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 are generally 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.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Border Collie Mug
We have decided to try out some mugs featuring my paintings, and when they arrived were really pleased with the quality. There are only two designs at the moment, Collies and Puffins, but hopefully if the response to them is good we'll get some more done soon. They are standard 10 oz size, dishwasher and microwave safe - and you won't find them ANYWHERE else!

Puffin Mug
The image is full wrap so goes all the way around the mug

If you would like to order one, or for more info, please visit my website -
Puffin and Collie Mugs

Sunday, 22 February 2015

new miniature paintings

Rooks at the Earl's Palace © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour 2.75" x 3.75"
My latest miniature features the Earl's Palace in Kirkwall. Built around 1600 by the somewhat unpopular Patrick Stewart, using forced labour, he had planned to create a magnificent dwelling for himself but it all went rather wrong and within 100 years the palace had fallen into disrepair. Still, it and the remains of the neighbouring Bishop's Palace make for an interesting wander around, steeped in Orkney history. The surrounding trees are also very popular with rooks- hence this painting! Below is another new miniature of a cat and both of these will be heading south for the Hilliard Exhibition in the Spring. 

Sitting Pretty © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour 2" x 2.5"
On the big easel I've just finished some blue tits and have now started a spot of gardening! I'll be able to post some images of the recent illustrations after they've been published later in the year.

You can read a little more about the history of the Earl's Palace and other Orkney heritage on the excellent Orkneyjar website if you would like to.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

woodland miniature painting

Snowdrops at Binsgarth Woods © Tracy Hall 2015
Watercolour on Arches HP 2.75"
My latest miniature painting features the woods at Binsgarth in Orkney, with a carpet of snowdrops and celandine. It's always a relief to see the snowdrops poking through at this time of year isn't it - means spring is just around the corner.I certainly can't wait!

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