Melbourne Visit

We’re off to Melbourne.

Drawn from the Hobart, Tasmania terminal, while waiting for our plane.

After arriving on Friday, we wandered around and settled for a bite to eat in one of the laneways in the city. This was our view from our eating spot.

View from our eating spot in Meyers Lane, Melbourne
initial drawing, Meyers Lane
Meyers Lane’s view

The next day started by a visit to the South Melbourne Market and then exploring St Kilda, including this cool community garden.

cool sculptures in various gardeners’ patches
I love worms too 🙂
I love buttons for art and decorating. 🙂

The visit to St. Kilda ended with sketching a duplex that caught my eye on Park Street. I love the roofline decorative tiles so many of the older houses have in this area. On Park Street itself, there were quite a few raised garden beds in front of houses.

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sketch with paint, Park Street, St. Kilda

Sunday morning, we viewed the amazing Picasso exhibition https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/the-picasso-century/

One of the first exhibition picture on display is Picasso’s second-ever etching titled “Le Repas Frugal”, 1904.

Two of Picasso’s paintings of his first wife, Olga Khokhlova. Despite the Spanish flavour of the 1917 painting, Olga is from Russia, a ballet dancer, with Ukrainian origins. I find it interesting that she is depicted with quite big hands and feet in the first painting. From 1919 to 1929, Olga received over 500 letters from her mother and sister, whom she didn’t see.

“The Reader” 1920 oil on canvas
Olga in Armchair by Pablo Picasso, 1917
“Portrait of a woman” by Pablo Picasso, 1938, oil on canvas Maar and Picasso became lovers and intellectual confidants. Maar was the inspiration for many portraits, including this 1938 canvas
Picasso’s “The Kiss”
1921 oil on canvas
“Weeping woman” oil on canvas by Pablo Picasso, 1937
Pablo Picasso 1881-1973
“Massacre in Korea”
1951 oil on plywood
Picasso painted this work in reaction to the Korean War. Nothing in this painting specifically ties to Korea, not the landscape or people. Picasso said that when he thinks of war he does not think of a particular trait, only that of monstrosity. I agree and think this should be applied to all wars, including the current war being waged on Ukraine.
“The Bay of Cannes” 1958 oil on canvas

These are only a fraction of the paintings on display. After the exhibition, we found a spot to sketch the renowned Flinders Station. I was settling nicely into the zone, then the rain disturbed my happy space.

My weekend in Melbourne finished with the fairy tale magic of Cinderella.

Trust that your week is is travelling along magically.

cheers, Patricia

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 9, 2017

Today started quietly and calmly, and maintained this pace for most of the day.  A couple from Perth bought a whale print for themselves and “Beachside Chatter” for her brother, who had recently built a new, large house.  An exchange student from Iceland purchased “Outback Glamping” to take back with her.  She loves Tasmania and will be staying here for about five months. She only has one month left.

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Outback Glamping

“Weightless” enticed a couple from New South Wales (NSW) into the stall.  They feel a special connection with humpback whales.  She was wearing a unique and beautiful necklace of two humpback whales facing each other. They showed photos of a whale coming out of the water really close to their boat in Narooma, NSW.  One photo showed the whale looking at them.  You can clearly see its eye.

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Weightless

 

A fairly regular visitor to the stall let me know that ‘P’ had passed away just after her 96th birthday.  She had bought the original painting of “Who, Who, Who are You? II” when she was 94 years old.  Her third great, great grandchild had just been born and the three little owls represented them.  I visited ‘P’ in her house and the painting was hanging in direct view from her favourite chair. She said it gave her much pleasure.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II

A couple from Melbourne, on their honeymoon, are taking back with them an A-3 sized print of “Duck Crossing” and “White Faced Scops Owls”.  A “Weightless” print is off to Brisbane, Qld, and three “Off to the Races” prints are heading to Melbourne.  A lady bought them for her three girlfriends. Each year they go to Melbourne’s Spring Carnival together.

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Off to the Races! II

Two ladies from Los Angeles, USA bought “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo” , and then later on in the day, they returned to buy more.  One of the prints they bought on their return was “Emus can fly!” because it depicted her and her husband.  She said that I’ve captured the look she has when she is sitting on the back on the bike.

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Emus can Fly!

A young couple from Germany bought a Tasmanian Devil little original painting.  They told me that they live about 10km from the Belgian border and often go to Belgium for ‘frites’ (french-fries).  They said that Belgium has excellent fries.  I agree and their mayonnaise is awesome.  It is egg, rather than vinegar, based. This makes all the difference. It is so creamy and delicious.

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Original painting of a Tasmanian Devil

The Best Seller today is:  White Faced Scops Owls

A thought to ponder:  “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market