Salamanca Market Oct 26, 2019

Thankfully the stormy weather held off until after stall holders were packed up.

Today, I debuted my sister’s, Nadine, adorable and quirky art.

The first visitor to the PJ Paintings stall was an adult son and mother. The mother bought a “Who, Who, Who are You?” tote bag for her sister who lives in South Africa and loves owls. She thought she’d like the quirkiness of the emu in the image. She’s visiting her next year.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II tote bag available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A couple, visiting from Melbourne, stopped by and told me that their Mum has quite a few of my prints hanging in her house. They bought her one more: “Family Outing”.

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Family Outing

A young couple from Germany, their second day of their two month stay in Australia, debated whether or not to buy “Afternoon Siesta”. They didn’t want to buy too much too soon otherwise they will definitely go over their luggages’ weight allowance. In the end, they couldn’t resist the totally relaxed look of the wombat and made the purchase.

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Afternoon Siesta

A lady bought a large “Salamanca Saturdays” zip pouch to store her small camping coffee machine. A couple from Oregan, USA, bought some motorbike riding and dancing emu prints.

 

Zora, from Germany, who has finished a stint of working on a sheep farm in Tasmania and is now going to be a tourist before working again, in Sydney, bought a “Christmas Siesta” greeting card. She wants to buy a card from each city she visits because they’re affordable and portable souvenirs. Her Australia trip is an 18th birthday present from her grandparents.

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Christmas Siesta

Then I met a New Zealander, who’s playing in the finals of the Ladies Badminton tournament being held in South Hobart. I wished her good luck despite she is playing against a Tasmanian pair. She purchased “Who, Who, Who are You?II” and “Outback Glamping”.

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Cool badminton competition shirts

The most popular print today was “Who, Who, Who are You? II”.

A thought to ponder: “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it”, Pablo Picasso.

Wishing you an awesome upcoming week and until next week, I’ll be trying to keep up with the demands of the Inktober2019 Challenge. I’m posting my drawings at www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and www.instagram.com/hopwoodwade

from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Hobart’s Historic Fire Station

I arrived back in Tasmania from Canada on Monday. Two days later, and still rather jet-lagged, after work, I walked up to pick up prints I had ordered. I passed the historic fire station and thought I should quickly try to draw this. Ten minutes into the drawing and I had had enough.

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When I was in Canada, I did two urban sketching sessions with Oliver Hoesser. He introduced the grey texta (felt pen), which you can paint over. This captured my interest A LOT.  This is potentially a much quicker way to apply shadow. I trialled it with this quick sketch and my conclusion is that this is a great tool for sketch books, especially holiday sketching when you’re trying to capture scenes, events and people on the fly! It can really be a time-saver not having to wait for paint to dry to add the next wash.

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grey textas

For new urban sketchers and/or watercolour, this removes one step, simplifying a challenging medium and task. Urban sketching is a bit like learning to drive there are so many things to think about and check, you can feel mentally exhausted after an hour! So, if you can simplify adding shadows that can really help people from becoming too discouraged when learning. Watercolour is a challenging medium to control, whereas, a texta is much easier to handle.

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Water colour pencil, Artline pen and grey texta blocking in some of the shadows. I chose to ignore the large shadow on the bottom half of the building.

I usually draw in the shape with a water colour pencil (learnt this from Liz Steel), then add pen and paint. I found that my watercolour pencil lines on the Stillman & Birn paper acted as a resist and kept pushing the paint away. I had to keep applying paint to the edges of the watercolour pencil before it finally more or less accepted it.

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Added paint at home

The historic fire station on 79-81 Argyle Street, Hobart is a whole street block long! Since 1911, for 92 years, it was the Fire Brigade’s operational headquarters. It is now a museum and the restored building currently contains a wide range of historical firefighting equipment ranging from hand drawn firefighting pumps, turn of the century firefighting trucks, antique uniforms and historical documents and photographs.

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A historic fire engine stored at the station

Cheers and thank you for stopping by.

 

 

Salamanca Market Oct 19, 2019

It showered off and on throughout the day and it was on the chilly side! Brrrr.

The first visitor to the PJ Paintings stall was a gentleman from China. He left with “The Three Amigos” and “Double Date IV” prints and some greeting cards.

Two young ladies from Denmark, who visited the stall before my visit to Canada, returned and purchased “Hanging Out” and “Bunk beds”.

The wombat prints stopped a group of young ladies, from Sydney, in their tracks. One said, “look what you’ve done, you’ve made her cry!” She was moved to tears by “Afternoon Siesta”. She purchased it along with “Spiky bunk beds”.

Grandparents bought a “Duck Crossing” print and tote bag for a grandchild. A mother bought “The Three Amigos” print for her daughter currently living in Dubai. Her strategy is to keep reminding her of Australia so that she gets homesick and returns.

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Duck Crossing tote bag for granddaughter

A couple, originally from Kansas, USA, now living in Singapore, left with “Family Outing” and “Under My Red Umbrella” prints.

Every time I think of discontinuing the tote bags and/or the pouches, there’s a real flurry with them. I counted approximately thirteen tote bags and pouches and 40 greeting cards that went. “What the Devil!?” was particularly popular with the bags and pouches today.

Four of my Inktober original paintings sold today: “The Happy Wanderers”, “Swing”, “Big Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Kangaroo” and “Treading through the Tulips” (not tip-toeing through the tulips!)

Also, my small original painting of the extremely endangered Orange-bellied Parrot sold.

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Orange-bellied Parrot

The most popular prints today were the wombats and whales.

My prints and greeting cards are available at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep up with the demands of the Inktober2019 Challenge and I’m posting my drawings at www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and www.instagram.com/hopwoodwade

A thought to ponder: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells,” Dr. Seuss (Love it!)

Take care and keep the creative juices flowing,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
P.S. Prints, tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Snowing patterns

‘Pattern’ and ‘snow’ are the prompt words for Day 10 and 11 of the #Inktober2019 Challenge.

I have drawn this emu strutting confidently wearing her patterned coat.

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The Coat of Pattern

For the prompt word ‘snow’ I have taken my inspiration from childhood memories of making snow people. I grew up on the north shore of Vancouver on Seymour Mountain where winter brought snow. In Australia, snow is a novelty and many people have never seen or touched snow but if emus were to experience snow, I’m sure that they would build some snow people.

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Snow!!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Thanks for visiting, PJ Paintings

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Swinging

I’m getting into the swing of this Inktober challenging daily drawing challenge! (lol) Today’s prompt word is “swing”.

 

I’m giving myself an extra pat on the back because I’m visiting my family in Canada while doing this. (I live in Tasmania, Australia). Doing Inktober while abroad has added an extra layer of challenge.  Thankfully the prompt list was released a month or so early, so I was able to get a lot of ideas worked out and a few rough sketches done before the challenge started.

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“Swing” (21 x 21 cm painted on paper made 100% from recycled cotton rags)

Hoping your week is going swimmingly, wherever on the globe you are, from PJ Paintings

This original is for sale and can be purchased at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Enchanting

Today’s (day 7) Inktober Challenge prompt word is “enchanted”.  I drew an emu and a fern-winged fairy landing on its beak. I drew it with a black Artline pen.

I think this will look better when I add paint. I’m looking forward to painting all my Inktober drawings.

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Enchanted

Thanks for stopping by and I hope many enchanting moments visit you.

Cheers, PJ Paintings

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Dog attack

For Day #6 of the Inktober Challenge the prompt word is “husky”. I thought of drawing a Husky, but I haven’t had too much experience drawing dogs (I suppose that could be viewed as a missed opportunity to push myself to learn and develop my skills) but instead I decided to draw a “husky wombat”.

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A husky looking wombat

This wombat almost didn’t survive a dog attack. My Charli-dog loves paper products and pulled this picture off my bedside table (how my glass of water and everything else didn’t get knocked over is amazing)! She had herself comfortably settled with the painting between her paws, happily munching away when I walked into the room catching her red-handed!

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A husky wombat that almost didn’t survive a close encounter with a paper-eating Charli-dog!

Thanks for visiting from PJ Paintings

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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