Thursday, 19 November 2015

Great Yellow Bumblebee Painting

Great Yellow Bumblebees on Kidney Vetch and Sea Plantain © Tracy Hall 2015
 3" x 4" Watercolour on Arches
My latest painting is a small work painted in the miniature style featuring two Great Yellow Bumblebees. It was a special commission and the bees needed to be larger than life size. These bumblebees used to be found throughout the UK but are now very rare, only surviving in the far north of Scotland and the Northern and Western Isle Isles. We are lucky to still have them here in Orkney and I've been able to get some decent photos of them in the garden over the years, but for this painting they had to be shown on a bunch of Kidney Vetch (or woundwort) and Sea Plantain.

We only get a few species of bumblebee here in Orkney, but I can never remember what they all are and get hopelessly mixed up, but even so I still love taking photos of them in the summer - then trying to identify them (or more usually asking Tim Dean, who did the Orkney Book of Birds with me and is a walking encyclopedia). Then of course I forget again....!

The Royal Miniature Society Exhibition is now over, but don't forget if you didn't get a chance to see it in person that the whole exhibition can be seen online - RMS 2015 Exhibition. You can also still see the Hilliard Society 2015 Exhibition and purchase enquiries are welcomed by both throughout the year.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Royal Miniature Society Exhibition Opens

The Royal Miniature Society 2015 Exhibition 
The Royal Miniature Society annual Exhibition is now officially open! Over 500 pieces of miniature art from artists all over the world, most of which are for sale, are on display at the Mall Galleries in London until October 25th. For the very first time this year, the exhibition is also available to view online and you are welcome to get in touch with the Society for purchase inquiries from October 26th onwards. 

This was no small undertaking and a team effort extraordinaire in a very tight time frame; I would like to thank Roger Phillips, Roz Pierson and all the helpers who did such a splendid job of the photography which in turn made my contribution of putting it all together relatively stress free!

I am also absolutely delighted to share the news that my painting of the House Sparrow (shown above) received The Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Miniature Painting. Completely gobsmacked actually.

Do get along to see the show if you are in London over the next ten days, it is well worth the trip.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Royal Miniature Society Exhibition

My entries for this year's RMS Exhibition

The Royal Miniature Society annual International Exhibition of Miniature Art opens in just over a week at The Mall Galleries in London. This is a juried show, the largest and most prestigious of it's kind in the UK with around 600 selected entries from all over the world making up the final exhibition. My entries were posted off earlier this week but it's not too late to submit a miniature if you would like to - hand in day is this Sunday October 4th from 10am to 5pm at the Mall Galleries. 

The exhibition opens on Tuesday Oct 13th, entry is free and most works are for sale with prices starting at £150. There are also daily demonstrations by leading artists between 11am and 5pm which are the perfect way to learn more about painting or sculpting in miniature. Members of the Society will be on hand as well and happy to answer any questions you may have. More information can be found on the Royal Miniature Society website.