Thursday, 30 October 2014

new miniature paintings

Collared Dove ('All Fluffed Up') © Tracy Hall 2014
1.75" x 2.25" watercolour on Arches HP
Two new miniatures, a Collared Dove and a Tabby cat close up. They will both shortly be on their way to Elford Gallery in Tavistock, Devon. The doves are something of a success story as, since their first sighting in Orkney in the 1950's, they have gone from strength to strength. Although leveling out a bit now, they are still common visitors to gardens here in the islands (including ours!). It's good to be working with the diddy brushes again.

Tabby Cat (untitled as yet)  © Tracy Hall 2014
2" x 2" watercolour on Arches HP

Friday, 17 October 2014

royal miniature society exhibition #2

The award winners at the RMS exhibition in London
Just a quick post to highlight the award winners at the Royal Miniature Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries which were announced on Wednesday and can now be seen on the RMS website. The standard is once again amazing - some truly beautiful artwork, never mind that they are all in miniature as well. Really worth a visit if you can make it before the show closes at 1pm on Sunday 26th October. Just so miffed I can't get down to see it this year!!

There is an excellent review of the exhibition by Katherine Tyrrell on her outstanding blog, Making a Mark.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

royal miniature society exhibition

Update - A better image above of my paintings in this year's Royal Miniature Society show. Also delighted to say that the Young Swallows received the 'President's Special Commendation' award.

My submissions for this year's RMS Exhibition in London - sorry about the poor photo!
The Royal Miniature Society annual Exhibition will be opening it's doors on Tuesday October 14th at 2pm at The Mall Galleries in London. Open from 10am to 5pm daily until October 26th when the exhibition closes at 1pm. Above are my entries this year - including my first portrait attempt!

BBC presenter Paul Martin will present the awards on October 15th, and there will be daily demonstrations by miniature artists throughout the show. This is always an excellent and very popular exhibition, absolutely worth a visit if you are in London - and for the first time a few paintings are being offered for sale via the RMS website prior to the show opening. You can find more information on the RMS website.

I have finally finished (I hope) updating and revamping my website which is long overdue and also involved dragging it firmly into the modern age with a responsive design. At least that's the idea; I haven't been able to properly test it yet as mobile phones don't really work at our house. Basically my head hurts from it all and I just hope it still functions. If you find it doesn't I will probably be grateful to hear from you. Probably.

Meanwhile, I'm busy with illustration work and have some new miniatures in the pipeline as well. So back to the easel!

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.

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