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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Wishing everybody a lovely weekend.
Tasmania is burning. There are over 50 fires burning and about 30 of them are out of control. Hobart is shrouded with smoke from fires in the Derwent Valley extending to the inland lakes in central Tasmania, fires south of Huonville and more.
As a consequence, I’ve been called upon to do extra gallery duties at Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, while those that are living in the Geeveston area are on ‘watch and act’ status. Gallery visitors were few and far between today, so I was able to pass the time drawing another wombat. I am going to draw in more leaves but this is what I did this morning at the gallery.
I’m thinking that I may just paint the wombat and leave the rest in its ink-only state??
I’ve finished my family of wombats enjoying an afternoon siesta under the cool shade of a gum tree but there’s always one who isn’t feeling sleepy! The prints of this painting, titled “Bunk beds”, are making their debut at Salamanca Market tomorrow (they are also available on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com under the ‘Animals’ tab and ‘wombats’).
I’ve seen and photographed wombats many times in Tasmania’s wilderness. There’s nothing cuter than seeing a baby wombat running! They’re so cute. They are gentle animals and I try to capture that gentleness and calmness in my paintings of wombats.
Wombats are marsupials native to Tasmania and the mainland of Australia. They are herbivores. Female wombats give birth to a single young in the spring and the young leave the pouch after about six months. They can run fast for short distances. I hope they are managing to escape the Tasmania’s thousands of burning square kilometers.
Stay safe and take care.