PjPaintings at Salamanca Market April 20, 2019

A long weekend with a forecast of 23 degrees Celsius, and not much else is needed to have people venturing into the city for a Salamanca Market experience.
Early in the morning, at the Pj Paintings stall, a father let his son choose a print. He chose ‘Who says emus can’t fly!?’ and he quite correctly pointed out that the emus’ legs are bending the wrong way. Lucky artists have artistic license.
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Who says emus can’t fly!?
When emus sit, their feet go out in front of them. It looks like their knees are bending forward, but actually their knees are higher up, under the feathers where they can’t be seen. The visible part that bends forward are the bird’s ankles.
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A seated emu photo by Getty Images
A couple bought a small original painting of a Red-tailed black cockatoo for their son, who married a Canadian lady, and are living in Chilliwack, B.C., where my sister lives.
 
Two ladies from Brisbane, Queensland, stopped in and bought a small original painting of platypus. They saw my painting of a dog and that started a dog photo exchange, as they have two cocker spaniels, named Poppy and Winston. Of course I had to show them photos of my Charli, an American cocker spaniel.
A boy, wearing a Calgary Flames cap, visited the stall with his mother. He was born in Pittsburgh, USA, lived two years in Calgary, Canada and now they’re living in Brisbane. He looked like he was around seven years old. They purchased an A-4 size ‘Lost Worlds’ print.
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Lost Worlds
Two young ladies from France, on a six month holiday in Australia, bought some greeting cards to post to friends in France and a couple bought an A-5 ‘Glamour Girls’ sized print for their sister-in-law, who’s a hairdresser, and moving back to the USA.
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Glamour Girls
 
The time flew by and suddenly it was packing up time. I won’t be setting up and packing up for four weeks now, as I’m off to do an urban sketching course. My prints and greeting cards will still be available at Salamanca but only in the Salamanca Arts Centre at Artefacts Inc Gallery for the next few weeks, rather than at site 30, but I will be back!
 
There doesn’t seem to be a most popular print today as there was an even spread purchased.
 
A thought to ponder: “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist”, Albert Einstein.
 
Happy Easter!
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
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Finds & Gifts

A friend, who works in the Deja Vu Books shop across from Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, while trimming a Banksia serrata, found an empty nest in it and thought I might like it as a drawing source.  Bird’s nests are stunning.  This bird used some Banksia leaves, feathers and seeded stems to build their home.

Another friend, while walking on the beach, found this intact little fellow and thought I might also like it for a drawing resource.  And they were correct!

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Now I feel dizzy, my head is swimming with creative painting ideas!  How about you?  Have these images started sparking your creative juices?

Wishing you a great week. Cheers for now.

A Wombat Visit

I unexpectedly had to do gallery duty this morning at Artefacts Gallery, Salamanca Place in Hobart, Tasmania.  There were two big cruise ships in so it was busy.

A young lady came into the gallery and quickly honed in on the images from my Sleepy head series.

She pulled out of her knapsack her travel companion, that she never travels without.  It was a gorgeous, well-loved wombat! I could not resist giving it a cuddle. It’s sooooo cute!

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Bunk beds and Sleepy head going with a wombat fan

These arrived in the post today and will be making their debut at Salamanca  Market, stall #30, tomorrow among heaps of other cards, prints, tote bags and pouches. I hope you can drop by to say hello.

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Bunk beds greeting card

Wishing everybody a lovely weekend.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 9, 2019

There was a sunny and happy feeling in Hobart with the Wooden Boat Festival this weekend.
 
A lady, sailing on the Sydney Heritage Fleet’s, James Craig flagship, bought a print. The Barque James Craig is famous around the world. It is Sydney’s only 19th Century square rigger (or Tall Ship) and the incredible restoration to full sailing condition was recognised in 2003 by the World Ship Trust’s award of their prestigious Maritime Medal. The restoration cost almost $A30 million and took nearly 40 years to complete after she was rescued from Recherche Bay in far southern Tasmania. For forty years the James Craig lay in the sheltered but cold waters of Recherche Bay. The bow was high out of the water and the stern lay in about five metres of water. On October 24, 1972, a dedicated and enthusiastic Sydney and Tasmanian salvage team gently lifted the ship from its sandy resting place.
 
A nursing student, from Beijing, China, bought a ‘Cheer ‘em Up’ pack for her wall at the University of Tasmania, Launceston.
An artist, and his wife, from Singapore, purchased ‘Poppy Fields’ and ‘The Three Amigos’. ‘The Three Amigos’ print will also be accompanying visitors back to Tucson, Arizona. They are here for the Wooden Boat Festival. It will also be travelling with another couple back to Shanghai. A couple from Hong Kong are taking back with them ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ and ‘Beachside Chatter’ prints.
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The Three Amigos
 
A lady, who has been living in Canada for 42 years and has children living in Squamish, Rupert, Victoria, B.C., and one child in Adelaide, Australia, bought ‘Bunk beds’ and ‘Emus can fly!’ prints. Her husband and her have been visiting the grandchildren and family in Adelaide and were now having a week’s holiday in Tassie.
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Bunk beds
Late in the afternoon a brief bout of rain came, which spurred on a hurried pack-up of the stall. After the market, I listened to the Canadian band ‘The Belle Miners’ at the Red Velvet Lounge in Cygnet (awesome music), then gallery duty at Artefacts Gallery at the Salamanca Arts Centre today (Sunday) and now onto doing next week’s print order.
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The Belle Miners playing in Cygnet, Tasmania
 
The most popular prints this weekend was: The Three Amigos
 
A thought to ponder: “Without tradition art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation it is a corpse.” Winston Churchill
 
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 19, 2019

Over the years, I have submitted applications to several art co-op galleries but having a day job has been a barrier to being accepted because it limits the days you can do gallery duty and your flexibility to pick up days when a member is sick or on holidays. Nevertheless, after my fourth time applying to Artefacts Inc Gallery, in the Salamanca Arts Centre, I am very excited that I have been accepted!! I now have the opportunity to display and sell some of my prints, original paintings, pouches and tote bags and do gallery duty. I’ll mainly be doing gallery duty on Mondays. It would be lovely if you could call in and have a chat. It hosts the stunning work of a Tasmanian wood turner, glass maker, jewellery maker, ceramics, leatherwork and watercolour & acrylic painter.
 
When I went by the gallery this morning, I noticed that it wasn’t open. I unexpectedly opened and minded the gallery for an hour or so until the member on duty arrived.
 
Back at the Pj Paintings stall, two girlfriends, one from London, UK, and the other from Sydney, NSW, holidaying together in Tasmania and then driving the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, bought a ‘Mercedes Time’ print for a souvenir of their driving holiday.
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Mercedes Time!
 
A couple from Washington, DC, USA, bought ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’ and ‘Do-Si-Do’. They have a relative that square dances. A perfect gift for a square dancer!
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Do-si-do
 
A group of four, from Emu Plains, NSW, purchased an original painting of a wombat, a ‘Family Outing’ print and an ‘Under My Red Umbrella’ tote bag.
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Original painting of a wombat just hanging out among the gum leaves

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A lady, who is what is often referred to as “snowbirds” on the North American continent, lives half a year in Spain and the other half of the year in Florida, USA, purchased an ‘Outback Glamping’ print as she had visited Uluru. Her son lives in Alice Spring.
A mother and young daughter, starting grade three in a few weeks, purchased four A-5 sized prints of Tasmanian scenes that I’ve painted. The girl reminded her mother several times that she had to get back to keep working. I asked her what she was working on and she said that she was making a stadium for her 11 year old brother’s birthday. I queried how she was constructing this elaborate-sounding birthday present. It is being built inside a cardboard box with more cardboard, paper, glue, crayons and paints. What an admirable project and unique birthday present. I hope her brother appreciates the effort and remembers that ‘it is the thought that counts’.
 
A young boy and his mother visited the stall. The boy told me that he loves owls. He had to spend his own money to buy an owl print. That’s a huge sacrifice and I feel doubly honoured when a child uses their own money to buy my art. His mother bought a ‘Sleepyhead’ print for herself.
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Sleepyhead
 
Another child, a little older than the boy who had just bought an owl print, this one seemed close to the 12 year old range, bought a ‘Thunder’ print. She loves elephants.
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Thunder!
 
The day ended with two young ladies arriving at the market, and my stall, after 3 pm, when many have already completely packed up or are well into the packing-up process. They bought a ‘Suspended’ print. They were planning to see the rest of the market. I recommended that they walk really, really quickly, as the market has 353 stalls.
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Suspended
 
After packing up, I drove the long way home, as the most direct route to the Tasman Bridge was closed due to the installation of the Remembrance Bridge. It was bumper-to-bumper and a slow ride home.
 
The most popular print this weekend was: Salamanca Saturdays
A thought to ponder: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein
 
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com