The Road to Deloraine

Salamanca Market was cancelled as Saturday involved delivering an original painting and prints to Art as Mania Gallery in Deloraine, Tasmania in preparation for the upcoming annual Square Dancing Convention.  To avoid the ridiculous amount of roadworks on the Midlands Highway, the backroad through Bothwell was used.  Bothwell has a very cool café.  Despite only intending to spend money on a coffee and a date scone, I left with a table cloth, a throw rug and a pair of fingerless gloves!

Here are some photos of the door art of the Bothwell Café.

Bothwell Café.

I tried to do some urban sketching in Deloraine.  I attempted to draw the Deloraine Hotel but it was way too complicated for the short amount of time I had, so I gave up on it and crossed the street and then tried to draw the quaint library.

I was much happier with my 7 minutes of drawing the Deloraine Library.

I had to put the drawing aside to meet friends for coffee, drop off my art at the gallery and then visit the very nifty town of Latrobe.

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A Deloraine Native Hen
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Deloraine sculptures on the banks of the Meander River

This house is near to where I stayed in Deloraine overnight.  I thought it was abandoned, but no, there was smoke coming out of the chimney.

Lunch was had at a cool art café called The Crowded coffee Lounge in Latrobe.  It is spacious, adorned with stunning pastel framed artworks, has cool furniture with one table having a puzzle in progress and another with a stack of board games. Many art classes are delivered from this venue.

Photos taken of the back of the café. I really liked Latrobe and I want to return to further explore it.

For now, it is the road back to Hobart, Tasmania and back to work. 😦

Thanks for visiting.  May your travels be gentle and kind for you.

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 23, 2019

I drove in darkness up the driveway to go to Salamanca Market but thankfully the days are still mild, even in the early hours of the morning.
It was a busy day for tote bags and pouches today. A couple from Washington, DC, USA, bought a small ‘Bunk beds’ print and a ‘Salamanca Fresh’ tote bag and a UK couple, a ‘The Three Amigos’ pouch and a “Salamanca Saturdays’ and ‘Scarlet Robins’ tote bag.
A lady, from Toronto, Canada, now living in Wisconsin, USA, purchased two A-5 size prints of ‘Bunk beds’.
A ‘Hanging Out’ print is making its way to Auckland, New Zealand. He was telling me that there is a north, south, west and east. I said that there is a north, south, west and east in most places (lol), but then he elaborated where the wealthier suburbs were and so on.
‘Hanging Out’ made its debut today. A little wombat thought the hammock was looking a little plain, so being a pro-active and industrious marsupial, went about decorating it. Now that it looks much better, and feeling sleepy after all that hard work, it settled down for a nap. I’ve added ‘Hanging out’ on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com
A framed ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ is heading to Canberra, and a ‘Thunder’ print was purchased for two and a half year old, Jack.
A lady stopped by to tell me the happy story of ‘Glamour Girls’, hanging framed at her hairdresser’s in Ballarat, Victoria. She said it was such fun, looked so good and is just perfect for a business owned by three sisters.
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Glamour Girls
The most popular print today is: Bunk beds
A thought to ponder: “To draw you must close your eyes and sing,” Pablo Picasso. I can’t say I do this. Maybe that’s why I don’t draw like Picasso??!
Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
P.S. I won’t be at Salamanca Market next Saturday because I’ll be delivering my Square Dancing original painting and prints to Art as Mania Gallery in Deloraine, Tasmania. Deloraine is hosting the 60th National Square Dancing Convention, April 5-7, 2019.
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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 19, 2019

Over the years, I have submitted applications to several art co-op galleries but having a day job has been a barrier to being accepted because it limits the days you can do gallery duty and your flexibility to pick up days when a member is sick or on holidays. Nevertheless, after my fourth time applying to Artefacts Inc Gallery, in the Salamanca Arts Centre, I am very excited that I have been accepted!! I now have the opportunity to display and sell some of my prints, original paintings, pouches and tote bags and do gallery duty. I’ll mainly be doing gallery duty on Mondays. It would be lovely if you could call in and have a chat. It hosts the stunning work of a Tasmanian wood turner, glass maker, jewellery maker, ceramics, leatherwork and watercolour & acrylic painter.
 
When I went by the gallery this morning, I noticed that it wasn’t open. I unexpectedly opened and minded the gallery for an hour or so until the member on duty arrived.
 
Back at the Pj Paintings stall, two girlfriends, one from London, UK, and the other from Sydney, NSW, holidaying together in Tasmania and then driving the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, bought a ‘Mercedes Time’ print for a souvenir of their driving holiday.
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Mercedes Time!
 
A couple from Washington, DC, USA, bought ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’ and ‘Do-Si-Do’. They have a relative that square dances. A perfect gift for a square dancer!
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Do-si-do
 
A group of four, from Emu Plains, NSW, purchased an original painting of a wombat, a ‘Family Outing’ print and an ‘Under My Red Umbrella’ tote bag.
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Original painting of a wombat just hanging out among the gum leaves

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A lady, who is what is often referred to as “snowbirds” on the North American continent, lives half a year in Spain and the other half of the year in Florida, USA, purchased an ‘Outback Glamping’ print as she had visited Uluru. Her son lives in Alice Spring.
A mother and young daughter, starting grade three in a few weeks, purchased four A-5 sized prints of Tasmanian scenes that I’ve painted. The girl reminded her mother several times that she had to get back to keep working. I asked her what she was working on and she said that she was making a stadium for her 11 year old brother’s birthday. I queried how she was constructing this elaborate-sounding birthday present. It is being built inside a cardboard box with more cardboard, paper, glue, crayons and paints. What an admirable project and unique birthday present. I hope her brother appreciates the effort and remembers that ‘it is the thought that counts’.
 
A young boy and his mother visited the stall. The boy told me that he loves owls. He had to spend his own money to buy an owl print. That’s a huge sacrifice and I feel doubly honoured when a child uses their own money to buy my art. His mother bought a ‘Sleepyhead’ print for herself.
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Sleepyhead
 
Another child, a little older than the boy who had just bought an owl print, this one seemed close to the 12 year old range, bought a ‘Thunder’ print. She loves elephants.
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Thunder!
 
The day ended with two young ladies arriving at the market, and my stall, after 3 pm, when many have already completely packed up or are well into the packing-up process. They bought a ‘Suspended’ print. They were planning to see the rest of the market. I recommended that they walk really, really quickly, as the market has 353 stalls.
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Suspended
 
After packing up, I drove the long way home, as the most direct route to the Tasman Bridge was closed due to the installation of the Remembrance Bridge. It was bumper-to-bumper and a slow ride home.
 
The most popular print this weekend was: Salamanca Saturdays
A thought to ponder: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
 
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Festive Interior

I’m relieved to be able to announce that this painting is finished.  It’s taken approximately 50 hours (about 15 hours trying to figure out the composition, drawing, erasing and re-drawing).  I was concerned about it turning out too dark so I put a lot of effort trying to create a light and festive atmosphere in the barn so the emus can kick up their heels and have a blast.

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Do-si-Do (this image will be available as a high quality print at http://www.pjpaintings.com soon)

Now my thoughts can turn to further exploring some of the drawings and ideas that came out of the Inktober Challenge.

Cheers and take care, from Pj

Barn Interior

I was hoping that by today I would be posting the finished painting but with drawing, erasing, re-drawing, making more changes, and things just generally taking longer than I thought, (I always underestimate how long it will take me to paint something!) this is what I got done today.

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Do-si-do

Cowboy boots crossed that next time I’m able to post the finished painting.  Until then, take care, from pjpaintings

… and now we have a square

I’ve finished the easier part of the commissioned painting for the 60th anniversary of the Australian Square Dancing Convention to be held in Deloraine, Tasmania in 2019 …

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Do-si-do!

and now, as I step out of my comfort zone, I need nerves of steel to tackle the background…

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Tricky paper lanterns and reflections

I’m trying to keep the background light.  I can always darken things up if I need to.  I hope I can maintain a light, festive mood.

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I’m echoing the colours of the costumes and paper lanterns 

Hopefully with my next blog post, I’ll be able to show the finished painting.  It’ll be a relief to finish it.

Until then, take care.

 

Allemande left, then Allemande right

More progress is being made on my commissioned piece for the 60th anniversary of the National Square Dancing Convention that will be celebrated in Deloraine, Tasmania, 2019.  The emus are the fun part.  I’m a bit nervous about painting the barn.  I will have to try really hard to not let the painting get dark when painting the interior of the barn.

Here’s couple one and three:

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… and here’s couple two

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One more couple to do and then I have to start painting the barn.  Yikes!!

Thanks for visiting and I hope that everybody’s week is going well.

Do-si-do

Over 500 heel-kicking and do-si-do-ing dancers will be descending upon Deloraine in April 2019 for the 60th Australian National Square Dance Convention. I’ve been asked by the Art as Mania Deloraine Gallery (a very supportive, large, community-spirited and awesome gallery) to paint some square dancing emus for the occasion.

Some commissions are harder than others.  This one is challenging too but I’m having lots of fun.  I’ve done some research and I get the impression that the costumes are an integral part of square dancing.  I’ve decided that I’m going to make each couple in the square wear a different colour but the pattern will be the same across all four.  I have literally spent all day painting the first couple.

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first square dancing pair

I better ‘Allemande’ myself back to painting. Thanks for visiting.  Have a great week.  Cheers from pjpaintings