It rained off and on, all day long. At the end, I didn’t bother putting the pouches and bags out. They would be hanging up only for a few minutes before I had to bring them back in under cover. The novelty of this wore thin.
A lady from Port Macquarie, NSW, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag and said that it will be a nice souvenir of Tasmania. https://www.planetware.com/australia/top-rated-attractions-things-to-do-in-port-macquarie-australia-aus-1-94.htm A young couple, also from Port Macquarie, purchased a “Maggie & Maggie” print for their father who has a family of magpies that have nested in his yard, and he feeds them daily. It started with him noticing a magpie struggling because it had some string wrapped around its leg. He caught it with a net, removed the string and then released it. It has thanked him by sticking around and befriending his rescuer. They also purchased a “Dinner for Five???” print.
A couple from Townsville purchased “The Supremes” and “Hanging Out” prints. Another couple bought a “Hanging Out” print for their four-month-old niece that lives in a bush setting outside of Melbourne. Her bedroom has an Australian native animals’ theme.
A couple from Canberra, looking for a house in Tasmania because they plan on moving here, purchased a “Maggie” print.
An online primary school teacher from Maitland, NSW purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” and a “Meet Me at the Gate” print.
A small group of young university exchange students from Norway, who are doing one semester of studies at the University of Tasmania, stopped by and bought some greeting cards and an A-5 sized print of “Salamanca Saturdays”.
When I got home, I hung up the sides from the gazebo, the awning, the tablecloths, and so on, to dry and made myself a hot cup of tea. It was nice to escape the rain and wind and watch it from an inside vantage.
Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week.
I stepped out of the house before 6 am into blackness and 4 degrees Celsius to head off to Salamanca Market, which officially today it returned to “Salamanca Market”. During COVID restrictions it had different rules and was renamed “Tasmanian Own Market”, but everybody still referred to it as Salamanca Market. But now that it “is” Salamanca Market again, all the sites were open and stalls returned to their assigned sites, so there would have been over 300 stalls today.
The Festival of Voices https://festivalofvoices.com/ is on and that could be what was contributing to the busyness today. I wasn’t feeling crash hot today, so I didn’t keep track of too many stories. I started feeling much better as the day went on.
The first customer of the day was from Brisbane, Queensland, a choir performer at the Festival of Voices. She purchased a “Lazy Days” and a “Hanging Out” print.
A university student bought a “Salamanca Saturday” large tote bag to use to carry her books and study material. Two ladies were walking by, and one of the ladies exclaimed that her son bought her the “Salamanca Saturdays” print (what a lovely son! 😊). She was pleased to meet the artist and told me that she loved it.
A mother and daughter purchased a “Spiky Bunk Beds” and a “Bunk Beds” print to take back to USA with them. They live in New Hampshire.
A grandmother visited the PJ Paintings stall and purchased five prints: “All Ears”, “Helping Hands”, “Scarlet Robin Rescue”, “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” and “Spiky Bunk Beds”. She said that they are going to Manila, Philippines. Then she came back with her daughter and her three children. She bought another print, “Glamour Girls” for another daughter. Her daughter bought three prints of the wombats in hammocks series.
These three prints are from my Cheer ’em Up series, of scenes where emus come to the rescue and save the day. The emu in the painting titled “All Ears” is such a patient listener that the tip of its beak is getting a little crumpled. This series is available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus
One young lady was drawn to Tu-whit & Tu-whoo because her grandfather, in Ireland, would pick up the dead ones off the side of the road and get them stuffed. He has a long shelf lined with stuffed barn owls.
It was good to get home, warm the toes, and sit down with a cup of tea.
With huge rainfalls and floods in Queensland, and the forecasted week of rain for Hobart, Tasmania, we gratefully accepted the perfect market weather of the day.
My first visitor to the stall bought an “Emu Charleston” and “Family Outing” print for her new house in Newcastle, NSW. She moved in over a year ago and she still has bare walls, which she intends to rectify with these prints.
A lady, from Melbourne, visited the stall in the morning and returned in the afternoon. She bought a framed print titled “Who Says Emus Can’t Fly!?” for her son and A-3 sized prints “Supportive Nestworks” and “Salamanca Fresh” for herself. She bought the final limited edition of Salamanca Fresh. There are no A-4s or A-3s left of this image, although there are still a few A-2s limited edition prints.
A young man bought “Glamour Girls” for his mother. He thought she would really like it. His partner chose “The Bun”, “Hair Accessories” and “Enchanted Forest” prints. Another young couple came into the stall and said that they want three cards of threes. They found one with three owls, three emus and three kookaburras. Her triplet brothers’ birthdays are in March. Let me guess, you’re the firstborn, I asked? Correct.
A couple from Mountain River, Tasmania, bought five prints. They bought some PJ Paintings prints a couple of years ago for their first grandchild. A couple from the Gold Coast bought “Unwinding”, “The Bun”, “Hair Accessories”, “Bunk beds” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul”. A man from Cairns also purchased “Hair Accessories” and “Bunk Beds”.
A lady with her adult daughter stopped buy and purchased a “Sea Life” print. It’s the first Saturday she’s had off in two years. She’s a butcher. She has a shop in South Hobart. They’ve been out for breakfast, then the markets and then a show tonight.
It was chilly in the morning. My face felt cold while setting up the stall. As the day progressed, so did the temperature, eventually getting up to 27 degrees Celsius. We could hear constant helicopter activity and sirens at the market. I found out that was because there was a fire at Mt Nelson. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-19/watch-and-act-issued-for-hobart-suburb/100845458 I think it has been successfully dealt with, thankfully.
My first visitors to the stall was a couple that have been living in Melbourne for five years and are moving back to Ireland. They bought “Enchanted Forest I”.
Then I had another couple, who bought “Bunk beds” and “Sitting on the Fence” and they told me that they will be coming with them back to Ireland. They have a two- and four-year-old and are also living in Melbourne. They were planning on moving back to Ireland and then the pandemic happened, forcing them to postpone the move. Both families are moving in less than two months. What an undertaking! I feel tired just thinking about a move like that.
“The Three Amigos II” was the best seller today. A couple bought a “The Three Amigos II” print for his sister who is going back to Germany, where she currently lives and works. She’s a violinist in Germany. He has another sibling and the three of them affectionately call themselves the three amigos. Another young couple bought three prints of the kookaburras because he wanted one for himself and his two friends. The three of them also call themselves the three amigos. They also bought framed prints of “Bunk beds” and “Silent Disco”. They also asked if they could have a photo of us. I happily obliged.
Then, “The Three Amigos II” went to a couple from the Gold Coast, QLD and a few others sold but I couldn’t catch where their destination was. I went home without a single “The Three Amigos II” print.
A large “Lazy Days” tote bag is heading for Sydney.
The cuddly original wombat painting sold today too. It is staying in Hobart.
A regular visitor to my stall gave me this little memento of my birthplace in Belgium. It is unheard of to see anything connected to Hasselt, Belgium in Tasmania.
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a creative upcoming week.
A lady purchased “Family Outing” and “Beachside Chatter” to add cheer to a Gold Coast paediatrician clinic’s waiting room.
A “The Three Amigos” print was purchased by an Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, art student, specialising in print making. Another young lady bought an “Under My Red Umbrella” print to post to her friend living in Ontario, Canada. I also had a visitor from someone, who bought some of my emu prints about 7 years ago, which are hanging up in her work office in Canada and have been giving her joy for years. That was so nice to hear!
A “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” print will be making its new home in Queensland. A young couple, visiting from Newcastle, NSW, bought a framed print of “Scarlet Robins” and another young couple, expecting their first child bought “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Hanging Out” for their nursery.
A lady told me that a whole bunch of her friends, including herself, are turning 70 this year. She bought four tote bags as birthday gifts, including one for her.
A lady bought two original paintings. One of an emu with a wombat in its back pack and another of dune-buggying emus.
Thank you for visiting and I wish you a creative upcoming week.
An original painting on Khadi Mill paper, made from recycled cotton rags, titled “A Flair for Fashion” was purchased by a lady, who said it looked just like her sister (let’s hope she doesn’t mind the associated resemblance!). Her sister is returning to London tomorrow, so she’s giving it to her tonight.
Two young ladies from Canberra visited the stall. One bought an A-3 sized print of “Scarlet Robins” for her parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and said that they’re still like lovebirds.
A lady, who is doing done the Three Capes Walk tomorrow, https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/, told me that the airline lost her backpack, and it won’t arrive in time for the walk. That is going to make the walk an even greater challenge. She purchased some greeting cards.
A couple, who bought some of my artwork at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, purchased a “Lazy Days” tote bag.
A group of young people, from Brisbane, bought “Bunk Beds’ and “Devilish Siesta” prints.
A young lady visiting from Victoria purchased a “Hanging Out” print and a mother, from Beaumaris, Victoria, purchased “Enchanted Forest I and II” for her child’s bedroom. During this purchase, a blanket of darkness came over, the heavens opened, and it bucketed down for about 10 minutes. A stream of water quickly formed and flowed through my stall site. This sudden storm basically instigated a mass stallholders packing-up event, but it was packing-up time, it just brought it into motion with an urgent fervour.
I wish everybody a good week with time etched out for creative pursuits.
I love drawing and painting strutting emus! I remembered to draw this one walking the opposite direction. Is it something about being right-handed that I automatically draw everything going in a leftward direction???
This emu isn’t power-walking, she’s bubble-walking. 😊😊
A year ago I started this project. After removing well established large spiky plants and thousands of white rocks, bucket by bucket, I’ve reached the fun part of planting. This is supposed to eventually create a pattern of swirls and stripes.
Hopefully next year’s photos will show a thriving, beautiful, patterned succulent garden.
Tasmania’s borders are opening December 15th, so the visitors to the stall were mainly from Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane.
The weather was challenging, starting with setting up in the rain. The rain and wind came and went the entire day. I lost count of how many times I hung up the tote bags and then a few minutes later brought them in under cover. There were two bad wind gusts that blew things everywhere. Items from the next-door stall blew into my stall and my prints blew out the other side too. I must say that every single time this happens, a few market goers immediately start picking up your stock off the ground. It always warms my heart and makes me feel so much better.
I had a lady from Busselton, near Margaret River, WA visit the stall and purchase a Lazy Day tote bag. With a cool name like Busselton, I looked up what this place has to offer. It has beaches, migratory humpback whale populations, an almost 2-kilometre 19th century jetty that leads to an Underwater Observatory, where coral reef life can be viewed. Busselton also has the Tuart Forest National Park featuring tall tuart trees and two species of possum. https://www.margaretriver.com/towns/busselton/
A young lady, originally from Tassie, now living in Perth, purchased “Iconic Aussies”. Also, from Perth, a couple purchased A-3 sized prints of “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh”. They’ve spent two weeks exploring Tasmania and said that these prints will make a nice souvenir of their time here. Another Perth couple purchased a “Bunk beds” print. They came back to the stall to buy it.
A lady, who used to live in Tasmania, now living in Brisbane, purchased “Rising Above It” and a “Family Outing” zip pouch. She’s the only one who has moved off the island, so she makes regular visits back to Tassie.
Thankfully, the sunshine and breeze during the final 20 minutes of the market, allowed us to fold and pack up dry gazebos. Yay!