PjPaintings at Salamanca Market, Tasmania, January 13, 2018

The word that characterises today is “rain”. Thankfully it came intermittently and there were only a couple torrential, bucketing down rain periods, and no wind. People came out when the rain subsided. I met market-goers from Brazil, Chicago, Portugal, Germany and many different parts of Australia. I may have met some runners who are taking part in tomorrow’s Cadbury Marathon too.
I painted three cockatoos during the week and all three went today. The Yellow-tailed black cockatoo to a young lady from Bulgaria, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo to a lady living on the mainland of Australia and the female Red-tailed black cockatoo to a lady from Ontario, Canada. So, all three will be flying to their new homes.
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A Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, the only black cockatoo native to Tasmania
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A Sulphur crested cockatoo, not native to Tasmania but here in abundance nevertheless
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A female Red-tailed black cockatoo
A Tasmanian, who is travelling to Germany next week, purchased “All Ears” to take as a gift for one of her friends. “Scarlet Robins” is going to Chicago as a souvenir of Tasmania. “Double Date” is going to settle in Orange, NSW.
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All Ears
A lovely young couple, that unfortunately, on their second day in Tassie, at a bush walk rest area in Bicheno, she slipped and broke her arm. It was a really bad arm break that also pushed her hand out of position. They had to walk two hours back out of the bush to their car, which thankfully they had because they came across the Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. They went to the Bicheno Hospital, where they were told they had to get it treated at the Launceston Hospital, which is a more than a two hour drive away. Then they had to drive back to Bicheno. They said that they drove most of the way back at 40kmph because there was so much wildlife around. They even saw a young Tasmanian Devil along the road. That is a rare sight.
A man, wanting to surprise his wife, daughter and granddaughter, snuck in and bought prints featuring birds for his daughter and granddaughter and “Thunder” for his wife. He said that his daughter and granddaughter were born one week apart, January 18th and January 26th.
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Thunder!
The most popular prints today were the whale and glamour girls prints.
A thought to ponder: “Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle
Warm wishes of creativity from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 6, 2018

There seems to be more than usual happening in Hobart this weekend.  Firstly, a big cruise ship sailed into the harbour last night.

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A cruise ship entering the Derwent River on the evening of Jan 5, 2018.

The past few days I’ve been watching the extra amount of boats on the Derwent River practicing for this weekend’s SB20 World Championship.

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yachts on the Derwent River on January 5, 2018

Also, the Hobart International Tennis Women’s Singles championships are commencing tomorrow, along with women’s and men’s 20/20 cricket games at Blundstone Oval.

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Blundstone Oval with the Derwent River behind it

The morning started a little on the cool side with a brief shower and then the day heated up to 36 degrees Celsius.  The inside of the gazebo felt a little like a sauna! Thankfully, the wind and storm-like conditions made its presence felt in the evening, not during the market.

Early in the morning, a young girl gravitated to the “Garden Roses” print because her name is Rose.  Her Grandpa told me that she loves roses and collects rose items.  Her grandfather bought her the print.  Another visitor, later in the day, bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” print because she collected Richmond Bridge things.

The little frog original painting I did and a print of “Kiss me please” went off to Leslievale, Tasmania.  Another “Kiss me please” with a small original platypus painting will be making its home in Hong Kong, and an original painting of a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo will be settling into a home in Mauritius.

Parents purchased “Family Outing” for their daughter, as a red mini is her dream car (we have that in common).  She lives on Hamilton Island, Queensland. Another set of parents bought “Helping Hands” to give to their daughter’s pre-school teacher.

Recently engaged Emily Pitchford, from Adelaide, visited the stall.  She has completed a two year Graphic Arts, specialising in illustration, TAFE course. Growing up on a farm, her artwork features gloriously quirky farm animals. Her web address is Emily@pitchfordfarms.com.au. She settled on the “Helping Hands” print to take back to Adelaide with her.

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Emily’s business card

A lady, who visited the Pjpaintings stall and bought some prints four years ago, returned and bought two little original platypus paintings.  Kelly and Kirsty, that were married on Wednesday at Sisters Beach, the first Tasmanian gay wedding, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print.  A quiet gentleman bought “Salamanca Saturdays” to take back with him to South Korea.  A Tasmanian couple, that are already enjoying three Pjpaintings in their house, bought an original painting of a platypus.  They said that they’re able to double enjoy the prints because where they are hanging they are reflected in mirrors.  They commented on how they like living with the happy images and that their visitors enjoy the happiness that they convey too.

Morag’s, originally from Scotland, who I met at the market and has been a wonderful supporter of my art ever since, son dropped by with instructions to buy the Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, but it had already sold.  Sorry Alistair and Morag.  L I painted it yesterday (Jan 5th).  I’ll try to paint two this week. J

All the A-4 sized prints of “Sea Life” sold today.  The last one went to a young lady from Townsville, Queensland, who said that she already had a frame waiting at home for it.  “Emus can Fly!” and “Salamanca Fresh” is heading to Western Australia.

The most popular print today was:  Sea Life

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A thought to ponder:  “The reason that art is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.” ~Seth Godin

Thanks for visiting.  Happy New Year from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 16, 2017

A cruise ship sailed into the Derwent River at about 6:30 am and docked close to Salamanca Market. It started its travels in New Zealand, then it is going to Melbourne, Sydney and eventually to Vanuatu. I met several Americans from the ship. A couple from North Carolina, who had visited Richmond in the morning, bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print for their Tasmanian souvenir. The gentleman was a large and lively personality. A lady off the ship, from Hawaii, was enamoured with “What the Devil!?” 

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, the oldest bridge in all of Australia, built by convicts
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What the Devil!? My painting of a Tasmanian Devil, endemic to Tasmania


A family from Texas that have been living in Canberra on a work exchange, stopped and browsed in the pjpaintings stall. They were heading back to the USA after their Tasmanian visit. They loved their year-long Australian experience. The 14 year old girl particularly liked playing the different team sports while at school here.

A man, enchanted by the dancing emus, ran off to put more money in his parking meter and then returned. He debated long and hard over his choice and eventually decided on “Spanish Eyes (Red) II” and “Spanish Eyes (Yellow)”. He told me it was for his gypsy lover in Ipswich, Queensland.


A Sydneysider purchased an A-3 sized “Duck Crossing” for her 16 week old great nephew. “Barn Owls” is travelling with its new owners back to Scotland. A family with three young boys, living in Dubai, spending Christmas in Tassie, each chose an A-4 sized print. The youngest wanted the red car one “Family Outing” and the other two boys chose an owl print.

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Duck Crossing… the emu comes to the rescue!
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Family Outing


I had a lovely long conversation with three young adults from France. The young man said that I had a good French accent. Yay! 🙂 The little bit of effort to try to speak some French each week is starting to pay off as I was searching less for words.

A couple, currently living in Melbourne, but the young woman is from Russia, bought a “Double Date” and “What the Devil!?” greeting card. A teacher from the Gold Coast, Queensland, purchased a “Yellow Poppy Fields” print and then later in the day returned and also got “Story time”. She was debating whether or not to get on her first visit to the stall.

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Yellow Poppy Fields


“Rising Above It” is going to a nurse working at the Royal Hobart Hospital, who has been working a long time with women and the range of health problems encountered in that department, hopefully conquering and rising above illnesses and health conditions.

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Rising Above It


A Tasmanian Devil little original is going to Sydney and another Sydneysider is taking “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Who, Who, Who are You? with them. A “Double Date IV” print is going to Perth with somebody who has been enjoying a two week Tasmanian holiday.

The Best Seller today is: Story time

A thought to ponder: Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”
― Seth Godin

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 9, 2017

Today started quietly and calmly, and maintained this pace for most of the day.  A couple from Perth bought a whale print for themselves and “Beachside Chatter” for her brother, who had recently built a new, large house.  An exchange student from Iceland purchased “Outback Glamping” to take back with her.  She loves Tasmania and will be staying here for about five months. She only has one month left.

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Outback Glamping

“Weightless” enticed a couple from New South Wales (NSW) into the stall.  They feel a special connection with humpback whales.  She was wearing a unique and beautiful necklace of two humpback whales facing each other. They showed photos of a whale coming out of the water really close to their boat in Narooma, NSW.  One photo showed the whale looking at them.  You can clearly see its eye.

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Weightless

 

A fairly regular visitor to the stall let me know that ‘P’ had passed away just after her 96th birthday.  She had bought the original painting of “Who, Who, Who are You? II” when she was 94 years old.  Her third great, great grandchild had just been born and the three little owls represented them.  I visited ‘P’ in her house and the painting was hanging in direct view from her favourite chair. She said it gave her much pleasure.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II

A couple from Melbourne, on their honeymoon, are taking back with them an A-3 sized print of “Duck Crossing” and “White Faced Scops Owls”.  A “Weightless” print is off to Brisbane, Qld, and three “Off to the Races” prints are heading to Melbourne.  A lady bought them for her three girlfriends. Each year they go to Melbourne’s Spring Carnival together.

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Off to the Races! II

Two ladies from Los Angeles, USA bought “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo” , and then later on in the day, they returned to buy more.  One of the prints they bought on their return was “Emus can fly!” because it depicted her and her husband.  She said that I’ve captured the look she has when she is sitting on the back on the bike.

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Emus can Fly!

A young couple from Germany bought a Tasmanian Devil little original painting.  They told me that they live about 10km from the Belgian border and often go to Belgium for ‘frites’ (french-fries).  They said that Belgium has excellent fries.  I agree and their mayonnaise is awesome.  It is egg, rather than vinegar, based. This makes all the difference. It is so creamy and delicious.

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Original painting of a Tasmanian Devil

The Best Seller today is:  White Faced Scops Owls

A thought to ponder:  “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 2, 2017

The state of Victoria is getting a lot of rain this weekend, with some areas predicted to get up to 300mm of rain in three days. It started raining in Tassie on Friday, has continued off and on during Saturday but today it is absolutely bucketing.  We’ve had 35 mm since midnight.  On Friday, the packing of the car for the market was a disjointed task, done in between downpours of rain.
A couple of houses away from us lives an incorrigible Houdini labradoodle, named Trixie. The neighbourhood is quite familiar with her as she regularly escapes. About a week ago, at 10:30 at night, when I was in bed, I heard something bang loudly into the garage door and rubbish bins. Then I heard somebody at the top of the driveway calling Trixie. I thought to myself, ‘oh, it’s just Trixie escaping again’, and wondered why she would crash into the garage door, then forgot about the incident, until yesterday, and a foul smell. I can piece the story together now… Trixie was chasing a wallaby and it was the wallaby that crashed into the garage door, and then died by the garage and back fence. With 34C degrees the day before, it didn’t smell the nicest. It was bagged up and put in a rubbish bin. I thought to myself, when I was growing up in Vancouver, I would have never thought that one day I would be putting a dead wallaby in a big, black rubbish bag.
It was a bleak start to the market but unlike last week the rain stopped for pack up time and then the storms came while driving home. Despite it raining off and on all day, there many tourists at the market. A lady from Norway purchased an ink platypus original painting. The literal translation of platypus in Norwegian is ‘beaked animal’, just like in German, which I learnt last weekend.

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Early morning rain at Salamanca Market

I met a young lady from Quebec, Canada. I mentioned that I can speak a little bit of French because I was born in Belgium. It turned out so was she! She had moved to Quebec, and our family, to Vancouver.

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Two Belgians at the market

Dairy farmers from Queensland chose several prints, including ‘Hayride’ to hang in the office of their dairy farm. A couple from north of Newcastle, NSW bought a ‘Joyride’ print (emus riding a Ducati). She is writing a children’s book and the story is about an emu! Another motorcycle fan bought a Triumph motorbike print, ‘Bonnie and Me’. She visited the stall last year and purchased ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’. She said she’ll be back next year. It’s so nice having people return and visit. Speaking of return visitors, Morag, originally from Scotland, came by one more time before she heads back to Adelaide and informed me that the ‘Black & White + One’ print was a big hit. While Morag was visiting the stall, she joined in the conversation I was having with a lady who had moved to Australia when she was three years old, has 9 siblings and is celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary. She is Lebanese and married an Australian, which at the time her parents weren’t too happy about it, but obviously was a wonderful decision as they’ve been enjoying many years together.


A young couple from Sydney, but now living in Melbourne, purchased a whale print. He had green eyes like my eldest son. I asked if they were initially blue and then turned green but he said he had no idea. My son’s eyes were very blue and then ended up being a stunning green.
A young lady from United Kingdom told me that her Mum gave her a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print. She decided to travel to Australia when she heard from her Mum how wonderful it was. She ended up getting ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’ and some greeting cards.
A family from Brisbane, whose husband played golf in the north of the state, bought an ‘Off to the Races’ print. She is a podiatrist, so I’m not so sure what her verdict would be about the emus’ running footwear. :-/

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Off to the Races!

The Best Seller today is: Scarlet Robins

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Scarlet Robins

A thought to ponder: “Art was as much in the activity as in the results. Works of art were not just the finished product, but the thought, the action, the process that created them.” JEAN M. AUEL, The Mammoth Hunters
Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 18, 2017

As usual, there is a lot going on in Hobart this weekend, the Christmas Pageant Parade, the Point to Pinnacle and the Paul Kelly concert at Mona, to name a few.  It strikes me as strange to have a Christmas Pageant in November.  I think it must be a difficult task to explain to children why Santa Claus is here instead of in the North Pole knee deep in toys and managing gift wrapping conveyor belts running 24/7, I suppose that is why he employs elves, and that Christmas is still a month away.

The Point to Pinnacle Competition is arguably the world’s toughest half marathon (21.1 km).  The starting point is at the Wrest Point Casino, Australia’s first legal casino, opened on February 10, 1973, and it finishes on the pinnacle of Mt Wellington.  You can also do the Point to Pub 10km run/walk. It’s the same route but ends at the Ferntree Pub.  Quite a few competitors stopped at my stall, many that have traveled from the mainland of Australia and further abroad, including one couple from the UK now living in New Zealand.

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Mount Wellington.  I took this photo from Lord Street, Hobart
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A Point to Pinnacle runner nearing the finish line. 

I also met quite a few people who have taken advantage of the flight specials for the inauguration of the Adelaide – Hobart direct flights.  A lady from Melbourne, who collects everything with a kookaburra theme, bought a ‘The Three Amigos’ print.  Yesterday, she visited Richmond, Tasmania and bought a kookaburra printed bag.

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The Three Amigos

The Christmas cards are popular at this time of the year.  A Canadian from Toronto, a lady from just south of Scotland, two ladies from the UK travelling together, another lady from the UK, who had ridden on a motorbike on the mainland with her partner, he was continuing to drive the Nullarbor while she is visiting a friend in Tasmania, bought Christmas card packs.

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Snowbirds

 

A little boy chose an A-3 sized ‘Family Outing’ (emus driving a red mini) print for his bedroom.  I asked him how old he was and he said that he was four, but his dad said he was three, but he kept saying he was four and then his dad conceded and said that he was almost four.

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Family Outing

A young lady stopped at the stall and thought that surfing emus would be a perfect gift for her in-laws that live by the beach in NSW.  She showed it and various other prints to her partner using Facetime.  He shopped at Salamanca Market while sitting on a couch in Melbourne.  In the end, he agreed that indeed ‘Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania’ was the perfect gift.

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Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania

Today’s most popular print was a tie between: The Three Amigos and Suspended

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Suspended

After the market and a short recoup time, it was off to the Paul Kelly concert at MONA.  It was an awesome outdoor concert and the back-up singers, Vika and Linda Bull, were amazing too.  The seagull-behaviour intrigued me.  They flew in swooping circles above us during songs with a more ballad nature and flew away with the songs that had people up on their feet and bopping to the music.  I wonder if there has been a study done about birds and their musical preferences??Paul Kelly

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My view at the Paul Kelly concert.  One of the ladies was wearing a hat that I think is supposed to look like you’re wearing a strawberry on your head.

A thought to ponder:  “Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” ~Neil Gaima

Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market. 

All art prints shown are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 4, 2017

It could have started with a disaster, but thankfully luck was on my side this morning. I loaded a few last items into the car, which fills the car up to the ceiling, and then headed up the steep driveway incline. At the top of the driveway, I noticed the warning light telling me that my boot (trunk) isn’t properly closed. It wasn’t closed at all!! It is amazing that the framed original painting didn’t slide out and smash on the driveway or street.
My bicep curls and side arm raises with bags of groceries and knapsack must be paying off because for the first time ever, I was able to get the 27kg gazebo set up 100% by myself. After getting high fives from neigbouring stall holders celebrating such a feat, I went about the business of setting up and apologising to customers enduring my neighbour’s music choice, but I suppose knowing when to fold ‘em, walk away and so on is an important life skill (lol).
We had rain, wind and sunshine today. A gentleman bought “Salamanca Saturdays” and emu Christmas cards to take to Wichita, USA. He’s going in December, a rather cool time of the year to visit.
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Salamanca Saturdays with Mt Wellington in the background
A father, who bought “Hayride” four years ago for his son’s bedroom, came by to buy another print to go with Hayride. He asked if I had another rural scene, which I really should have, but sadly I don’t, but it has started the rural creative juices flowing…. He settled on “Outback Glamping”.
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Outback Glamping with Uluru in the background
A couple, from Gosford, NSW, whose daughter’s name is Bird, bought “Beauty Queens IV” for her. A lady, visiting from Mackay, QLD, that had a tough time deciding which print to choose, settled on “Red Ute”. A Texan, USA couple bought some emu Christmas cards. A mother from Mornington Peninsula, VIC bought “Rising above it” for her daughter. She said that her daughter loves the colours in the painting. A couple from Sydney, NSW, bought a small ink and watercolour original painting of a platypus. They pulled out a brand new $10 note, hesitated, gave it a second look and commented they hadn’t seen one before. I thought that maybe they weren’t Australian then, asked where they were from, because I’ve seen heaps, (but I would, working at a stall) but they were Australian. We had a good laugh. It was funnier in real time, trust me.
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Rising above it
A long-time friend of mine sent me a photo of friends that were visiting her from Melbourne with their A-2 sized “Poppy Fields” print they had got earlier in the day from me! Hobart is a small place.
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Poppy Fields
Today’s most popular print was a tie between: The Three Amigos and Who, Who, Who are You? II
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The Three Amigos
A thought to ponder: “You don’t make art out of good intentions.” ― Gustave Flaubert
Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market 
Thanks for stopping by.  🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market Oct. 28, 2017

We had another Salamanca Market day under blue skies and sunshine. It was a busy day. When I came home, Charli-dog and I went for a long walk and enjoyed the beauty and stillness of one of the many reserves at my doorstep. When I returned home I was too tired to write, hence I’m writing my Salamanca Market update Sunday morning, rather than immediately after the market.
Waverley Flora Reserve
The first people to visit the pjpaintings stall were from Malaysia. They chose a red and yellow “Poppy Fields” and a “Fairy Wrens” print to accompany them back home after holidaying for two and a half weeks in Australia.
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Fairy Wrens, Australia’s voted number one most favourite bird
A grandmother bought “Duck Crossing” for her granddaughter. She returned later in the day to get “Who, Who, Who are You? II” for another granddaughter, if she could part with them she said.
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Duck Crossing
Two local ladies, one a psychologist, stopped at the stall to buy artwork for her office. She wanted happy images, at eye level, for her clients to look at. The two deliberated and eventually decided upon “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania”, “Retail Therapy, Salamanca”, and “Who, Who, Who are You? II”.
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Retail Therapy, Salamanca
A lady, who was in Tasmania for the Masters’ Games, purchased a small print. She won Gold and Silver in the Dragon Boat races of 20 and 10, plus the drummer and one at the back who steers. A young graphic artist from Devonport, Tasmania purchased “Sea Life” and “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo”.
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Sea Life
A couple from Brisbane bought a small platypus original painting. He chose the painting with the rather plump looking platypus. “I’ll have the well-fed looking one”, he said. He was telling me that he saw a platypus, with his binoculars, climb out of the water onto a rock and scratch its tummy with its back paw. How special is that?!
Two ladies from Tamworth, NSW are taking back with them “The Three Amigos” and “Double Date”. They said that they see these birds and rusty gates all the time where they live so these prints fit right in with their surroundings.
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The Three Amigos
I had an extremely enthusiastic pair visit the stall from Chinchilla, Qld, a town with a population of approximately 5,500. She bought four prints and then returned later on in the afternoon and bought five more! She said that she went to her hotel room and laid out the four prints on her bed and thought, “I have room on my walls for more.” She returned just before I was going to start packing up, arriving saying she was hoping I was still here because she just loves the art so much she wants more.
Today’s most popular print was: Suspended
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Suspended
A thought to ponder: “Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Chuck Close
I’m not sure what Chuck is exactly trying to communicate with this statement, but I suspect that in his view waiting for inspiration is procrastination. If time is going by and inspiration is lacking, I agree just start painting something, but some of my most creative and successful ideas have arrived when I allow myself some quiet think time, despite trying to quieten this ‘you are procrastinating’ feeling trying to push me to pick up a paintbrush.
Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market – Thanks for stopping by!  🙂
All artwork is available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 21, 2017

This week is Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light, so my weekend commenced with a visit to Friday night’s Street Eats Franko, at Franklin Square, which is a much enjoyed new Hobart City Council initiative that debuted in 2016.  Each Friday evening until after Easter, there are food stalls and live bands playing at Franklin Square.  It has an awesome atmosphere.  I love dropping in on a Friday evening.

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Celebrating Diwali at Street Eats @ Franko, Hobart with the awesome Hobart Post Office on Elizabeth Street in the background

Some additional events taking place in Hobart this weekend is a gathering of about 400 Rebel motorcyclists and the International United Nations Peacekeeping & Overseas Policing Association are meeting in Hobart.  The latter are having a service Tuesday morning, October 24th, at St David’s Cathedral, Hobart.

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Rebels driving off the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, Devonport to Hobart

It was a hectic day at the market today, as I interacted with people from different parts of Australia and the globe.  I met a lovely young lady from Brazil, who was reluctantly going back home tomorrow, upon finishing her studies at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.  She was doing her PhD on whales in the Antarctic Peninsula, thus the whale prints catching her eye.

A lady from Port Macquarie area said that “Suspended” gave her ‘goose bumps’.  She bought it to give to her husband.  They were on a boat for hours when two juvenile humpbacks visited them.  They spent about half an hour around the boat, bobbing their heads up out of the water and laying on their backs, a magic and unforgettable experience.

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Suspended

I met a lovely couple in their 80’s.  The gentleman told me that he was 19 years old and she was 17 when they went on their first date.  They had three daughters  (the younger two were twins).  They spoke some French with me as they lived a year in Montreal.  She was a teacher for many years.  She said that the first class she taught had three sets of twins (one set, identical twins) and one set of triplets.  He was a musician so they went away with a “Black & White + One” and a small “Retail Therapy, Salamanca” print.

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Black & White + One

A mother bought “Thunder” for her daughter who is elephant mad.  A couple from Indonesia is returning home with “Double Date IV” and “The Three Amigos” and a couple from New Zealand with “Walking the Dogs” and “Off to the Races”.  Both prints from the unfurling series and “Café Paris” are going back to Kalgoorlie, WA and a family from the Blue Mountains in NSW is returning with “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo”, “The Three Amigos” and “Double Date IV”.  “Helping Hands” and “Who, Who, Who are You?II” are off to Sydney.

 

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Walking the Dogs

I unexpectedly caught up with a former Return to Study student and a current student, who surprised me with a bunch of gorgeous flowers for a belated birthday gift.  So nice 🙂 :-).

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Spinning Gum and Statice Flowers

Today’s most popular print was: Double Date IV

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Double Date IV

A thought to ponder:  “If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” ― Edward Hopper

 Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market

Thanks for stopping by.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 14, 2017

Ahhhh, there’s nothing like a cup of tea after the market!  It was a slow start today but it got much busier as the day went on.  I think people saw that it was a nice day so they rolled over and stayed in bed a little longer.  The wind picked up slightly in the afternoon, which rattled the nerves after dealing with three weeks of upending-tables-type-of-wind but thankfully it behaved itself today.

The stall holder from up the street was making his mark early in the morning.

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There were a few expectant mothers that visited the stall and three of them had Christmas due dates!  Uncanny!  I had the same due date for my middle child but he decided to arrive on January 5th, consequently putting on weight that extra week, weighing almost 10 pounds at birth.  Yikes!

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A popular print for the baby’s room

A grandmother from Darwin chose ‘Story time’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You?II’ for her grandson’s bedroom.

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Story time

Some visitors from the UK, which visited the stall last week, said that they have come back to admire the large, framed original painting of elephants, titled ‘Thunder!’  They decided to take back to UK an A-2 sized print of ‘Thunder’ and some smaller pjpainting prints.  They were lovely and returned again with friends to show them my art work.

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 Thunder! 

Two ladies stopped by and one said that she had two pet emus, named Pinhead and Boofhead.  They got them as chicks.  She said it took them ten years before they found out that they can eat emu eggs.

A couple from Adelaide bought ‘Black & White + One’ for their music room.

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Black & White + One

A man visiting from New Zealand purchased ‘Beauty Queens’ to take back with him.  An original Tassie Devil and Koala is travelling to China.  ‘Suspended’ was thoughtfully chosen for a gift for a boyfriend.  It involved a couple visits to the stall and quite a lot of deliberation.

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Suspended

‘Outback Glamping’ was bought for a gift for a partner.  They had not long returned from visiting Uluru.

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Outback Glamping

The Christmas cards attracted more attention today, especially ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Emu’. We are creeping closer to December.

Today’s most popular prints were: Scarlet Robins, Suspended and Who, Who, Who are You?II

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Scarlet Robins

A thought to ponder:  “At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.” ― Benjamin J. Carey  I think that this applies to all art.

Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market

All prints are available for purchase at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Thanks for reading 🙂