Some of my friends said that I shouldn’t add paint to Day #9’s Inktober Challenge’s prompt word “Nest”. They really liked it as it was. So, I left it, but I found myself thinking of it as not finished, so I couldn’t let go of it.
I like to finish art work. Having almost finished or half done art work around me seems to act as a block to starting new paintings. It niggles away at the back of my mind. So, apologies to those who thought I should not add paint because I added paint. What do you think? Should I or should I have not???
I wasn’t able to do Salamanca Market today, so I thought I would write a re-cap of October’s drawings.
October is a busy month with the annual Inktober Challenge taking place. During this month, there is a prompt word for each day to produce a drawing from.
This is challenging enough but then I stumbled across Wombatober, which has a list of prompt words for the month of October too. I didn’t produce 62 drawings. I wish I had! But doing two paintings a day is a bit much when you are running a business, doing gallery duty, Salamanca Market and life in general. I’m glad I took up the challenges and produced what I did.
Here are my favourites:
Inktober – Day 7 – Prompt Word “Trip”
Wombatober – Day 13 – Prompt Word “Dress Up”
Inktober – Day 16 – Prompt Word “Fowl”
The Australian Ibis is a native Australian bird. It has the unenviable “Bin Chicken’ nickname. Many of the ibis have moved into mainland Australian cities and they love to go through the rubbish bins. “Sooooo, you’re the one giving us a bad name!”, says the chicken.
Wombatober – Day 14 – Prompt Word “Toy”
“I want to join the circus when I grow up”.
Inktober – Day 24 – “Fairy”
Wombatober – Day 26 – Prompt Word “Swinging”
Inktober – Day 14 – “Empty”
The feeling you get when you arrive at the beach and it is empty, which is not a rare occurrence on island Tasmania with its just over 500,000 population.
Day 24 of the Inktober Challenge. Prompt word 24 is “fairy”.
A wish from the Emu Fairy. You may have not known that emu fairies existed but here is proof that they do. 🙂
The “May All Your Dreams Come True” painting was first drawn with an Artline pen and then watercolour paint was added. I painted it on 310gsm watercolour paper, approximately 21 x 26 cm, and it has my full name and signature on the back.
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.
With the car packed to the ceiling, including the passenger seat (lucky I only have to merge lanes once driving to and from the market), I arrived at the market in semi-darkness, and eventually, despite having very cold toes, a stall emerged from the collection of folded tables, gazebo, crates, grills and the like.
A couple from Wollongong, who took advantage of the Take the Spirit of Tasmania sale, without an extra charge for your car travelling with you, were in a bit of a pickle. They didn’t book their trip back and found out that the earliest sail back with available car spaces is July!! He’s on leave from work, but he doesn’t have that much leave!!
A young Russian couple, permanent residents of New Zealand, stopped in and bought four greeting cards. They are taking advantage of the New Zealand and Australia travel bubble that has been negotiated between the two countries, with both currently experiencing low COVID infection rates.
A lady bought “Lazy Days” to post to her best friend’s four year old daughter that is living in Israel and scared with the bombs and sirens.
An A-3 sized “White Faced Scops Owls” print is going home to Melbourne and a Large “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag is going back to the Central Coast, NSW.
A young man from Melbourne, looked through all the greeting cards, and said that this was his favourite. He loved it and bought it. This painting came into being through my involvement with the annual #Inktober Facebook Challenge, which happens every October. The challenge is to do a drawing everyday for the entire month of October. Prompt words are provided for each day. The prompt word for this drawing was “poisonous”.
A couple purchased two prints to post to the United Kingdom. They bought “Lazy Days” and “Salamanca Fresh”.
A paramedic from Brisbane, taking a 10 day holiday, purchased “Afternoon Siesta” and “Sea Life” prints.
A couple of ladies, from Warrnambool, Victoria, just visiting for the weekend, purchased a whale print and “Who says emus can’t fly!?”
Quite a few “Under My Red Umbrella” tote bags went and five of my small original paintings sold, including my last little platypus painting. I thought of a new idea for my platypus paintings during the night and unfortunately I got so excited about I couldn’t sleep!
Wishing everybody a great upcoming week and thank you for your continued interest and encouragement of my art.