I didn’t expect to see a “looking for artist” sign at Artefacts, or to be accepted, as I had applied unsuccessfully several times before. But, accepted I was, so four weeks ago, I joined an art co-op, Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania. One month on and I’m reflecting on the whirlwind experience it has been so far.
Expect the unexpected, is the theme. Firstly, we are supposed to do a gallery sitting from 9 am – 5 pm three times over a two week period. With one member living in an area that has been threatened by fires for weeks, another that was unwell for a few weeks and being short one member, I have been doing gallery duty above this quota, (an unexpected) in addition to working three days a week and running a market stall on Saturdays. It hasn’t left me with any time to paint at home but thankfully there are times at the gallery where I am able to draw.
While on gallery duty there has been a good mix of time spent drawing and attending to gallery visitors. It is mainly tourists visiting the gallery. I enjoy the company and it’s always interesting meeting the wide range of tourists, ages and nationalities. The nature of being on duty dictates that I mainly draw, but I can paint things that don’t require me painting washes, large areas or wet-in-wet. Painting bobbles are perfect gallery-duty-painting items.
Another unexpected is that more of my art is selling than I had anticipated! I’m re-stocking far more than I thought I would be.
Artefacts is located in an arts centre and it has been really nice to get to know those around me, (another unexpected) especially the staff from Deja Vu Books and Inka Gallery. On Mondays, a fellow Belgian (a big unexpected!) is usually on gallery duty at Inka Gallery. We communicate in French and my rusty old French is becoming a little more lubricated each week. The chap that works at Deja Vu is a bird photographer. He has given me some of his awesome photos that that I can use as a resource to paint from. How good is that!?!
All in all, the first month has been great, but tiring. Hopefully the full Artefacts’ team is back up soon so those picking up extra shifts can have a well deserved rest.
I’ll be doing gallery duty on Sunday Feb 10th and Monday Feb 11th. We are open on public holidays. It would be lovely if you could stop in, have a chat and browse.
Until then, take care, Pj Paintings
Hobart welcomed the cool change after a smoky, roasting hot Friday of 38 degrees Celsius and about 50 fires burning in Tasmania. The fires are still burning. We need rain.
A big cruise ship came in today and there was a rather large ‘Change the Date’ rally on the parliament lawns, next to Salamanca Market, with key speakers Bob Brown and Nick McKim.
In the morning, I met Ashley, who is working on Macquarie Island. She works for the Weather Bureau, tracking the ozone layer among other things. She’s also taken up watercolour painting and it sounds like she’s having rather good success with it. She’s finding the same things difficult that I do, painting backgrounds and shadows.
Three ladies, from Los Angeles, USA, travelling together, stopped at the stall and each of them bought something with the ‘Salamanca Saturday’ image. One bought a tote bag, another a print and another a pouch.
A couple from the Gold Coast, that have been holidaying and house sitting in Tassie for 2 months, purchased ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Story time’ (if my memory serves me well). Their son has moved to Tasmania. They didn’t want to overstay their welcome at their son’s house, so they have been house sitting.
A couple purchased two A-3 sized prints of ‘The Three Amigos’ to take to Europe with them for gifts. ‘The Three Amigos’ limited edition print run is quickly nearing its expiration number.
‘Bunk beds’ debut went very well today. It was love at first sight for a young lady from Sydney.
A young Spanish and English couple, living in Ireland, but working six months in Melbourne, and now having a short holiday in Tasmania, bought a ‘Sea Life’ print.
Another young couple, this couple is from Scotland, bought a small ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print and some greeting cards. He said that his dad loves emus. In Scotland, they commissioned an artist to paint an emu with an owl, and the artist painted an ostrich with an owl. To say the least, they were not impressed. It’s a very common error. Despite ostriches being native to Africa, and emus are native to Australia, I am regularly asked if my emus are ostriches. Obviously when children are learning their alphabets, O for Ostrich, must be drummed in beyond saturation, and the poor E for Emu has little-to-no representation.
A couple, from the Czechoslovakia Republic, with a young baby, bought a small Koala and Tasmanian Devil print.
The most popular prints this weekend were: The Three Amigos and Bunk beds
A thought to ponder: “Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day.” Paul Gauguin
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com
Today’s Inktober prompt is “tranquil”. I thought I would draw a sleepy wombat in a hammock enjoying the tranquility. Hopefully gusts of wind don’t bring a rude ending to this afternoon nap.
I used an Artline, Copic and Staedtler pen to do this drawing. I’m tempted to paint the hammock a soft blue or gum leaf green colour. What do you think? Leave it as it is or add paint?
Thanks for visiting. 🙂