Salamanca Market Sept 21, 2019

It was busy all day today, even while I was packing up, people were still purchasing prints and greeting cards. Over sixty greeting cards went today!
 
A lady bought a “Hanging Out” print for her sister, who has just turned 60 and is moving to a new job. She’s going to be a principal of a school in Victoria. She loves wombats and her sister is sure that she’ll have this one hanging up in her new office. Who knows, it may calm the naughty children sent to the principal’s office! (lol)
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Hanging Out
 
Two sisters visited the stall, both from Scotland, one still living in Scotland and the other living in Adelaide. “Hanging Out” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” are travelling to Scotland and “Flying School” is staying in Australia. A couple from the town of Hertfordshire, UK, are taking home with them an “Afternoon Siesta” print.
 
A mother purchased a medium sized “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag to post to Amsterdam. Her son and girlfriend visited Tasmania in July 2019 and just loved it, so she is going to post this as a souvenir of their memorable time here.
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Salamanca Fresh tote bag available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
A Perth couple, who have lots of empty walls in their house they told me, purchased “Family Outing”, “Who Says Emus Can’t Fly!?” and “Glamour Girls”. A couple from Newcastle, bought an A-3 size print of “Hair Accessories” to go with their big Yellow-tailed cockatoo print that they have hanging at the end of their hallway that you see as soon as you step through the front door. They also got an A-3 sized print of “Afternoon Siesta”. They were very impressed with “The Wall in the Wilderness” (amazing wood carvings) at Derwent Bridge, Tasmania and were planning on checking out MONA this afternoon.
 
A couple from Jervis Bay, NSW bought the original “Sleepy time” painting. A man bought the original painting titled “Ring”, and a lady, staying in accommodation above the Drunken Sailor Restaurant on Hunter Street, bought my urban sketch of MACq 01 Hunter Street scene, also an original painting.
 
A young boy from Brisbane, bought “The Bun” with his own money (I gave him a discount) and a couple from Switzerland bought an A-3 sized “Afternoon Siesta”.
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“The Bun” prints available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
I’m off to Canada tomorrow. I’m visiting a close family member, who is unwell. I’ll be back at Salamanca Market October 19th. My prints and greeting cards are available at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre and at http://www.pjpaintings.com. I’ll be posting my Inktober drawings at http://www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and hopefully some urban sketches.
 
Until then, take care,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
 
P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
A thought to ponder: “Everything starts from a dot.” Wassily Kandinsky
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Inktober is Approaching

The official Inktober list has been released.  I’m looking forward to the daily drawing challenge and plan on creating something for every prompt word.

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Here are some of my favourite Inktober drawings from previous years.

Which is your favourite from my favourites?

Happy weekending from PjPaintings

Salamanca Market Sept 14, 2019

Today, in contrast to last week (thankfully!) the sky was bright blue and the sun was out.

The day started with a couple from Berlin, Germany, now living in Australia, buying a bunch of PJ Paintings Christmas greeting cards to post to relatives in Germany.

Two young ladies visited the stall. One purchased a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” and a “The Three Amigos” print.  She wanted a print with magpies too, so that she could have her three favourite birds hanging together. Magpies are coming. I took a bunch of photos of a camera-friendly magpie outside the door of a café. I think it had become accustomed to being fed, hence being so cooperative and presenting multiple poses for me.

Tu-whit & Tu-whoo                     The Three Amigos

The modelling magpie:

Another lady from Berlin, Germany, came into stall today. She purchased a couple of A-5 sized prints: “Storytime” and “Family Outing”. A lady visiting from New Zealand bought some prints for her 1.5 and 4 year old sons. She bought “Hayride”, “Family Outing”, “Emus Can Fly!” and “Glamour Girls”.

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Emus Can Fly!

Two young ladies from Paris, France, flying back home in two days after spending 10 months in Australia, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print.

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Scarlet Robins

A lady, down from St Helens, Tasmania, who was showing her niece from Scotland Tasmania, bought a “Helping Hands” print. She said that she’ll be visiting Scotland next year and that the print will be a gift for a family member living there.

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Helping Hands

A couple from Virginia, USA bought a wombat and a “Salamanca Saturdays” card as a souvenir. An urban sketching friend came by and bought a “What the Devil?! pouch to take to Iran with her. She and her partner are visiting Iran for several weeks. I’m really looking forward to seeing her sketch book upon her return. Safe travels.

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Small ‘What the Devil!?’ pouch available at Salamanca Market and http://www.pjpaiintings.com

A wide variety of prints were bought today. The new “The Bun” and “Hair Accessories”, some prints from the Unfurling series, “Off to the Races”, the wombats and more. The most popular prints today were the owls.

A thought to ponder: “Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, Aug 24, 2019

Salamanca Market Aug 24, 2019

It was a rather mild day with a few scary wind gusts but things thankfully stayed intact. Today, “The Bun”, “Hair Extensions” and “Hair Accessories” debuted, and they did well but not as well as the Sleepy Head series.

“Hair Extensions” and “The Bun”

There were heaps of people dressed in the Kangaroo and Demon colours. They were doing the market before the AFL game at Blundstone Oval, Bellerive.

A couple from Melbourne, to celebrate her birthday, flew to Tasmania for the day, not even spending one night here. She purchased “Devilish Siesta” and “Afternoon Siesta”.

Two girlfriends, one from Cairns, the other from Townsville, both wearing the same plum coloured beanies with a beige pom-pom, bought “Spanish Eyes (Red)”, “Hayride”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Spiky Bunk beds”.

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Hayride

A lady, from Melbourne, having a weekender on her own, bought, and started using, a “Sleepy head” tote bag. A couple from Western Australia, purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” pouch for her to use at university.

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Salamanca Fresh small pouch

 

I met the sister, from Adelaide, who travelled to Tasmania with her family, to celebrate her sister’s 40th birthday.  Her sister is doing psychology/weather thesis, which involves visiting Antarctica.

I met a family, living in a small Western Australia town. She’s originally from Seattle, USA. They bought a wombat and “Double Date III” print.

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Double Date III

A group of young people from Hong Kong bought a variety of prints from the Sleepy Head series. Two ladies, visiting from Melbourne, bought a kookaburra print. Another couple from Melbourne bought a “Helping Hands” pouch. She said that she has so many tote bags that it was nice to be able to get something a little different that also can serve as a souvenir.

The most popular prints today were the Sleepy Head series, featuring Wombats, Echidnas and the Tassie Devils.

A thought to ponder: “It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.” – Jackson Pollock

Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Octopus

So, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos have a short crest on the top of their heads compared to the other cockatoos’ crowns that they flaunt and display ostentatiously.  Feeling slightly inferior, this cockatoo set about to find a hairdresser that does feather extensions but alas there are none to be found in Tasmania. An octopus seems like a good compromise, and fortunately for this cockatoo, it found a very obliging one to crown its head with long, flowing, attractive tentacles.

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 “Hair Extensions” painting in progress

This painting is for Sea Shepherd’s fundraiser, hosted by Red Parka, 22 Criterion Street, Hobart, Tasmania. The exhibition will be running for 2 weeks, commencing Sept 5th, with proceeds of original painting sales going to Sea Shepherd. Print sales’ proceeds will go to Sea Shepherd, Red Parka and artists.

Sea Shepherd Australia is a non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to protect and conserve the world’s oceans’ ecosystems and species. This painting will be for sale in support of this worthy cause.  It’s been a marathon effort.

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I don’t have to go into work tomorrow so I should be able to finish it tomorrow, all being well.  Fingers (tentacles) crossed!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope the rest of your week goes swimmingly. 🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 1, 2019

It was another mild winter’s day at Salamanca Market. It was rather quiet at the market but a different story at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, where two of my originals sold.  The newly painted big A-1 sized ‘Family Outing VI’ is going to hang in a Doctor’s waiting room.

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Destined for a life of trying to keep people smiling despite their colds, influenza, broken bones, aches and pains.  

At the stall, I had an adult daughter buy a framed ‘Double Date IV’ for her mother’s birthday. She said that they have a shack in Dover, Tasmania, where Superb Fairy Wrens visit all the time. I had an adult son buy a ‘Black & White + One’ print to give to his piano-playing father for his birthday.

A lady, from Canberra, here for a work conference, bought a ‘Beachside Chatter’ tote bag.

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Beachside Chatter tote bag, made in Australia and washable

A young lady, from Spain, travelling the world, bought a ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ print to add to her art-work-wall collection.  She showed me a photo.  It looks very cool with masks from Hawaii and Indonesia, ceramic birds from Portugal and prints from the countries she has visited.

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A couple touring Tasmania in their camper van bought some greeting cards and a Japanese exchange student bought a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag. Ladies, visiting from the mainland, purchased a ‘Double Date III’ print and a pair of fingerless gloves for me!, so unexpectedly kind. They had visited the stall earlier in the day and I commented on the great gloves they had. A stall sells them for $5 a pair and on their return trip, I was presented with these beauties.

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Double Date III
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My unexpected gift: finger-less gloves for chilly market days

A local mother bought three prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series to decorate her four month old son’s bedroom: ‘Scarlet Robin Rescue’, ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Kookaburra Rescue’.

Today’s most popular print was the Superb Fairy wren prints.

A thought to ponder: “If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent van Gogh.

Wishing you a joy-filled week,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Music to My Eyes

The saying “music to my ears” usually rings truer than “music to my eyes” but on this occasion both sayings were equally accurate.  Normally the audience is in darkness while listening to an orchestra play but the Liz Steel & Mike Botton team organised a private performance by the Aries Wind Quintet so that we could draw music.

I’m not confident drawing people but I think the ‘100 people in 5 days’ challenges are paying off.  I signed up for the challenge in 2017 and 2018. I didn’t do it this year but I should sign up again next year because I do think I am reaping some positive benefits from it. Drawing changing and moving faces, as musicians inhale and exhale deeply, was a challenge and a privilege. My favourite piece that the orchestra played was “Carmen”.

I was going to paint the music stands and the clarinet player’s outfit but I decided not to because I thought it might make the picture too heavy by adding more black, and that it could lose some of the liveliness being conveyed. There is so much decision-making required with art!

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Aries Wind Quintet, Montone, Italy

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I find the composition pleasing with this drawing.  The chair and musician don’t quite all fit on the page. I enjoyed exaggerating the size of Micoto. In most orchestras, the flute section is predominantly female. He’s a little outside the box by choosing the flute and the drawing is reflecting this and telling a ‘story’. I’m thinking of leaving this drawing as a pen sketch.  Or do you think I should add paint?

Wishing you a fun-filled week. Cheers.

Italian Poppies

The urban sketching workshop I attended (May 2019), taught by Liz Steel and organised by Mike Botton, took place in the Umbria area of Italy.  This region is green, hilly and dotted with green’s complementary colour of red.  It was so beautiful seeing wild  poppies.

We settled in the quaint, small town of Montone, where at every corner, and everywhere in between, there was a scene I yearned to paint. We visited a few towns in the region and passed poppies growing in cracks in the pavement, at the base of street signs, along the gravel sides of roads, fences, gates and in the fields. This is the view from the hotel room’s bathroom at the Hotel Fortebraccio. Do you see the fields of red poppies in this photo and in the photo above?

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view from the bathroom at the Hotel Fortebraccio

We visited the town of Assisi that is grandly presented on a green platter sprinkled with red garnish.

I painted this scene for the end-of-the-course postcard exchange.

 

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Basilica di San Francesco

I used to paint poppy fields quite often.

It was good re-visiting a topic that I haven’t painted for several years and playing with the punch-factor that complementary colours can deliver. What topic/theme is capturing your interest? I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks for visiting.

 

 

Frozen in Assisi

The first day of Liz Steel’s urban sketching course took place in the gorgeous town of Assisi, where we were privileged to experience the coldest day in May in 56 years! We were all walking around like Michelin Tire mascots, dressed in as many layers as we could wear.  On our way into the square, there was a sudden gust of wind and the water from the fountain greeted us. We took refuge in an archway, where Liz gave us our first exercise, to do thumbnail sketches of things in the Piazza del Comune that conveyed a ‘story’.

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My thumbnail sketches

Then we had about 20 minutes to do a sketch.  I had laid my first wash down, when my little water container, blu tacked down onto my paint tray, was blown off, spilling the water onto my paper and promptly removing my first wash of colour.  The conditions were challenging and passer-bys were telling me that I was brave and offering encouragement, which was lovely.

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The fountain in the square

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Then we went on to sketch the Basilica Di St Francesco.  The rain made my paper quite wet when I drew and painted this little painting of this magnificent and impressive building.

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Church of St Francis

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I had another go with my brand new dagger brush, after we unthawed at the hotel.

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Church of St Francis, drawn with a Lamy pen and water colour

Tomorrow we’re sketching in Montone.  Hopefully the weather will be kinder.

Cheers.

 

Florence

Before we made our way to Liz Steel’s urban sketching course in Montone, Annette and I started off sketching the most challenging building in Florence, The Duomo, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.  I ran out of steam well before I came anywhere near finishing it.  I also started drawing it too big for it to fit on the pages of my sketch book but I’m happy with the focal point and the depth that it conveys.

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Later in the day, we settled in the Piazza di Santa Croce and painted one of the many laneways leading to the square.  I experimented with painting wet-in-wet and then adding pen, and vice versa.

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Upon my wanders, I stumbled across this amazing building, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (the national library), which is huge.  It’s almost a full block.  This is part of the width of the building. This is a super quick sketch of it.

Then, Annette and I returned to our starting point, and had another attempt of the great Duomo, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.  This time we tackled the front view.

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front of Dome building

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore’s construction began in 1296 and was completed in 1436.  The basilica is one of Italy’s largest churches and it is the largest brick dome ever constructed.  It is an awesome, massive sight. 

Farewell, Florence and hello Montone.