Sketching in Bellerive

I met up with Hobart’s small urban sketching group this morning on the sunny Eastern Shore of Hobart, in Bellerive at the Blundstone Oval.

I settled in to draw this quaint house directly across the street from the Blundstone Oval.

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My morning’s sketch

I want to loosen up my drawings, so I went started straight in with a thick grey texta.

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Apologies for the photo of loose grey texta initial drawing. The sun was very bright and in the shade it wasn’t quite bright enough for the photo.

To add some detail, I inked over the drawing and then painted the entirety outside. I’m starting to do that more often, so I must be speeding up!

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Bellerive house with kunyani/Mt Wellington in the background

We finished our sketch-meet with a well deserved cuppa at the Hurricane Cafe.

Cheers and thanks for visiting.

Salamanca Market Dec 7, 2019

There was wind and rain today but this time I battened down the hatches in advance and I was able to ride it through fairly unscathed. It was a busy day with six framed pieces, four prints and two originals, plus three other unframed originals, and absolutely heaps of A-5 sized prints trotting off to various locations. There seemed to be many Europeans heading home and these were the perfect size and souvenir for them.

Originals “Legend” and “Orca” are heading to China with the sister and parents of a son who is studying Information Technology at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). He’s almost finished, one more semester to go.

A young boy, between the age of 10 – 12 years is my guess, from central Queensland, bought a framed print of “Bunk beds”, with his own money.

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Bunk beds

A group of six German students, here on a gap year, doing volunteer work at Hobart’s Friends School (a private school), bought lots of A-5 prints for family and friends. Two of them were flying back in two weeks. One said she was going back to commence her Medicine university degree.

A lady from Ireland bought “Devilish Siesta”, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” to take back with her as her souvenir from Tasmania. A couple from Boston, USA, bought a “Hanging Out” greeting card as their souvenir. They drove their Recreational Vehicle (RV) to Florida and then flew to Tasmania. They do extensive RV travelling. Last year, they drove up to Vancouver Island, Canada.

A couple from Hong Kong bought the print “Who, Who, Who are You? II” and the original painting titled “Enchanted”. Melbourne and Sudanese friends bought a “Bunk Beds” print.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A group of young men from the University of Melbourne, studying a variety of disciplines, purchased “Helping Hands” from the Cheer ‘em Up series, “Sleepy head”, “Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Bunk beds” and “Fairy wrens”.

A lady from Montreal, Canada is going back with “Fairy wrens” and “Afternoon Siesta”, and sisters from Devonport, Tas, here for a wedding, bought “Be whooo you are” and “Bunk beds”. A young lady from California, USA, who has been living in Cairns for three months, and is visiting Tasmania before returning home, bought an “Afternoon Siesta” as her Tasmanian souvenir.

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Be Whooo You Are

Then I met some French ladies, working at UTAS, one as an oceanography researcher. She’s returning to France in Jan 2020. She purchased a “Lazy Days’ pouch and her friend a “Sleepy head” print.

An extended family of grandmother, mother and more bought a bunch of A-5 sized prints. They were visiting Emily Mifsud, who plays for the Tasmanian Hurricanes (cricket) and who is hoping to be selected for the Australian side. Go, Emily, Go!

The most popular prints and tote bags today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “The power of nature is such that it’s what all art strives to be. The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship.”  Rick Rubin

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,

from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

What colour is an emu?

Apparently there are many correct answers to this question. One could be a green-grey colour if you’re a statue guarding a house in Bellerive, Tasmania.

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or one could be white if you’re the white emu photographed by Nicola Thiele in Snowy Monaro, NSW.

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A rare white emu spotted

According to University of Sydney Associate Professor of avian and zoological medicine, Lorenzo Crosta, the emu is a rare sight but it is not an albino emu.  An animal with albinism displays absolute evidence of melanin in the body, including the legs, which would be pinkish or very light in colour.  Lorenzo’s explanation of the white emu is that it has leucism, which is a partial lack of melanin, and thus the white feathers.

If you’re an emu that I paint, your feathers could be beige, blue, black and turquoise…emuhead

and you’re pretty good at dancing the Charleston!

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Cheers. Hope you’re having fun and kicking up your heels wherever you are.

http://www.pjpaintings.com

 

 

Day light robbery

Today at Salamanca Market was a mixed bag, weather-wise and event wise. A sudden downpour of rain damaged three frames and caused chaos for me to trying to secure and quickly move things undercover. Then I had a visit from the police, a shoplifter had been reported, and she had items from several stall holders, including two PJ Paintings prints. I didn’t know or see her take anything. Later in the day two more prints were stolen. They weren’t returned. It’s near impossible to be doing credit card transactions, bagging or wrapping frames, and watching hands handling prints. The spirit of giving is unanimous with Christmas but I suppose that it also gives rise to the spirit of stealing. It’s disappointing because as a stall holder you want to be able relax, enjoy meeting and conversing with people. I like giving eye contact, not having to watch what people behind the ones you’re serving, are doing.

Has anyone else had artwork stolen? How did you feel about it?

I sold some “Tassie Christmas” greeting cards to a couple visiting from Germany.

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Tassie Christmas

A “Bunk beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” print is being posted to two little Australian girls living in the UK.

The original “Christmas Siesta” painting was purchased and will be journeying to California, USA.

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Christmas Siesta

Her friend bought two prints that are also U.S. bound, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky bunk beds.”

Two young ladies from Germany, living and studying at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, bought a “Bunk beds” print. A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought “Hair Accessories” and “The Bun”. A framed “The Bun” had sold earlier in the day too.

A lady from Bendigo bought my small original painting of a Galah. It is going to hang in her toilet room beside a picture of nasturtiums, I was told.

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Galah

A three year old boy is going to receive a small framed “Family Outing” for his birthday. She was going to buy him a T-shirt but when she saw the framed print, she changed her mind.

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Family Outing IV

I didn’t quite escape a late burst of rain with a short peppering of hail at the end of the day when I was half way through packing up. I was glad to get home, have a cup of tea with my feet up after bringing everything in and hanging things to dry in various places all around the inside of the house.

The most popular prints today were the wombats from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions”. Alfred Hitchcock

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Coffee Table Feature

A miniature one of these would be cool to have on a coffee table. This art producing machine is wind generated.

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Windmill at MONA (Museum of Old & New Art) in Tasmania

The windmill turns , which in turn, turns some wheels, which in turn moves the Artline pen in a circular motion and turns the turntable which moves the paper very slowly along.

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Wind powered drawing at MONA (Museum of Old & New Art) in Tasmania

The windier the day the darker and denser the drawing is. A pen a day is used and the roll of paper lasts two weeks before the piece of art is finished.

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Pen at Work

It is quite mesmerizing and relaxing to watch, which is why I think it would be a great coffee table feature, and not to mention, a conversation starter.

Thank for stopping by. Keep your pens moving and producing art. 🙂

Salamanca Market Nov 23, 2019

It was blue and sunny skies for today’s market. An expectant mother, from Orange, NSW, bought an A-3 sized print of “Afternoon Siesta” for the baby’s room.  A young lady, originally from Wisconsin, USA, doing a university degree in Colorado, currently visiting family in Singapore bought nine greeting cards to send back to family and friends in the US and Singapore.

An older lady, who lives in Snug, Tasmania, and her daughter, visiting from Zurich, Switzerland, purchased “Who, Who, Who are You? II”. Another local Tasmanian, bought for her friend’s eight and ten year old sons, a “Devilish Siesta” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print. Her friend, who is teaching at the University of Tasmania, is now going to be teaching at a university in Nova Scotia, Canada.  That’s a big move.

Two visitors from Taiwan bought an original painting of a kangaroo for their mother. An original platypus and a husky wombat painting also went today, along with a lot of tote bags, pouches and greeting cards.

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Original Kangaroo painting

The most popular prints today were the wombats from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “Art is the expression of the profoundest thoughts in the simplest way”, Albert Einstein

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,

from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Nov 16, 2019

The wind made it challenging at the markets, today. A young lady introduced herself to me as the daughter of the lady who commissioned “Joyride” to give as a surprise for her husband’s birthday. She told me that her parents love the painting and it is hanging up in their kitchen. She bought a “Joyride” print.
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Joyride!

Then another lady introduced herself to me, that she had bought the original painting titled “The Bun” (I was able to introduce both to each other – original PJ Painting owners). Apparently, everybody that visits her house comment about it when they come in, as it is in direct view hanging above the fireplace. She has a collection of sea urchins underneath it. Her friend from Georgia, USA, who was accompanying her, bought a “The Bun” greeting card and a wombat print.

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“The Bun” greeting card
An Aussie, who is living in Calgary, Canada (for 32 years now) bought some greeting cards. She met her husband in Australia. He worked on oil rigs. Her daughter is now living in Sydney and she thinks the call of Australia is calling her son too.
A Swedish couple bought “Hanging Out” and a Great Aunt from the UK, bought her two week old great-nephew, Theodore, a “Christmas Siesta” print.
 
A lady, from Zimbabwe, who visited the stall a few times during the day, bought some greeting cards and A-5 sized prints.
The most popular prints today were the wombats from the Sleepy head series.
 
A thought to ponder: “I shut my eyes in order to see”, Paul Gauguin
 
Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Morning Sketch

I spent about an hour and forty minutes drawing and painting this outside today. Usually I draw outside and paint inside. This is the historic fire station on Argyle Street in Hobart, Tasmania.

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Hobart Fire Brigade

My thoughts are with those in New South Wales and Queensland where bush fires are raging. Three lives and over 150 homes have been lost. I hope the wind changes direction to stop the fires in their track and that good soaking rain falls upon the scorched and blistering dry land. Take care, everybody.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that the upcoming week is kind to you.

Cheers, PJ Paintings

 

Salamanca Market Nov 9, 2019

The highlight of today was selling one of my sister’s quirky peacock original art pieces.

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Nadine Richoux Art (my sister’s art)

I met a couple caravanning with their 14 month old daughter named Bindi. They said that she’s been really good despite the temperatures the last week being rather cool. I kept my fingerless gloves on all day today! They bought a “Sea Life” print for Bindi’s bedroom in Melbourne.

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Sea Life

A “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Double Date” is going to Jamaica and the UK.

 

A couple, visiting from Adelaide, bought about a dozen cards. She said that she put aside $5 notes all year to save for their trip to Tasmania.

A couple from Pilbara, Western Australia (WA) bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” for their daughter living in Perth, WA.

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White Faced Scops Owls

A young lady, who’s been in Tassie for five months, leaving today to go back to Ohio, USA, bought an A-5 sized “Salamanca Market” print.

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Salamanca Saturdays

“Lazy Days” and “Hair Accessories” tote bags made their debut today and they went as quick as I could hang them up.

 

The most popular prints today was “Spiky Bunk Beds”.

A thought to ponder: “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art”, Leonardo da Vinci

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com