Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Running Down the Beach

Running down the beach. Mixable Oil. 2.25" x 3.25 A friend gave me the picture of the child on the beach. I had a picture of a Black Lab on the beach so I put the two together.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Two Clowns

This is one of my first miniature paintings. Watercolor. It was a painting from a picture I got in the 4th of July parade. You can see the size with the use of the pencil. I started making my paintings smaller.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

I used to start my miniatures by using watercolor over my business cards. Do not do that anymore. Takes to much time and no frame. I do not market then anymore.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

11/16" x 11/16" Mixable Oil
A friend gave me this frame. She said, " Now I want to see how you can make a miniature with this frame!!" I thought, MMMMMM? I went into the internet and talked with some artists. One lady said that the Kings of the past would have a artist paint the eye of the Queen. Since I do not have a Queen but a wife so I painted her eye. She does not agree that this looks like her but here is the painting!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

"The Beginning"

1 1/2" x 3 1/4"

Mixable Oil

"Up and Away"

2 1/4" x 3 1/2"

Mixable Oil

"Flying High"

1 3/4" x 3 1/4"

Mixable Oil

AMA Shows
Mission & Goals
Join & AMA Guidelines
The idea for forming an association of miniature artists developed from debates and discussions on the Yahoo Miniature Artists Forum back in June of 2007. At the time the artists were discussing various problems and issues facing miniaturists today…in particular…the widespread confusion due to other art forms laying claim to the name “miniature”. The issues varied by artist but most agreed a solution would be to have all the miniature art societies and shows adopt a general standard of definition. Of course, a debate ensued over who had the best definition and which rules or guidelines should be followed. It was clear that we were spinning our wheels and getting nowhere in our results. The idea came to me that perhaps a better method would be to agree on a “gist” among ourselves as the individual artists. I shared this thought with a few others who felt it was worth pursuing.The next step involved Andrew Gott and myself writing the basic statements for the AMA. We sent these out to our peers on the Forum and several Miniature Society leaders for feedback, suggestions and corrections. Changes were made to try to encapsulate and accommodate as many of the current miniature shows and societies as possible. The working copy of the statements was then presented to the members of the Yahoo Forum as a group for additional feedback with @25 persons being involved in the finalization of the statements.The owner of the Yahoo Forum, Jim Smith, then chose to adopt the AMA statements as our standard definition of miniature in the group. Over the next five months, a logo was designed by Andrew Gott and he started work on a website while a temporary site was hosted under the Siegrists domain name, Discussion about web design, content and Andrew’s work-in-progress ended when his computer suffered a hard drive failure leading to the loss of the materials.Discussions continued both on and off the Forum about the best way to pursue the development of the AMA. It was decided that getting the website online and starting to compile a members list should be the first priority with a time schedule to precede our formal announcement to the world. Diane Bruckner volunteered for the task of setting up the AMA website and the domain name was graciously donated by Andrew Gott. The AMA official website debuted in December of 2007.Written by Wes Siegrist, January, 2008Founding

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Linda and Jim

A pic of my cousin and I when we were young.
Mixable Oil. 2" x 4"

Monday, June 8, 2009

Flowered Pin

This pin is larger than the other pins. Acrylic again.
1 1/2" x 2 1/4" Sold


Acrylic pins. Used to paint a lot of them. Down to only 6 pins. Will have to finish the last ones.

Morning Sea

Just thought of the ocean and had to paint this. It is not really a miniature. The size is 5" x 7" so this is a small painting. Acrylic.

One Seagull

3/4" x 3/4" Watercolor
Had to practice this one!!

One in a Row

Happen to see a child going to the edge at the coast. The mother was going to pick up the child. At the same time the seagulls were landing one at a time. Just grabbed my camera and got the
shot. Mixable Oil. 2" x 3 1/2" Sold

Sunday, June 7, 2009


Friendly Turtle. Really!! The litle girl was not so sure about this turtle. Was at the fair getting some great pics of the area. Miniature. 3" x 4" Mixable Oil.

Do Not Want To Go!!

These sheep were fighting as the girls where taking them to the barn at the Fair. The sun was setting and I had to take this shot. Mixable Oil. Size was 3" x 4". Sold

My Granddaughter was having a great time playing with the Bubbles. Miniature painting. 1 1/2" x 2 1/2". Mixable Oil.


Sam was resting one day. (Like all the time!) Caught a moment in time checking out his paws.
Watercolor 2" x 2 1/2"

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Sam and the Artist Magazine

Same was looking at the Artist Magazine. I had to take the photos!! Then it turned out to be a good miniature painting.
Mixable Oil. Acrylic. Photo
3" x 4"


Had a friend in the past that loved to fish. He would set for hours trying to catch a fish. (Just like me!!) Note the living items in the painting.
Mixable Oil. 3" x 4"

Friday, June 5, 2009

Taking a Nap

Nice to have a good nap!!
Pencil piece. I used just one 9B pencil. 2 8/9" x 4"
I should draw more pencil pieces. Lots of fun and faster than painting with acrylic, oil, watercolor.

Walking Down the Path

This is a painting of a old house that was built in the 1899's near our town. My wife had walked down the path. I had to through in a few chickens!! Acrylic. 4 1/4" x 2 7/8"


I live in the Northwest in Oregon. Mount Hood is the big mountain out of Portland. I had taken a shot with my digital camera. Our Pacific Plein Air Painters went out to paint a local area. Saw the Alpaca and saved the pic. I also had some great shots of Mount Hood. Used my Photo Shop and used some of the pics together. Then the use of my acrylic! Lots of fun trying different ways to paint.

Up and Away

This Miniature is 3.5" x 2.5" in Mixable Oil. Had this painting at the World Federation several years ago. Did not win. Did not get award. Was happy to put it in the Smithsonian!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Jim Smith's Blog

I can paint but computers keep me going!!!


Same barn. Both paintings are in the 4.75" x 2.75" . Acrylic.

The one on the left is a oil painting. I had to put some Creative shots together. Love the morning image!!

"Jimmy the Mechanic"

"I paint detailed miniature in oil, mixable oil, acrylic and watercolor."
"This is a miniature in Mixable Oil. The size is 1.75" x 3". I had a photo of my self when I was about 5 years old. "Jimmy the Mechanic" However, my mechanical talents stopped!!! Art is my joy!! Love the Mixable Oil!! Acrylic is right in the same page.

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon