Bin Chicken

So…., you’re the one giving us a bad name.

The Australian white ibis, due to its increasing presence in urban settings and its past-time of rummaging in rubbish bins with its long, curved beak, has acquired the “bin chicken” or “tip turkey” nicknames. It is becoming an icon of Australia’s popular culture despite that some of the population view them as a pest and aren’t too enamoured with their new-found hobby.

The Australian white ibis is a native Australian bird.

Day 16 Inktober Challenge – prompt word: fowl

Cheers, PJ

http://www.pjpaintings.com

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Gargoyle

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.

Day 1 – “Gargoyle” Drawn with ink pen
then I added watercolour

All the best to those who are also embarking on the Inktober Challenge or any other challenge.

Cheers, from Pj Paintings

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Settle down, Lamy!

This year, our new CEO decided to increase our parking fees from zero dollars per year to $1500 per year. Consequently, I decided to park and walk to work.  There are a few free parking places along some of the streets on the Glebe in Hobart, Tasmania but you have to be early to get them. Consequently, I find myself arriving at work ridiculously early, a few minutes after 7 am! I decided that I should try to smell the roses and draw on my way to work. A lofty idea but it’s turned out to be more difficult for me to do than I thought. But this morning, I did stop and smell some roses and drew this house on Shoobridge Street.

Because there was little planning involved, I did the drawing while standing, which adds to the difficulty, the sun was shining at a low, diagonal angle so I drew the house straight-on (so I could see!!) and I only had my Lamy pen on hand.

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Initial lines done in watercolour pencil and then inked with a Lamy pen. The lack of any visible roof does help convey that I was looking up at this house, despite not getting the perspective correct. 

I wish Lamy ink didn’t bleed so much.  A little bleed is nice but too much is not. In other words, settle down, Lamy! As soon as water touches it, it turns the area inky.

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Detail lost due to Lamy pen bleed

The perspective was particularly challenging and my picture doesn’t convey how much I was looking up at the house but hopefully it has captured the essence of  one of many Hobart’s charming houses. I’ll keep trying.

Cheers and thanks for visiting.

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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

http://www.pjpaintings.com

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

Clock, Weak, Angular & Swollen

I’ve been busy drawing my little fingers off trying to keep up with the #Inktober2018 Challenge. I have fallen behind with posting but soon I’ll be caught up!

Inktober Day 14’s prompt word was “clock”.  I chose to draw the iconic Cat & Fiddle clock in downtown Hobart, Tasmania, which has been playing its animated rhyme since 1962, on the hour, seven days a week. (My drawing doesn’t do it justice). I did a quick sketch of it, with ink and pencil, and as you can see from the drawing, I was privy to viewing the nursery rhyme antics.  The cow, dog, dish and spoon made its appearance.

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The next prompt word was “weak”.  Even the strong can feel weak when their heart is broken.

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The next Inktober prompt word was “angular”.  I re-submitted my ‘star’ picture for this. I have now painted it, so it looks quite different than when it was just presented as an ink drawing.  The scene features a sugar glider, Tasmanian Devil, wombat and Tasmanian Quoll helping an emu family decorate their Christmas tree with gum nuts, Sturt’s Desert peas, Grevilleas and Waratahs, and of course a shiny star.  I’ve made it into a Christmas card, which is available on Redbubble. You need to enter “pjpaintings greeting cards” to find it. It will also soon be available at Salamanca Market, stall #30.

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Tassie Christmas

Today’s prompt word is “swollen”.  I chose to draw a beaver perched on its dam.  Few other animals can change their environment as a beaver can.  A small stream can soon become a delta when a beaver moves into the area.

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Beaver Dam

I’m up to date with the Inktober Challenge and blog posting.  I hope you’re enjoying the journey as much as I am.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Guarded Whale

“Whale” is Day 12 prompt word of the Inktober Challenge.  I drew a Blue whale with an Artline pen and then painted it with water colour.  I then added some splattering to try to help create some looseness and movement.

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A majestic Blue whale

This Cassowary is on guard duty for Day 13’s prompt word “guarded” …

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“touch the egg and you are mince meat”

Hope everybody is enjoying their weekend, cheers from pjpaintings

Cruel

Inktober’s prompt word for today is “cruel”.  It’s cruel how our waterways and oceans have become a tangled mess of plastic and rubbish choking animal and sea life.

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Where do I go?! How can I escape from this mess?!

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂