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American Miniaturist Magazine Features Hazel Rayfield :: Posted by: Hazel on January 16th, 2020

The American Miniaturist

The American Miniaturist Magazine is a global magazine featuring miniaturists and Dollhouse collectors from all over the world.

In the February 2020 issue I am delighted to say my miniature art gets a three page feature.

I was contacted last year via instagram by a feature writer for the magazine and invited to be interviewed and have an article written. The editor Auralea also got in touch and the feature was planned.

It is lovely to see my art in print, this is the first feature in a US magazine, having been featured in UK publications in the past and I’m very honoured to have been included in the American Miniaturist.

The article touches on how I first started painting for dolls’ houses which is a nice story so I thought I’d expand on that a little …..

It all began in 2013, I had been painting in encaustic for about two years then and selling small and larger art, when my husband who is a decorator (a very practical and varied talented man ) was working for a client who asked him if he would be able to help her build the basement for her Georgian Dolls House.

He took on the challenge.

And whilst he was working on her dolls’ house she asked him if I would paint her some pictures for her house. She wanted her miniature house to have original art, she already owned a larger piece of my work. She bought some tiny frames and I painted varies subjects to fit them, she asked for the paintings to be colour co-ordinated to fit in with certain decor in the rooms but otherwise I was left to my own imagination.

Following her taking receipt of the paintings I blogged about it and more requests and commissions came for dollhouse paintings. I starting selling tiny miniatures in my shops and as they say the rest is history…….. As far as I am aware pieces of my Art In Wax are currently in 18 countries spanned over 4 continents.

 

 

Some of the painting featured …..

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The Gallery 1:12 Scale Miniature Scene Art Gallery :: Posted by: Hazel on January 21st, 2015

The Gallery 1:12 Scale Art Gallery

Painting Art In Wax In Miniature

As many of you who read my blog know I have a passion for painting in hot wax – using many techniques, different wax formula and on various supports.

I also paint in many styles and sizes, including miniature.

I really enjoy the challenge and the results when painting encaustic in miniature.

Again if you have read my blog in the past you will know that I also own a miniature property a 1:12 scale Art Gallery which my very clever and patient husband Adrian built for me.

The Gallery as it is called resides in our home and houses a collection of my tiny Art, it is a fun addition to our home.

The Gallery had its grand opening in 2013 and since then Adrian has also built some easels and an Art Browser for display and the paintings change from time to time too.

The Gallery : The Back Story

When we were planning and building The Gallery we chatted and a “back story” developed over time so just for fun I thought I might share our (frictional) story …….

The property at 27 Coast Road is a Victorian double fronted shop property which started life as a bakery called The Granary.

It has seen many changes over the years, starting as a bakery where the bakers worked long hours and mostly baked bread that they delivered, sold at market or was collected from the shop. Then moving into an era where cakes and sweet treats became popular and Ladies would browse and shop for delicious sweets and later having part of the shop became a small tea room, where tea in China cups graced the tables and cakes and pastries were enjoyed.

But in time with post war rationing and the rise of convenience foods and supermarkets the family business closed and the shop stood empty for some years, still owned by the family but no longer a going concern.

In the 1990’s a Mr Rayfield moved to this part of town, he was a builder by trade and as he past the shop in disrepair, each day on his way to work and thought what a shame it was that should a wonderful building was no longer being used.

Some years later, Mr R married and settled down, his wife was a very keen artist and with his encouragement starting showing her art in exhibitions and selling her paintings on the Internet.

So when an opportunity came to buy the Old Granary from a distance relative of the original baker the couple bought the property and set about restoring the building, keeping the exterior as it was with its Victorian panel features but inside it became a modern contemporary Art Gallery with a high gloss floor and spot lighting just right for displaying lots of Art ………

All in miniature of course 😉 wink !!!!!

And just for fun I have made a graphic interpretation of The Granary …… along side some pictures of The Gallery

The Gallery Art in Miniature

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