Miniature Paintings in Progress

miniature paintings in progress by Rachelle Siegrist
“Bunny Squirrel” and my heron painting in the first stage of the painting process

It’s been another highly productive week here in our studio in the Smokies, with us getting in a lot of painting time at the easels.  I thought it would be fun to share a few of the steps along the way while painting our two recently finished squirrel miniature paintings. We demonstrated on them at the Big Night For Small Works event during the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this past month. Once the initial washes are laid down, then it’s time to start building up and establishing the values.

miniature squirrel painting by rachelle siegrist

Since we work in watercolor, we carefully lay down brushstroke upon brushstroke of thin color to create the texture of the fur. It’s best to try and establish as early on as possible the darkest areas in the painting, which makes it easier to judge the middle values. Then it just takes a lot of time and patience to continue building the soft, thick-looking fur, so that it packs a punch when viewed under the magnifying glass!

Bunny Squirrel by Rachelle Siegrist

While we enjoy painting, it’s always especially fun to paint something you’re really excited about, and that was certainly the case with my precious “Bunny Squirrel” who is one of my best little critter friends! Bunny has her nest located in a tree not too far from our back deck, and she spends much of her time hanging out on our back porch.  I give her treats often, and when she thinks she needs more, she sits atop the handrail and strikes adorable poses, changing them, until I go out and give her a little edible something to enjoy.  Needless to say, it was a delight painting her!

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My painting “Bunny Squirrel”

Wes painted a miniature of a beautiful Fox Squirrel, and it’s always interesting to us to see the different ways in which we both begin, as well as paint our miniatures.  Wes started his with a very bright wash on the entire background, then built up the fur texture and the basic shapes of the stump.

Southern Fox Squirrel painting in progress by Wes Siegrist

The remaining texture and darkest darks and brightest highlights were added to the stump and the squirrel.  The gold is the last thing to be painted.

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We had so much fun watching and photographing all of the resident Southern Fox Squirrels, while at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens last month, where we attended the opening for our Exquisite Miniatures.

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“Southern Fox Squirrel” by Wes

~  See Our Miniatures In-Person This Week At ~

Brookgreen Gardens ~ Murrells Inlet, SC

Exquisite Miniatures exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens7

Society of Animal Artists’ 59th Annual Art & The Animal National Tour
~ The Evelyn Burrow Museum, Hanceville, AL

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Would you love to enjoy your special friend as a miniature painting?                             Then commission us to do just that! Email photos for consideration to us at siegrist@artofwildlife.com

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Miniature Paintings of Squirrels and Herons

miniature squirrel painting by rachelle siegrist
Bunny squirrel in progress

Well once again, the weather here in the Smokies this past week made it very conducive for staying inside and working in the studio. Needless to say, we got quite a bit of painting time in. I’ve been painting on my precious Bunny squirrel, which I started during the Big Night For Small Works, where Wes and I demonstrated miniature painting techniques throughout the evening at the start of the Southeastern Wildlife Expo in Charleston, South Carolina recently.

miniature heron painting by rachelle siegrist
My painting still in the early stages

While I’m also continuing to paint on my miniature of a Black-crowned Night Heron, Wes finished his painting of one entitled “Serenity In The Swamp” this past week.

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Wes’ painting “Serenity In The Swamp”

The reference for both miniatures was taken during our recent visit to Brookgreen Gardens, for the opening of our exhibition Exquisite Miniatures which is currently on display through April 26th at Brookgreen Gardens and is the topic of this month’s Brookgreen 101 class, scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium, and is free with paid admission to the gardens.

Exquisite Miniatures at Brookgreen Gardens

One day this past week, the rain turned into slush falling from the sky, and within no time it looked as if someone had flown over our yard, spilling chunks of their slushy all about. Slushy, white piles covered the shrubs, building up until big globs of it slid off, where it splatted on the saturated ground below. Although most of it had melted away by the end of the day, slushy remains stayed on the back deck where it froze overnight and stayed there, making it very tricky to walk out and feed my critters. over the next 3 days or so, until it finally melted late one afternoon after the sun had blessed us with its presence that day.

~  See Our Miniatures In-Person This Week At ~

Brookgreen Gardens ~ Murrells Inlet, SC

Exquisite Miniatures exhibition at Brookgreen Gardens7

Society of Animal Artists’ 59th Annual Art & The Animal National Tour
~ The Evelyn Burrow Museum, Hanceville, AL

Wes siegrist miniature painting in SAA exhibition
Wes’ painting “Southern Sentinel” hanging in the middle

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Would you love to enjoy your special friend as a miniature painting?                             Then commission us to do just that! Email photos for consideration to us at siegrist@artofwildlife.com

paint my dog commission

 

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A Big Night For Small Works

A big night for small works SEWE 2020

Wes and I are delighted to be part of the newest exciting event at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, SC this year! A Big Night For Small Works will take place Wednesday, February 12th from 6 to 10PM, where we will be demonstrating our miniature painting techniques on 4 different paintings. So if you’ve always wanted to see just how we “paint that small” and haven’t yet had the chance, this is a great opportunity to do so if you’re going to be in Charleston that day. The paintings we’ll be painting on will all be available for you to add to your collections, making it even more special since you’ll be able to watch us paint them! Tickets are limited and must be purchased ahead of time for this exciting special event.

Rachelle Siegrist working on a puppy painting commission
Rachelle paints on a dog commission

If you can’t make it, to watch us demonstrate Wednesday evening, then you can see over forty of our miniatures in person, during the SEWE festival Friday the 14th through Sunday 16th at the Charleston Place Hotel located in downtown Charleston.

And while you’re in the vicinity, take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to see fifty-nine more of our miniature paintings at beautiful Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet.

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Exquisite Miniatures will be at Brookgreen Gardens through April 26th. I’ve created a short and exciting video of our touring exhibition of miniature paintings at Brookgreen and included numerous photos and videos of the stunning sculpture gardens there, as well as of several furry and feathered residents that call their wonderful Lowcountry Zoo home, so do enjoy watching the video below.

While in Murrells Inlet attending the opening of Exquisite Miniatures, we were able to spend a couple of hours walking along the beach.  Since it’s a favorite pastime of mine, I was in heaven to say the least, as we strolled along the sand, serenaded by the crashing surf and cries of seagulls, as we searched for the perfect seashells, of which we found several! We happened upon five different jellyfish that had washed up on the sand, and I have to admit they were absolutely beautiful and so amazingly interesting to see in an up-close and personal way!

rachelle siegrist jellyfish photo

I must say that this is a view I never tire of seeing and sounds I could listen to forever!

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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