PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 9, 2017

Today started quietly and calmly, and maintained this pace for most of the day.  A couple from Perth bought a whale print for themselves and “Beachside Chatter” for her brother, who had recently built a new, large house.  An exchange student from Iceland purchased “Outback Glamping” to take back with her.  She loves Tasmania and will be staying here for about five months. She only has one month left.

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Outback Glamping

“Weightless” enticed a couple from New South Wales (NSW) into the stall.  They feel a special connection with humpback whales.  She was wearing a unique and beautiful necklace of two humpback whales facing each other. They showed photos of a whale coming out of the water really close to their boat in Narooma, NSW.  One photo showed the whale looking at them.  You can clearly see its eye.

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Weightless

 

A fairly regular visitor to the stall let me know that ‘P’ had passed away just after her 96th birthday.  She had bought the original painting of “Who, Who, Who are You? II” when she was 94 years old.  Her third great, great grandchild had just been born and the three little owls represented them.  I visited ‘P’ in her house and the painting was hanging in direct view from her favourite chair. She said it gave her much pleasure.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II

A couple from Melbourne, on their honeymoon, are taking back with them an A-3 sized print of “Duck Crossing” and “White Faced Scops Owls”.  A “Weightless” print is off to Brisbane, Qld, and three “Off to the Races” prints are heading to Melbourne.  A lady bought them for her three girlfriends. Each year they go to Melbourne’s Spring Carnival together.

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Off to the Races! II

Two ladies from Los Angeles, USA bought “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo” , and then later on in the day, they returned to buy more.  One of the prints they bought on their return was “Emus can fly!” because it depicted her and her husband.  She said that I’ve captured the look she has when she is sitting on the back on the bike.

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Emus can Fly!

A young couple from Germany bought a Tasmanian Devil little original painting.  They told me that they live about 10km from the Belgian border and often go to Belgium for ‘frites’ (french-fries).  They said that Belgium has excellent fries.  I agree and their mayonnaise is awesome.  It is egg, rather than vinegar, based. This makes all the difference. It is so creamy and delicious.

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Original painting of a Tasmanian Devil

The Best Seller today is:  White Faced Scops Owls

A thought to ponder:  “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 2, 2017

The state of Victoria is getting a lot of rain this weekend, with some areas predicted to get up to 300mm of rain in three days. It started raining in Tassie on Friday, has continued off and on during Saturday but today it is absolutely bucketing.  We’ve had 35 mm since midnight.  On Friday, the packing of the car for the market was a disjointed task, done in between downpours of rain.
A couple of houses away from us lives an incorrigible Houdini labradoodle, named Trixie. The neighbourhood is quite familiar with her as she regularly escapes. About a week ago, at 10:30 at night, when I was in bed, I heard something bang loudly into the garage door and rubbish bins. Then I heard somebody at the top of the driveway calling Trixie. I thought to myself, ‘oh, it’s just Trixie escaping again’, and wondered why she would crash into the garage door, then forgot about the incident, until yesterday, and a foul smell. I can piece the story together now… Trixie was chasing a wallaby and it was the wallaby that crashed into the garage door, and then died by the garage and back fence. With 34C degrees the day before, it didn’t smell the nicest. It was bagged up and put in a rubbish bin. I thought to myself, when I was growing up in Vancouver, I would have never thought that one day I would be putting a dead wallaby in a big, black rubbish bag.
It was a bleak start to the market but unlike last week the rain stopped for pack up time and then the storms came while driving home. Despite it raining off and on all day, there many tourists at the market. A lady from Norway purchased an ink platypus original painting. The literal translation of platypus in Norwegian is ‘beaked animal’, just like in German, which I learnt last weekend.

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Early morning rain at Salamanca Market

I met a young lady from Quebec, Canada. I mentioned that I can speak a little bit of French because I was born in Belgium. It turned out so was she! She had moved to Quebec, and our family, to Vancouver.

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Two Belgians at the market

Dairy farmers from Queensland chose several prints, including ‘Hayride’ to hang in the office of their dairy farm. A couple from north of Newcastle, NSW bought a ‘Joyride’ print (emus riding a Ducati). She is writing a children’s book and the story is about an emu! Another motorcycle fan bought a Triumph motorbike print, ‘Bonnie and Me’. She visited the stall last year and purchased ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’. She said she’ll be back next year. It’s so nice having people return and visit. Speaking of return visitors, Morag, originally from Scotland, came by one more time before she heads back to Adelaide and informed me that the ‘Black & White + One’ print was a big hit. While Morag was visiting the stall, she joined in the conversation I was having with a lady who had moved to Australia when she was three years old, has 9 siblings and is celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary. She is Lebanese and married an Australian, which at the time her parents weren’t too happy about it, but obviously was a wonderful decision as they’ve been enjoying many years together.


A young couple from Sydney, but now living in Melbourne, purchased a whale print. He had green eyes like my eldest son. I asked if they were initially blue and then turned green but he said he had no idea. My son’s eyes were very blue and then ended up being a stunning green.
A young lady from United Kingdom told me that her Mum gave her a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print. She decided to travel to Australia when she heard from her Mum how wonderful it was. She ended up getting ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’ and some greeting cards.
A family from Brisbane, whose husband played golf in the north of the state, bought an ‘Off to the Races’ print. She is a podiatrist, so I’m not so sure what her verdict would be about the emus’ running footwear. :-/

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Off to the Races!

The Best Seller today is: Scarlet Robins

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Scarlet Robins

A thought to ponder: “Art was as much in the activity as in the results. Works of art were not just the finished product, but the thought, the action, the process that created them.” JEAN M. AUEL, The Mammoth Hunters
Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

Hobart Street Art

Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, has generally been devoid of street art but very recently this has been changing.  Some of it is decorative, some I think are trying to subtly convey powerful messages and one mural is definitely explicitly trying to present a visual picture of a controversial proposal. I’d like to think that the purpose of the mural is to help the community better understand what is being proposed and hopefully gather more opposition to thwart this application.

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A scene painted on the back of a petrol station near Howrah Beach on the Eastern Shore of Hobart

This mural in Mathers Lane in the centre of the city has a real Mexican feel to it.

This mural is on Criterion Street, also in the centre of the city.

This mural is on the next building in Criterion Street, Hobart.  I think it has a powerful message about mobile phones.  I think the world probably is a lonelier place for the lonely.  You used to be able to strike up a conversation with somebody waiting at a bus stop or in a cafe, but not now because everybody’s eyes are locked onto their phones.

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There are plans to build Hobart’s first sky scraper which thankfully is being met with some resistance to protect the low rise historic precinct and not devalue Hobart’s heritage-era architecture.

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A visual of the height of the proposed skyscraper compared to the current “tall” buildings in Hobart

This scaled drawing is painted on a wall of the new University of Tasmania (UTAS) students’ residence located on Elizabeth Street, Hobart.

Enjoy the rest of your day and the street art in your town/city.  Cheers.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 18, 2017

As usual, there is a lot going on in Hobart this weekend, the Christmas Pageant Parade, the Point to Pinnacle and the Paul Kelly concert at Mona, to name a few.  It strikes me as strange to have a Christmas Pageant in November.  I think it must be a difficult task to explain to children why Santa Claus is here instead of in the North Pole knee deep in toys and managing gift wrapping conveyor belts running 24/7, I suppose that is why he employs elves, and that Christmas is still a month away.

The Point to Pinnacle Competition is arguably the world’s toughest half marathon (21.1 km).  The starting point is at the Wrest Point Casino, Australia’s first legal casino, opened on February 10, 1973, and it finishes on the pinnacle of Mt Wellington.  You can also do the Point to Pub 10km run/walk. It’s the same route but ends at the Ferntree Pub.  Quite a few competitors stopped at my stall, many that have traveled from the mainland of Australia and further abroad, including one couple from the UK now living in New Zealand.

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Mount Wellington.  I took this photo from Lord Street, Hobart
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A Point to Pinnacle runner nearing the finish line. 

I also met quite a few people who have taken advantage of the flight specials for the inauguration of the Adelaide – Hobart direct flights.  A lady from Melbourne, who collects everything with a kookaburra theme, bought a ‘The Three Amigos’ print.  Yesterday, she visited Richmond, Tasmania and bought a kookaburra printed bag.

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The Three Amigos

The Christmas cards are popular at this time of the year.  A Canadian from Toronto, a lady from just south of Scotland, two ladies from the UK travelling together, another lady from the UK, who had ridden on a motorbike on the mainland with her partner, he was continuing to drive the Nullarbor while she is visiting a friend in Tasmania, bought Christmas card packs.

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Snowbirds

 

A little boy chose an A-3 sized ‘Family Outing’ (emus driving a red mini) print for his bedroom.  I asked him how old he was and he said that he was four, but his dad said he was three, but he kept saying he was four and then his dad conceded and said that he was almost four.

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Family Outing

A young lady stopped at the stall and thought that surfing emus would be a perfect gift for her in-laws that live by the beach in NSW.  She showed it and various other prints to her partner using Facetime.  He shopped at Salamanca Market while sitting on a couch in Melbourne.  In the end, he agreed that indeed ‘Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania’ was the perfect gift.

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Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania

Today’s most popular print was a tie between: The Three Amigos and Suspended

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Suspended

After the market and a short recoup time, it was off to the Paul Kelly concert at MONA.  It was an awesome outdoor concert and the back-up singers, Vika and Linda Bull, were amazing too.  The seagull-behaviour intrigued me.  They flew in swooping circles above us during songs with a more ballad nature and flew away with the songs that had people up on their feet and bopping to the music.  I wonder if there has been a study done about birds and their musical preferences??Paul Kelly

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My view at the Paul Kelly concert.  One of the ladies was wearing a hat that I think is supposed to look like you’re wearing a strawberry on your head.

A thought to ponder:  “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaima

Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market. 

All art prints shown are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

The great little town of Bangalow, NSW

I’ve just returned from attending a stunning wedding in Byron Bay, NSW.  I stayed in the quaint little town of Bangalow.  The main street is lined with awesome shops that have unique items for sale, unlike the chain store items that you see everywhere.

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The main street in Bangalow

Bangalow has carefully furnished and designed coffee shops.  I like cafes that take you to a different place, where the surroundings gently move you into the relax space and frame of mind, cafes that aren’t shouting commercialism, noise and customer high turnover as a priority.  Lunch at “Woods, Get Forked and Fly”, with a happy, all female staff that were singing along to the music while preparing food, was fun and yummy.

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a great little cafe right beside a great little gallery in Bangalow

We passed by the A & I Hall, with pressed tin lining the walls inside, and it just so happened that the community was putting on “Chicago”.  A couple young girls were rehearsing their dance moves on the front deck of the hall.  There was such a nice community buzz around.

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Chicago was a sold out community event

When it rained, I tried my hand at urban sketching again.  I sketched the two buildings I could see out my window, the Anglican church and the little police station.

 

 

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Bangalow, NSW Police station 
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The sketch book with different coloured pages that I used in Bangalow.  Not ideal for watercolour but… it worked

I thoroughly enjoyed this little town and I feel like I haven’t finished exploring it.  Bangalow, I hope to see you again soon!

Reflecting upon Inktober 2017

With Inktober 2017 done and dusted, I would like to reflect upon what I believe were the benefits from this experience for me.  Last year, it was easily identifiable, the discovery of platypus drawing .  This year, the positives are not as discernible, but with a little reflection I have been able to tease some out:

  1. My drawing confidence has grown.  I find drawing things to look 3-D on a 2-D plane challenging, and I think I’ve improved with all this daily practice via the Inktober challenge platform.
  2. My enjoyment of drawing with just a black Artline pen has increased.
  3. Creating tones with a black Artline pen has improved (less is more) and this developed skill has carried over into my urban sketching.
  4. I think that there has also been a tiny bit of improvement with speed and looseness.

Here are all my Inktober 2017 drawings.  Which one is your favourite?

My favourite is the hare.  I like this one best for several reasons.  I drew it when I was seriously contemplating throwing in the towel.  I drew the hare’s head and thought, “I don’t want to do Inktober anymore”, but I pushed myself to finish it off, so I drew the body really quickly.  I’m pleased with how quickly I drew this picture, the less is more concept, the suggestions drawn for the body and hence the less detailed body directs your eye to focus on the hare’s head.

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My favourite Inktober drawing

I wonder what Inktober 2018 will bring???

Thanks for visiting.

Crossing the Finish Line

Day 28 & 29

For Day 28 and 29, I used some artistic license and drew a nest on an emu’s head.  In the emus’ world, the nest is made on the ground and consists of mainly grass.  The male incubates the eggs for eight weeks, surviving on his accumulated body fat and any morning dew that he can reach. He stands up only to turn the eggs, about 10 times a day. Chicks are cared for by the male for a further four to six months.

I love this photo of dad taking his children for a walk.  I’m not sure who the photographer is.

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Day 28 – Love

I thought of naming Day 29’s picture “It’s a woman’s world”.  It soooo isn’t in the human’s realm, but it could be argued that it is more so in the emu realm.

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Day 29 “it’s a woman’s world”

Day 30

By day 30, I felt like I was dragging myself to the finish line.  I saw a safety pin and I thought, good enough, I’ll sketch it.  I have discovered that if you draw enough of the same item, it doesn’t matter what it is, it usually ends up being a really, really cool work of art.  Why is this… apparently we are hard wired to look for patterns because our brains must find order in a world full of chaos, this helps us to survive.  Patterns are comforting.

Often, I have had friends point out a flat faced building with lots of windows and comment that it would make a boring drawing, but I beg to differ. I think the repetitive pattern the many windows create somehow, inexplicably, make for a really great end product.  Evidently our eyes will naturally be drawn to patterns, the regularity of texture on bark, the delicate trace of a spider web or the spiral of a pine cone.

I would have liked to draw more safety pins but I ran out of steam.

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Day 30 – pinning my hopes on you

Day 31

Day 31, crossing the Finish Line and breathing a collective sigh with all the other Inktoberers from across the globe.

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Hooray!

Thanks for stopping by and I extend my congratulations to all Inktober 2017 participants.  It’s been fun despite it feeling like a hard slog at times.  I’ll be taking up the challenge again in 2018, all being well.  🙂

 

With paint

Added some paint to yesterday’s sketch of 119 Macquarie Street.

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119 Macquarie Street’s tower, Hobart, Tasmania

I’d like to sit in the same spot and try to draw this building again.  Hopefully I’ll have more stamina and get more of the building down on paper.

Thanks for visiting.

119 Macquarie Street, Hobart

This morning, my friend and I attempted to sketch 119 Macquarie Street.  We set up at Franklin Square.  There are so many awesome buildings to sketch from this vantage point.

I thought I would try a more sketchy style, which has somewhat developed during the Inktober Challenge, hoping that it would maybe help speed up my sketching rather than my usual line drawing approach.  It didn’t.  I so admire people that can get a lot down on paper in a short time, including close to accurate volumes and angles.  I can now see what went wrong on the right side of the drawing, but after the fact is a little late.  I suppose with lots and lots of practice I will get closer to achieving speed and accuracy.

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 The bottom half of the paper shows that I had every intention of drawing the whole building, but after about an hour, sitting on a hard surface, my bottom was getting sore and I had enough.  We packed up and enjoyed a cup of coffee in a trendy cafe. 
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The whole 119 Macquarie Street building

This is my line drawing style/attempt of the Town Hall, also drawn sitting in Franklin Square.

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Town Hall

Which style do you think looks better?

Thanks and wishing you a lovely rest of the day.