I gave an “Afternoon Siesta” print to a work mate as a retirement gift with a card saying that I hope she is able to have frequent afternoon siestas, now that she’s leaving the workforce. She loved it and was quite visibly moved by it.
She dropped into work last week and told me that she locked her eyes on “Afternoon Siesta” and it helped her relax through her yoga session. She told me again how much she loves it. So, “Afternoon Siesta” is not only much loved in a baby’s nursery, but also in retirement and in the yoga room!
Hope everybody has a restful and peaceful sleep tonight. Cheers.
It was another mild winter’s day at Salamanca Market. It was busier than last weekend with things ramping up for Dark Mofo and other activities taking place this weekend, for example, the Australia School’s Sailing Competition. The manager and organiser, from Adelaide, was very excited to lay her eyes on “Family Outing”. She bought it to give to her friend for her birthday. She said that the only one in her group of friends at university that had a car, was her girlfriend, who had a red mini. They used to all pile into her car to go to parties. This friend is turning 60 this year and has ordered a red mini (a real one) as a birthday present for herself and is having a big number “60” painted on it.
A return visitor, who bought a “Richmond Bridge” and “Suspended” print a few years ago, (she gave Suspended to her grandson, who loved it she told me), purchased more prints. This time, she bought: “Bunk beds”, “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” and “Hayride”.
A couple, celebrating their 22nd anniversary, visiting from Adelaide, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag and small pouch. They moved to Adelaide four years ago from California, USA. Their daughter married an Australia so they followed her to Australia.
A young lady, here from Perth, doing some work with Dark Mofo, bought “Bunk beds”. She said that she’s going to hang it where her stairs are so it makes her smile each day when she goes down the stairs in the morning.
A lovely lady from Sydney, going to Melbourne via a stop-over in Tasmania, visited the stall twice. She wished that her sister, who also lives in Sydney, had joined her for a sisterly holiday. She’s taking back with her “Bunk beds”, for her sister, “Taking a Dip” for herself, “Duck Crossing”, “Beachside Chatter”, “Who, Who, Who are You II” and “Hanging Out”.
Another conservationist working on the Orange-bellied parrot breeding program at the captive breeding facility at Five Mile Beach, Hobart, stopped by and chatted. She’d like me to paint the Wedge-tailed eagle, Frogmouth and the Orange-bellied parrot. They are on my bucket list… J
Today’s most popular prints were the wombats: “Afternoon Siesta” and “Bunk beds”.
A thought to ponder from the artist, Bob Ross: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”
Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
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.
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
Tasmania is burning. There are over 50 fires burning and about 30 of them are out of control. Hobart is shrouded with smoke from fires in the Derwent Valley extending to the inland lakes in central Tasmania, fires south of Huonville and more.
As a consequence, I’ve been called upon to do extra gallery duties at Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, while those that are living in the Geeveston area are on ‘watch and act’ status. Gallery visitors were few and far between today, so I was able to pass the time drawing another wombat. I am going to draw in more leaves but this is what I did this morning at the gallery.
I’m thinking that I may just paint the wombat and leave the rest in its ink-only state??
I’ve finished my family of wombats enjoying an afternoon siesta under the cool shade of a gum tree but there’s always one who isn’t feeling sleepy! The prints of this painting, titled “Bunk beds”, are making their debut at Salamanca Market tomorrow (they are also available on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com under the ‘Animals’ tab and ‘wombats’).
I’ve seen and photographed wombats many times in Tasmania’s wilderness. There’s nothing cuter than seeing a baby wombat running! They’re so cute. They are gentle animals and I try to capture that gentleness and calmness in my paintings of wombats.
Wombats are marsupials native to Tasmania and the mainland of Australia. They are herbivores. Female wombats give birth to a single young in the spring and the young leave the pouch after about six months. They can run fast for short distances. I hope they are managing to escape the Tasmania’s thousands of burning square kilometers.