Runnymede National Trust House & Gardens hosted today’s Hobart urban sketching meet-up. It is a well maintained and protected house, built in the 1840s. It was Captain Charles Bayley and his family’s home for over 100 years. It was named after his favourite ship, Runnymede, and the house now promotes marine conservation.
The colonial marine villa was constructed for one of the first lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land, Robert Pitcairn, who was a prominent campaigner against the transportation of convicts. Runnymede also houses historic artworks and possessions of Tasmania’s first Anglican Bishop, Francis Nixon.
We found ourselves a spot on the lawn and viewed the house from the outside, so I will have to see the inside of the house and its artworks another time. This is the viewpoint I drew.
Firstly, I loosely sketched the house with a purple coloured watercolour pencil and then added Artline pen.
When I’m urban sketching, I rarely get to the painting part of the day, so I felt pleased that I actually finished a painting in one session and outdoors!
After I returned home, I resumed working on my newest addition to my “Sleepyhead” series.
Sleep peacefully everybody and thanks for stopping by.
It’s dark now at 6 am but I can quite easily overlook that when the day that unfolds is warm and sunny with clear blue skies. (A squawking flock of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos just flew by my window. I always feel privileged to see them.)
A young lady from Germany, living in Hobart, on Elizabeth Street, is studying Marine Biology at UTAS. She purchased a small print of ‘Sea Life’. A young man, from New Zealand, exploring Tasmania in a van, also purchased a print of a whale. He chose ‘Suspended’. He’s looking for work here and has secured some work just by striking up a conversation with somebody he didn’t know. They’ve offered him one day a week work at a distillery. Once you get your foot in the door, more work often follows.
A young couple, with their very smiley baby, purchased ‘The Three Amigos’. He said that he really liked art, and was quite good too, when he was a child but then war came to Afghanistan. He became a refugee and ended up in this wonderful country. He came to Pontville in Tasmania. Now he lives in Sydney and is a translator for refugees. This is his second time in Tassie, this time with his family.
A man from Manchester, UK, now living in Sydney, was in the stall when somebody said that they liked my koalas. I informed them that they weren’t koalas, rather wombats, that koalas have fluffier ears and a different shaped nose. I also had to inform people that my birds were emus, not ostriches. As he left with his purchase, he said thanks for the ostriches and koala (‘Glamour Girls’ & ‘Sleepy head’). 🙂
A lady from West Hobart, who told me that she has been looking for a long time for something to hang up on the blank wall in her toilet room, was delighted with her ‘Beachside Chatter’ find.
I was pleasantly surprised to have a visit from somebody who had done Liz Steel’s Palladian urban sketching course with me two years ago. It was really lovely to catch-up, albeit it was a short catch-up. Her daughter’s moved to Tasmania.
Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com 🙂
I’ve been living in Hobart, Tasmania for about 22 years and have never walked one of the many Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) tracks. I’ve taken visitors many times up to the top of the mountain and back down but haven’t explored the mountain beyond that, until now, and it was magical and awesome. I was really keen to see Lost World as I have painted this scene with Tasmanian Tigers (Thylacines) integrated into the foreground.
The walk started on Hunters Track, then along Old Hobartian Track and finally the Lost World Track, which was uphill, climbing over boulders all the way up. Do not let the 45 minutes suggested time fool you, it is full on, constant rock climbing and took closer to 1.5 hours but well worth the effort, not to mention, fun clambering over rocks like a mountain goat (well not quite as nimble :-)).
While climbing over boulder after boulder, I couldn’t help think how much my brother and sister-in-law would enjoy this climb, the scenery along the way and the view. Next time they visit, I won’t just take them to the top of the mountain.
And then we entered the breath-taking Lost World.
The view from Lost World.
On our way out…
It was an amazing day on the mountain, warm, windless and beauty everywhere.
Take care and thanks for visiting.
P.S. Prints of my Lost worlds painting are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
My “Sleepy head” series keeps growing as my imagination fires up.
This wombat thought their hammock was looking a little plain, so being the ingenious little fellows they are, some decorating has taken place.
I haven’t run out of ideas for more wombat scenes but ideas for titles for the paintings are running dry. I’ve had “Hanging out for Christmas”, “Waiting for Santa”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Sleepy head”, “Afternoon Nap” and “Bunk beds”. If you could be so kind to provide some suggestions for wombats in hammock titles, it will be much appreciated.
Take care and may your sleeps be peaceful.
Regardless of yesterday being the first day of autumn, Tasmania ignored that it was ‘autumn’ and put on the hottest March day ever recorded. It got up to 39 degrees Celsius and I would venture to say that being under the blue roof of the Pj Paintings gazebo, it would have reached 40 degrees. It was a roasting hot day! Despite the temperature, a surprising amount of people ventured out and the market was really quite full of people before the temperature peaked in the afternoon.
A couple from the Netherlands, who had purchased two prints from Artefacts Gallery yesterday (‘Quilting Bee’ for a friend who is a quilter and ‘Richmond Bridge, Tasmania’ for themselves) purchased a ‘Story time’ print to give to a teacher in Netherlands, who loves reading to her students.
Another couple, visiting from Queensland, finding Hobart’s temperatures rather ‘cool’, purchased a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ print. A lady, who moved to Rose Bay, Hobart last year, from Queensland, to escape the heat, bought a ‘Meet Me at the Gate’ print.
A couple from Perth, who have been visiting Tasmania for 10 days, are going back home tomorrow with a ‘Weightless’ print. They came to attend a wedding tonight. There’s another couple in Tassie for the same reason, attending a wedding this afternoon.
A young lady, from Hawaii, visiting friends on the mainland and holidaying with them in Tassie, purchased a ‘Lost Worlds’, which is my painting of Lost World Track on Mt Wellington/kunyani and the lost Tasmanian Tigers, and ‘All Ears’ print. She hasn’t been directly affected by the volcano but the air quality has and she found the red night skies eerie. Two sisters were also holidaying in Tassie, one lives in Melbourne and the other in New York, USA. They purchased a ‘Double Date IV’ and ‘Sleepy head’ print. Another lady, from Scotland, visiting her sister that lives in Tassie, also bought a ‘Sleepy head’ print. She’s stopping in New Zealand on her way home, just because she’s always wanted to go to New Zealand.
A lady, who has two months off and then six months on the Carnival Cruise Ship working in the jewellery shop, bought ‘Sleepy head’ and ‘Tassie Christmas’. She came to know of my existence through a friend, who had given her a ‘Beachside Chatter’ print, which she has hanging in her cabin.
The day ended, with a young couple from Sydney, excited to see wombat pictures. They have a picture of a wombat, named Mr. Womby, hanging in their home. They also have a wombat plush toy, named Arthur. They bought ‘Sleepy head’ to take home. I asked them what’s this one going to be called? They decided that this has to be a female wombat but couldn’t think of a name on the spot. They might read this post because I told them I write Salamanca Market updates. If you have any suggestions for them, please share them in the comments.
The most popular print today was ‘Sleepy head’.
A thought to ponder: “The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” ~Junot Diaz
Take care everyone,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
I unexpectedly had to do gallery duty this morning at Artefacts Gallery, Salamanca Place in Hobart, Tasmania. There were two big cruise ships in so it was busy.
A young lady came into the gallery and quickly honed in on the images from my Sleepy head series.
She pulled out of her knapsack her travel companion, that she never travels without. It was a gorgeous, well-loved wombat! I could not resist giving it a cuddle. It’s sooooo cute!
These arrived in the post today and will be making their debut at Salamanca Market, stall #30, tomorrow among heaps of other cards, prints, tote bags and pouches. I hope you can drop by to say hello.
Wishing everybody a lovely weekend.
My son, who lives in Canberra, asked me to paint a moth for his project. I’ve rarely painted insects. Last year, I attempted to paint a bee and a butterfly and I think that’s about it.
Who would have thought that moths are so cute!? Or is it just me painting them cute? I never knew that they have such gorgeous little faces, a face that says, “cuddle and love me”.
Isn’t nature a wondrous thing?! Take care everybody and thanks for visiting.