My usual approach to tackling a building when I’m drawing on location is to start with some loose guidelines using a coloured watercolour pencil and then adding ink. Usually I add the watercolour paint at home.
When I attempted to draw this front part of the Government House, I flipped my approach and went with paint first. It looked terrible but it is surprising how much it improves when you add ink. I worked into the picture at home with an Artline pen.
It was a lovely and fun day. I hope I have the opportunity to draw on the grounds of the Government House again.
My very first visitors to the stall purchased a “Suspended” (a humpback whale) and “Afternoon Siesta” print, followed by a young couple from Sydney, buying a “Hanging Out” print.
A couple, who came to Tasmania from Geelong via the ferry, chose a “Bunk Beds” print. Another person chose “Lost Worlds” for herself and “Bunk Beds” for a work colleague who cared for an orphaned wombat that spent its days at the office and was allowed to run around early in the morning before they were open to the public. The wombat’s name was Nigel.
An expectant mother from Sydney, purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” for her grandmother who loves Superb Fairy-wrens and an Enchanted Forest greeting card for her mother.
A lady from Geelong, NSW, bought a “Hammock Life” print. Her son and her used to watch platypus in the river close to their house. He passed away and she said now she’s obsessive about platypus. She told me that she’s going to hang “Hammock Life” in her kitchen.
The original painting titled “A Flair for Strutting” was purchased by a man from Moonah, Hobart. I have actually recently sold five original strutting emu paintings: “Earthy” and another one at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, two website orders: “Taking the Fish for a Walk” and “Tiger and I”, (www.pjpaintings.com) and now at Salamanca Market, “A Flair for Strutting”.
A couple, she was originally from Turkey and has been in Australia for two years and got married here, now living on the Central Coast, NSW, purchased “Poppy Fields (Yellow)” and “Leafy Decorum” prints. They had already bought some of my prints from Tiger ina Papera Gallery https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraftsalamancagallery/ during the week. They want to move to Tasmania. He’s an electrician and she’s a yoga teacher. They are travelling to the north of the state to help them decide where in Tasmania they want to move to.
A lady bought a large “Helping Hands” zip pouch for her friend’s 50th birthday, who is also a quirky artist she told me.
Another lady bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh” cushion covers to post to the USA… and then it was packing up and a cup of tea time.
Thanks for visiting and I hope that the upcoming week goes well for you.
Hobart put on another perfect market weather day on Saturday.
My very first visitor was from Cairns, Queensland. She bought a greeting card. Soon after, I had a couple visiting from Toronto, Canada. Their daughter had their first two grandchildren during COVID, now 14 months and two months old. They bought an A-3 sized print of “Hanging Out” for Audrey, the two-month-old and said that hopefully that will help her sleep more (lol). Another “Hanging Out” print is going to make its home in Townsville, Queensland.
A “Lazy Days” and “Home among the Gum Trees” print is heading to Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW). A young girl, from the Hunter Valley https://www.winecountry.com.au/plan/history , which is very close to Newcastle, bought a small “House Sharing” print with her own money. (I gave her a discount. I always do when children spend their own hard-earned money. I think it is something quite honouring that from all the things on display at a market that they choose to buy a piece of art).
Another couple visiting from Canada visited and purchased “Sitting on the Fence”. They are from Newfoundland. The university there has an exchange program with the University of Tasmania, which their daughter took the opportunity of this arrangement to study in Australia. Long flights are now an integral part of their lives because she met her Tasmanian partner and has made her life here.
A gentleman, attending a conference in Tasmania and working in some golfing while he’s here, purchased three prints: “Friendship Refreshes the Soul”, “Hammock Life”, and I think the third one was “Supportive Nestworks” for his friend who lives in NSW. His friend’s house was destroyed by fire and these prints are going to be his house-warming gift. He will be moving into his new house in about three weeks. His friend told me that he is a great fan of my art. He definitely is as he has bought eight of my prints over the past few years and will now be getting three more!
I also sold this small original painting, painted on Khadi paper made from recycled cotton rags.
Thanks for visiting and I hope that the upcoming week is a gentle one for you.
Two ladies from Canberra bought “Hair Accessories”. They love black cockatoos and they told me that since the fires a lot more have moved into their neighbourhood. Another two ladies, from Sydney, bought “The Bun” for their mother, who also loves black cockatoos.
A lady from Brisbane purchased “The Three Amigos II” print and a little original painting of a rather messy looking echidna that I painted.
A young lady from Sydney, who works at a bird rescue centre and has 17 birds at home that she is currently caring for (she showed me photos of her latest rescued birds, a pigeon and lots of young magpies), purchased the very first “Morning Melody” A-4 sized print. She also bought “Enchanted Forest I” and “Enchanted Forest II” prints.
A lady from Brisbane, bought a “What the Devil?!” tote bag for her daughter-in-law, who volunteers fortnightly at an animal rescue shelter.
A nurse from the UK, who is working in Australia for six months and then returning to the UK, purchased “House Sharing”.
A couple from Sydney purchased “Spanish Eyes (Red)” and “Family Outing”.
At the end of the day, two women, who both love magpies, purchased “Maggie” and “Morning Melody” each. One has the magpie birdsong as her ring tone on her phone. She played it for me to hear. It sounds so pretty.
I didn’t have any prints of my tomato birds at the market. ☹
Thanks for visiting and I hope that your weekend is going well.
Greetings. I hope that you have been well and safe in this unpredictable world.
I’ve been venturing out of my comfort zone and have tried to paint a new bird, magpies. They have been voted Australians’ second favourite bird. There are many who have regular magpie visitors that arrive for their feed or have them as full-time pets.
When I was walking in my neighbourhood, I spotted a magpie sitting on a fence. I started photographing it and taking a step closer after each photo.
It was very obliging. It posed to the side, back and frontwards.
Soon I was about a metre and a half in front of it and it was looking straight at me with piercing eyes. A sudden nervous feeling arose as I considered, “yikes, what if it flies straight into my face” but it didn’t, it continued to be placid and cooperative.
This encounter gave me some great magpie resource photos for future paintings.
Unfortunately, this seemingly gentle bird is not loved by all mainly due to dive-bombing people during nesting season. There’s also the Collingwood Magpies, an Australian Football League (AFL) team that is huge in Australia that people seem to either love or hate. Collingwood is rarely chosen as a second favourite team. So, unfortunately, the poor magpie has a strong association link with this team, through no fault of its own.
Sam Bloom wrote a story about an odd little Magpie that saved her family. The photos are beautiful and heart melting, and this has definitely helped to endear more people to magpies.
I hope that you and your family are well, and that the birds around you give you a moment of joy.
I navigated the stairs out of my house in darkness to make the short drive to Salamanca Market. Rain was forecasted but thankfully none eventuated.
My first visitors to the stall were locals and they purchased a “Lazy Days” print, followed by two sisters who bought “Leafy Decorum” and “Glamour Girls” for their mother, just because they love her. Their mother loves black cockatoos.
Some of the under-18 girls Australian Football Rules (AFL) state team, Tasmania Devils, stopped by before playing their Victoria competitors in Hobart. https://tasdevils.com.au/ (unfortunately, they lost their game).
A “Sitting on the Fence” print is heading to Melbourne.
A “Sea Life” print is going to the Gold Coast to adorn a nursery. The couple are expecting their first baby. Water came close to their house but thankfully receded before it reached the house.
A newly married couple bought a “Double Date” print. A lady, visiting from South Australia, purchased a “Bunk Beds” print. She’s travelling around Tasmania before she heads home. Three ladies bought three small “Salamanca Fresh” pouches to remind them of their time here. A man bought a “Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover to take back to Melbourne. My paintings printed on square cushion covers, made in Australia, are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards
A young man from France purchased some Tasmanian bird images for a souvenir. He’s been travelling for 2.5 years, firstly visiting New Caledonia.
Two original paintings sold today, a painting of platypus and elephants. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of both paintings.
It took me quadruple the time to drive home because there was a car accident before the Tasman Bridge. It was good to get home and put my feet up. 😊
Thanks for visiting and I hope that the upcoming week is a gentle one for you.