News 2018


Apologies to anyone who has tried to contact me recently and has had no reply. There has been a problem with me receiving emails through my website, but my direct contact details are now on the site. I haven't been ignoring anyone - the mails were not getting through!
Email:
bella.bijoux@yahoo.co.uk

I have submitted three miniatures to the 27th International Miniature Art Show at the Seaside Gallery in Nags Head, North Carolina, USA, my first showing in the US for quite a few years and an exciting opportunity to get my work seen further afield. All three entries sold within hours of their arrival in the USA. A great start!
I am also now a member of the World Federation of Miniaturists, formed in 1995 to further worldwide recognition of miniature art societies and individual artists.
Seaside Art Gallery – The Outer Banks Art Gallery for Original Art
www.seasideart.com


Titania, picture above, was destined for exhibition in London, but was sold before she left my drawing board.
I'm very happy she will be going to a wonderful new home.


Almost completed is the painting of hares shown below - just a few finishing details to be done of the hares faces and coats.



Just finished - the miniature triptych on vellum - Five For Silver.


It looks as though 2018 will be one of those years when we are going to have to hold our noses and jump, as there are quite a few big changes in the air for both Alan and I.

The Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in Waterloo will be closing at the end of February as the owners are retiring. I have had a long and very happy association with the gallery, first exhibiting with them at the annual Society of Feline Artists exhibition, and they have become the leading commercial gallery in the UK specialising in contemporary miniature work with their Million Brushstrokes exhibition and a large permanent collection of paintings for sale. I wish them the very best for a long and happy well deserved retirement.

The Great Secret Project with an old school friend is almost complete. We had talked about wrapping it up it by the end of 2017 but are in no rush and are so enjoying the process - and the lunches - that we would rather it takes another few months and be fun for us, than try and hurry things along and it becomes a chore. A sure fire way to stifle creativity! We are quietly thrilled with it all and feeling rather pleased with ourselves if the truth be told.

Last year I had a fascinating commission from a dolls house and miniature collector, the results of which are shown below. The frame for the Dutch style style life has been gilded and the the birds and berries painted to look like embroidery has been fitted into a miniature firescreen.
Both pieces are to be displayed in a beautiful historically accurate Tudor style house, just one of the owners wonderful dolls houses and room settings. The more conventionally sized mouse and blackberries will join two owl miniatures of mine on the walls of her fascinating house.

 

Two of the six miniatures shown at the 2017 Royal Miniature Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.
All of the paintings are on vellum and measure 2" square.


I also have a commission from a client in New York who is a great Anglophile so am currently working out how to get as much 'Englishness' into a 2" square painting as is humanly possible!

All three books in the Midsummer Mouse series by Barry Thornton are selling very well with a number of the sold old first edition popping up on book sites with an asking price of £75. Of course, whether they achieve that remains to be seen, but it's nice to think some people out there think they are worthy of that amount of money!

B and W Thornton of Stratford upon Avon have a good range of new work by myself including these two small paintings on vellum, a new set of miniatures based on the poetry of Thomas Hardy, and the lion and tiger shown below.


The Anita Emmerich Presentation Award 2016




I was delighted to have won the Anita Emmerich Presentation Award at the RMS Annual Exhibition in October 2016.
The exquisite solid silver, gold plated magnifying glass shown above, is engraved with the RMS logo, my name and date of the award and was made by master gold and silversmiths, Padgham and Putland. Their website is well worth visiting to read about their incredible work and to see examples of commissions.
Padgham & Putland | SILVERSMITHS – GOLDSMITHS

The award was for my miniature painting on vellum of. 'When candels be out', one of a set of six pieces inspired by old sayings and folklore. The borders and calligraphy on the paintings were loosely based on Tudor manuscripts and artwork - the result of several wonderful trips to stately and domestic houses of the period which sent my imagination off in a different direction and proved the inspiration for the set.

As always I welcome commissions from clients wishing for something created specifically to their requirements, and already in 2017 have some interesting and unusual requests which will challenge me. 


    

Some commissions from 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed painting an interpretation of a favourite poem as a surprise 70th birthday gift from two daughters to their mother.
She was taught ‘Les Elfes’ in French at school. It is a poem that holds a special place in her heart and memories and she still fondly recites it to this day. As it was a special gift for a very special occasion, I hand painted an illuminated dedication to attach to the back of the painting – something I like to do for all commissions.
I completed the piece back in the spring and, once the painting was delivered, the daughters had to keep the secret until the day of the birthday at the end of July.
I received this lovely email in thanks -

‘Mum ... was hugely surprised and absolutely delighted with it. She kept saying it was ‘really special’ and couldn’t believe it, and when she turned it over and saw the dedication she was completely blown away when she realised it was just for her.
One of the first things she said is that she can’t wait to show it to her school friends and how she wished her French teacher was still around to see it.
Thank you again for painting such a wonderful gift to give. it will be very much loved’.



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