Wednesday, 10 September 2014

the orkney book of birds - calendar and new hardback edition

The 2015 Orkney Birds Calendar will shortly be available, with 12 full colour plates from the Orkney Book of Birds. It is a wall hanging calendar, A4 size opening to A3 and professionally printed on 160gsm smooth card. It is wiro bound and drilled for hanging.

As in previous years, this calendar is not available in the shops (only direct from Tim Dean and I), and we only have a limited number so if you would like one you can pre-order it using the Paypal button below and we'll post it out to you as soon as we get them back from the printers (hopefully within the next couple of weeks).

Price - £10 + delivery. This is by 2nd class post in the UK and by Airmail everywhere else. To pre-order your copy please select your destination from the list below and follow the instructions from Paypal:

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I'm also delighted to announce that The Orkney Book of Birds will finally be available in hardback again when the new updated edition comes out at Christmas. First published in 2008 by The Orcadian, the book quickly sold out and although the Pocket Edition has been available since 2011, we have had so many inquiries about getting hold of the lovely big coffee table book, it has been a long wait.  Tim Dean (who wrote it) and I (who illustrated it) will once again have signed copies available direct from us on my website - I'll let you know when it's ready for ordering.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

new jigsaw puzzles released

'Garden Helpers' by Tracy Hall 2013. 
The House of Puzzles recently published their latest range of Jigsaws which included these produced from my paintings. One of my favourites to paint was Garden Helpers (above) featuring a family of hegdehogs :)

I must just thank some of my long suffering friends, family and neighbours who consistently amaze me by their willingness to subject themselves to being models. Even more than once! I'm not very good at painting people, but thank you one and all for your cheerful assistance, you make it fun. 'Knit and Natter' was a case in point and I'm very grateful to Rhoda, Jan, Tamsin, Linda, Jackie, Gabriela and Jenny, not forgetting Brodie and Ted :)

If you would like one of the puzzles they are available in all good stores nationwide, and prints will also be available shortly via my website (which I badly need to update!!). Alternatively if you would like to purchase one of the original paintings do get in touch.

Here's a little corner of the painting currently on the big easel, before the colour!

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

blue tits miniature bird painting

Blue tits (Untitled) © Tracy Hall 2014
3.5" x 2" watercolour on Arches HP
My latest miniature painting is of blue tits around a fun water bowl, photographed in a friend's garden in France. Shown above with a ghost penny for scale. I haven't thought of a title for it yet...lets hope someone has a better idea than 'Blue tits' because we all know that's what it will end up being called if I am left to it! This one will probably be joining the swallows from a couple of posts ago at the Royal Miniature Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London in October.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

artistic designs gallery miniature show

My miniature paintings entered in the Artistic Designs Gallery exhibition
Tonight is the opening of the annual Miniature Art Exhibition at the Artistic Designs Gallery in Brownsburg, Indiana, USA. This is a juried show, and although it isn't very big (around 100 works), the standard is high and the enthusiasm of the gallery for miniature art is really encouraging. I've had to cut back on a lot of american shows that I have participated in in the the past, due partly to the costs (and trials) of sending work and partly to never having enough available to send. But I received a lovely invite from the owners again this year mentioning that some clients had specifically asked if I would be participating. So I did. 

A corner of the Exhibition beautifully hung ready for the opening tonight (Photo by Artistic Designs Gallery)
If you are anywhere near Brownsburg I hope you will be able to look in. More info can be found on the gallery's website and I noticed that last year they put the show online as well, so here's hoping they will do the same again this year.

UPDATE - The exhibition can now be seen online here - Artistic Designs 2014 Miniature Show 

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