Funky Gastown in Tasmania

I moved from Canada to Australia about 28 years ago.  During all the years I’ve lived in Australia, I have never come across a restaurant that had a menu dedicated wholly to serving Canadian food, until Gastown East moved into my neighbourhood, walking distance from my house! It is an awesome restaurant with the best coffee, yummy food, excellent selection of wines, awesome atmosphere and views. It even featured in the weekend’s paper.

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There are tables outside on the deck and this is the view that awaits you.  I love the reflection of the red boat and the zig-zaggy masts.  I once painted this but I cannot find the painting or a photo of it.  I used a wax candle and oil pastels to create some resist on the paper.

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The restaurant looks out over Kangaroo Bay, Bellerive

Gastown East is nestled in historic Bellerive, right across the street from the Historic Police Station built in 1842.  It’s for sale right now.  I hope its beauty is retained.  I really want to draw it.

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Also, close to this funky restaurant is the old Telegraph and Post Office building, built in 1897 and in operation as a telegraph and post office until 1982.  I sat on the sidewalk and drew this.  I went for looseness so I used a reed and ink.

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Ink and reed drawing
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and then paint was added

It’s very cool having a bit of familiar culture and food so close to home.

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Congratulations, Gastown East! and I’m sure if Gassy Jack was still around, he’d be wishing Gastown East many, many happy returns.

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The Road to Deloraine

Salamanca Market was cancelled as Saturday involved delivering an original painting and prints to Art as Mania Gallery in Deloraine, Tasmania in preparation for the upcoming annual Square Dancing Convention.  To avoid the ridiculous amount of roadworks on the Midlands Highway, the backroad through Bothwell was used.  Bothwell has a very cool café.  Despite only intending to spend money on a coffee and a date scone, I left with a table cloth, a throw rug and a pair of fingerless gloves!

Here are some photos of the door art of the Bothwell Café.

Bothwell Café.

I tried to do some urban sketching in Deloraine.  I attempted to draw the Deloraine Hotel but it was way too complicated for the short amount of time I had, so I gave up on it and crossed the street and then tried to draw the quaint library.

I was much happier with my 7 minutes of drawing the Deloraine Library.

I had to put the drawing aside to meet friends for coffee, drop off my art at the gallery and then visit the very nifty town of Latrobe.

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A Deloraine Native Hen
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Deloraine sculptures on the banks of the Meander River

This house is near to where I stayed in Deloraine overnight.  I thought it was abandoned, but no, there was smoke coming out of the chimney.

Lunch was had at a cool art café called The Crowded coffee Lounge in Latrobe.  It is spacious, adorned with stunning pastel framed artworks, has cool furniture with one table having a puzzle in progress and another with a stack of board games. Many art classes are delivered from this venue.

Photos taken of the back of the café. I really liked Latrobe and I want to return to further explore it.

For now, it is the road back to Hobart, Tasmania and back to work. 😦

Thanks for visiting.  May your travels be gentle and kind for you.

Runnymede National Trust House

Runnymede National Trust House & Gardens hosted today’s Hobart urban sketching meet-up. It is a well maintained and protected house, built in the 1840s. It was Captain Charles Bayley and his family’s home for over 100 years. It was named after his favourite ship, Runnymede, and the house now promotes marine conservation.

The colonial marine villa was constructed for one of the first lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Van Diemen’s Land, Robert Pitcairn, who was a prominent campaigner against the transportation of convicts.  Runnymede also houses historic artworks and possessions of Tasmania’s first Anglican Bishop, Francis Nixon.

We found ourselves a spot on the lawn and viewed the house from the outside, so I will have to see the inside of the house and its artworks another time. This is the viewpoint I drew.

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Runnymede

Firstly, I loosely sketched the house with a purple coloured watercolour pencil and then added Artline pen.

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When I’m urban sketching, I rarely get to the painting part of the day, so I felt pleased that I actually finished a painting in one session and outdoors!

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Runnymede March 17, 2019

After I returned home, I resumed working on my newest addition to my “Sleepyhead” series.

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Untitled: Tasmanian Devil lounging in a hammock in the shade of an old gum tree.

Sleep peacefully everybody and thanks for stopping by.

Art Delivery

I suppose it was about four years ago when I cold canvassed Saddler’s Court Gallery in Richmond, Tasmania. I’d classify myself as a quietly confident but somewhat shy person.  I’m very comfortable with the fact that some people aren’t going to be into my art as much as others. Nevertheless, it does feel awkward showing and asking somebody that you’ve never met, if they’d be interested in selling your art.  Thankfully, the response was “yes” and ever since that day, I’ve been able to have my prints and greeting cards in a well-regarded, highly esteemed and respected gallery, alongside Tasmanian artists such as: Peter Glover, Terry Gough, David Hopkins, Dana Frey, Steve Howie, Danny Benson, Karen Armstrong, Roger Murphy and more.

Today, I delivered more prints and greeting cards to the gallery. There is stunning art on show.  It is really worth the drive.

After the art delivery, I sat across the street and tried to draw the historic building.

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Saddler’s Court Gallery was opened in 1968.

All the best and thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Grand Old Building

There’s a grand building on Letitia Street, North Hobart, Tasmania that I’ve always admired.  It used to be a high school but now a funeral business owns it.  I’m glad that they didn’t chisel off ‘High School’ from the front of it.

Tonight, in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to have a crack at sketching it.  As always, it’s more complicated than it looks!! The ink in my ink pen was frustratingly not flowing well, so I switched to an Artline pen. Didn’t get as much done as I would have liked but here’s what I did get done.

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Jan 2, 2019 sketch of old high school building on Letitia Street, Hobart

Thanks for visiting.  Take care.

Runaway Bay

When in Rome do as the Romans do, when in Queensland sketch a koala while travelling on a train from the Brisbane airport to the Gold Coast.  This little koala was sketched from a travel brochure I picked up at the train station but I did see a koala in the wild the next day.  The koala was darker than I expected.  I am a somewhat concerned about its tree-choosing skills.  It was snoozing in a low spot, in a small, short tree that was extremely close to the road!

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A bumpy sketch while taking the train to the Gold Coast

I’d like to try to sketch, Marlo, the Gold Coast Labradoodle.  Such a cute face!

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Marlo

Runaway Bay is a picturesque suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland.  Winter is a nice time to visit Queensland, when it’s not too hot.  I stayed at the clean and spacious Runaway Bay Motor Inn.  It’s not flash but I liked the vertical lines of the palm trees, so I quickly drew it up while I was waiting for my ride.

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Runaway Bay Motor Inn
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My sketch of the motor inn

I also visited Mullumbimby to deliver some of my art prints and greeting cards to the Tinker Tailor Dancer Tailor shop located on the main street.  Niyati, the owner, introduced herself to me at Salamanca Market last year when she bought some prints and cards for her business.  Here’s a small sketch of her shop, with cars (usually I try to avoid drawing cars :-)).  It’s a busy main street with a surprising amount of parked cars everywhere, including a long way down all the side streets.

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Main Street, Mullumbimby

A chair and plant I sketched when I had a few minutes before I headed back home to Tasmania.

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Thanks for visiting.  Wishing you a good week.

Orford Getaway

I’ve just arrived back home from an awesome and fun five-girlfriend weekend away, staying at one of my girlfriends’ shack in Orford on the east coast of Tasmania.

 

A view from the shack. (I didn’t take the photo from the exact same spot that I did the quick sketch).

We walked along the track at the back of the shack which led to a stunning beach.

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Along the way we somberly paused at sheer quarry walls that convicts, living on Maria Island, were brought across the water to quarry.  It must have been brutal work and lives lost at the site. The sandstone quarried here was used for buildings in Hobart and Melbourne, including the Melbourne General Post Office, Town Hall and Melbourne Law Courts. The quarry operated in the area from 1870 to 1890.  The remains of the tram lines used to transport stone from the quarry to be loaded onto ships are still visible at Shelly Beach.

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a view from the walk
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Along the track, information posted about the whales that visit the region.  More whale species for me to paint! 🙂

In the evening, we stayed up late, talking, reminiscing and laughing over dinner and a glass of wine.  In the morning, we walked The Old Convict Road.

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We wandered through remnants of a harsh existence for the convicts building the Convict Road.

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Sarah trying out the convict cell.  The doors of the row of convict cells alternated on opposite sides.
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It was later decided that the other side of the Prosser River was the better side to have the road.  All of the brutal work and working conditions to no avail.
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Beautiful lichen patterns on rocks along the Convict Road.

We had one final piece of Liz’s to-die-for flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake and then parted ways.

 

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market July 7, 2018

It was somewhat difficult to enthusiastically approach today with the bleak weather forecast of rain and strong winds but it turned out to be much better than what was predicted. There were short bursts of rain and light winds but nothing severe. I think the weather forecast put many stall holders off because there were a lot of empty sites today.

Despite the poor weather forecast, there were a lot of people about, maybe because Hobart is hosting the Festival of Voices? One of the first visitors was a young couple, she was from Brazil, and he, from Germany. I had to pass on my condolences for the World Cup Football (soccer) as Belgium defeated Brazil. I overheard three women speaking French while they were looking at my art. They were visiting from Quebec, Canada, so I took the opportunity to give my French a short workout.

I met a lovely lady from Ballarat, who also participated in the 30x30directwatercolour Facebook challenge, and her daughter-in-law, who lives in Hobart, originally from Lithuania. We decided that we have the love of urban sketching in common.  Urban sketching is rather new to me.  Here’s one of my most current sketches.  I’m not sure what to do with the tree in the extreme foreground, so I’ve just left it blank for the time being.

A family from Sydney, whose son plays the saxophone in the Sydney Youth Orchestra, purchased a ‘Black & White + One’ print for his music teacher or conductor. I can’t remember which one.

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Black & white + One (the red is a much brighter red than in this photo).  I collaged the background with bits of sheet music and treble clefs and then applied three coats of water colour to achieve a rich red background.

A senior lady, from Launceston, Tasmania, bought a ‘Glamour Girls’ print for a member of their “Hens’ Group”. They have been meeting fortnightly for 56 years now! She said that she was the young one and she is in her 80s. Another ‘Glamour Girls’, along with an ‘Outback Glamping’ print, is heading to Victoria, and another ‘Glamour Girls’ print is going to Sydney. The original Glamour Girls painting is going to Jakarta, Indonesia. It was bought at the very end of the day, in the midst of packing up.

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A lady bought prints for her two friends’ 50th birthday. ‘Poppy Fields’ is for a friend living in Hong Kong and ‘Glamour Girls’ for her friend living in Australia. A ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ print is journeying to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The organiser of the New Zealand and Australia Health Educators Conference in Hobart stopped by too. She said that she was too exhausted to go sight-seeing. She bought a small print to take back with her.

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Poppy Fields

Often children are given a few dollars to spend at the market. I thought it would be nice to have something available in the small-change price range. I was able to source stickers and debuted them today. Some children bought them.

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stickers

Tote bags arrived during the week and they went quickly again.

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One of the tote bags with my painting of Scarlet Robins 

This week’s most popular print was ‘Glamour Girls’.

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Glamour Girls (I’ve put one in foils in this painting)

A thought to ponder: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” ― Dieter Uchtdorf

Wishing you a creative and happy week,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Creative Juices are Flowing!!

The car parks, and creativity, were overflowing on a brilliant blue sky winter’s day at Birchs Bay Art Farm’s Sculpture Trail in southern Tasmania.  The farm grows and harvests native pepper, thousands of bunches of Dutch Iris each year and has a large organic vegie patch on its more than 100 acres of diverse native bush land.  It also has a growing and thriving sculpture crop, as each year it purchases and adds to its collection of permanent sculptures.

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King Lizard by Jivanta Howard is one of my favourites.  It is made from recycled truck mufflers, mower blades and the toes are trampoline springs.  It is the coolest bench around!!  The farm has purchased two sculptures, this being one of the two.
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I love this one too.  It is called Rumple Steelskin, made by Richard Whitaker, stating that “this sculpture possesses no underlying message.”
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This is a stunning sculpture.  The photo doesn’t do it justice. There is so much exquisite detail in this piece. Near her hands there is a little person with an umbrella.  This piece, sculpted by by Pirjo Juhola, is titled Weather Girl .  The Kingborough Council purchased this sculpture.

Mr. Pelican by Jivanta Howard is a large fun piece.  The pelican patiently obliged to the many photo requests.

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Raven’s Return, made with ceramic, glass, beads and steel, by Wendy Edwards. 
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The good old Hills Hoist featuring in this sculpture titled: Remnants of a suburban forest by Dan O’Toole.  Once endemic to Australian backyards these iconic structures are disappearing and becoming an endangered species.  Birchs Farm purchased this piece too.

These steel sculptures made by Mitch Evans is titled Pagan Spirits.  To my eye, they have a Picasso feel to them. Very cool.

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The Frame by Anna Williams made with angle iron and steel rod

These are some sculptures from previous years acquired by the farm.

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I didn’t get very far trying to draw Sparky the Ewe.

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There are many more sculptures.  It’s well worth a visit to see all the works of art.  The bush, trail and art is truly wonderful.

Thanks for visiting.

art as mania

Delivering artwork to the “art as mania” involved staying overnight in Deloraine, Tasmania.  Art as mania  is a large gallery that houses a lot of art, community activities/groups and some very cool massive refurbished furniture.

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It now houses some art featuring adventurous emus.  Art as mania Gallery is located on the very appropriately named street – Emu Bay Road.

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One of the window displays featuring my paintings at “art as mania” Gallery in Deloraine, Tasmania

I stayed overnight at the Tarcombe House, built around 1898 on a land grant to Thomas Reibey, a once prominent politician, Premier of Tasmania and Colonial Secretary.  The house was also a birthing hospital for two decades from 1929.

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The Tarcombe House

The temperature dropped in the evening, so the roaring fire and fresh walnuts from the walnut tree in the front yard was lovely.

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My sketch of Tarcombe House

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that the rest of your week bubbles along nicely. 🙂