Salamanca Market January 22, 2022

Wonderful blue skies, sun and heat was served up for today’s market.

It was a day for selling tote bags and pouches. Early in the morning, a couple from northern Queensland, Townsville, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag.

Bright and colourful “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bags, made in Australia with image on both sides, available at Salamanca Market and https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Then a nicely bronzed young couple purchased a “Lazy Days” tote bag. She was exuberant about my wombats in hammocks paintings. They were from Melbourne, which surprised me. I thought that they would be from Queensland with their golden suntans. They explained that they have spent a week at Freycinet and a lot of time at the beach. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/national-parks-and-wilderness/freycinet-national-park-wineglass-bay

“Lazy Days” tote bag also available at either Salamanca Market or https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

A couple with a large, black assistive dog, that was seeking shade and laying down at every opportunity, purchased “Hanging Out” tote bag. She has a wombat collection, showing me her wombat earrings that she was wearing. They live on the south coast of NSW and have many wild wombats on their property. Their dog is so used to them that he just looks at them now.

“Hanging Out” tote bag
Blackie the assistive dog

A couple spending their last day in Tassie, purchased two wombat prints: “Hanging Out” and “Bunk beds”. They live on a property north-west of Sydney that also has many wombats visit their property and dig plenty of holes/burrows.

A mother bought a “Lazy Days” tote bag for her daughter’s birthday. She’s a wombat rescue carer. A sweet brother, and first-time-uncle-to-be, bought a “Hanging Out” print for his sister, who is having a baby girl in three months. A couple bought two prints. She chose “Hanging Out” and he chose “Suspended”. He said he, “had a thing for whales, my name is Jonah”.

A family visited the stall, and the mother bought her teenage son an “Emu can Fly” print. She said her son’s nick name is “Emu”. I asked him if he likes this nick name, and he does, which was good to hear.

 

An apprehensive pillion emu – “Emus can Fly!”

I sold three original paintings today. Two urban sketches and an echidna digging up a bit of a mess.

First urban sketch sold was this one of a house in New Town. She said she couldn’t put it down, so she had to buy it. She appreciated that it is more difficult to omit areas to paint than to paint the entire picture. Omissions involves many more decisions.
The next one to sell was this urban sketch of the Elizabeth Street Post Office, Hobart, drawn and painted sitting in the middle of Franklin Square, behind the fountain and monument.
The third original painting to sell was this painting. It’s hard not to be messy when you’re an echidna and need to dig in old, rotting fallen trees to find ants for dinner

Late in the day, a mother and young son visited the stall and young Fynn chose a “What the Devil?!” pouch…. and then packing-up-time soon snuck up and that’s exactly what I did, packed up, went home, then unpacked and then finally sat down and put my feet up.

‘What the Devil!?’ pouch available at Salamanca Market and https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Thank you for visiting. I wish you a great weekend and upcoming week.

Franklin Square

On the second Sunday of the month, the Hobart Sketchers group meet at a chosen location and we sketch. Today we sketched in Franklin Square which is in the city of Hobart, about a block from the water of the Derwent River. We each sought a shady spot and drew.

I focused on the Elizabeth Street Post Office’s tower. I took this photo from where I was seated to do my drawing.

The drawing and painting that I did in 1 hour and 10 minutes. A large blob of ink unexpectedly came out on the right side of the dome, where I wanted to leave white paper, as this was where the light/sun was hitting it. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t able to capture the light on the dome.

The statue of Sir John Franklin, husband of Jane Franklin, is in the foreground. The power couple came to Tasmania in 1837, when Tasmania was called Van Diemen’s Land. They intended to bring culture and improvements to the penal colony. She established the Lady Franklin Gallery that today is again the home of the Tasmanian Art Society. The gallery has had a bumpy ride and even served as an apple storage shed for a period of time. It is a Greek style building that looks a little out of place in the Hobart suburbs. An ABC reporter asked and answered the question Why there’s a Greek-style building at the back of Lenah Valley? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-17/history-of-lenah-valleys-greek-style-lady-franklin-gallery/9054468 tm

A front view of Sir John Franklin. I like the way the photograph has captured and frozen the water spray.
Here’s a link if you’d like to learn more about this couple’s time in Tasmania. https://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/F/John%20and%20Jane%20Franklin.h

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are able to make time to draw. It is so much fun!

Sketch-meet

On the second Sunday of each month, a small group of Hobartians, set up on footpaths of streets, parks, or the like, to do some urban sketching. This Sunday we sketched on New Town Rd with easy view of the old post office stores, Jackman & McRoss Bakery and Dispatch Cafe.

The old post office stores with Dispatch Cafe next to it
Post Office Stores – I drew firstly with a grey texta to try to help me not get too caught up in the detail.

There was about 10 minutes before we were to meet at Dispatch Cafe, so I used my grey texta and applied watercolour to do a very quick drawing of Jackman & McRoss Bakery.

An almost direct watercolour drawing
My view of the Cafe

We met at the Dispatch Cafe for a lively cuppa and throw down.

Mosaic in Dispatch Cafe

I took photos of the awesome mosaic in the washroom at Dispatch.

Three dimensional mosaic
Three dimensional mosaic made by Tanya La Paglia displayed at the Dispatch Cafe, which used to be the old post office which was officially opened on January 1, 1842.

I hope that you have a good week and keep the pen/s drawing.

Thanks for visiting, Pj Paintings http://www.pjpaintings.com

Funky Gastown in Tasmania

I moved from Canada to Australia about 28 years ago.  During all the years I’ve lived in Australia, I have never come across a restaurant that had a menu dedicated wholly to serving Canadian food, until Gastown East moved into my neighbourhood, walking distance from my house! It is an awesome restaurant with the best coffee, yummy food, excellent selection of wines, awesome atmosphere and views. It even featured in the weekend’s paper.

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There are tables outside on the deck and this is the view that awaits you.  I love the reflection of the red boat and the zig-zaggy masts.  I once painted this but I cannot find the painting or a photo of it.  I used a wax candle and oil pastels to create some resist on the paper.

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The restaurant looks out over Kangaroo Bay, Bellerive

Gastown East is nestled in historic Bellerive, right across the street from the Historic Police Station built in 1842.  It’s for sale right now.  I hope its beauty is retained.  I really want to draw it.

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Also, close to this funky restaurant is the old Telegraph and Post Office building, built in 1897 and in operation as a telegraph and post office until 1982.  I sat on the sidewalk and drew this.  I went for looseness so I used a reed and ink.

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Ink and reed drawing

Telegraph & Post Office Kangaroo Bay, Bllvexsml
and then paint was added

It’s very cool having a bit of familiar culture and food so close to home.

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Congratulations, Gastown East! and I’m sure if Gassy Jack was still around, he’d be wishing Gastown East many, many happy returns.