Frank’s Cider Bar & Café

Franklin, located in southern Tasmania, is named after Lady Jane Franklin, who subdivided a large property to settle teetotalling families of modest means in 1837.  In this quaint town of Franklin, nestled along the Huon River, is Frank’s Cider Bar & Café.  It’s a very cool place.  There are couches outside and inside, large barrels of fresh herbs growing in the entrance and rocket growing inside.

There’s a goat-minding dog.

It serves up delicious food and history in the one location.

It also served up the awesome Belle Miners, three Canadian singers and their stunning harmonies and music.  It was such a great venue for their concert.  There’s something special about hearing music in a wooden building.  It’s a distinctive relationship.  Also special, was hearing the stories behind the songs they sang.  It was much appreciated by me and I felt privileged to be given a window into their lives and humanness.

Belle Miners singers

The Belle Miners have received lofty accolades from musical people of note saying things, such as, “a living, breathing quality like the best of Missy Higgins – breaks your heart and mends it in the same breath” and “a shimmering sound and awe –inspiring set”.

Here’s their latest CD of wonderful music, Powerful Owl, artwork by Marla Wilson (owls that I would like to have a go at trying to draw!).

Thanks for stopping by.

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Hobart has everything

Yesterday, I started the day with a coffee and a walk along the shores of Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Sandy Bay walkway, Hobart, Tasmania

Then I met the Hobart sketching group on the other side of the Derwent River at Kangaroo Bay.

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Kangaroo Bay, Rosny Park, Tasmania

I drew three houses facing the bay.  I didn’t get a chance to apply paint because I had a game of disc golf to play.

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Hobart has had a disc golf course for about 30 years and regularly hosts state championships and has hosted international championships.  Disc golf is like traditional golf except you throw a disc that is similar to a frisbee but it is heavier, smaller and has sharper edges. Like golf, you aim to get it in a basket in as few of throws as possible.

The golf course is located in Austins Ferry in the Poimena Reserve, Tasmania and has stunning views.

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A disc golf basket in the foreground with the Derwent River in the background and the Bowen Bridge in the distant background.
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Another view of the Derwent River from Poimena Reserve Disc Golf Course
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First throw towards a basket

Putting …

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… and the happy smile when it lands in the basket!

Thanks for visiting. 🙂

Allen’s Rivulet Track

There’s no better way to start a new year than a walk in nature.  It’s calming and soothing.  I started the new year with a walk in Allen’s Rivulet, Tasmania, Australia.

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On the way to the track, I came across this comical character.

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A local alpaca

The track takes you through Tasmanian bush, passed a large hollow living tree, to a rivulet and back onto the street.

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One of the views from inside the tree looking out
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The middle large tree trunk in the photo is hollow at the base
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Allen’s Rivulet Track’s hollow tree

It reminded me of the most famous and photographed tree in Vancouver, Canada, the Hollow Tree in Stanley Park, which I have played in many times as a child.  It is arguably the most famous tourist attraction in Vancouver for over 100 years.  There are many historical photos of this tree.

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A 1917 photo of the Duke of Devenshire and dignitaries

Unlike Allen’s Rivulet’s hollow tree, which is a living tree, the Stanley Park one is a 600 to 800 year old Western Red Cedar tree that died, but left a huge hollow stump.  In 2006, there was a severe windstorm that caused significant damage to many trees, including the famous Hollow Tree, causing it to lean precariously.  The Vancouver Parks Board considered taking it down but there was a massive public outcry resulting in some ingenuity to save the tree.

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The brace installed to help keep the stump stable and upright.

I spotted this most unique little nest.

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A Grey fantail in its nest

The nest is really small, the size of a cup and it had the mum bird, a Grey fantail, sitting in it.  Most of her body is outside the nest because the nest is so small.  A bird book describes the nest as looking “like a wine glass without a base – a tiny cup of plant fibres liberally bound with cobweb.”

Thanks for stopping by and I wish one and all an awesome upcoming new year.

Snug Falls

Snug Falls is a beautiful high waterfall on Snug River in Tasmania’s south.  It’s a 2.1km walk to the falls, about a half hour walk one way.  We haven’t had too much rain lately so the waterfall was subdued but still beautiful, peaceful and a nice escape from the heat of the day.

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Snug Falls

While my friend, Rachel, cooled her feet in the water and was gazing upwards at the waterfall, I did a 2 minute line drawing of her.

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Rachel cooling her feet while admiring the waterfall and serenity

On our way back to the car we stopped to pick and eat some Native Cherries, which are ripe at this time of year.  They’re a little woody in texture but really tasty.  Its botanical name is Exocarpos cupressiformis.  It has no relation to the European cherry and its fruit is actually swollen red stalk.  It is a parasite on the roots of other trees and therefore very difficult to transplant.

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Native Cherry or sometimes called Cherry Ballart or Cypress Cherry.  Its botanical name is Exocarpos cupressifromis.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Evandale, Tasmania

Evandale, home to about 1300 residents, is a small town in northern Tasmania.  It is a National Trust classified Georgian village boasting many unspoiled heritage buildings.  I loved the mixture of humble, simple and chic small houses next to some opulently lavish homes.

Evandale’s main street has an IGA that is still called a General Store with a gorgeous little iron-laced house attached to it.

John Batman lived in Evandale before he founded Melbourne in 1835, Ned Kelly’s father served time as a prisoner in Evandale and the Evandale countryside inspired the Australian landscape artist, John Glover.  Maybe one of them lived in one of these houses??

Evandale was founded as a military post in 1811 and has many references to its early beginnings.

 

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The former St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

The former St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is noted as one of the most important colonial building in Tasmania that has retained its interior and exterior without significant change to its appearance.  It was built in 1839 – 1840.  The architect has not been identified and it resembles no other building in the Australian colonies.  The building has some similarities to Roman temples, but with a steeper roof and an added bell turret.  Reverend Robert Russell was the minister for almost 40 years.

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In the town, houses and gardens are well maintained.  Lawns are green and there are plenty of well trimmed hedges.  Residents must not be afraid to use water.

My purchases at the Evandale Sunday Market, a bird house and a cheese knife.

Evandale is a quaint town, well worth a browse.

Thanks for stopping by,  Wishing one-and-all a joyful and peaceful festive season.

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!

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.