Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Miniature painting of Sparrows

Sparrows at Tafnica © Tracy Hall 2016
2" x 3.5" Watercolour on HP board
Where does the time go?! Already nearing the end of March and I am woefully behind with the blog! My latest miniature features a pair of house sparrows nest building in a fusty corner of an old ruin nearby. This one will be heading off to the Hilliard Society Miniature Art Exhibition which runs from 25th June - 3rd June 2016 at the Town Hall, Wells. 

After the success of the Miniature Painting Workshop last year, the Society will once again be hosting a full day Workshop on Sunday 26th June where you can learn about miniature art techniques and have a go yourself with tutors on hand to help. This year it will be Rosalind Pierson (President of the Royal Miniature Society); Iain Traill-Stevenson; Jenny Brooks and myself. Places are limited and I'm not sure if there are any spaces left, but if you would like to find out more please contact Heather Catchpole  .

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Wheatear Miniature Bird Painting

Wheatear © Tracy Hall 2016
Watercolour 2" x 4"
My first painting of 2016, completed over the Christmas break, is a miniature of a Wheatear pausing on a rusty old farm machine (reliably informed it was once part of a reaper!). I'm not sure whether this is a normal Wheatear or the Greenland variety but, whichever it is, I photographed it in our fields last May and it was a real pleasure to watch. Such a beautiful little bird. It was nowhere near the reaper at the time of course but I'm sure it would have perched there given the chance!

Talking of pleasure, we saw in the new year here on our little island in the company of lots of whales who stayed feeding for four days. There were Humpbacks, Minkes and apparently Orcas as well, although we didn't see them. Others got some absolutely beautiful photos and videos but this is the best I could was actually more fun to just watch them (and boy was it cold!). Such a privilege. These were taken from my parents' garden and, despite looking like they are in black and white, it is actually full colour - it really was just that grey a day! There were also gannets galore and countless other seabirds, as well as some rather worried looking seals. Quite the spectacle.

Humpback Whale in Scapa Flow
Birds having a great time
Some not enjoying it as much as others...

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year wherever you were, and wishing you all a peaceful and happy 2016.