(Untitled - Black Pheasant) © Tracy Hall 2009
1.75" x 2.25" Watercolour on board
This is my latest miniature, almost complete I think. It is shown enlarged with a 'phantom' penny for scale. Just in case you thought I had fallen off the planet :)
We are lucky enough to have a pair of black (or 'melanistic') pheasants who visit the garden regularly, most recently with their latest youngsters in tow. I think all pheasants are beautiful but these have gorgeous, irridencent markings that change in every light; blues, purples and greens. It may be my imagination but they seem larger than the regular variety too. I have several paintings of them planned - and they will look different in all of them I expect! Here's a photo of them marching across the back lawn:
...And a new painting for a greeting card company to finish off a particularly busy week. The tractor is a fergie 35 - we have one of these but I had to pretty it up a bit as ours is not quite so smart these days. Its not even 'fergie red' at the moment. (Eagle eyed viewers may remember seeing it planting tatties a little while back on this blog).
'Old Adversaries' © Tracy Hall 2009