Monday, 19 January 2015

meerkat and pelican miniature paintings

Young Meerkat © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour 1.75" x 2.25"

Pelican © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour 1.75" x 2.25"
The latest new miniature paintings fresh off the easel, featuring a young meerkat from Marwell, and a pelican who was resting by the pond at London Zoo. Both paintings are shown enlarged here, and currently available - please get in touch.

Friday, 16 January 2015

cat miniature paintings

Cats Eyes © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour 2" x 2.5"

Laid Back Cat © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour 1.5" x 3.5"
Continuing the posts of recent miniature paintings, today two new cats, both shown enlarged above, and en route to Elford Gallery in Devon very soon. To purchase either painting, please either get in touch with me or the gallery.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

new miniature paintings - amur leopard and cockerel

Amur Leopard © Tracy Hall 2014
Watercolour 3.5" x 2.5"
This is a miniature portrait of Kaia in watercolour, one of the resident Amur leopards at Marwell. She is part of the European Endangered Breeding Programme, as there are apparently estimated to be only 35 of these magnificent creatures left in the wild, and she gave birth to her first cub last year. Below is another new miniature painting of one of our cockerels doing a classic 'look-how-splendid-I-am' pose. Both paintings, like those posted previously, are currently available - details on my website or just get in touch.

Cockerel © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour 2.75" x 1.75"

Friday, 9 January 2015

new miniature paintings for the new year!

A somewhat belated Happy New Year from a rather breezy Orkney. I have neglected the blog of late, sorry, but on the day we lost the front half of the greenhouse in a gale I thought I would try and forget about that and catch up here. Over the next few days I post some of my recent miniature paintings, starting off with a pair of Owls:

Barn Owl © Tracy Hall 2014
Watercolour 2.5" x 2" (shown enlarged)
We met this rather splendid fellow last year at Fauconnerie Bretagne run by Paul and Eleri Johnson. We discovered I am hopeless at working with a lure, unlike the rest of the family who actually possess co-ordination, so I took lots of photos instead. I know my place. This barn owl often helps at weddings - he swoops in with the rings! If you are ever in Brittany I can thoroughly recommend a visit (by appointment only).

Eagle Owl © Tracy Hall 2014
Watercolour 2.25" x 1.75" (shown enlarged)
This beautiful eagle owl was part of an impressive falconry display at Dunrobin Castle in the Highlands. I've drawn him before life size but wanted to try and do him justice in miniature. I do love painting owls. The Castle is wonderful by the way.

EXHIBITION NEWS - The Miniature Art Society of Florida annual Exhibition is due to open on January 17th at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs, Florida. This is the largest miniature art show in the world, I think they have around 800 works on display, and it runs until February 15th. I have four paintings in the show (left), one of which I hope doesn't sell (!) as it has a lovely new home waiting in the UK if it returns and the Bronze Turkey has been awarded an Honorable Mention, which was great to hear. The exhibition is well worth a visit if you are in Florida.
THE ORKNEY BOOK OF BIRDS by Tim Dean and illustrated by Tracy Hall - The second edition of the hardback book has just been published (it first came out in 2008 and the text has been updated but the illustrations remain unchanged) and you can once again order signed copies from my website. Tim has also just had his lovely new book, The Orkney Book of Wildflowers, published, this time with illustrations by Anne Bignall.

On the big easel I am just getting underway with an illustration featuring blue-tits, but I'll be back here over the weekend with some more miniature paintings ...if the power stays on and the phone lines don't get zapped by lightning again!

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