A Duck Followed Me Home


Wes and I took advantage of our day of beautiful pleasant weather this past week to get back out on the water! Thanksgiving was the last time we went kayaking, so you can imagine we were ready to get back out there! Clear blue skies allowed ample sunlight to bathe the watery landscape below. The water in some of our manmade lakes has been dropped for winter, creating some interesting visual features, like normally submerged tree stumps, now standing high and dry, appearing to be walking across dry land.


Paddling a different route, we found a new creek this time which we explored a little. Our journey was cut short by large sections of dry land stretching across parts of the stream, but it was fun to go somewhere new nonetheless!


Along one side of the murky creek, an old roadbed occasionally appeared above water.  It emerged out of the water and followed the hillside, before disappearing back underwater once again, looking like a mysterious road to nowhere!


We were delighted to be able to watch five to six loons swimming about while fishing, calling and occasionally taking baths! Their call is a truly amazing sound, and one I’m always thrilled to hear! They didn’t seem to mind us watching them, so we did just that while sitting back in the kayaks and relaxing for quite some time. I found a new duck friend this time too, a mallard to be exact and it actually came home with me!


Wes and I are always finding things, and this time I found the Mallard decoy which was in really good shape, so I brought him home with us where he can occasionally float in the large birdbath, piquing the interest of our very curious and observant squirrels.


The water levels seemed to be dropping while we were out on the water, making it a little tricky to cross the lake in a couple of sections, and creating some very interesting waterscapes as well!


We returned to the boat ramp later that afternoon and I reluctantly climbed out of the kayak, to begin our drive back home. It had been another fun adventure and we’re already looking forward to the next one!

~  In The Studio ~

hawk painting by Wes siegrist
“In A Thicket” by Wes

While I’m continuing to paint on paintings for upcoming juried shows, Wes finished this miniature painting of a beautiful Red-shouldered Hawk, which we were delighted to see while In Florida last month. The hawk was mere feet from us, where we stood on a boardwalk located in a state park, and it was sitting on a tree limb whilst eating a water lily leaf.  Having never seen them do this before we found it most interesting!

master miniature artists tennessee magazine

This past week we received copies of this month’s issue of The Tennessee Magazine with our delightfully written article in it, and here’s the link where you can enjoy reading “It All Comes Down to Scale”.

exquisite miniatures at brookgreen garden

Wes and I are truly delighted that Exquisite Miniatures safely arrived at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens, where it will be on display January 25th – April 26th. This Friday, January 24th at 4:30pm, we will meet the members of the Curator’s Circle. The preview reception begins that evening at the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion at 5:30 and concludes around 7pm. The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday morning the 25th and at 2 pm there will be a fun and informative Gallery Walk with Wes and me. So if you live in the area or plan to visit, we look forward to seeing you there!

~ See Our Miniatures In-Person  ~

January 25 – April 26, 2020: Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, SC

45th Annual International Miniature Art Show
January 19 – February 9, 2020: Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL

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~ Rachelle

When Tiny Is Big

Tennessee Magazine rachelle and wes siegrist article

Wes and I had the privilege this past month of being interviewed by writer Ron Bell, for an article in the January 2020 issue of The Tennessee Magazine. It was a most delightful interview and we really enjoyed the couple hours spent with him and his wife Deana at our home and studio here in the Smokies. It’s always interesting to read someone’s take on what we do as artists and who we are, and Ron did a wonderful job with the article, creating something that is both fun and informative and makes the reader feel as if they too spent the afternoon with us.  So here’s the link so you too can enjoy reading his insightful article entitled “It All Comes Down to Scale” featured in this month’s issue of The Tennessee Magazine.

~ In The Studio ~

Since it has rained most of the time this past week, Wes and I have spent most of our time here in the studio at our easels.  We just finished paintings for upcoming juried shows, so I’ll be sharing those with you later. Here’s the commission I did last month of four precious, adorable chicks, which is now being loved and enjoyed in its new home!

chicken painting by rachelle siegrist
“Thelma, Louise, Laverne, and Shirley”

Wes painted a miniature this past week of a beautiful dove nesting in a Palo Verde. We took the reference photo for this piece while visiting the Saguaro National Park region of Arizona, one of our favorite places to explore! It’s always fun to both paint warm sunny paintings during the winter!

Wes’ “A Palo Verde Palace”

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