PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 8, 2019

It was another mild winter’s day at Salamanca Market. It was busier than last weekend with things ramping up for Dark Mofo and other activities taking place this weekend, for example, the Australia School’s Sailing Competition. The manager and organiser, from Adelaide, was very excited to lay her eyes on “Family Outing”. She bought it to give to her friend for her birthday.  She said that the only one in her group of friends at university that had a car, was her girlfriend, who had a red mini.  They used to all pile into her car to go to parties. This friend is turning 60 this year and has ordered a red mini (a real one) as a birthday present for herself and is having a big number “60” painted on it.

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A return visitor, who bought a “Richmond Bridge” and “Suspended” print a few years ago, (she gave Suspended to her grandson, who loved it she told me), purchased more prints. This time, she bought: “Bunk beds”, “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” and “Hayride”.

A couple, celebrating their 22nd anniversary, visiting from Adelaide, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag and small pouch. They moved to Adelaide four years ago from California, USA.  Their daughter married an Australia so they followed her to Australia.

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A Salamanca Market Tote bag, made in Australia, 100% polyester and washable

 

A young lady, here from Perth, doing some work with Dark Mofo, bought “Bunk beds”.  She said that she’s going to hang it where her stairs are so it makes her smile each day when she goes down the stairs in the morning.

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Taking a Dip

A lovely lady from Sydney, going to Melbourne via a stop-over in Tasmania, visited the stall twice.  She wished that her sister, who also lives in Sydney, had joined her for a sisterly holiday. She’s taking back with her “Bunk beds”, for her sister, “Taking a Dip” for herself, “Duck Crossing”, “Beachside Chatter”, “Who, Who, Who are You II” and “Hanging Out”.

Another conservationist working on the Orange-bellied parrot breeding program at the captive breeding facility at Five Mile Beach, Hobart, stopped by and chatted.  She’d like me to paint the Wedge-tailed eagle, Frogmouth and the Orange-bellied parrot. They are on my bucket list… J

Today’s most popular prints were the wombats: “Afternoon Siesta” and “Bunk beds”.

A thought to ponder from the artist, Bob Ross: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 1, 2019

It was another mild winter’s day at Salamanca Market. It was rather quiet at the market but a different story at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, where two of my originals sold.  The newly painted big A-1 sized ‘Family Outing VI’ is going to hang in a Doctor’s waiting room.

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Destined for a life of trying to keep people smiling despite their colds, influenza, broken bones, aches and pains.  

At the stall, I had an adult daughter buy a framed ‘Double Date IV’ for her mother’s birthday. She said that they have a shack in Dover, Tasmania, where Superb Fairy Wrens visit all the time. I had an adult son buy a ‘Black & White + One’ print to give to his piano-playing father for his birthday.

A lady, from Canberra, here for a work conference, bought a ‘Beachside Chatter’ tote bag.

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Beachside Chatter tote bag, made in Australia and washable

A young lady, from Spain, travelling the world, bought a ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ print to add to her art-work-wall collection.  She showed me a photo.  It looks very cool with masks from Hawaii and Indonesia, ceramic birds from Portugal and prints from the countries she has visited.

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A couple touring Tasmania in their camper van bought some greeting cards and a Japanese exchange student bought a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag. Ladies, visiting from the mainland, purchased a ‘Double Date III’ print and a pair of fingerless gloves for me!, so unexpectedly kind. They had visited the stall earlier in the day and I commented on the great gloves they had. A stall sells them for $5 a pair and on their return trip, I was presented with these beauties.

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Double Date III
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My unexpected gift: finger-less gloves for chilly market days

A local mother bought three prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series to decorate her four month old son’s bedroom: ‘Scarlet Robin Rescue’, ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Kookaburra Rescue’.

Today’s most popular print was the Superb Fairy wren prints.

A thought to ponder: “If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent van Gogh.

Wishing you a joy-filled week,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market April 6, 2019

At 2:00 am, the wind was howling, driving rain was pounding the roof of the house with accompanying loud claps of thunder and lightning that lit up my bedroom.   Not what you want to hear on a Friday night, despite Hobart, Tasmania, really needing rain.  But that is another aspect of Hobart that I really like, most of our rainfall falls during the night. That’s good for many reasons, including reducing water being lost to evaporation, as Hobart is the second driest capital city in Australia, so we need all the water we get!

I drove up the driveway in darkness, with mild and dry weather, arrived at the market at 6:40 am and got stuck into setting up. My first customer was a lovely couple from New Zealand.  They purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” small tote bag. Later in the day, they returned and added a “Duck Crossing” tote bag to their purchases.

Then a regular dropped by to buy another card for her father who lives in New Zealand.  She had sent him a “Duck Crossing” greeting card, which was a big hit.  When she had phoned him, he answered by saying ‘quack-quack’. This time she chose “Helping Hands” to send to him.

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Helping Hands

A lady, originally from the UK, now living in Toronto, Canada, is taking a “Bunk Beds” print home for her daughter.  A gentleman from the Isle of Man, who works in a trauma unit, told me about this mad car race that takes place on the island each year, where people drive the dangerous circuit at crazy speeds in about 17 minutes.  There is a history of unfortunate fates with this race but it continues to run.  He’s heading home to this race and not looking forward to it.  I hope it all ends well, with everybody safely crossing or not crossing the finish line.  He’s taking back with him “Salamanca Fresh”.

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Salamanca Fresh

Then I met a big fan of mine, Mel and her husband, from Sandy Bay, Tasmania. They bought earlier in the year “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”, and this is where they regularly surf.  It’s hanging in their house and giving them and their visitors much joy, so they have decided to add “Family Outing” and “Beachside Chatter” as accompaniments.

 

A lady bought two prints featuring emus riding motorbikes, one for her daughter-in-law and one for herself.  She said that she has just returned from visiting Vietnam.  I asked her if it was humid and hot? She said it wasn’t, that it was just perfect and proudly told me that she rode a motorbike for several days in Vietnam. Good on her because she was of a rather mature age.

A family from Texas, USA, that have been living abroad for six years because the father of the family is in the military, who are currently living in Japan, loved and raved about “Afternoon Siesta”.  She said she almost bought the original that is hanging in the Artefacts Inc. Gallery at the Salamanca Arts Centre, a centre to support Tasmanian artists. She said that in Japan that the ‘in’ thing right now is learning how to create tranquil art, and she said it’s like I’ve taken lessons from Japan with the white space left in the picture, the pose of the wombat and the gum leaves being gently caressed by a breeze.

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Afternoon Siesta

At the end of the day, I met a Belgian young lady.  On average, I only meet one Belgian per year. She spoke Flemish.

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Earlier in the day, two French speaking, Swiss young ladies visited the stall and we had a short conversation in French. They are taking home with them a “Hanging out” print. While they were in the stall, a dear, used to be my neighbour when she was living in Tasmania, friend appeared and purchased prints from the “unfurling” series.

Before my former neighbour had arrived, I drew the initial drawing of another ‘unfurling’ idea.  I can picture so many ideas in my mind.  I have a friend who says she can never see pictures in her head.  This astounds me because my brain has so many ideas and pictures banking up against each other.  I’m going to have to soon find another brain to rent because this one is filling up fast and is going to overflow.

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Thirty-two greeting cards went today, possibly more because it is easy to miss a few when trying to track them on paper.  Guess what I’ll be doing tonight?! I hope more arrive before next week’s market otherwise the card selection will be a little thin.

The most popular prints today are: Afternoon Siesta, Bunk beds and Hanging Out

A thought to ponder: “I think being different, going against the grain of society is the greatest thing in the world.” Elijah Wood

Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

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.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 16, 2019

It’s dark now at 6 am but I can quite easily overlook that when the day that unfolds is warm and sunny with clear blue skies. (A squawking flock of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos just flew by my window.  I always feel privileged to see them.)

A young lady from Germany, living in Hobart, on Elizabeth Street, is studying Marine Biology at UTAS.  She purchased a small print of ‘Sea Life’.  A young man, from New Zealand, exploring Tasmania in a van, also purchased a print of a whale.  He chose ‘Suspended’.  He’s looking for work here and has secured some work just by striking up a conversation with somebody he didn’t know. They’ve offered him one day a week work at a distillery. Once you get your foot in the door, more work often follows.

A young couple, with their very smiley baby, purchased ‘The Three Amigos’. He said that he really liked art, and was quite good too, when he was a child but then war came to Afghanistan. He became a refugee and ended up in this wonderful country. He came to Pontville in Tasmania.  Now he lives in Sydney and is a translator for refugees.  This is his second time in Tassie, this time with his family.

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The Three Amigos

A man from Manchester, UK, now living in Sydney, was in the stall when somebody said that they liked my koalas.  I informed them that they weren’t koalas, rather wombats, that koalas have fluffier ears and a different shaped nose.  I also had to inform people that my birds were emus, not ostriches. As he left with his purchase, he said thanks for the ostriches and koala (‘Glamour Girls’ & ‘Sleepy head’). 🙂

A lady from West Hobart, who told me that she has been looking for a long time for something to hang up on the blank wall in her toilet room, was delighted with her ‘Beachside Chatter’ find.

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Beachside Chatter

I was pleasantly surprised to have a visit from somebody who had done Liz Steel’s Palladian urban sketching course with me two years ago. It was really lovely to catch-up, albeit it was a short catch-up.  Her daughter’s moved to Tasmania.

Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com 🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 29, 2018

The Hobart Hurricanes played a Friday evening Big Bash game against the Sydney Thunders at the Blundstone Oval, near to where I live.  The celebratory atmosphere made it difficult to have an early night in preparation for the early start requirements of Saturday! I woke up to rain but it had ceased by the time I arrived at Salamanca Market and we didn’t see another drop all day.  Too bad we had wind gusts throughout the day.

The 30th Taste of Tasmania, the sunshine and holidays brought people flocking to the market. A small group of ladies from Singapore purchased a ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’ print and two ‘Beachside Chatter’ tote bags.

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Beachside small totebag available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A few people bought the dancing emu themed prints as gifts for anniversaries, a wedding that a family were attending this afternoon, friends that like dancing, or just because they loved it.  One lady bought ‘Spanish Eyes (Red) II’, which is a pair of emus dancing the Flamenco, even though she does tango dancing.  She liked the movement with the Flamenco dancing emus. She asked if I dance and recommended that I take it up.  I would love to but the trouble is that there isn’t enough time to do everything you would like to do, especially when you have a day job.  She is running into that difficulty too after trying sailing.  She didn’t think she would love it so much and now she’s having difficulty dividing her time between the two.

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Spanish Eyes (Red) II

‘Salamanca Saturdays’ was very popular again this week.  A young man, living in Melbourne, bought a print.  He worked three months in Hobart.  He brought his roommate to holiday in Tassie as she had never visited Tasmania.  Another small framed ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ is going to Cairns with a woman who was born and raised in Tasmania. Another print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ was purchased by a woman from Queensland.  She said that she loves sunflowers, bright colours and the market scene.

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Salamanca Saturdays

A couple from Sydney purchased one of my small original wombat paintings. She said that they have a wombat theme at their house.  I showed her photos of the wombat paintings that are currently at the photographer and will soon be available as prints.  I think that they will make a nice and unique contribution to their theme.

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Hanging out for Christmas

A young couple, travelling all around Australia, from California, USA, bought an original painting of platypus.  Another young couple from Texas, USA, now living in Geelong, bought original paintings of Rottnest Island, featuring emus and Quokkas, a Tassie Devil and a beaver that I painted for the Inktober Challenge’s word “swollen”.  The logic behind this is that when a beaver builds a dam, the waterway swells behind the dam, often becoming a delta.

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Rottnest Island

A family of five that have been on holidays for 8 months, caravanning around Australia, bought a print of ‘Family Outing’.  They only have a few more weeks left of their holiday.  I passed on my best wishes and that routine life isn’t too much of a shock to their system.

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Family Outing

Another couple on holidays bought ‘Bonnie & Me’ because they have a Triumph Bonneville motor bike.  They didn’t have it with them.  I suggested that they come back and do a Tasmanian bike tour as we have some beautifully winding and scenic roads here.

The most popular print this weekend was: Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.” Louise Bourgeois 

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

All prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 15, 2018

The rains held off for Salamanca Market, a wedding and a cruise ship that docked in Hobart today. Usually there is a bit of a lull at lunchtime but today it was flat out busy until around 2pm!
 
The first visitor of the day, arrived with hair still wet from her shower, trying to quickly get the market in before attending her husband’s nephew’s wedding. The wedding is taking place in the city and the reception at the groom’s families’ property in Acton, a suburb in the Hobart area, where the lots are mostly 5 acres. They’ve set up a marquee for the reception. She was hoping the rain would hold off, and it did. The weather forecast announced that the heaviest rainfall was supposed to hit northern Tasmania. A lot of my art work related to her childhood memories of her dad’s tractor and pulling the kids around, his motor bike and his red ute filled with children riding in the back. She found it difficult to make a choice and eventually settled on a “Red Ute” print.
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Red Ute
 
There were visitors from all over the world. A friend stopped by to buy Christmas cards and to tell me that the person she gave the “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag in Las Vegas loved it. A lot of tote bags are going to Malaysia. One family bought four tote bags and a pouch and then returned later in the day and bought two more tote bags. A few are going to Hong Kong and Singapore too.
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Salamanca Fresh small size tote bag
 
Two different families from the New Castle, NSW area visited the stall and purchased some prints:  “Who, Who, Who are You? II” and “Spanish Eyes (Red) II”.
 
Young ladies from Wu Han, China bought a small original painting of a Blue Whale that I painted on paper made from recycled cotton rags. Two young travellers from Madrid, Spain, bought a small platypus original painting. She told me that she loves platypus.
 
A lady originally from Zimbabwe, now living in Perth, WA, bought five prints: “Paris Café”, “Helping Hands”, “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”, and I can’t remember what the other two were.
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Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania
 
A little framed print of “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” is going to be a gift for a first-time mother for the baby’s room.
 
The most popular prints this weekend are: Hayride and Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania. I sold out of the surfing prints. Somebody, who had bought a “Glamour Girls” print came back later in the day to buy a “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” but sadly couldn’t because there weren’t any left!
 
A thought to ponder: “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” Neil Gaiman (I definitely agree with this!)
 
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
All prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 24, 2018

A local friend and Facebook follower stopped by and bought some pouches to post to her friends in the USA. One was going to Missouri, another to Connecticut, one to Georgia and the final one to Florida.

 

A couple bought a ‘Hayride’ print for their dad, who drives a blue and white tractor and tows the grandchildren behind, just like in the picture they said.

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Hayride

A family visiting from Hong Kong settled on buying a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print. It was a difficult decision for them deciding between ‘Hayride’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’.

A young Danish couple, about to take on the Overland Track, planning to take 6 days to do it, bought an ‘Under my Red Umbrella’ print. A young lady purchased a ‘The Three Amigos’ print for her friend in Chile.

A boy, who’s in year 8 and has just moved to Perth from Tasmania, bought a small ‘Suspended’ pouch. He’s finding the heat an adjustment and misses Tasmania and his friends.

There was a five way tie for the most popular print this weekend: Hayride, The Three Amigos, White Faced Scops Owls, Salamanca Saturdays and Rising Above It.

A thought to ponder: “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” Vincent Van Gogh

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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market July 28, 2018

I briefly saw the blood moon, the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, on my drive to the market this morning.  It looked quite small from where I was seeing it.  I had planned to take a photo of it but didn’t because I thought it would look rather insignificant taking it just with my phone.

It was a warm and clear blue sky day at the market today.  Quite a few stall holders were away enjoying a holiday, and so were many visitors, enjoying a Tasmanian holiday, including a few people from Launceston, the north of the state. A mother, visiting from Brisbane, bought a whale print of ‘Weightless’ to take back and give to her twelve year old daughter.

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Weightless

‘Beachside Chatter’ was purchased as a gift for a niece.  ‘Helping Hands’ is going to a mother, and a dog sitter this weekend, who lives in Melbourne. She has a bird feeder and Superb-fairy wrens regularly visit her back garden.

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Beachside Chatter
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Helping Hands

A ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag was bought for a well-travelled sister, who lives in Sydney. Salamanca Market is her favourite market.

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Salamanca Saturdays Tote Bag (made in Australia)

A lady from North Carolina, USA bought the Tasmanian series: ‘Retail Therapy, Salamanca’, ‘Salamanca Fresh’ and ‘Richmond Bridge, Tasmania’.  A retired teacher, from South Australia, purchased an original painting of a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo and a couple owl prints.

A couple from NSW purchased a few platypus paintings to hang up in a cottage on their property. They asked for them to be framed.  They said that their adult son loves platypus and they laughingly said that they will write on the backs of the framed pictures that they are for him when they die.

The whale prints and original platypus paintings were the most popular this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “Tell your own story, and you will be interesting, Louise Bourgeois 

Wishing you a creatively happy week, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Orford Getaway

I’ve just arrived back home from an awesome and fun five-girlfriend weekend away, staying at one of my girlfriends’ shack in Orford on the east coast of Tasmania.

 

A view from the shack. (I didn’t take the photo from the exact same spot that I did the quick sketch).

We walked along the track at the back of the shack which led to a stunning beach.

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Along the way we somberly paused at sheer quarry walls that convicts, living on Maria Island, were brought across the water to quarry.  It must have been brutal work and lives lost at the site. The sandstone quarried here was used for buildings in Hobart and Melbourne, including the Melbourne General Post Office, Town Hall and Melbourne Law Courts. The quarry operated in the area from 1870 to 1890.  The remains of the tram lines used to transport stone from the quarry to be loaded onto ships are still visible at Shelly Beach.

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a view from the walk
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Along the track, information posted about the whales that visit the region.  More whale species for me to paint! 🙂

In the evening, we stayed up late, talking, reminiscing and laughing over dinner and a glass of wine.  In the morning, we walked The Old Convict Road.

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We wandered through remnants of a harsh existence for the convicts building the Convict Road.

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Sarah trying out the convict cell.  The doors of the row of convict cells alternated on opposite sides.
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It was later decided that the other side of the Prosser River was the better side to have the road.  All of the brutal work and working conditions to no avail.
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Beautiful lichen patterns on rocks along the Convict Road.

We had one final piece of Liz’s to-die-for flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake and then parted ways.