On Saturday 8 September 2018 I attended the national exhibition of the Australian Society of Miniature Art Tasmania Inc.at the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart. The event was opened by Her Excellency Professor Kate Warner AC, the Governor of Tasmania. It was very well attended and a real eye opener for me.  There were numerous entries from all over the country in four different categories: landscapes/streetscapes, seascapes, portraits and animals and still life/florals.  Magnifying glasses were provided for those who wanted a closer look at the impressive art works.

The media represented included: watercolour, oils, mixed media, and coloured pencil. I noted that there were no pastel or scratchboard entries, which are two of my favourite mediums.

Miniatures need to be less than 100 square centimetres.

Tasmanian treasure, Joan Humble OAM, took out a gold medal in the seascape category. Her work is truly amazing. Bill Watson and Ingrid Walpole from my Colour Circle oil painting class also received well deserved awards/acknowledgments.

I am giving some serious thought to giving miniatures a go after some lovely encouragement by Joan Humble.

I am feeling inspired after visiting the exhibition again today (Monday 10 September) with Joan and other oil painting class students. Perhaps I could make a novel contribution to future exhibitions in the portrait/animal section.  See here for more information about the Tasmanian society http://asmatas.org.au/wordpress/

Here is Joan today checking out the entries at the exhibition.