Freezing

The prompt word for Day #4 of the Inktober Challenge is”freeze”. So, I drew an emu that is happily taking full advantage of the the frozen lake to display her graceful ice skating moves.

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Time to Get Inking!

It’s October and that means Inktober and time to start inking! This year’s prompt list is:

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My drawing for October 1st for the prompt word “Ring” is:

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“Ring” drawn with an Artline pen

I put the painted version on display at my Salamanca Market stall and it sold.

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“The Ring”

October 2nd’s prompt word is “Mindless“.  I drew a picture of an emu ‘mindlessly’ watching ducklings swimming in a circle.

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Duckling Mindlessness

The prompt word for October 3rd is “bait“. Hang onto your hat because this drawing incorporates several of the prompt words! This is a picture of an emu who “built” a nest to nicely display her “bait“, topped with an “ornament” to try to ‘catch” a certain emu’s attention.

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Built is prompt word #5,  Bait is prompt word #3, Ornament is prompt word #17 and Catch is prompt word #30.

Tomorrow we tackle “freeze”. Stay warm everybody and thanks for joining me on my journeying, PJ Paintings

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

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.