Day 4 of the Inktober Challenge and the prompt word for today is “scallop”. My funky emu is wearing her beach jewellery for her day at the seaside. Drawn with an Artline pen first with watercolour added afterwards.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you are enjoying a sunshiny day.
Today is October 1st and that can only mean one thing…. the Inktober Challenge has commenced! What is the Inktober Challenge, you may ask? Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide event. There are no strict rules. An Inktober prompt list that you can choose to follow or not is released. The aim is to draw a picture every day of the month of October. You can combine prompts into one drawing too. https://inktober.com/
My emus have been doing their warm-ups and are ready to get on with the challenge.
The first word on the prompt list is “Gargoyle”. I drew my picture with an Artline pen and then added watercolour.
All the best to those who are also embarking on the Inktober Challenge or any other challenge.
A mother and daughter purchased “Be Whooo You Are” for her son/brother. The sister was keen on getting something for her brother. I commented on how nice that was and the mother said that she is always getting things for her brother. She looked like she was about 10 years old.
A man bought a small original painting of gum leaves. He was visiting his son and family that lives in Brisbane, Queensland, and they were all holidaying together in Tasmania for two weeks. They were finishing their Tassie holiday tomorrow and he will be spending two more weeks in Brisbane before he returns to the UK.
A couple from Orange, NSW, purchased “Afternoons Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Double Date V”.
A couple from Sydney bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.
A lady, from the UK, visiting her daughter and soon to be attending her grandson’s wedding in Adelaide, purchased a “Maggie & Maggie” print to go with my “Double Date V” print that she purchased at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, Tasmania. https://www.peppercorngallery.com.au/
Art thought for the week:
“Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt
A family, from Sydney, that love magpies bought a “Maggie” print. A lady, also from Sydney, bought “The Three Amigos II” for her grandfather, who loves kookaburras. His farmhouse is called The Kookaburra, he has kookaburra stained-glass windows and heaps of kookaburra themed ornaments and pictures. She bought a “Maggie” print for herself.
A family with a bird theme in their house purchased a “The Bun” cushion cover.
A lady visiting from Brisbane purchased a “Lazy Days” print and pouch.
A man visiting Tasmania for the weekend chose “Leafy Decorum” to take back to Sydney tomorrow.
A family were drawn into the stall to buy some cards and were looking for a special one for their grandmother/great grandmother, living in the UK, who is turning 99 years old. They chose a wombat themed card to send her.
Two ladies from Sydney chose “Meet Me at the Gate”.
A man, visiting Tasmania from Adelaide to attend his auntie’s 70th birthday tonight, purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” print.
I didn’t have a good night’s sleep so by the close of the market, I was so tired. It took me longer to pack up and I haven’t unpacked the car when I got home. A job for tomorrow morning.
Art thought for the week:
“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” ― Oscar Wilde
It was nice stepping out this morning to an orchestra of chirping birds, despite it being before 6 am. Spring has definitely arrived.
There is a Childcare Conference taking place at the Grande Chancellor Hotel this weekend and several participants stopped at the stall. One attendee, who is giving a presentation in the afternoon, bought “Iconic Aussies” and another attendee, from Mornington, Victoria, originally from Peru, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.
A grandmother from the Sunshine Coast bought a “Lazy Days” cushion cover and a “All Ears” print for her granddaughter. A lady from Wellington, New Zealand purchased a “Lazy Days” print. An original painting of a wombat was purchased for a nephew living in North Carolina, USA. He is hoping to meet him before he is walking.
A lady from Newcastle, NSW purchased a “House Sharing” and “Home Among the Gum Trees”. A young lady, from San Francisco, USA, bought a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”, “Bunk Beds” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print.
A mother and daughter stopped in and purchased “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Home Among the Gum Trees”. The daughter has been working at Whistler, Canada for four years and much to the mother’s chagrin, she was leaving to go back to Whistler on Wednesday. I also know Whistler well, as one of my best friends has a cabin there. https://www.whistler.com/au/
A couple that arrived from Singapore in the morning, purchased “Dinner for Five???” and “Sitting on the Fence”.
A couple visiting from the Gold Coast bought three originals, a pair of platypuses and some gum leaf paintings.
We enjoyed a mild and clear day and it looked like people were really enjoying their Salamanca Market experience.
Art thought for the week:
“He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.“― Saint Francis of Assisi
Today we had to contend with a LOT of rain but thankfully it wasn’t accompanied with wind, and amazingly, I was able to set up and take down just when there were breaks from the rain. During the downpours, there was a sea of different Hobart hotel umbrellas on view.
A speech pathologist, visiting Tasmania from the mainland of Australia, purchased an A-3 sized “Beachside Chatter” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print to hang up in her practice. It will engage children and calm their nerves.
Two sisters from Brisbane bought an “Outback Glamping” print and a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag. They have another sister and when they are together people think that they are triplets they told me.
A lot of members from a family from Sydney that are attending a cousin’s wedding in the afternoon, bought a “Bunk Beds” print.
A couple bought my original painting of the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. I drew and painted most of it, sitting on a bench, on the wharf across the street from it. https://friendsoftmag.org.au/ My “Ladybird Parade” original painting also sold today.
A Dutch couple that lived in Perth for nine years and then moved back to Netherlands, and then realised, what have we done??, moved back to Australia. They are planning to settle in Tasmania and are looking for a house in Cygnet. They bought some greeting cards to send to relatives in Netherlands.
A Hobart law and psychology student purchased a small, framed print of “Spanish Eyes (Red). Another small, framed print, “Sea Life” this time, sold to a young lady, who has been working one year and nine months in Sydney but is soon returning to Hong Kong. She has a good job lined up but she is leaving her options open if she doesn’t like it because the country has changed significantly since she has left.
Thankfully, I managed to pack up before the next lot of rain started falling.
Art thought for the week:
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola
You can feel that spring is coming when you step out of the house at 5:50am. It’s not as inky black and the air isn’t as crisp.
My first customer of the day purchased an A-3 sized print of “Café Paris”.
There seemed to be a lot of locals at the market, or maybe I just had a lot of locals stop by. I had a lady, who lives in Hobart, buy a “Lazy Days” tote bag, and another lady from Hobart bought a “Salamanca Fresh” bag.
Another lady, also living in Hobart, bought a “Bunk Beds” print. As a child, she had a very, well-loved wombat plush toy that she took everywhere. print. A family from Launceston, Tasmania, bought an “Enchanted Forest” print.
Parents from Adelaide bought “Iconic Aussies” and “The Bun” for their daughter’s bedroom. She has just got a galah, the live type, not a paper one.
A couple from Singapore bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” tote bag for an unwell friend. A lady, attending a Geoscape Conference (www.geoscape.com.au) in Hobart, purchased “Entanglement”, “Lazy Days” and “Southern Flow” prints.
I felt like a lonely, little island with both my Salamanca Market neighbour stall holders, on either side, missing, one due to sickness, the other was at AgFest https://www.agfest.com.au/
My first customer of the day was somebody from the Gold Coast, who bought a “Me at the Gate” print. She told me that fairy wrens often visit her garden.
Parents of 7-month-old Eleanor, visiting from Melbourne, purchased prints for Eleanor’s bedroom. Her parents bought “Spiky Bunk Beds” and her grandmother bought her “Dinner for Five???”.
A young couple from Melbourne bought a small urban sketch I did of one of Arthur Circus’ historical cottages and a few greeting cards.
A lady from Perth, WA purchased “House Sharing”. She really liked the wombat’s feet.
A local bought “Enchanted Forest I” and “Enchanted Forest II” for one of her daughters in London, UK. The older daughter got married a few months ago and while the younger daughter went over to attend the wedding, she secured work and now she has both daughters living on the other side of the earth.
Another local bought a “Sitting on the Fence” print for her daughter because her house has a lot of blue in it. Her daughter is marrying a Canadian. The wedding is taking place in Los Angeles, in two months (they had to postpone it because of COVID) and they will be living in Toronto, Canada.
A family visiting from Durban, South Africa purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Glamour Girls”. The mother was originally from Tasmania, but they are now living in South Africa.
A couple purchased “Devilish Siesta”, “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” for their child’s bedroom. They have been renting a house in New Town, Tasmania while their house in Sydney is being renovated.
The day passed quickly and soon it was all finished. All good things must come to an end.
Art thought for the week:
The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman
Wishing everybody a good weekend and upcoming week.
I’m currently working on several commissions. This one involves painting a bunch of Australian animals and birds. One of the most often posed question I am asked is “how long did it take you to paint it?”. Discounting the drawing and all the decision-making time around composition, it is taking me between 2 to 3 hours per individual animal.
Here are some of the birds that have been painted in the above painting.
This is another commission painting that I’m working on. It is for a little girl’s birthday. The brief was to do something with an emu and wombat. Here’s what I came up with.
Hopefully, I will be able to share the finished products with you soon.
The weather wasn’t great today, but it wasn’t horrible either. It was windy, with short bursts of rain and there was even hail around noon, but the last two hours of the market had blue sky, which allowed things to dry out before they were packed up. Hooray!
My first customer of the day was a local who bought six greeting cards followed by a lady from Missouri, USA, who bought “A Spotty Rest Stop” greeting card. The idea for A Spotty Rest Stop came from an Inktober Challenge prompt word. https://brushwarriors.com/what-is-inktober/ The prompt word was poisonous.
Then a Brisbane couple purchased “Bunk Beds” and “Unwinding” prints.
A family from Perth purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” print. There were quite a few people from Perth at the market today. This painting is proving to be popular and people like the title.
A couple from Victoria, with their baby girl named Lucy, bought a “Sleepyhead” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print for Lucy’s bedroom.
A lady, on her way back home today, after spending 10 days in Tasmania, purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover.
A couple from Sydney bought a “Family Outing” print for their 11-year-old son, who is into emus right now, and loves red cars. Nailed it with this print!
A young lady from Canberra bought an “Under My Red Umbrella” tote bag. She loved the brightness and humour of it.
Two young couples travelling together from Singapore, bought a “Silent Disco” and a “Dinner for Five??” print.
Two ladies, with suitcase in tow, from Malaysia, bought an original painting that I titled “Friends in High Places”. Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of it. It is similar to this painting.
Art thought for the week:
As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer. ― Vincent van Gogh
Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week.