I literally collapsed onto the couch after the market. There was wind, rain and frequent gusts of wind that whipped merchandise off tables from multiple stalls. At one point, while prints were being blown off my table, the grate displaying framed prints and originals was flapping around precariously, I tried to take down my large, framed original painting of ‘Thunder’, which at this point, was horizontal instead of following normal vertical hanging behaviour! I couldn’t quite reach the hook but thankfully somebody tall helped me get my painting down while market goers were gathering prints off the ground. I managed to get through the day pretty much unscathed, even though with the wind, I had no chance of resting my hurt ankle. But, all-in-all, the day ended well and my leg felt surprisingly good considering the workout it had.
There was an Australian Defence Force (ADF) Expo at the nearby docks and consequently a lot of people in their defence force uniforms walking through the market. The heels of their shoes must be a very dense, solid material because they make quite the noise. I wonder what the orthopaedic sector thinks about these types of shoes?
A sizeable school band from Brisbane perused the markets, along with a large group of visiting young people – the Pimlico Voices. Part of the group sang a couple of songs near the pjpaintings stall. They were superb!
A couple from Brighton, Melbourne, purchased six prints, which they are going to hang in the entrance of their house. She is a watercolourist too. She paints local seascapes. It’s nice that she is able to display and sell them at a café. Over the years, I’ve had people say that I should exhibit my art but that is often easier said than done. It is difficult to find a public space to exhibit, so consequently I go out of my way to support cafes that assist local artists.
A framer from Melbourne introduced himself and told me that he frames about a hundred of my prints each year. He said that each time he sees one, he thinks, “I know where you’ve been.”
Two little original, framed paintings of platypus were purchased by a sister visiting her twin brother. They were lovely and she asked if we could have our photo taken together.
I also met a lovely, young lady visiting from Spain. While she was in Melbourne, she met and drew with the Melbourne Urban Sketching group. When they heard that she was visiting Tasmania and Salamanca Market, they recommended that she visit my stall. We also had our photo taken together.
Today’s best seller was: Who, Who, Who are You? II
A thought to ponder: “If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.” ― Twyla Tharp
Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Thanks for reading!