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.

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