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 garden bowl, 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 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

hilliard society international miniature art exhibition

The miniature paintings I sent to the Hilliard Exhibition
The Hilliard Society annual exhibition opened yesterday in Wells, Somerset and runs until Sunday June 1st. Above are the four paintings I submitted this year (and am delighted to learn that one has already sold!). Not sure why the backgrounds came out blue in the photos though?!It is a wonderful opportunity to see nearly 400 paintings and sculptures from some of the very best miniature artists in the world. Most work is for sale with prices to suit every budget and there are daily demonstrations from artists, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have as well.

If you can't get along in person, the whole exhibition is available to view online  and the office reopens for purchase enquiries on June 3rd (with delivery available worldwide).

Monday, 12 May 2014

swallows miniature watercolour painting

Young Swallows (untitled) © Tracy Hall 2014
3.75" x 2" watercolour
My latest miniature painting is of young swallows, testing their wings and resting on the washing line (yes, that is one end of our washing line...!). I never tire of watching these little guys in the autumn when they are preparing for their first long trip south. This is the second attempt at this painting - the first time I went for a dark background but it wasn't working, so decided to start again. I much prefer this one. This painting will probably be going to the RMS show at the Mall Galleries in October. 

It's not long now until the Hilliard Society opens it's forthcoming international exhibition of miniature art in Wells on May 24th with over 300 paintings and sculptures, including some of mine. Once again the entire show will also be available to view online if you can't get to the exhibition itself and the society office will reopen for online purchase inquiries on June 3rd. 

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