Battery Point

Today, I met up with a couple of friends to do some urban sketching on Napoleon Street, Battery Point, in Tasmania.

Battery Point was originally settled in 1804. In 1811, land grants were given to free settlers and farms were established. By 1814, several farms were located in the area. In 1818, a battery of guns, called the Mulgrave Battery, were placed on the southern side of the point as part of the coastal defences on the deep water port established at Hobart Town. Battery Point derived its name from the installations of guns at this site https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/hobart/battery-pt.html

I get my art prints printed on 310gsm A-2 sized watercolour print-paper. When I trim my prints, I often have offcuts and this pile is getting quite tall. I thought I would see if it could be used for urban sketching. It worked quite well but I will have to adjust my painting technique because it is absorbent and the paper bleeds when you apply extra watery paint, as I discovered when I painted the chimney.

Trialling the print version of watercolour paper

I then felt forced to add blue sky to try to disguise the chimney-bleeding.

Blue sky colour added

The couple hours flew by and it was time to pack up the paints, move the cars from their two-hour parking limit and enjoy a hot cuppa.

The paper has potential, so I will keep experimenting with it.

Wishing everybody a great weekend.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

Melbourne Visit

We’re off to Melbourne.

Drawn from the Hobart, Tasmania terminal, while waiting for our plane.

After arriving on Friday, we wandered around and settled for a bite to eat in one of the laneways in the city. This was our view from our eating spot.

View from our eating spot in Meyers Lane, Melbourne
initial drawing, Meyers Lane
Meyers Lane’s view

The next day started by a visit to the South Melbourne Market and then exploring St Kilda, including this cool community garden.

cool sculptures in various gardeners’ patches
I love worms too 🙂
I love buttons for art and decorating. 🙂

The visit to St. Kilda ended with sketching a duplex that caught my eye on Park Street. I love the roofline decorative tiles so many of the older houses have in this area. On Park Street itself, there were quite a few raised garden beds in front of houses.

initial sketch
sketch with paint, Park Street, St. Kilda

Sunday morning, we viewed the amazing Picasso exhibition https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/the-picasso-century/

One of the first exhibition picture on display is Picasso’s second-ever etching titled “Le Repas Frugal”, 1904.

Two of Picasso’s paintings of his first wife, Olga Khokhlova. Despite the Spanish flavour of the 1917 painting, Olga is from Russia, a ballet dancer, with Ukrainian origins. I find it interesting that she is depicted with quite big hands and feet in the first painting. From 1919 to 1929, Olga received over 500 letters from her mother and sister, whom she didn’t see.

“The Reader” 1920 oil on canvas
Olga in Armchair by Pablo Picasso, 1917
“Portrait of a woman” by Pablo Picasso, 1938, oil on canvas Maar and Picasso became lovers and intellectual confidants. Maar was the inspiration for many portraits, including this 1938 canvas
Picasso’s “The Kiss”
1921 oil on canvas
“Weeping woman” oil on canvas by Pablo Picasso, 1937
Pablo Picasso 1881-1973
“Massacre in Korea”
1951 oil on plywood
Picasso painted this work in reaction to the Korean War. Nothing in this painting specifically ties to Korea, not the landscape or people. Picasso said that when he thinks of war he does not think of a particular trait, only that of monstrosity. I agree and think this should be applied to all wars, including the current war being waged on Ukraine.
“The Bay of Cannes” 1958 oil on canvas

These are only a fraction of the paintings on display. After the exhibition, we found a spot to sketch the renowned Flinders Station. I was settling nicely into the zone, then the rain disturbed my happy space.

My weekend in Melbourne finished with the fairy tale magic of Cinderella.

Trust that your week is is travelling along magically.

cheers, Patricia

Urban Sketch

I felt so inspired and motivated when I left the house but once I arrived at our monthly Hobart urban sketch meet, the inspiration had exited somewhere along the way. I wandered around looking and discounting buildings: too complicated, will take too long, too exposed to the wind, too cold, no where to sit and more excuses were applied to the various sites under consideration.

I finally settled on drawing the entrance of the newly opened hotel on Murray Street, in the city. I drew it standing up with my book awkwardly balancing on my open left hand. The unsteadiness of the book contributed to looseness and wobbliness of the lines. Usually I avoid including cars, but because this one was blocking part of the view of the entrance, I felt compelled to attempt drawing it.

My approximately half an hour drawing of 12 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania
I drew some loose guide lines with a watercolour pencil and then drew the rest with a Fude pen.

Wishing you an inspiring week.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

House Sketch

There’s a house in Lenah Valley, Tasmania that I am drawn to (and therefore draw) lol. It’s a house that says draw-me, draw-me, so I did, again.

My latest drawing of the house:

A house in Lenah Valley, Tasmania

I decided that I really wanted the umbrella to stand out this time.

Here’s a drawing of the house I did earlier in the year.

minimalist painting (sold)

Photo of the house from where it was drawn.

The house that says “draw-me”

Is there a house or building that says “draw-me” when you see it?

Take care and wishing you happy drawing times.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

Canberra Visit

It is winter, so it’s not surprising that the few days I spent in Canberra were wet and wintery. As a consequence, I didn’t do as many sketches as I had hoped.

The highlight of my trip was visiting the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Australia. I attempted to sketch the geometrical sculptures of the museum.

The roofline includes some silver looking tiles with braille. It is a curious sight because nobody is tall enough to be able to read as braille is designed to be read.

Perspective-challenging geometrical museum entrance
Sculpture at the entrance of the museum, with more braille panels along the roofline

My friend and I wondered what was written. We googled it and found quite the story behind these braille tiles!

 “Sorry” was written in braille several times as well as “Resurrection city”, a reference to a 1968 civil rights protest in Washington DC. Other messages were: “God knows”, “She’ll be right”, “Mate”, “Who is my neighbour?”, “Time will tell”, “Good as gold” and “Love is blind”.  

Howard Raggatt, the architect, said that he chose the politically provocative word, “sorry”, as a personal protest against the Howard government’s unwillingness to apologise to the aboriginal Stolen Generations of Australia.

Not even the museum director knew what the braille characters were. Raggatt nearly got away with it, until an eagle-eyed engineer decoded the writing on the wall just before the building was due to open in March 2001.

The reaction was explosive, he said. “Ballistic is an understatement — they were just beside themselves with anger,” he said. The Howard government was livid and insisted that the braille panels were removed. But he refused, instead offering up a compromise. He suggested installing metal discs across the panels. He got the last laugh though as some of the ‘sorry’ panels survived the purge, and have been there all along, for 20 years. “We censored enough for people to be happy with it,” he said. “I don’t know that anyone checked up on us, and we may not have been as thorough as we should’ve been.”

I sketched the interior of the apartment we stayed at. I drew this standing up and drew it all with an Artline pen, with no initial pencil lines, and then added watercolour paint.

Lounge room in Canberra apartment

We tried a few of the cafe’s around the apartment. This was the view from one of the cafe’s that I tried to sketch.

view from cafe window

I didn’t finish the sketch because it just about did my head in.

There was a green wall along one side of the apartment

We had a short wander through the botanical garden.

A fungi convention at the base of an Eucalyptus nandewarica
Brachychiton rupestris (bottle tree)

Then it was back home to Tasmania.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

Mooloolaba

The Queensland slogan “beautiful one day, perfect the next” did not hold true when we visited Mooloolaba, a coastal suburb of Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. We found ourselves some protection from the wind and rain at the Mooloolaba Wharf.

My view from one of the undercover sections of the wharf
sketched with rain blowing in the wind

Mooloolaba derives from the Aboriginal word mulu, meaning snapper fish, or mulla meaning Red-bellied Black Snake. I would have liked to have had a photo with this friendly Mooloolaba character but the wet bench and blustery weather wasn’t enticing enough.

I hope that your day is going along nicely.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

Hastings Street, Noosa

Hastings Street, Noosa, in Queensland, is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries, with trees wrapped in fairy lights in the centre boulevards. This tree dwarfed the shops behind it. The leafy cover is wider than it is tall.

Hastings Street in Noosa.

This tree came complete with some Australian Brushturkeys scratching and foraging around its base.

One of the many Australian Brushturkeys making themselves at home on the streets of Noosa. We saw a young one too. A little cutie.

I hope that your day is going well where you are.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

An Australian Brushturkey foraging on Hastings Street, Noosa.

Noosa

On my first day in Noosa, Queensland, I walked the neighbourhood in search of a house to sketch. Most houses in this area are hidden behind tall fences! It took a while to find this house, which I sketched on location and partly inked (using the beautiful Fude pen Kim gifted me) before it started showering. Nothing like the threat of rain to help you develop speed-drawing! 🙂

A hard to find unfenced house in Noosa
My rendition of the un-fenced Noosa house. I focused on the lush greenery. The lighter tree at the front of the house is a frangipani.
I sat beside this very funky cactus with similar flowers to the frangipani to sketch the house across the street.
There are plenty of Pandanus Palms on the outside of fences. I like their sculptural root system.
Currawongs were knocking down and feeding on the Pandanus Palms’ fruit.
A spotted pawpaw tree
There are rainbow lorikeets in Tasmania but they seem to be plumper in Queensland.
Two of commonly sighted noisy Rainbow Lorikeets
and also often sighted; cute, small lizards

Living in these uncertain times, I treasure being able to go out, sketch and enjoy nature. I hope that the population in Ukraine, and everywhere around the world, will soon be able too.

Thanks for visiting, Pj Paintings

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.