PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 20, 2018

At times, one could think it was snowing at the market. Large trees, lining the street, scattered masses of seed pods throughout the day and thousands floated everywhere.  There was literally a carpet of seed pods in my stall, and surrounding sites, with plenty of sneezing and nose-blowing taking place from all sides.

Two young ladies from Thailand will be taking home with them some 5” x 7” ‘White Faced Scops Owls’, ‘Tu-whit & Tu-whoo’ and ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’ prints.

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White Faced Scops Owls

I met a young couple from Netherlands, who are travelling around Australia for a year, from Feb 2018 to Feb 2019.  They are travelling and doing nanny and cleaning work.  I asked what is a male nanny called?  They said an ‘Au Pair’ but that many Australians aren’t familiar with that term so they use ‘nanny’. I replied that I find that surprising with all the controversy surrounding Peter Dutton’s handling of the Au Pairs from France.  In humour, they said that maybe they’ll contact Peter Dutton if they decide that they want to stay longer in Australia. They purchased a 5” x 7” print, titled ‘Double Date’.

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Double Date IV

Residents from Emu Park, Queensland bought a ‘Beachside Chatter’ print.  A lady also from Queensland, but from the city of Cairns, chose ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘All Ears’ prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series.  A couple were really pleased with their purchase of a framed ‘Two to Tango’ print.  It is going to be a gift for their son who has taken up dancing.

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Two to Tango

A mother bought a framed tractor print, ‘Hayride’, for their two year old son, who is fascinated with tractors.  She’s made him a tractor room and this will be another addition to the pictures of tractors.

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Hayride

Girlfriends visiting from Brisbane, had bought a print earlier in the week from Made in Tasmania, went looking for my stall today and found me.  They bought ‘Outback Glamping’ to give to a girlfriend that recently went to Uluru.

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Outback Glamping

An American, with his Australian wife, who has been living in Melbourne for over 12 years, are taking a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ back as their Tasmanian souvenir.

Near the end of the market, two ladies bought two prints each of ‘Lost Worlds’.  One lady said they were gifts for her sisters, one living in Ontario, Canada, the other in New York state, US.  Somebody else bought one earlier in the day too.

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Lost Worlds

The most popular print this weekend is: Lost Worlds

A thought to ponder:  “When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” ~Jackson Pollock

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 13, 2018

It was a beautiful blue sky day today, which brought people to the market to enjoy the warm spring weather.

The day started with two friends visiting from Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. One bought a print for each of her grandchildren: “Hayride”, “Family Outing”, “Helping Hands” and “All Ears”.

A return visitor from Darwin purchased “Spanish Eyes (Red)”. He said that he bought, framed and gave a pjpaintings prints as a wedding gift last year. He reported that the recipients loved it. It’s always nice to hear good news stories like that. 🙂

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Spanish Eyes (Red) II

A couple from Sydney, he sporting a skiing t-shirt, purchased “Weightless”. I found out that they are snowboarders.

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Weightless

A decisive man from Geelong, walked into the stall and immediately pointed to a framed print of “The Three Amigos”. It’s a gift for his wife. A family bought two “Richmond Bridge” prints, one for herself and one for the house sitter. She loves the bridge she told me. Two ladies visiting from the Hunter Valley and Maitland, close to where I lived for five years, are taking back with them “Glamour Girls”, “Story time” and “Salamanca Fresh”.

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The Three Amigos

Two young ladies, one returning to Taiwan in two days and the other studying and working in Sydney, engaged in friendly conversation and a serious deliberation exercise before choosing “Sea Life” and “White Faced Scops Owls” prints. They will be making their home with Clara in Taiwan. 

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Clara and I

A teacher, from Mackay, Queensland on Long Service Leave (LSL), bought a Salamanca Fresh tote bag. She teaches 28 grade 4 students (10 year olds). They’re a brilliant class with a lot of drive and initiative. They started their own science and sustainability clubs and more.

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Salamanca Fresh

My friend, Emma, who works at an aged care facility, told her work colleague to stop at my stall, which she dutifully did. It was lovely to meet her. She was drawn to the owl prints, in particular “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo”.

A lady from NSW bought “Who says emus can’t fly?!” as a present for a 102 year old lady, who is still an adventurer. She lives independently and is up for anything. She said that she can imagine her going for a motorbike ride if the opportunity arose.

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Who says emus can’t fly?!

A mother from Brisbane said that her children like had drawn art and nature. She chose “Weightless” and “Who, Who, Who are You?II” for them. And lastly, while packing up, a grandmother with her daughter and youngest grandson dropped in and bought a small “G’Day” print. They have a pet emu named ‘Footloose’. They hatched and raised him. The grandmother said that the grandchildren play with it just like they would if he was a dog. They showed me a photo of Footloose. It has such a gorgeous face. Footloose lives with his family in the Grampians, Victoria region.

The most popular prints this weekend were: Who, Who, Who are You? II and the whales.

A thought to ponder: “There’s no retirement for an artist, it’s your way of living so there’s no end to it.” Henry Moore

Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 6, 2018

It was a rather slow start in the morning and then it got busy. The sun was shining and the wind behaved itself. Around packing-up time, wind gusts started making their presence felt and they strengthened as the sun set.
 
Water polo competitors, from the 16 & Under National Club Championships, were browsing the market. Hobart is also hosting Hockey Australia’s (grass hockey) Under 13 Girls & Boys Australian Carnival this weekend.
 
A lady from Melbourne, who does ballroom dancing, purchased ‘Two to Tango’ and ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’. A couple, from Brisbane, bought a ‘Two to Tango’ print for a wedding gift. Two young ladies visiting from Melbourne also bought a ‘Two to Tango’ and a ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ print and an original platypus painting.
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Two to Tango
 
A couple visiting from New York, USA bought a ‘Who says emus can’t fly!’ print. They have five motorcycles!
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Who says emus can’t fly!?!
 
A son and father, from Port Lincoln, South Australia, bought an A-4 sized print of ‘G’Day’, ‘Helping Hands’ and ‘Double Date III’ for his wife because she likes Fairy wrens. She has a nice surprise coming her way. 
 
A mother and her daughters, down from Launceston, are taking back ‘Lost Worlds’ and ‘Scarlet Robins’ prints with them.
A ‘Serenity’ print is heading to New Zealand and another whale print, for a teenager’s birthday, is going to Melbourne.
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Serenity
‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print is going home with a local Tasmanian from Carlton, who hasn’t been to the market for about 10 years he said. He came because his granddaughter wanted to. Another ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ is going to Sydney.
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Who, Who, Who are You? II
 
‘Hayride’ is travelling to Horsham, South Australia. The couple used to farm emus. They said that their grandchildren are fascinated with their red tractor.
 
The most popular prints this weekend were: Who, Who, Who are You? II, Lost Worlds, Two to Tango and the whales.
 
A thought to ponder: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola
 
Thanks for stopping by. I like this quote, so I think I will sign off with it,
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 29, 2018

It was Grand Final Day today.  It’s a big deal here in Australia.  The final Australian Football League (AFL) game for 2018, this year Collingwood versus the West Coast Eagles, from Perth, Western Australia fought it out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) stadium.  The West Coast Eagles prevailed.

Despite the big game, there were a lot of people at the market and a lot of people liking framed prints today.  All the bubble wrapping certainly kept me busy.  I ran out of bubble wrap, so I was cutting open padded large envelopes to put around frames. Some were heading to Bendigo, Cairns, Brisbane and Victoria.

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Under My Red Umbrella

I had a chat in French with a young lady visiting from France.  She purchased ‘Under My Red Umbrella’.  A student, studying Zoology at the University of Tasmania (Utas), bought a card and two stickers.  A lady visiting from Melbourne purchased four stickers, an A-5 sized print of ‘The Three Amigos’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You?II’ and some greeting cards. Two ‘Off to the Races’ pouches were purchased for two granddaughters.

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Off to the Races!

My favourite Galah of the five or so Galahs I painted during the week was purchased. The group were speaking another language. I’m not sure where the Galah will be making its home.

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A Galah

The final print of the day purchased was ‘Duck Crossing’ for their daughter named Chelsea.

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Duck Crossing

The ‘Poppy Fields’ was the most popular print this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” Joan Miro

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing you a creative and happy week,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 22, 2018

On Thursday, when I was teaching my adult academic writing class, my day job, I started sneezing and a full-blown cold quickly came upon me.  I had to go get a box of tissues and try to get through the rest of the day teaching in between sneezes and blowing my nose.

I didn’t feel too bad this morning, so off to the market I went.  Well, I struggled through the day and wished I had stayed snuggled up in my comfy, cozy, warm bed!

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Spanish Eyes (Yellow)

I met quite of few visitors from America today: a lady from California, who has been dreaming of visiting Australia ever since she was a little girl.  She bought ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’.  Two different groups from Oregon.  A man, who described himself as a nomad, purchased two extra small prints of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ and ‘Salamanca Saturdays’. A couple from New Jersey bought ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Family Outing’ to make the return trip back to USA. Another happy stall visitor is taking her ‘Who, Who, Who are You?II’ print back to Hong Kong.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A grandfather, originally from Croatia, with his two adult granddaughters visited the pjpaintings stall.  Apparently, he has an extensive elephant collection.  He was quite enraptured with ‘Thunder’ so his granddaughters bought it for him.  One of the granddaughters is an artist and loves all things creative, especially working with clay and sewing.

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Thunder!

I met a few tourists that have taken advantage of the new direct Perth to Hobart flights, including a mother, who broke her wrist ice-skating in Tasmania, on day two of their holidays!  Parents of 20 month old Banjo, who, I was told, is obsessed with kookaburras and owls, were thrilled to have found ‘The Three Amigos’ and ‘Barn Owls’.

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The Three Amigos

A couple, who bought ‘Duck Crossing’ last year for their baby, Lucille, told me that they can’t wait to give it to her for her upcoming birthday.

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Duck Crossing

Lastly, I met a young lady, originally from Germany, an exchange project manager, working in Sydney.  She’s returning to Germany in November.  She bought a small ‘The Three Amigos’ pouch.

The print titled ‘Barn Owls’ was the most popular print this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “Art is the cultural bedrock of a civilization and its worth is beyond measure.” ~Richard McKinley

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing you a creative and happy week,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 8, 2018

My fingertips were cold setting up the gazebo while a noisy and raucous group of Yellow crested cockatoos circled overhead. The sky was bright blue and then the sunshine arrived and it felt beautiful.

A couple from Brisbane bought a ‘Two to Tango’ print as an engagement present for “a couple that has everything”. They were really pleased to find something unique and that they think the couple will love.

A lady from Brisbane purchased ‘Lost Worlds’. It was her first time visiting Tassie and her first piece of art from Tasmania. She said that she tries to buy a piece of art from the places that she travels to.

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Lost Worlds

A couple from Hong Kong purchased ‘Sea Life’. A tourist from Minnesota, USA, will be adorning her desk with a 4”x6” ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ print. A young couple bought an A-4 sized print of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ to post to her sister living in the UK.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II

A man, who has purchased a hotel on Macquarie Street in Hobart, Tasmania, bought several framed prints to brighten some of the rooms. A daughter, from Melbourne, bought a ‘Double Date III’ tote bag and pouch for her mother’s 70th birthday. Her mother loves Superb-fairy wrens.

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Double Date III

A young couple from Sydney, back from doing the Overland Track, where they were lucky enough to avoid rain and see snow, purchased a ‘Scarlet Robins’ print. An Ohio, USA, student purchased an extra small ‘Suspended’ print. She’s attending university in Sydney.

A couple from Perth will be taking back with them a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. They love Cary Lewincamp and have all of his CDs including the one with the cover that I illustrated.

Grandparents that bought a White Faced Scops Owls print for their very unwell newborn granddaughter 3 years ago re-visited the stall. She was born with her intestines on the outside. She locked eyes with the owls and smiled. That was little Olivia’s first smile. It brought tears to the grandmother’s eyes just telling me the story again. She had emailed me with the moving story, which was so nice to read. Three years on and Olivia is doing great they said.

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White Faced Scops Owls that brought a smile to Olivia’s face

The whale and the Tango prints (Two to Tango and Taking a Dip) were the most popular this weekend.

A thought to ponder: “A picture is a poem without words” – Horace

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a creative and happy week,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 1, 2018

There was just enough wind and rain to keep me on my toes throughout the day.

I had another visit from my Devonport dental surgery, who is lining the walls with pjpaintings pictures to help calm the nerves of those biding time in the waiting room.  Where magazines may not succeed in bringing a smile onto a face, a pjpainting may.

A couple bought a ‘Scarlet Robin’ print to post to his sister living in France.

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Scarlet Robins

I had a young man from Scottsdale, Tasmania visit the stall.  I asked him where he did his year 11 and 12.  Traditionally, high schools in Tasmania go to Year 10 and then you attend a college in the city to do years 11 and 12, but he was able to do the two senior years at Scottsdale High School, thanks to a state government extension trial to help more rural Tasmanian students complete year 12. He’s now doing Health Science at the University of Tasmania in Launceston.  He does some drawing too.  A perfect fit when describing procedures, he can also illustrate them to help patients better understand what is happening.  He is taking back with him a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple from Launceston, who bought ‘Thunder’ last year, is adding ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ and ‘The Three Amigos’ to their collection on pjpaintings.

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The Three Amigos

I had proud grandparents of 14 month old, Lily, from Brisbane, visit the stall today. Last year they bought a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print for her.  It’s hanging up in her bedroom and she loves it.  She can almost say emu and when her parents or grandparents count the owls, she bows her head after each owl is counted.  Lily is now going to be welcoming ‘Duck Crossing’ to her bedroom wall.

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Duck Crossing

I finished this little original last night and it sold before 9 am!

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A Galah

‘Family Outing’ was the most popular print this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

Wishing everyone a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market August 25, 2018

It’s so nice to have the days getting lighter and longer. A couple of ladies visited the stall at approximately 8:30 am. They said that a stall holder told them that the market opens at 9 am but that the tour bus they took yesterday had told them that Salamanca Market started at 8 am. The latter is correct and I was glad to start the day with their early visit. They bought a tote bag each and a small zipper pouch for a friend who loves owls.

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I had a nice conversation with a Hobartian, in his early 20s. He draws and is also trying to draw using an ipad program. He bought a card of ‘Suspended’, his favourite of my paintings, and a sticker. He came back in the afternoon because he had lost his sticker, so he bought another ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ sticker.

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Suspended

A young lady, from Barcelona, studying in Sydney, purchased some emu themed Christmas cards to post to Spain. Grandparents from Mornington, Victoria, bought a ‘Family Outing’ and ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ prints to hang up in the room that their grandchildren sleep in when they visit.

A couple that live on a rural property in Lismore purchased a framed ‘Hayride’ and another couple, farmers in Queensland, who are not experiencing drought conditions, also purchased ‘Hayride’.

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Hayride

A lady is taking a ‘Story time’ and ‘G’Day’ print home to Colorado, USA and a young couple is taking ‘Suspended’ back to Queensland with them. A piano teacher bought little ‘Duck Crossing’ pouches to give as thank you gifts for people that helped with the production of their school’s play, a modified Ugly Duckling story.

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Duck Crossing

I sold one little original this weekend. An echidna I painted two nights ago.

‘The Three Amigos’ was the most popular print this weekend.

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The Three Amigos

A thought to ponder: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent Van Gogh

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a creative and happy week,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market August 18, 2018

Rain was forecasted so we were very lucky to not see one drop of it. There were white fluffy clouds and blue skies instead.
 
Hobart is hosting the Festival of Bright Ideas, promoting science, this weekend. A mother, whose daughter is living in the UK, a scientist and the founder of The Curiosity Box, (www.curiosity-box.com) bought a ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ for her UK granddaughter.
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The ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ print
 
Many small originals were purchased today with whales going to China and Hong Kong.
Baby Sienna was given an original platypus painting last year. She’s about to have her second birthday, so her grandmother was sent back to the pjpaintings stall to buy another original. A galah was chosen for Sienna this year.
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A small galah original painting
A Yellow-tailed black cockatoo was selected by a young lady who told me that her UK grandfather is a watercolourist. He has bought her paints and she is currently trying to learn watercolour painting. She showed me a photo of a lovely blue and green humming bird that she painted.
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A Yellow-tailed black cockatoo original painting
 
Prints from the unfurling series were popular today. One is heading back to Phoenix, USA, another to the mainland, two are staying in Tasmania, one is going to China and I can’t remember where the others are going.
 
A ‘Scarlet Robin Rescue’ print was chosen as a gift for a friend expecting her first grandchild. ‘Helping Hands’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ are travelling to Texas, USA. She told me that her daughter wanted her to get something whimsical. I think she has fulfilled that criterion.
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Scarlet Robin Rescue
 
A sister-in-law bought a ‘Family Outing’ print for her brother-in-law. The print represents his family. A lady, from Brisbane, whose friend has my artwork hanging up in her home, sought my stall out and bought ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’.
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Duck Crossing
 
Rising Above it, Entanglement and Lost Worlds from the Unfurling series were the most popular prints this weekend.
 
A thought to ponder: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong” –Joseph Chilton Pearce
 
Thanks for visiting and wishing everybody a happy upcoming week from stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market August 11, 2018

With winds blowing down trees and causing havoc on Friday, Saturday was approached with trepidation but there was no need to fear because it was a windless, mild day.

My first customers were two young ladies visiting from Taiwan. One was particularly drawn to my small original painting of orphaned grizzly bear, Grinder, housed on Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada.  She said that her heart is connected to bears.  She lives on a mountain in Taiwan and loves it when she sees bear paw prints or their scratches etched on trunks of trees. Forests with bears are healthy forests she told me. Grizzly bears do not roam the forests of Taiwan, rather an endangered species, the Formosan black bear, also known as the white-throated bear. It is a species endemic to Taiwan. In Bunun legend, the Formosan black bears share a common ancestry with humans. Unfortunately, these bears face an uphill battle for funding to ensure their survival.

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Grinder, the grizzly bear

A couple, who had just arrived in Hobart from the mainland, wheeling their suitcases through the market, bought a ‘Glamour Girls’ pouch.  They are staying one night in Tasmania, coming only for the Scottish dancing event, held at the Hobart Town Hall.  They come each year for it and said it is a blast.  I had never even heard of the event.  Another pouch, featuring ‘Tu-whit & Tu-whoo’ is travelling to China and a large tote bag with my ‘Illustrated Tasmanian map’, is going to make its home in Japan.

A young family, building a house in Melbourne, bought a ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Sea Life’ prints to hang on their brand new walls.  A family, from Sydney, bought their young son a ‘Hayride’ print and their daughter, ‘Duck Crossing’.  ‘Kookaburra Rescue’ was purchased for a couple living in Norway.

A ‘Black & White + One’ print was purchased for a Sydney music room.  I was shown a photo of the room and the black upright piano on an iPhone.

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Black & White + One

A couple from Brisbane is taking home a ‘Sea Life’ print to add to their ocean themed collection of pictures hanging in their hallway, which currently consists of an octopus, seahorse and crab.

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Sea Life

Duck Crossing was the most popular print this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt 

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing you a creative and happy week,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.