Salamanca Market January 29, 2022

Well, the weather turned out to be ideal market-day weather, a gentle breeze, not too windy or hot.

A group of ladies, from Bathurst, back from doing the Three Capes Walk, https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/ bought a “Double Date IV” print and a lady from Sydney, traveling from Tasmania to celebrate a friend’s 60th birthday bought a card for the occasion.

Double Date IV
Quality prints of this image is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A lady, from Newcastle, NSW, learning water colour painting herself by watching YouTube videos, purchased one of my small original platypus paintings and the series of my embellished black cockatoos: “Hair Accessories”, “The Bun” and “Leafy Decorum”.

original platypus painting on Khadi Mill paper

A couple bought ten prints for their house they have purchased in Zeehan, on the west coast of Tasmania. https://westcoasttas.com.au/field-guide/zeehan

Diane, who commissioned me several years ago to paint “Joy ride” and has the original, stopped by and purchased a “Hanging Out” print and would like another motorcycle painting. They have a few apparently. She is a wombat rescuer, so she would like a wombat integrated into the painting. I suggested having the wombat in a backpack.

Joy ride

A young lady from the UK, in Australia for a working holiday, living and working in Brisbane at a Dog Day Care business, purchased “Motherly Emutions” to post to her mother in the UK.

Motherly Emutions

I wish everybody a happy and creative week.

Cheers and thanks for visiting, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Update, March 27, 2021

Rain at 6 am, 7 am and at 3 pm was forecasted and unfortunately, I must report, that the weather was predicted correctly. Rain book-ended the market, wet setting up and wet taking down.

I met many visitors from the mainland of Australia today. A couple who took the ferry from Victoria, and she experienced sea sickness for the first time, purchased an A-3 sized print of “Joyride”.

Salamanca Saturdays was purchased as a souvenir by a couple visiting from Brisbane.

Another couple bought a penguin card for their Venezuelan son-in-law who is fanatical about penguins.

A couple, who bought one of my prints a few years ago, for their former Argentinian exchange student’s first child, has come back to buy a print for their second child. They’ll be posting to Switzerland, where the family is now living, a “Duck Crossing” print for the second child and a Duck Crossing pencil case filled with crayons and the like for the older sibling . The older sibling has one of my prints hanging in her bedroom and now the younger sibling will have Duck Crossing in their bedroom.

A mother visiting from Canberra bought “Graduation Siesta” for her daughter who has just graduated and now has a Medical Radiation Science degree.

Two international students, studying at the University of Tasmania, accounting and engineering, bought some cards and small A-5 sized prints. A group visiting from Taiwan, only spending four days in Tassie, bought “Hanging Out”. They liked that the gum leaves and gum nuts make sort of the same shape as Tasmania.

A lady, visiting from Sydney, chose an “Emu Ice Capades” greeting card. I remarked that it was unusual for somebody to choose an ice-skating card. She said that she and all her children ice skate. Now that’s unusual!! In Tasmania, there is only one ice skating rink for the whole island and the owners have recently retired, so I’m not sure if we still have an ice rink. Tasmanians may have to go to the mainland to have an ice-skating experience now! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-13/tasmania-only-ice-skating-rink-for-sale-glenorchy/12869448

Are you from the northern hemisphere, I asked? She was born in Australia, and they just spoke German at home, and then they moved to Germany when she was 5 years old. Then they moved back to Australia when she was eight and she couldn’t speak any English when she started school in Australia. Then the family moved back to Germany when she was twelve and then back to Australia when she was sixteen. Needless to say, she’s had an interesting childhood and is fluent in both German and English.

I started packing up early, so that some of the things that had dried, like the sides of the gazebo and table cloths, wouldn’t get wet again.

Time to put my feet up and enjoy a cup of tea.

Wishing you an awesome weekend and I’ll be back at the market next week, April 3rd.  

Salamanca Market Nov 2, 2019

Rain is a good thing, and we needed it, but it would be nice if there was a rule that it wasn’t allowed to rain on Saturdays. It rained while setting up, stopped  and then rained when taking down.

I had a family from Chile visit and they chose three prints to take back to South America with them: “Beachside Chatter”, “Who Says Emus Can’t Fly?!” and “Glamour Girls I”.

An older man, from New Zealand, stopped in for a browse. I thought that his belt buckle looked like First Nations People’s art work and it was. He bought it 36 years ago in USA when he was doing a motor bike ride from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon on a Triumph, hence, he bought “Bonnie & Me!”.

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Bonnie & Me!

An older couple from Nevada, USA, who have spent a month on the mainland, ‘bumming around Australia’ as he described it bought some greeting cards and another American couple from North California, where the fires are burning, bought a “Duck Crossing” and “Sleepy Head” pouch.

A couple, with a very articulate four year old daughter, bought some prints. I was so impressed with this little girl’s communication skills and confidence. She just struck up a conversation and chattered away with me. Her vocabulary was impressive.

A couple from Victoria, bought a “Bunk beds” print. It was his birthday gift. I wished him happy birthday and he told me it was yesterday, the same day as my mother’s birthday! He said, ‘she’s probably the same age, 71’. Not so, he’s a spring chicken compared to my mother’s age!’

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Bunk beds

I met illustrator Marsha Wajer, who bought, “The Bun” and “Christmas Siesta”. An urban sketcher visited my stall, too. We did a Liz Steel workshop together a few years ago. She was on a girls’ weekend with a large group of her girlfriends.

A lady, who told me that when she was a kid, an emu stole her vegemite sandwich (definitely an Australian emu!), which after that incident, she was scared of emus. She must have gotten over it because she bought “Joyride” for her partner and “Spanish Eyes (Red)” for her sister.

A couple of ladies from Brisbane, bought a large “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag for a friend who paid for their Tasmanian accommodation. A young lady bought a “Fairy wrens” print to send to her mother in the UK.  A couple, who did a direct flight from Perth to Hobart, bought “Bunk beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” prints.

Near the end of the day a young lady from Poland bought “Afternoon Siesta” for her parents. She’s been in Australia for six months and is returning to Poland on Tuesday.

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Afternoon Siesta

As the market was coming to a close and people were heading up the street, I heard a boy, I’m guessing that he was about 10 years old, asking his father, ‘dad, dad, how’s my behaviour now, dad?’ I hope he achieved a gold star.

The most popular prints today were the wombats.

A thought to ponder: “I am not strange. I am just not normal”, Salvador Dalí

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,

from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Aug 17, 2019

It was hectic under blue skies today.  The first visitors to the stall this morning were from Singapore.  They each bought a little pouch and greeting card.  They asked me to sign their cards and pose for a photo.

Next, a couple, from Launceston, stopped by and purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” and “The Three Amigos” print.  One is going to be a gift for her parents.

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Meet me at the Gate

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The Three Amigos

A “Hanging Out” greeting card was purchased for a teenager, who is always sleeping, I was told. Some framed prints went today too:  “Sleepy Wombat”, “Kiss Me Please”, “White Faced Scops Owls” and “Joy ride!”, with “Kiss Me Please” being purchased by my dog groomer.

My framed Original Painting of “Bird Watching” is making its way to Sydney to hang in the lounge room with Wendy Binks’ emus.

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Bird Watching

“Afternoon Siesta” and “Under My Red Umbrella” is travelling to Thailand and a couple is posting a “Devilish Siesta” print to their daughter living in Canada. Girlfriends from New Zealand bought a “Scarlet Robins” and “Hanging Out” print. A “Spiky Bunk beds” and “Devilish Siesta” is accompanying a young lady to Canberra. Two young optometrists, here on a work week/conference from Sydney, are returning with two A-5 sized prints: “Spanish Eyes (Red)” and “Who says emus can’t fly!?”, and a small “Salamanca Saturdays” pouch. A young lady from Atlanta, USA bought some greeting cards.

A man couldn’t believe it when he saw “Bonnie & Me!”. He has the exact same motorcycle and showed me a photo of his bike.  Needless to say, he bought the print.

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Bonnie & Me!

An A-4 sized original painting of a wombat was purchased as a gift for her sister’s birthday.  I forgot to take a photo of it, so I can’t even show you what it looked like. L

The most popular prints today were the Sleepy Head series, featuring wombats, echidnas and Tassie devils.

A thought to ponder: I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people”, Bob Ross (I guess I’m a little weird too because I talk to the animals I paint and welcome them to the world, once I give them nostrils to breathe.  My friends at art group find it quite amusing).

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 March 24, 2018

Rain was predicted for today and I’m happy to report that they predicted incorrectly. We did get a little but not the amount that was forecasted. All-in-all the weather was great, not too hot or cold.

A bus tour group from New Zealand was at the market today. I met one lady who has fifteen grandchildren and thought “Scarlet Robin Rescue” would be the perfect gift for her granddaughter who is turning thirteen years old.

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Scarlet Robin Rescue

A man from the same tour group purchased “Outback Glamping”. He said that he did a lot of work in the outback putting in telecommunications.

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Outback Glamping


A grandmother bought three prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series (“Duck Crossing”, “All Ears” and “Helping Hands”) for her grandson who is having his first birthday soon. She is going to frame them up for his mother.  These are part of my Cheer ’em Up series.  I thought of heart warming scenes where the emu comes to the rescue.  They are all available for purchase on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com

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Duck Crossing

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All Ears

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Helping Hands

Sisters, on holidays from the UK, bought a platypus with turtle, kookaburra and Yellow-tailed black cockatoo little original painting.

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A lady originally from Tasmania, but now living in Tennessee, USA, for over 20 years, is taking back with her a “Scarlet Robins” and “The Three Amigos” print.


A Melbourne artist bought a “Fairy wrens” print. A young lady from South Korea, travelling with her friend living in Melbourne, deliberated for a long time before settling on “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”. She’s only visiting for a week and she wanted to also see Uluru and Sydney. Her friend told her that she can only do Melbourne and Tasmania. She’ll have to plan a few more trips to Australia. She had troubles deciding between “Walking the Dogs”, which has Sydney’s Opera House and Harbour Bridge in the background, “Outback Glamping”, which has Uluru in the background, and “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”. The prints of Salamanca Market were also in the mix. What a dilemma!


I didn’t have any wombat paintings with me today, so of course I had people specifically asked for wombats… Murphy’s Law. I met a group from Belarus and a mother and adult daughter from Perth on a ten day holiday together. The owl prints caught the attention of a mother and son. She has a collection of over 4000 little owls! One has to wonder if they get dusted, and if they do, by whom??!

Near the end of the day, grandparents bought “Joyride” for their granddaughter living in Adelaide.

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Joy ride!


This week’s most popular print is: Duck Crossing
A thought to ponder: “This is why art is important. It makes us FEEL.” ~Cherie Haas

P.S. My website is back up (www.pjpaintings.com). Not all the images have been loaded but hopefully they will be soon.
P.S.S. One more market and then I’ll be away the four Saturdays during the month of April. I am hoping to post lots of travel drawings and stories here.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your upcoming week is great,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 3, 2018

A cruise ship from Sydney was in Hobart today. I had conversations with quite a few of the passengers. One, who saw my “Duck Crossing” print in the Made in Tasmania shop, and when she saw it at my stall, said that she wanted to buy it for her 5 year old daughter because she loves ducklings. While perusing the stall, she spotted “All Ears” and decided she was buying an A-3 sized print of “All Ears” for herself instead.
Another cruise ship passenger came at the end of the day and bought herself a “Scarlet Robins” print to cheer herself up she told me. Another passenger bought three dancing emu prints to put in her office. She said that her clients like to see different and engaging art.

A couple touring Tasmania on a motorbike bought “Joy ride!”. They’re riding a similar Italian framed Ducati motorcycle. She said that it will be sitting on their piano in Cronulla, Sydney.

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Joy ride!

A lovely couple re-visited my stall. They told me that they had bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” print for their cousin’s granddaughter, 8 year old Holly, living in Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. Holly loves owls. A large stuffed owl also accompanied the print. Needless to say, Holly was a very happy girl when these arrived. I collected postage stamps when I was a child and I remember that Guernsey in particular had stunning stamps.

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White Faced Scops Owls

A grandfather, 76 years old, daughter 46, son 44 and 12 year old grandson were back from doing The Three Capes walk. The grandfather had been training to improve his fitness so that he could do the walk. He was pretty pleased. It’s now a lovely memory for the three generations. The “Double Date IV” print will also serve as a lovely Salamanca Market memory.

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Double Date IV

A lady, living locally, bought an A-3 sized print of Yellow Poppy Fields. She said that her lounge room is the same orange as the orange highlights in the painting. It will pop on an orange wall.

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Yellow Poppy Fields

A young couple, living in Canberra, bought “G’day”. A couple, who are 7 months into their world trip, bought an original small framed platypus painting to give to their Tasmanian host. They are on their way to Bali, Singapore, the Philippines and then back to the UK. An x-Canadian, from Toronto, who is living in Brisbane, Queensland for the past three years, purchased “Sea Life”. A lady visiting from United States bought five greeting cards to take back with her and a couple from Adelaide bought ten Christmas greeting cards. The cards made them chuckle aloud.

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Sea Life

This week’s most popular print is: Thunder!

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Thunder!

A thought to ponder: “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes” ― Pablo Picasso. This rings so true for me when I am urban sketching. My brain so often convinces and tricks me into believing that an angle couldn’t possibly be that severe. Listening to it, rather than trusting what my eye sees, is a frequent source of frustration.
On Monday, the OneWeek100People challenge commences. Good luck to all those taking up the challenge. I will be. I plan to post some of my drawings on Facebook and on my blog:www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com
P.S. My website is still down because it has been hacked. It should be back up in a few weeks. Please feel free to contact me through Facebook, blog or email: pjpaintings@gmail.com
Take care and have fun taking a line for a walk,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 10, 2018

Today’s weather forecast was ominous with severe thunderstorms, large hailstones and flash flooding predicted. A lot of stall holders were packed up before 3 pm, keen to avoid the combination of gazebos, torrential rain and lightning. But none of the above occurred. Very civilly behaved rain commenced while writing this post, but not thunder, lightning or hail. It would be nice to get a decent amount rain as we desperately need it. Fingers crossed.
Two cruise ships were in today, along with the HMAS Hobart (DDG 39), named after the city of Hobart, the lead ship of the Hobart-class air warfare destroyers used by the Royal Australian Navy, visiting Hobart for the first time. It is open to the public tomorrow morning before heading off to visit Toowoomba, Qld and Geelong, Vic.
A couple, who sailed from Queensland on a yacht, not the cruise ship, purchased “Serenity” to take back with them. A group of four young women visiting Tasmania from China, with very little English, purchased “Spanish Eyes (Red)” and “Joyride”.
Two serious mountain bikers, who had spent several days riding in Derby, Tasmania, and then moved onto the newly opened Maydena tracks, visited the stall. In her first Maydena run of the day, going over a jump on a blue run, she fell and broke her fingers. Apparently the tracks on Maydena are much steeper than Derby’s. I found Derby scary! I have posted a blog post about my visit to Derby, titled:  Derby the little town that could.

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Here’s my unfinished drawing of a mountain biker in Derby, Tasmania 

A couple women from Pennsylvania, USA, from the cruise ship purchased “Off to the Races! II” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II”. Another cruise ship passenger, from Ohio, USA, bought the prints “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh”. She went on an excursion to Richmond, Tasmania. Apparently there were 30 buses booked to take cruise ship passengers to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary today. They would have had a manically busy day.

A family that arrived this morning from Melbourne to attend an engagement party tonight, (but they suspect it is a wedding because the couple got engaged 9 months ago) bought a “Sea Life” print. Another couple bought “Beachside Chatter” for a 60th birthday. A “White Faced Scops Owls” print for a thank you gift is going to Western Australia. The same print is going to a house filled with bird-art on the Hawkesbury River, NSW. They came over on the Spirit of Tasmania. She said the sailing across was great and that the water was really flat.

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Sea Life

A lady on holidays from Jashpur, India, purchased four small prints: “Salamanca Saturdays”, “Yellow Poppy Fields”, “White Faced Scops Owls” and “The Three Amigos”.

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Yellow Poppy Fields

I got the inspiration for this painting from this house in Canada with the dandelion front yard .

 

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The very best neighbour in the world visited the pjpaintings stall today. We were neighbours when we both lived in Rathmines, NSW. I miss my treasured friend and former neighbour. It was so good catching up earlier in the week.
At the end of the market day, a shopkeeper from Mullumbimby, QLD, bought some prints and greeting cards for her shop called ‘Tinker Tailer Dancer Trader’. Mullumbimby is such a cool sounding name, like her shop and shop’s name, that I googled the origins of the name. It is reported that it is believed that ‘mullumbimby’ is a Bundjalung word and that ‘Muli’ means ‘hill’. This makes sense as the town is located below Mount Chincogan which, at 309 metres, can be fairly described as a ‘small, round hill.’ There is an alternative explanation that ‘mulabinba’ was a Bundjalung word for a fern which grew in the area.
Well, all is still here. The skies are clear and unfortunately we got very little rain.
This week’s most popular prints are: the whale and owl prints, Outback Glamping and Off to the Races! II
A thought to ponder: “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…” ~William Wordsworth
Take care and wishing you many happy hours enjoying your creative pursuits from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings, Salamanca Market January 27, 2018

I found yesterday’s heat rather taxing so when I got home, I went straight to bed. I didn’t even unpack the car. I can’t remember if I’ve ever not unpacked the car immediately, but thankfully I was able to re-energise myself enough to go to a friends’ beautiful home for dinner. She has lots of books in book cases. The book cases have built in narrow-in-height horizontal shelves for big picture books that are cleverly designed to serve as rests for book browsing as well. (I should think like a blogger and have taken a photo of it!!  Apologies).
Friday was Australia Day, a long weekend in Australia, and a hot one for most of the country. Despite the heat, people came out to peruse the market. I met three different couples that had bought prints earlier in the week from Made in Tasmania, a brilliant shop in Salamanca Place, that has supported my art from when I first started producing prints and greeting cards, five years ago now. One of the couples were from Western Australia (WA). From the stall, they bought “Spanish Eyes (Yellow) for a friend and “Hayride” for themselves. He’s a farmer and said that he will have to attack weeds upon his return. With the rain, and then the sunshine, they will be growing in abundance. He was not looking forward to it.

Another couple, from California, USA, purchased “Spanish Eyes (Yellow)” and “Off to the Races” prints from the Made in Tasmania shop.

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Off to the Races! II

I met a lady, who is originally from Hobart, now living in Brisbane. She’s upgrading her science degree that she did at the University of Tasmania, and she’s doing an IT degree. She’s attending university with her daughter and son. She also has a 15 year old son, who is academically, musically and artistically gifted. She bought two small owl prints.

I have painted a Ducati, Harley and Triumph motorcycles. I met a Sydney couple that have owned all three. They ended up purchasing “Joy ride!” and “Bonnie & Me”.


A lovely couple from northern England, that spent quite a bit of time deliberating, eventually chose a small “Who, Who, Who are You?II” print. He was telling me that people have told him that Tasmania is similar to England but he thinks it’s nothing like it. He drove through the midlands and said it is so dry, like the land is burnt. We really do need rain. Apparently, we should be getting rain tomorrow. We hope so.

A family from Ankara, Turkey, narrowed down the print choices to “Off to the Races!” and “Glamour Girls”. They asked me which one I thought was the best picture, which I think is a quite a challenging question to ask the creator of the pictures! My response was that I find it too difficult to choose because I like them both equally, therefore, I think you should purchase both. Ha-ha, they thought that was funny too. They ended up choosing “Glamour Girls”.

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Glamour Girls

An Austrian and Swiss girl, travelling together for a year, only one month left, stopped at the stall. They worked together in a lawyers’ office in Europe. I asked them what they were going to do upon their return. They had no definite education or training plans. They were in agreement that they didn’t want to go back to office work. I gave them my little, which turned out to be rather pro-longed, passionate pep talk, about not limiting themselves, that they need more women in science, engineering and similar fields, that there are 100% women construction and electrician businesses now and more. They thanked me for the inspirational and motivational speech. It was funny, we all laughed, but yet I meant what I said, which I think was understood by all.

A couple from Warrnambool, Victoria, bought a “Suspended” print to take back for their daughter. A couple from Port Macquarie, NSW, bought “White Faced Scops Owls” and “White Faced Scops Owls II”. A young Sydney couple purchased two small original paintings, a Sulphur crested cockatoo and Yellow-tailed black cockatoo. A young lady from Melbourne, purchased the Glamour Girls II original painting. Now there are only two originals from the series available for purchase, “Glamour Girls” and “Glamour Girls I”.


A couple that live here in Hobart, she being originally from the UK, visited the stall again. She sent “Salamanca Fresh” to her two sisters in the UK. She said that they just loved them so she was looking for more three-emu pictures. She chose “Outback Glamping” and encouraged me to paint more three-emu scenes.

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Outback Glamping

This week’s most popular prints were the whales and owls, “Suspended” and “White Faced Scops Owls” in particular.
A thought to ponder: “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso
Wishing you a lovely week, full of creative opportunities, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 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 September 2, 2017

This Saturday’s weather and temperature was a vast improvement over last week’s. I didn’t have to wear three layers of everything, and with the predicted high of 19 degrees Celsius, I wore a skirt and my stripy stockings. People refer to me as Pippi Longstocking when I wear them, which I like very much, Pippi or Matilda. Both are great stories where girls rise above less than ideal family situations and triumph against the odds – inspirational stuff. I saw Matilda, the musical, in Melbourne, a few months ago. It was awesome. The music and songs were written by Tim Minchin, but I digress.

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I met lots and lots of people from Melbourne today. It was a very slow start today. The first people to purchase a print, “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo”, were a couple from the Gold Coast, wearing puffer jackets and beanies. It didn’t feel as balmy to them as it did to us Tasmanians! A bride-to-be bought “Double Date IV”. The wedding is taking place on Bruny Island.  

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Tu-whit & Tu-whoo limited edition print


Three prints of Tasmanian scenes are heading to United States. He’s lived near Wollongong, NSW for 1.5 years and is returning to the US in a few days. Another American, is taking back with her to Washington, D.C. a “Beauty Queens IV” and “Richmond Bridge” print. She’s originally from California. 

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, the oldest bridge in Australia, built by convicts.

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A couple, from Adelaide, who said that the vibrant colours attracted them to the stall, are returning home with a “White Faced Scops Owls” and “Under my Red Umbrella” print. 

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Under my Red Umbrella


A father, from the north of the state, visiting his daughter who is doing her honours at the University of Tasmania, bought a Ducati motorcycle print, titled “Joy Ride!” His daughter is writing her thesis on the benefit of growing seaweed (and a shell that I can’t remember its name) near salmon farms to help oxygenate the water. It’s nice to see an increasing representation of females studying, and obviously doing very well, in the science fields.

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Joy Ride!

Today’s best seller was: White Faced Scops Owls

White Faced Scops Owls
White Faced Scops Owls

A thought to ponder: “Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours, for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” ― Jacob Nordby

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

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