years and feels like family to us. Dr. Bob, as we call him, went out of his way to come visit us in “the boonies” as he calls it, and enjoy a spaghetti lunch on the front porch. It was a wonderful afternoon full of conversation and laughs, as we caught up on recent happenings. Since it’s been nearly two years since we’ve seen him, it was wonderful seeing his friendly face in person once again and was indeed a real treat for Wes and I. 

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Yesterday was lovely and so we decided to spend the afternoon kayaking at nearby Watts Bar Lake. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to “splash” my kayak back into the water again, with it being over a couple of months since we’d been on the water! Paddling at a new location, I almost felt like we had set off on a journey in an RV, and it was a wonderful feeling indeed! We saw more birds than we’ve ever seen while kayaking in Tennessee.

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There were several Blue Herons, ducks, geese, grebes, and a Bald Eagle that swooped down not too far from us, snagging a fish in its’ large talons, before flying off, water streaming down from his prized catch! And there were literally hundreds of Coots floating and bobbing about the water’s surface, making me feel almost like I was back home on Lake Okeechobee!

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After paddling along quite a distance, we came upon a beautiful park situated on a peninsula affording visitors almost 360 views of that section o the lake. Unbelievably there were only 3 people at the park, and as you can imagine with us having recently moved from the Smokies, we found that hard to believe on such a gorgeous Saturday. That being said, we were delighted to have it mostly all to ourselves! 

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I’m not really sure how many miles we paddled yesterday, but we were both a bit tired by the time we returned to the park where we launched the kayaks. It was a wonderful day and much needed time of relaxation! Meanwhile back at home, the leaves are starting to turn to flame, bringing bold splashes of bright reds and yellows to our woods. 

 

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We’ve spent a bit of time working on the trails we’re making through the woods, and it’s been fun walking them each day. Excitedly, we discovered we have a small creek on the property! Most of it is actually underground, with several holes along the way where you can see the clear water running below. I’ve named it Sunken Creek, for obvious reasons, but it emerges to the top of the ground to the one side of the property and meanders a short distance before heading down to the neighbor’s pond. Almost each time I walk by it, I see a couple of frogs hanging out there, which is always a treat for me!

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We’ve enjoyed some lovely coloration in the evening skies at sunset, and I thought it was particularly pretty after a rain shower had left bright droplets at the tips of the pines in the foreground. The evenings are a pleasant time to walk the trails, and I ended one day with standing in the open part of the backyard, whilst watching the bats flitting through the air above my head, and all about me, coming very near to me at times. Zipping here and there, up and down like aeronautical ballerinas, while catching bugs and feasting. Having always loved bats, this was sun a delightful experience for me and I’m quite anxious to get our bat houses up, and hopefully attracting these wonderful new tenants! I’m sure this comes as no surprise, but after that I patiently watch and wait each evening to see if the bats will return and tango with me for a short while.

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See our miniatures in person this week

Society of Animal Artists Art That Matters to the Planet Show
August 14 – October 25, 2021:The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Jamestown, NY

Society of Animal Artists Animal Impressions Show
August 21 – November 7, 2021: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ

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 hereartofwildlife.com

Contact us by EMAIL here: siegrist@artofwildlife.com

Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Spring is in the Air!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
~Charles Dickens

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Ah . . . nothing quite feels like the warmth of the sun on your back! And feel the warmth of the sun we have, in the past few days, as we have been blessed with some very pretty weather, and unseasonably mild temperatures. But you’ll hear no complaints from me, although I must admit I was really hoping for one good snowfall, the kind that blankets everything in a fresh, pure coat of white and deep enough that I could sled in it. On the other hand, I’m just as content to don shorts and sandals and air up the bike tires!

The air is filled once again with the spring songs of various birds and a pair of Bluebirds is checking out one of our nest boxes daily! I can’t say enough how much the prospect of having Bluebirds nesting in our yard once again thrills Wes and I! We enjoyed them nesting in one of our boxes for the first several years that we lived here, but for some reason, perhaps the fact that our yard is growing up a bit, they haven’t been with us the past couple of years. Needless to say, we would be most delighted for them to return, filling our yard once again with their happy little song, which quickly brightens anyone’s day!

The gorgeous sunny weather outside this afternoon, beckoned to me so strongly that I quickly gave in and enjoyed a stroll around the yard while taking a few photos of some of our early bloomers this year, which I would like to share with you. So put on your sandals, grab a lightweight sweater and come along with me as we take a stroll around the yard and enjoy some of these stunning, early blooming beauties!

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 Yoshino Cherry Tree blossoms

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A Honey Bee visits a Japonica blossom

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A Vinca Vine Blossom

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A Bumble Bee enjoying the sweet tastes of a blooming shrub

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The bright and cheery blossoms of the Forsythia

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A lovely little Pincushion Flower blossom

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A Creeping Phlox blossom up close and personal

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Yoshino Cherry blossoms

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A personal favorite, a Camellia bloom, or as I call it . . .

an “Alice in Wonderland Rose”

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And last, but certainly not least, the striking blooms on moss

Well . . . I certainly hope you enjoyed our stroll around the yard! Guess it’s time for me to get back to painting.

Fresh Off the Easel: Wes is painting on a precious miniature of frogs that we photographed during one of our recent trips, while I continue to paint on a couple of my commissions this week. I hope to possibly finish the miniature of St. George this week and will share it with you next week, along with Wes’ completed miniature of the frogs.

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Wes’ painting “Pond Pals” in progress

~ Upcoming Events and Exhibitions of Our Paintings This Week ~

~ Alabama Miniature Art Society’s 4th Annual Spanish Moss Miniature Art Show
March 1-31, 2012 at the Cathedral Square Gallery in Mobile, AL. We’re very excited to announce that Wes won the following awards in this show . . .  2nd Best of Show, Founder’s Award,  (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)- AMAS award

~ 2012 Masterworks in Miniature
March 9-24, 2012 at Gallery One in Mentor, OH.

(Wes’ miniature has already sold in this show)

~ Our solo exhibition “EXQUISITE MINIATURES BY WES & RACHELLE SIEGRIST” is continuing at the beautiful SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM in San Diego, CA, and remains on display there through Wednesday, March 21st. So if you’re in the area, I highly recommend a visit to this wonderful museum!

Wes has been really busy the past two days packing up paintings for quite a few upcoming shows that I’ll highlight later.

To view all our many exhibits: http://www.artofwildlife.com/exhibitschedule.html

“Collect the future’s history today while it is still affordable.”

Until next time ~ Rachelle