Emu Friends

About half of my paintings are emu themed. I have the privilege of displaying them at Salamanca Market in Tasmania, which on average has 20,000 visitors on any given Saturday.  As a consequence, I hear quite a few fascinating pet emu stories.  For example, one that grew up with a herd of goats and acted like it was just one of the herd, another who thought it was a dog and would immediately drop onto its back for a belly scratch when it saw its owner and another who thought it was part of the human family.  Emus seem to take on characteristics of those they grow up with, whether animal or human, and develop steadfast bonds.  I have had several former pet-emu-owners shed tears when they told me their stories about their pet “Priscilla” or “Jasmine”.

Another case of unusual-emu-bonding was recently discovered in North Carolina.  An animal shelter rescued some animals from a property whose owner suddenly disappeared.  Among those rescued was a male donkey and female emu.  The shelter tried to house them separately but the donkey started distress-braying and the emu became extremely anxious. They quickly ascertained that the donkey doesn’t like the company of other donkeys.  The emu and donkey have an inseparable bond and they even cuddle and sleep together.  Therefore, they have to be adopted together.

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Introducing Jack and Diane at the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. A story where two creatures with different looks, backgrounds and even breeds learn to stand together, protect each other and love.

I’ve also recently discovered a special animal-emu bond.

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Have you seen an unusual bond between animals?

Wishing you a great upcoming week.

Special thanks to McPhocus (Averil McPhedran Hall, photographer extraordinaire) for alerting me to the story.

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 10, 2018

Today the weather was a pleasant contrast to last week’s, thankfully! I couldn’t cope with too many Saturdays like last week.  My nerves would be shot!

The morning started with somebody visiting the stall wearing the most gorgeous, blue felted-wool hat.  It had two beautiful felted flowers attached to it.  It looked stunning.  I was tempted to ask her if I could buy it off her!   She used to live in Townsville, Australia, and now lives in Phoenix, USA.  She bought a tote bag and some pouches to take back with her.

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A “What the Devil!” small pouch

There were quite a few students about.  The university year is finished and people were off on well-deserved holidays. A young couple from Greece, bought “Spanish Eyes (Red)”, a Dutch couple, she is doing a PhD in Sydney, which is focusing on sleep with people with Celebral Palsy, they bought “Bonnie & Me!” and a student studying at the University of Tasmania (UTAS), from Maine, USA, studying seaweed (polyculture – seaweed, shellfish and fish, a proposed more environmentally friendly fish farming methodology) bought a couple of stickers. A young lady, from Indonesia, who has finished her Master’s degree, bought two tote bags for two of her friends, who also finished their Masters degrees.  The three are going back to Indonesia.

A lady, visiting from San Francisco, USA, bought a “Two to Tango” and “Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas!” tote bag.  She said that she does tango dancing and that outside of Argentina, San Francisco has the largest population of tango dancers.  It is a very popular dance in San Francisco!

A couple, with his sister visiting from the UK, bought five different small dancing emu prints.  They are going to hang in the billiard’s room.  Then, a man from Borneo, purchased an A-3 size print of “Poppy Fields” and “Salamanca Saturdays”.  He said that he is going to design his house-build around these prints!  I don’t think there are too many Pj paintings’ prints in Borneo.

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Poppy Fields
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Salamanca Saturdays

A packet of Christmas cards were bought to be posted to the UK.  A framed “Salamanca Saturdays” print will be adorning a wall of Dunromin B&B in Mountain River, Tasmania.  A “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag was purchased for a Secret Santa present. A “Salamanca Fresh” print is heading to Townsville, a “Salamanca Saturday” to Brisbane and Adelaide.  I think a lot of people are taking advantage of the direct flights from Adelaide to Hobart. A young lady, from Brisbane, bought “Scarlet Robins” and “G-Day” and then returned with her friends, who also bought a “Scarlet Robins” print.  A “Duck Crossing” pouch is going to Minnesota, USA.

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Scarlet Robins

It was a welcome relief to put my feet up at home and enjoy a cup of tea after a busy, but interesting and good day at Salamanca Market.

The most popular print this weekend was: The Three Amigos

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The Three Amigos & Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have”. ~ Maya Angelou

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market (prints, tote bags and pouches are also available at http://www.pjpaintings.com)

Pop!

I have found that putting my prints in a black frame makes them pop.

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If you’re struggling to decide on what to give for Christmas, could one of these help?       They are available at my Salamanca Market stall, site 30 ($55).
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Scarlet Robins and White 

Hope your week has got off to a good start.  🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 3, 2018

Today’s market was approached with trepidation with the weather forecast announcing rain, hail and wind, with wind gusts up to 90 kmph.  I think we received and felt the full force of 90 kmph wind gusts. Thankfully there were only two of them.  When they hit, they were accompanied by screams and crashing sounds.  I had a couple in my stall when the first wind gust hit and the lady screamed.  I think she must have thought my gazebo was going to collapse as one pole dropped a notch, the awning flew off, prints went everywhere and frames moved to diagonal positions. The nerves were frayed but I managed to survive without any real damage.

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On my way to the market, I took this photo of snowy Mt.Wellington/kunyani.  Salamanca Market is held at the base of the mountain.

A lot of small pouches with my artwork printed on them went today.  I think so many sold today because their approximately 10 x 15 cm (4.5” x 6.8”) size makes them a great Christmas stocking stuffer.  An American ornithologist, who has been visiting Tasmania annually for many years, bought three small originals: Spotty Rest Stop, an Echidna and a painting of a Cassowary.  A “Double Date” tote bag is going back with a couple from Florida, USA.  She does a lot of guiding in the Florida area.  A couple from Los Angeles, USA chose a “Salamanca Saturdays” print as their Tasmanian souvenir.

A framed “The Three Amigos” print of three kookaburras was purchased to hang at a guest house called the ‘Kookaburra Lodge’ The couple house Ph.D. Monash University students at their lodge.  A framed “Scarlet Robins Rescue” is going to be a gift for a daughter that has moved to Hong Kong.

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Scarlet Robins in a frame

A man, who bought four prints from my stall two years ago, returned and bought five more, four dancing emu prints and “The Supremes”.

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The Supremes.  I tore and pasted treble clefs on their dresses and then applied watercolour

A girl, about eight years of age, carefully chose a “Helping Hands” medium sized pouch.  Her dad gave her the money to pay for it.  She was very happy with her purchase and her beaming smile was so lovely to see.

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pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

The most popular prints this weekend were: Weightless and Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas” ~Donatella Versace

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Slice

Today is the final day of the Inktober Challenge.  The prompt word is “slice”.  I painted this for my friend.  She almost got her pilot’s licence before she passed her Driver’s test, (her driver’s licence to drive a car took several attempts).  She LOVES flying. Any kind of flying.  She’s learnt to fly small airplanes, she’s been a passenger in helicopters and now she’s learning paragliding.  To her, flying is a slice of heaven!

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A slice of heaven

Thanks for following and supporting me on my Inktober journey. 🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 27, 2018

The saying “four seasons in one day” resonated true today. The morning started off overcast, then in the early afternoon the heavens opened and the rain poured down on us, triggering the familiar sound of gazebo awnings’ pooling waters being regularly emptied before they dumped on an unsuspecting market-goer. Then the sun and wind made their presence, which was great because it dried the gazebo and side walls just before packing-up time. Then hail arrived. As I was unloading the car, it was bouncing off my head!
 
A couple, visiting from Geelong, Victoria, touring Tassie on a motorbike, and loving the roads, bought “Who says emus can’t fly?!”
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Who says emus can’t fly?!
 
Grandparents of not quite 4-week-old first granddaughter, named Wren, purchased a “Double Date III” tote bag for the parents. A “Duck Crossing” tote bag was purchased for another first granddaughter, 1 year old, Indigo.
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A “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print was purchased for her mother’s Christmas present, who lives in Sydney and loves owls. She has a collection of owl figurines and the daughter thought it was something different than adding to her collection but still in the owl theme. A lady visiting from Melbourne, bought a “Glamour Girls” print for her girlfriend, who is a hairdresser.
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Glamour Girls
 
Sisters visiting from Peru, South America, purchased a “The Three Amigos” print to take back with them. A young man, originally from Brisbane, now living in London, returned to Australia for a wedding, now holidaying in Tassie, bought some dancing emu cards as a souvenir. A young lady, from Michigan, USA, also bought some cards as a souvenir. They’re easy to fit into a suitcase!
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The Three Amigos
 
I met a lady, whose husband is attending an Ornithological (the study of birds) International Convention hosted by the University of Tasmania. They are held every second year and she loves that she can join and visit places that she has never travelled to. This was her first time in Tasmania. Two years ago, the conference was held in New Zealand, which was also her first time visiting there. Very appropriately, she bought a “Double Date III” pouch featuring Superb Fairywrens.
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Double Date III pouch
 
The most popular print this weekend is: The Three Amigos
A thought to ponder: “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others” ~Salvador Dali
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

A prickly stretch

Good evening.  I’ve drawn an Echidna for the prompt word “prickly”.  They are very cute little animals that I occasionally see here in Tasmania, usually when they are trying to cross a road, which stresses me out.  Often they take their time, nonchalantly waddling across, seemingly oblivious that their lives are at risk.

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Prickly

I’ve drawn this stretched worm for Inktober’s prompt word “stretch”.

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Bird feeder

Not long now…and then Inktober will be finished.

Thanks for visiting.  🙂

A Muddy Chop?

“Muddy” is yesterday’s prompt word for the Inktober Challenge.

I say, ‘when in Rome, do like the Romans do.’  I think black and white doesn’t do this picture full justice.  I am keen to add some colour.

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When in Rome, do like the Romans do

To make apple pies, you first have “chop” up some apples!

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chop-chop!

Thanks for stopping by and travelling this Inktober journey with me.  We’re nearing the end…

Expensive Drain

These are the two latest prompt words for Inktober.

For “Expensive”: expensive emu rings.  I haven’t had a chance to paint the picture yet. I think paint will make it easier to see the funky rings the emu is wearing and of course she is hoping to add to her collection.  A girl can never have too many rings!

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Jewelry to go 

For “Drain”: an idea that I don’t think was executed very well.  Drawing a picture a day often doesn’t give me the time I want/need to spend on a picture.  Here is the idea.

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Drain

Now, onto attending to the next prompt word!

Hope your week is going well and thanks for stopping by. 🙂