Powdered Sugar on the Mountains

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Wes and I enjoyed a delightful walk in the sunshine this past week! It’s been rare to get a full day of sun here this time of year and even more so, whilst there’s still snow on the ground, and we decided that’s an opportunity best taken advantage of! It was simply beautiful seeing the surrounding mountains appearing as if God had sifted powdered sugar across the top of them. I love walking in snow and hearing the “squeak . . . squeak” underfoot while plodding along, thus this hike was a real treat for me.

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We saw several white-tailed deer and turkey, who all seemed to be taking advantage of the gift of warmth from the sun, just as we were. The deer in particular appeared to be munching on the fresh wee green sprouts of grass scattered across the vast fields.

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A clear stream lined by snow covered banks is a thing of beauty to me, and I had to stop every few steps to admire it and take another video!

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There were a variety of birds everywhere, filling trees, brambles and berry bushes, and this tree shown below, looked as if it were filled with stunningly bright, red ornaments! They appeared to be gorging on seed heads amongst the low growing bushes and at times let us get rather near to them. How peaceful it was just watching all of these winged beauties flitting about!

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Don’t you love the intense blue coloration of shadows in the snow? It matched the sky on this particular day, creating truly picturesque scenes as we hiked along the winding path. Observing the variety of tracks in the snow proved most interesting indeed, as we saw bobcat, coyote, mouse, bird and lots of deer! It was a glorious day and now must hold me until our next outdoor adventure, whenever that may be!

wes siegrist hiking in snow

~ Ridiculous Remedies ~

Here’s your remedies for the week, and remember I in NO way am suggesting you try any of these, I’m only hoping to bring you a chukle.

You’d best watch out Clinique and Estee Lauder, for I just found a secret remedy from over 100 years ago to remove wrinkles! Okay, so I’m not sure what type of lily bulbs to use, and suspect if the wrong ones are used, who knows what could happen, but I’m betting this homemade concoction would be much cheaper than the purchased products HaHa!

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Wow . . . really? I think I’d rather cover ALL of my parts, how about you? Perhaps the odor disappears after a few minutes because the vapors burn up the inside of your nostrils HaHa! And heaven forbid one of those rubbed down children whose skin is now saturated with kerosine, get too close to a fire . . . YIKES!!!

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Boy am I ever thankful to finally learn how to help my sick rooms, as I’m so tired of them feeling bad . . . HAHA!

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Goodness, I wonder what constituted a “poor book”, and how many were burned to destroy their poison!

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~ Fresh Off the Easel ~

I finished my fun painting of the happy zebra yesterday, and I love the title that Wes came up for it, “Up Close and Too Personal” It makes me laugh as much as looking at the painting! This miniature is now available for acquisition and you can visit our website or contact us for more information on this hilarious piece. Next week I’ll be sharing the video of the complete painting progress with you.

miniature zebra painting by Rachelle Siegrist

“Up Close and Too Personal”

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Get Ready For Some Laughs

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Our resident squirrel, Skittles, looks exactly like how I feel on some of these gray, cold winter days . . . HaHa, and I think she too is dreaming of warm summer days! But whatever she may be thinking, we’re enjoying watching her carry BIG mouthfuls of leaves, moss and other natural materials, up and into her box. She has raised baby squirrels in here many years now, and we love seeing her poke her little head out of the hole, knowing eventually it will be several babies who are poking their heads out, taking their first glimpses of the outside world!

Our other resident squirrels, nicknamed the Lovies, continue to bring us laughter with their hilarious antics, whilst playing and wrestling together. They have done this since they were young, and we’ve so enjoyed watching them over the years! One day recently I was watching them, and noticed the one had a hold of the others tail, and was suspending it from where it sat on the vine! The upside down squirrel seemed to be enjoying this gravitational release off its’ vertebrae, as it stretched its arms and even its toes out! I didn’t get that encounter, but caught this cute video of them recently playing outside the kitchen window.

~ Ridiculous Remedies ~

Since I received an overwhelmingly positive response regarding the “remedies” from the 1892 Every-Day Cook-Book, I’ll continue to share a couple every week with you, until I eventually run out. Just remember that I in NO way am suggesting you use or do any of these! So here you go and I hope you enjoy a laugh or two! 

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Okay, so I guess you’re okay if you get bit by a happy dog instead of one filled with madness…HaHa! I can just imagine if one was alone and had to perform this unbelievable task of holding the hot iron on there, while patiently counting out 8 seconds. And really? . . . lunar caustic sounds like acid from the moon, no wonder it would turn black . . . Yikes!

Well, now comes the big choice, is it worse to have unwanted hairs or possibly a disfigured face? Hmmm… I guess that’s up to each individual HaHa, but I think I wouldn’t want to risk disfiguring my face! 

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite sure what garbanum is, but it doesn’t sound too good. When they say this is severe, I was thinking “Really? . . . You think? . . . I would say so!”  And can you imagine putting kerosene on your face? I would be sure not to do it near a lit candle, as you could burn your face off and then it really would be sore! Now aren’t you glad to know however, that if something is sore, you only need to rub some sweet oil on it to make it better . . . HaHa!!

Well if you are plagued with tape-worms, then here you go, this should help with your unwanted situation!

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Hmmmm . . . I wonder what happens if you’re a little late in doing the next step, or why you have to fast during breakfast and super, instead of lunch? And although I’ve personally never taken caster oil, I’ve know a few people who have, and from the look on their faces, I don’t think it’s a very pleasant thing at all!

Now here’s one that I actually totally agree with!

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~ What’s Happening in the Studio ~

Wes finished his painting of one of our precious squirrels who obviously enjoys eating out in her feeder! This feeder box is located just outside out studio window, so we can watch them eating out of it all throughout the day, which is truly delightful! She is available for purchase, so contact us if you’re wanting to give her a home!

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“Excuse Me, It’s Empty Again!” by Wes

I’m continuing to paint on my laughing zebra, and am still having great fun with this hilarious painting! I’ve just put in a couple of washes for the background color and am starting to build up some differentiation in value by stippling the background. Then comes the fun part, painting in all those amazing whiskers!

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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Finding Humor in a 1892 Cookbook

I was going through my books recently whilst trying to choose some to pass along, to make a bit of room on our bookshelves, and came across an old book I found at a yard sale or somewhere many years ago. It’s titled “Every-Day Cook-Book“- Encyclopedia of Practical Recipes, and was printed in 1892 in Chicago, Illinois, by the Mercantile Pub & Advertising CO. Having only glanced at it in the past, this time around I stopped to look through it, carefully turning the darkening pages, while lifting it to my nose to inhale that delightful scent of old books! After scanning a few recipes, I turned to the back of the book, and noticed a miscellaneous section there. As I began to read, something piqued my interest and I laughed out loud, finding it hard to believe some of what I was reading!

So to bring you a laugh, I’ve decided to share several of the remedies with you, and in NO way am I suggesting that you try any of these at home, or anywhere else for that matter! So here you go . . . LOL!

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I don’t know about you, but I don’t even know for sure what some of those items listed are! And how funny that they called it “vermin” in the hair, instead of just plain lice . . . HaHa! Or perhaps they did have vermin getting into their hair, who knows! Nonetheless, can you imagine rubbing a concoction with tobacco juice in it, all in your hair? . . . Not me!

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Okay, now this one really made me laugh too, where it says “the sufferer is prompted to momentary laughter“,  I thought “Really? . . . put ammonia in your mouth!” 

Now check this one out, I thought this was absolutely hilarious, and you’d better just hope you were near a source of icy cold water during the thunderstorm . . . HaHa! 

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Can you just imagine dragging the victim to the bathtub and showering them with cold water that long? Then if that didn’t work, using salt in the water? If you didn’t revive them, you’d sure pickle them in the process . . . HaHa! 

Okay, this is the last one for this week, but these are just so good and downright hilarious, that I think I’ll share one with you each week!

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Well there you have it, as long as you don’t have bad breath, you ought to do okay socially in life . . . HaHa! Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed these funny old-time remedies and remember, I do NOT recommend you try any of these! However, I do recommend you laugh in life as much as possible, so I hope I helped you out with that today!

~ Here’s What’s Happening in the Studio ~

Wes has been busily working with SAA office work, and everything that goes with the process of jurying for new members this past week. He also hosting Zoom meetings for SAA members almost weekly, which are always enjoyable for everyone!

I was delighted and honored to be commissioned once again by the Woolaroc Museum &Wildlife Preserve, to paint the newly elected U.S. president, Joe Biden, for their collection of Presidential Portrait Miniatures. On January 2nd, 1914, A contract was signed between miniaturist A. J. Rowell and collector “Diamond” Jim Brady for the collection. The Woolaroc’s founder, Frank Phillips, purchased the museum’s collection in 1936 and was sent the original contract between the artist and Mr. Brady by A.J. Rowell. Wes painted one of the portraits, this will be the third U.S. President that I will have painted for this amazing collection! I will keep you updated on my progress.

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I’ve spent much of my time at the easel laughing whilst painting on this hilarious zebra! I photographed it at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch near San Antonio, TX a couple of years ago, while there for the the opening weekend of the Society of Animal Artists 59th Annual Exhibition, at the Briscoe Western Art Museum. I’ve been videoing my painting process and will be sharing that with you, once the paintings completed. I’ve felt like I’m doing a dental check-up on it while painting . . . HaHa!

miniature zebra painting by Rachelle Siegrist

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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle

Until next time ~ Rachelle