I’m starting Inktober52 (actually I have had a very hard time finding the prompt list for Inktober52). This challenge provides one drawing prompt word per week, for 52 weeks of the year. For week 1 the prompt word is “build”.
Well, the emu has again risen to the challenge and built a bird house for a needy family.
I usually only draw a few outlines before I start painting but because this is a drawing with ink challenge, I drew the picture in detail before I started painting. It’s not my preferred method of working but I think it is good to mix things up.
I hope you are warm and toasty, wherever you call home.
It was a lovely, sunny day, so my toes stayed toasty-warm. There weren’t many people buying gifts, for Mother’s Day tomorrow, but there were plenty of grandparents buying for their grandchildren today!
My first customer was a couple from Melbourne that bought a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” print. Next, were two women from Malaysia that went their way with their new “Lazy Days” tote bag.
A couple from Sydney, expecting their first baby, bought an original painting, titled “Wombat Adventurer” and a “Hanging Out” print for the baby’s room.
Another couple arrived and bought a “Lazy Days” print for their one-year-old Theodore. He gave me plenty of gorgeous smiles and waved bye as he was being wheeled away.
Grandparents from Brisbane purchased “Supportive Nestworks” and “Dinner for Five???” for their one-year-old grandson. A few minutes later another set of grandparents bought “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Dinner for Five???” prints for their granddaughter and their soon-to-arrive grandson, which they are calling ‘boyby’ right now.
I met three young people visiting from Columbia, South America. They bought some greeting cards. I practised my French speaking to a nurse, who is French but currently working in New Caledonia. She’s taking a 3-week holiday in Australia. One week in Sydney and two weeks in Tasmania. She wasn’t too impressed with Sydney but loved the Blue Mountains and is loving Tasmania. She purchased two small prints.
A grandmother, who has seven granddaughters, bought nine A-5 sized prints for her granddaughters, son and herself. She chose “Family Outing” for her son.
While I was packing up, a man asked for a large sized “Bunk Beds” tote bag. He told me his wife was eyeing that one. Maybe this is a Mother’s Day gift??
Until next week, take care.
Happy Mother’s Day, and if this is a difficult day for you, I hope it is as gentle as possible.
Day 24 of the Inktober Challenge. Prompt word 24 is “fairy”.
A wish from the Emu Fairy. You may have not known that emu fairies existed but here is proof that they do. 🙂
The “May All Your Dreams Come True” painting was first drawn with an Artline pen and then watercolour paint was added. I painted it on 310gsm watercolour paper, approximately 21 x 26 cm, and it has my full name and signature on the back.
Today we had to contend with a LOT of rain but thankfully it wasn’t accompanied with wind, and amazingly, I was able to set up and take down just when there were breaks from the rain. During the downpours, there was a sea of different Hobart hotel umbrellas on view.
A speech pathologist, visiting Tasmania from the mainland of Australia, purchased an A-3 sized “Beachside Chatter” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print to hang up in her practice. It will engage children and calm their nerves.
Two sisters from Brisbane bought an “Outback Glamping” print and a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag. They have another sister and when they are together people think that they are triplets they told me.
A lot of members from a family from Sydney that are attending a cousin’s wedding in the afternoon, bought a “Bunk Beds” print.
A couple bought my original painting of the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. I drew and painted most of it, sitting on a bench, on the wharf across the street from it. https://friendsoftmag.org.au/ My “Ladybird Parade” original painting also sold today.
A Dutch couple that lived in Perth for nine years and then moved back to Netherlands, and then realised, what have we done??, moved back to Australia. They are planning to settle in Tasmania and are looking for a house in Cygnet. They bought some greeting cards to send to relatives in Netherlands.
A Hobart law and psychology student purchased a small, framed print of “Spanish Eyes (Red). Another small, framed print, “Sea Life” this time, sold to a young lady, who has been working one year and nine months in Sydney but is soon returning to Hong Kong. She has a good job lined up but she is leaving her options open if she doesn’t like it because the country has changed significantly since she has left.
Thankfully, I managed to pack up before the next lot of rain started falling.
Art thought for the week:
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola
Winter has arrived in Tasmania and some use the increased indoor time to do ‘spring cleaning’. When do you do your spring cleaning?
I’m going through piles of papers, in an attempt to organise/clean my studio space (a room downstairs in my house). I found this painting I started a few years ago and decided it needed to be finished. Introducing “Holding Hands II”.
I hope to finish more paintings that I have abandoned for whatever reason. Often I stop painting something because another idea has come into my head that excites me and I can’t wait to explore it, so I start another painting and forget to go back to the one I started earlier. (I wonder if this is a common occurrence among artists??? It must be.) They are no good to me, or anybody, half finished. Very unfulfilling. When they are finished at least I can stop storing them. They are either good enough to try to sell and put a smile on somebody’s face, or they can go in the recycling bin.
I hope that you are having a sunshiny kind of day and if you are spring cleaning, I hope you’re making good progress. 🙂