Expect the unexpected

I didn’t expect to see a “looking for artist” sign at Artefacts, or to be accepted, as I had applied unsuccessfully several times before. But, accepted I was, so four weeks ago, I joined an art co-op, Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.  One month on and I’m reflecting on the whirlwind experience it has been so far.

Expect the unexpected, is the theme.  Firstly, we are supposed to do a gallery sitting from 9 am – 5 pm three times over a two week period.  With one member living in an area that has been threatened by fires for weeks, another that was unwell for a few weeks and being short one member, I have been doing gallery duty above this quota, (an unexpected) in addition to working three days a week and running a market stall on Saturdays.  It hasn’t left me with any time to paint at home but thankfully there are times at the gallery where I am able to draw.

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I drew this sleepy nap-time wombat over two gallery sittings

While on gallery duty there has been a good mix of time spent drawing and attending to gallery visitors.  It is mainly tourists visiting the gallery.  I enjoy the company and it’s always interesting meeting the wide range of tourists, ages and nationalities. The nature of being on duty dictates that I mainly draw, but I can paint things that don’t require me painting washes, large areas or wet-in-wet.  Painting bobbles are perfect gallery-duty-painting items.

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Another sleepy wombat, resting after decorating his hammock.

Another unexpected is that more of my art is selling than I had anticipated!  I’m re-stocking far more than I thought I would be.

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Introducing a sleepy Tasmanian Devil that will soon be added to the Sleepy head series.

Artefacts is located in an arts centre and it has been really nice to get to know those around me, (another unexpected) especially the staff from Deja Vu Books and Inka Gallery.  On Mondays, a fellow Belgian (a big unexpected!) is usually on gallery duty at Inka Gallery.  We communicate in French and my rusty old French is becoming a little more lubricated each week.  The chap that works at Deja Vu is a bird photographer.  He has given me some of his awesome photos that that I can use as a resource to paint from.  How good is that!?!

All in all, the first month has been great, but tiring.  Hopefully the full Artefacts’ team is back up soon so those picking up extra shifts can have a well deserved rest.

I’ll be doing gallery duty on Sunday Feb 10th and Monday Feb 11th.  We are open on public holidays.  It would be lovely if you could stop in, have a chat and browse.

Until then, take care, Pj Paintings

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Slice

Today is the final day of the Inktober Challenge.  The prompt word is “slice”.  I painted this for my friend.  She almost got her pilot’s licence before she passed her Driver’s test, (her driver’s licence to drive a car took several attempts).  She LOVES flying. Any kind of flying.  She’s learnt to fly small airplanes, she’s been a passenger in helicopters and now she’s learning paragliding.  To her, flying is a slice of heaven!

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A slice of heaven

Thanks for following and supporting me on my Inktober journey. 🙂

A prickly stretch

Good evening.  I’ve drawn an Echidna for the prompt word “prickly”.  They are very cute little animals that I occasionally see here in Tasmania, usually when they are trying to cross a road, which stresses me out.  Often they take their time, nonchalantly waddling across, seemingly oblivious that their lives are at risk.

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Prickly

I’ve drawn this stretched worm for Inktober’s prompt word “stretch”.

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Bird feeder

Not long now…and then Inktober will be finished.

Thanks for visiting.  🙂

A Muddy Chop?

“Muddy” is yesterday’s prompt word for the Inktober Challenge.

I say, ‘when in Rome, do like the Romans do.’  I think black and white doesn’t do this picture full justice.  I am keen to add some colour.

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When in Rome, do like the Romans do

To make apple pies, you first have “chop” up some apples!

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chop-chop!

Thanks for stopping by and travelling this Inktober journey with me.  We’re nearing the end…

Expensive Drain

These are the two latest prompt words for Inktober.

For “Expensive”: expensive emu rings.  I haven’t had a chance to paint the picture yet. I think paint will make it easier to see the funky rings the emu is wearing and of course she is hoping to add to her collection.  A girl can never have too many rings!

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Jewelry to go 

For “Drain”: an idea that I don’t think was executed very well.  Drawing a picture a day often doesn’t give me the time I want/need to spend on a picture.  Here is the idea.

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Drain

Now, onto attending to the next prompt word!

Hope your week is going well and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Breakable

It’s Day 20 of Inktober and today’s prompt word is ‘breakable’.  I’ve drawn with an ink pen and  water colour a Black-necked stilt.  Water birds’ long, skinny legs look worryingly like a high-risk breaking hazard.

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Breakable

Thanks for visiting and I hope your weekend is bubbling along happily.

 

Scorched bottle

Day 18 and 19 of the Inktober Challenge are asking for drawings relating to the words “scorched” and “bottle”.

I was going to draw a butterfly on scorched, dry, cracked soil but then the patterning urge took over.

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My entry for “scorched”

I did this for “bottle”.  I used a black texta I hadn’t used for a long time and didn’t realised that the ink bled a purple colour.  It produced nicely accidental colours with the bleeding.

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Ink bottle and feather

Thanks for visiting.  🙂

 

Clock, Weak, Angular & Swollen

I’ve been busy drawing my little fingers off trying to keep up with the #Inktober2018 Challenge. I have fallen behind with posting but soon I’ll be caught up!

Inktober Day 14’s prompt word was “clock”.  I chose to draw the iconic Cat & Fiddle clock in downtown Hobart, Tasmania, which has been playing its animated rhyme since 1962, on the hour, seven days a week. (My drawing doesn’t do it justice). I did a quick sketch of it, with ink and pencil, and as you can see from the drawing, I was privy to viewing the nursery rhyme antics.  The cow, dog, dish and spoon made its appearance.

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The next prompt word was “weak”.  Even the strong can feel weak when their heart is broken.

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The next Inktober prompt word was “angular”.  I re-submitted my ‘star’ picture for this. I have now painted it, so it looks quite different than when it was just presented as an ink drawing.  The scene features a sugar glider, Tasmanian Devil, wombat and Tasmanian Quoll helping an emu family decorate their Christmas tree with gum nuts, Sturt’s Desert peas, Grevilleas and Waratahs, and of course a shiny star.  I’ve made it into a Christmas card, which is available on Redbubble. You need to enter “pjpaintings greeting cards” to find it. It will also soon be available at Salamanca Market, stall #30.

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Tassie Christmas

Today’s prompt word is “swollen”.  I chose to draw a beaver perched on its dam.  Few other animals can change their environment as a beaver can.  A small stream can soon become a delta when a beaver moves into the area.

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Beaver Dam

I’m up to date with the Inktober Challenge and blog posting.  I hope you’re enjoying the journey as much as I am.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Guarded Whale

“Whale” is Day 12 prompt word of the Inktober Challenge.  I drew a Blue whale with an Artline pen and then painted it with water colour.  I then added some splattering to try to help create some looseness and movement.

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A majestic Blue whale

This Cassowary is on guard duty for Day 13’s prompt word “guarded” …

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“touch the egg and you are mince meat”

Hope everybody is enjoying their weekend, cheers from pjpaintings