Coffee Table Feature

A miniature one of these would be cool to have on a coffee table. This art producing machine is wind generated.

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Windmill at MONA (Museum of Old & New Art) in Tasmania

The windmill turns , which in turn, turns some wheels, which in turn moves the Artline pen in a circular motion and turns the turntable which moves the paper very slowly along.

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Wind powered drawing at MONA (Museum of Old & New Art) in Tasmania

The windier the day the darker and denser the drawing is. A pen a day is used and the roll of paper lasts two weeks before the piece of art is finished.

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Pen at Work

It is quite mesmerizing and relaxing to watch, which is why I think it would be a great coffee table feature, and not to mention, a conversation starter.

Thank for stopping by. Keep your pens moving and producing art. 🙂

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Fear Burning

Hobart’s winter festival of Dark Mofo, created and funded by self-made multi-millionaire, David Walsh, and the Hobart City Council, came to a close, ushering in the Festival of Voices. David Walsh is the founder of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and single-handily put Tasmania on the map and increased the state’s tourism.

Each year, a massive sculpture for Dark Mofo is created, to make a large fear-jar, so-to-speak, for people to write and deposit their fears into. This year’s sculpture was a huge spider.  People’s fears were collected and stored in the spider’s egg sacks.

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A large fear-jar

With much-a-do, music, dance and costumes, a procession walks the sculpture, and the fears of Hobart, down the city streets for it to be annihilated by fire.

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I found it to be quite powerful imagery, and the act of articulating your fears then witnessing the burning of it, gone, ka-poot, liberating.  The ball of fire was enormous when the spider caught fire.  Here’s a couple of photos of the spider’s web and egg pouches burning.

 

I like Salvador Dali’s gem of wisdom, “have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”

Soledad O’Brien is quoted saying that “I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?”

On that note, here’s to fear-burning, whatever the fear/s may be.

Three Days of Mofoing

It can not be underestimated what David Walsh, creator and owner of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), has done for Tasmania.  He has single-handedly put Tasmania on the map and boosted tourism with his events, ingenuity and creativity.  I attended the Hobart part of the three-day MONA Mofo music festival.  The festival hosted a range of performances, ones I would classify as eccentric and strange to awesome and memorable.

On site, there was ‘mobile music’.  They played at various spots around MONA and while they were moving to a new location.

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Music-on-the-go with David Walsh, wearing green pants, and his wife, wearing a jean skirt. 

One of the first performances I went to was Breadwoman.  She moved in very slow motion (sort of leavening and de-leavening (this is my interpretation.  There was an hour artist talk scheduled about this performance the next day, but alas, I missed it because I had to  work)) while the co-performer made quite cool cracking, stretching and similar noises using everyday sorts of items.

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Breadwoman with her baguette
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Breadwoman revealing her face

I then listened to the Brian Jackson & the Southern Gospel Choir, which, for me, wasn’t a stand-out performance.  I thought it would be more engaging and moving.

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Brain Jackson & the Southern Gospel Choir

One of my favourite performances was Filastine & Nova, from Indonesia and Spain.  They were awesome!!  I love it when people play an instrument in an unconventional way.  For example, usually when the triangle is played, it a well-timed ‘ping’ here and there, well she played the triangle at a manic speed.  They also played unconventional ‘instruments’.  He played the ‘shopping trolley’, also very energetically.  The visuals behind on the big screen were stunning, moving and tastefully delivered very powerful environmental and refugee messages.

I enjoyed the all-girl, improvisational six piece band, Philomath.

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I felt particularly moved and proud to hear Ajak Kwai’s performance.  She is a former TAFE student that I taught.

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Ajak Kwai

Karim Wasfi’s cello performance was as amazing as the setting of the Nolan Gallery.

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A stunning cello performance by Karim Wasfi

I couldn’t get in to hear and see Vocal Womb.  Fortunately, my friend, Sarah, was able to.  Eve Klein, inserts a laryngoscope into her nose and down, so that the audience can see the workings of the voice from inside a singer’s body.  It is a multimedia opera performance.

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Eve Klein’s progression to her next performance

I loved Kardajala Kirridarra’s music.  Their harmonies were beautiful.  At one point, the local rooster cock-a-doodled-doo, and it seemed to be in key and at the right point of song to do it.

 

Kardajala Kirridarra

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The MONA rooster

The Chakam Ensemble played.

Chakam Ensemble

Then the mesmerizing performance of Emel Mathlouthi took place.  She said not to underestimate the strength of the bare-naked voice, and you could NOT underestimate hers when she sang without any instrumental support.  Her voice totally captivated the audience, even though it was sung in a language that most of the audience didn’t understand.

Emel Mathlouthi

The final band on Sunday evening was the heavy metal band, Mayhem, from Norway.

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David Walsh hosted a pre-Mofo event in Launceston where onesies were given away.  Those who wore the onesies to the Hobart Mofo event, were given free entry. So, you saw quite a few onesies around.

Heaps of people got into the spirit of the event by wearing weird and wonderful outfits.  Here is a small fraction of them.

Mofo ended for me last night when I saw the Violent Femmes and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, hosted by MONA, at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall.  That was a stunning performance.

Well, that’s another MONA Mofo done and dusted.  It is a unique festival and so much fun.  The wild outfits, venues, food and performances make it an awesome event.

Thanks for visiting and I hope the rest of the week goes well for you.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 18, 2017

As usual, there is a lot going on in Hobart this weekend, the Christmas Pageant Parade, the Point to Pinnacle and the Paul Kelly concert at Mona, to name a few.  It strikes me as strange to have a Christmas Pageant in November.  I think it must be a difficult task to explain to children why Santa Claus is here instead of in the North Pole knee deep in toys and managing gift wrapping conveyor belts running 24/7, I suppose that is why he employs elves, and that Christmas is still a month away.

The Point to Pinnacle Competition is arguably the world’s toughest half marathon (21.1 km).  The starting point is at the Wrest Point Casino, Australia’s first legal casino, opened on February 10, 1973, and it finishes on the pinnacle of Mt Wellington.  You can also do the Point to Pub 10km run/walk. It’s the same route but ends at the Ferntree Pub.  Quite a few competitors stopped at my stall, many that have traveled from the mainland of Australia and further abroad, including one couple from the UK now living in New Zealand.

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Mount Wellington.  I took this photo from Lord Street, Hobart
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A Point to Pinnacle runner nearing the finish line. 

I also met quite a few people who have taken advantage of the flight specials for the inauguration of the Adelaide – Hobart direct flights.  A lady from Melbourne, who collects everything with a kookaburra theme, bought a ‘The Three Amigos’ print.  Yesterday, she visited Richmond, Tasmania and bought a kookaburra printed bag.

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The Three Amigos

The Christmas cards are popular at this time of the year.  A Canadian from Toronto, a lady from just south of Scotland, two ladies from the UK travelling together, another lady from the UK, who had ridden on a motorbike on the mainland with her partner, he was continuing to drive the Nullarbor while she is visiting a friend in Tasmania, bought Christmas card packs.

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Snowbirds

 

A little boy chose an A-3 sized ‘Family Outing’ (emus driving a red mini) print for his bedroom.  I asked him how old he was and he said that he was four, but his dad said he was three, but he kept saying he was four and then his dad conceded and said that he was almost four.

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Family Outing

A young lady stopped at the stall and thought that surfing emus would be a perfect gift for her in-laws that live by the beach in NSW.  She showed it and various other prints to her partner using Facetime.  He shopped at Salamanca Market while sitting on a couch in Melbourne.  In the end, he agreed that indeed ‘Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania’ was the perfect gift.

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Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania

Today’s most popular print was a tie between: The Three Amigos and Suspended

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Suspended

After the market and a short recoup time, it was off to the Paul Kelly concert at MONA.  It was an awesome outdoor concert and the back-up singers, Vika and Linda Bull, were amazing too.  The seagull-behaviour intrigued me.  They flew in swooping circles above us during songs with a more ballad nature and flew away with the songs that had people up on their feet and bopping to the music.  I wonder if there has been a study done about birds and their musical preferences??Paul Kelly

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My view at the Paul Kelly concert.  One of the ladies was wearing a hat that I think is supposed to look like you’re wearing a strawberry on your head.

A thought to ponder:  “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaima

Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market. 

All art prints shown are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 17, 2017

This morning was a bit of a struggle, with a later than intended Friday night enjoying Hobart dressed in red and Dark Mofo, and some lingering remnants of jet lag hanging on, but despite this, it was great being back and chatting with people from all over the world.

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Entrance to The Feast

I met a young couple from Israel.  They’re working on a potato farm in Devonport, Tasmania.  I met another young couple that are living in Melbourne.  He is a Melbournian and she is Swiss.  She’s been living in Melbourne for four years now.  It was nice to be able to have a short French speaking session with her. 

A lady from New South Wales (NSW) bought a Spanish Eyes (Red) for her husband’s office.  Her friend bought Hayride because she lives in country NSW with an emu farm across the street from her.

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Spanish Eyes (Red)

 

A couple, with a young baby, living in London, UK, bought a Bonnie & Me! print (emus riding a Triumph motorcycle) to post to her parents that live in Arizona, USA. I wonder how many US states has a Pjpainting now??!

Somebody who bought three prints last time they were in Tassie bought two more and a couple stopped by and told me that they have Beachside Chatter framed and hanging in their bathroom in their holiday house in Terrigal, NSW.  They said that her mother gave it to them as a gift and that everyone comments it.

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Beachside Chatter

A visitor bought Duck Crossing to give to friends who live in Geraldton, Western Australia (WA).  They have ducks and emus on their property.

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Duck Crossing

A cruise ship from Sydney was in for Dark Mofo.  It’s leaving tonight and has been docked in Hobart for a few days.  Somebody, enjoying the cruise to Hobart, bought a Yellow Sulphur Crested Cockatoo ink and water colour painting.

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Yellow Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Today’s best seller is White Faced Scops Owls 

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White Faced Scops Owls

A thought to ponder:  “Every artist was first an amateur”― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Until next week, warmest regards from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market. 🙂