Monday, 15 June 2015

Hilliard Society Miniature Art Exhibition

This last weekend saw the opening of the Hilliard Society's annual Exhibition of Miniature Art in Wells, Somerset. Once again there is a tremendous selection of work on show from artists all over the world. My six entries are shown below, and I was delighted to receive one of this year's new awards, the Marion Winter Kangeroo Award, for the rooks at the Earl's Palace.

My entries in this year's Hilliard Society Exhibition
The Exhibition in Wells runs until June 21st (next Sunday) but if you can't get along to the exhibition in person you can see it all online on the Society website.  You can also see all the award winners on the website - 2015 Award Winners.


The exhibition will remain online throughout the year so if you would like to buy a miniature just get in touch with the office - they will let you know if a piece is still available and arrange the purchase and delivery for you worldwide. (Please note that the Society Office is closed until June 23rd). Full details are on the Hilliard Society Website.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

new miniature paintings

Windwick Bay © Tracy Hall 2015
4.5" x 2" Watercolour on Arches
Two new miniatures this week - the sun setting at Windwick Bay above and a clinker built dingy tied up at Gills Bay below, which may or may not be finished yet... boats are hard! 

The Skua at Gills Bay © Tracy Hall 2015
1.75" x 2.25" watercolour on Arches

Thursday, 7 May 2015

swallow watercolour painting in miniature


Swallow Fledglings (Hirundo rustica) © Tracy Hall 2015
1.75" x 3.5" Watercolour on Arches HP
The arrival of Spring hasn't done much for the weather here in the northern isles, but it has bought the swallows back and this painting harks back to last autumn when the youngsters were honing their flying skills in the garden. I have put them in an old byre that is just along the road and is wonderfully decrepit - rather sad to see another one with a shiny new roof...admittedly good for the building but not nearly so much use to me or the birds!

The Swallows in their frame
Despite the weather it is lovely to see the flowers appearing in the garden, and I'm hoping to get some time to paint some of them this year. Also delighted to see some Wheatear's in the field over the last few days. The resident pheasants are looking very dapper, well the males anyway:


It's only a few weeks until the opening of the Hilliard Society Miniature Art Exhibition in Wells, Somerset from June 13th - 21st. I have six paintings in the show, which I'll post soon, and once again the whole exhibition will be available to view, and purchase from, online if you are unable to make it in person.


THE HILLIARD SOCIETY WEBSITE has also recently undergone a complete refurbishment to make it fully responsive, so now you can view it properly on any device. I hope you like the new look - any comments welcome!


You can find all the details on the website about the exhibition and a great opportunity this year, a MINIATURE PAINTING WORKSHOP on Sunday 14th June, at the same venue, with a superb team of tutors - booking is essential as places are limited. 

Friday, 27 March 2015

house sparrow miniature painting

House Sparrow © Tracy Hall 2015
2.75" x 1.75" Watercolour
I've never understood why house sparrows seem to be regarded as rather dull birds. It seems rather unfair as they are beautifully marked and great little characters.  I really enjoy painting them and their habit of exploring every nook and cranny makes them ideal subjects if you also enjoy painting forgotten corners of old sheds. Like me. So here is my latest miniature, a sparrow investigating some old bits of harness in search of the ideal nest site.