Much enlarged above and nearer actual size below:
Rook and Red Admiral (untitled as yet) © Tracy Hall 2008
Watercolour 2.25" X 1.75"
This week I completed my latest miniature - a rook and red admiral butterfly perched on a tumbled down dyke. I enjoyed this one hugely, as I love old rocks and rooks - and also wanted to see if I could get the butterfly to work at 5mm wide. Miniatures are brilliant fun.
I work from photographs for alot of my paintings, but my photography skills often leave quite a bit to be desired try as I might! I don't mind too much though as I can usually get enough for what I need - and the advent of digital must just be the best thing imaginable for camera-challenged artists like myself. Let's just say I'm highly unlikely to ever enter a photography competition :) I often combine several elements from several photos as I have done here; so the wall is on the shore at the edge of one of our fields, the butterfly was actually sitting on a hebe bush in the garden and the rook was waiting for a bit of my fish supper (he was in luck).
This week also saw the opening of the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art - one of the largest of its kind in the UK. I had so hoped to be able to submit some work for it this year but I just didn't have time in the end. Next year though! You can see the selected works and award winners and if you can't get along in person you can also purchase through the website as well. It looks like there have been a good number of sales already and there are lots of wonderful peices on display - I love Terance James Bond's paintings and his 'House Sparrow' is beautiful. I was also rather taken by Jeremy Paul's 'Coal Tit'. There were actually lots more but I didn't write them down :) The exhibition runs until August 3rd. I've also just seen that Gayle Mason (Fur in the Paint) has a wonderful Tiger in the show!