Salamanca Market Jan 25, 2020

Thankfully I managed to fall asleep among the waves of cheering washing over the house, the cannons and loud speaker of the Hurricane’s and the Thunder’s Big Bash game at Blundstone Oval. It was nice to hear that the Hurricanes won the game!

Salamanca Market once again took place under calm skies and moderate temperatures. The tote bags and zipper pouches went well today. Also, the original paintings: a meeting of “platypus and turtle” was purchased by a couple from Wales,

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Turtle and Platypus Meeting

a young man from Melbourne bought “Holding Hands”,

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Holding Hands (emu -style)

a young lady from Taiwan bought my “colour coordinated emu” (somebody told my emus that they should colour coordinate their clothes. Heaven help us!)

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and a young man from London purchased the “emu and butterfly” painting.

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A mother bought a “Glamour Girls” print for her daughter that has a salon. She also wanted a print of emus doing a manicure for her other daughter.  She’s a nail technician. Another “Glamour Girls” print will be travelling north of Inverness, Scotland, where this former Hobartian has been living for 30 years now.

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Glamour Girls

A French couple bought “Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas!”. It’s for the son of his best friend that lives in New Zealand, which they are on their way to visit. “Christmas Siesta” and “Bunk Beds” prints are travelling to China. I was told I have a very cute imagination and asked to pose for a photo.

 

A “Double Date III” tote bag is going to Hong Kong. “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Lazy Days” (which debuted today) are making the long journey to Edmonton, Canada. They are a gift for their daughter who has just moved out.

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“Lazy Days” prints debuted at today’s market

A lady from Germany purchased “Duck Crossing II”, as a present for herself she told me.  It is from my “Cheer ’em Up” series, where I thought of heart warming scenes where the emu saves the day! “Duck Crossing II” debuted today too. 100 A-4 sized “Duck Crossing” prints from a 100 limited edition print run SOLD out, so I painted a replacement.

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The first “Duck Crossing” painting. The A-4 sized prints have sold out but there are still prints of the other sizes available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
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The new painting “Duck Crossing II”. I painted it brighter, different duckling poses, including one sliding down from the emu legs.

The most popular prints today were the wombat prints from the Sleepy Head series.

A thought to ponder: “Bring your humanity to your art. Bring your art to humanity”. Maxime Lagacé. (I like this! :-))

Wishing everybody a Happy New Year,

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

P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at www.pjpaintings.com

 

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market August 18, 2018

Rain was forecasted so we were very lucky to not see one drop of it. There were white fluffy clouds and blue skies instead.
 
Hobart is hosting the Festival of Bright Ideas, promoting science, this weekend. A mother, whose daughter is living in the UK, a scientist and the founder of The Curiosity Box, (www.curiosity-box.com) bought a ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ for her UK granddaughter.
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The ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ print
 
Many small originals were purchased today with whales going to China and Hong Kong.
Baby Sienna was given an original platypus painting last year. She’s about to have her second birthday, so her grandmother was sent back to the pjpaintings stall to buy another original. A galah was chosen for Sienna this year.
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A small galah original painting
A Yellow-tailed black cockatoo was selected by a young lady who told me that her UK grandfather is a watercolourist. He has bought her paints and she is currently trying to learn watercolour painting. She showed me a photo of a lovely blue and green humming bird that she painted.
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A Yellow-tailed black cockatoo original painting
 
Prints from the unfurling series were popular today. One is heading back to Phoenix, USA, another to the mainland, two are staying in Tasmania, one is going to China and I can’t remember where the others are going.
 
A ‘Scarlet Robin Rescue’ print was chosen as a gift for a friend expecting her first grandchild. ‘Helping Hands’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ are travelling to Texas, USA. She told me that her daughter wanted her to get something whimsical. I think she has fulfilled that criterion.
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Scarlet Robin Rescue
 
A sister-in-law bought a ‘Family Outing’ print for her brother-in-law. The print represents his family. A lady, from Brisbane, whose friend has my artwork hanging up in her home, sought my stall out and bought ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’.
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Duck Crossing
 
Rising Above it, Entanglement and Lost Worlds from the Unfurling series were the most popular prints this weekend.
 
A thought to ponder: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong” –Joseph Chilton Pearce
 
Thanks for visiting and wishing everybody a happy upcoming week from stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market May 19, 2018

More than 900 women descended upon Hobart for the weekend’s national convention and to compete in the Sweet Adelines competition. Twenty-three women’s barbershop quartets and twenty-three choruses are contending for a chance to sing in the USA World Sweet Adelines competition.  I didn’t notice them at the market.  I would think that they would be protecting their voices and choosing to stay out of the cold.

I did notice AFL Kangaroo supporters at the market and a dozen women on holidays together, all wearing pink beanies.  The Housing Industry Association was also in Hobart, hosting an event in one of the large sheds on the waterfront.  Early in the day, I met a Loss Assessor from Townsville.  She is here to help RACT with their inundation of claims from last week’s storms. She said that there are assessors from across Australia here to help with insurance claims.

A grandfather deliberated long and hard for the right pictures for his 2 year old granddaughter, Emily.  He decided on ‘Richmond Bridge, Tasmania’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’.

A couple from Sydney bought an A-2 sized print of ‘Suspended’ and a smaller ‘The Three Amigos’ print.

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The Three Amigos

A family, with grandparents, also from Sydney, spent quite a long time at the pjpaintings stall and were quite intrigued how I came up with my ideas for various pieces of art.  I told them the newest ideas occupying my head when I should have been sleeping.  I described some of the images, which reassuringly made them smile and chuckle.  They purchased two prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series: ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Helping Hands’.

A lady bought a framed original platypus painting for her husband’s birthday. Two sisters holidaying together bought card packs of the Cheer ‘em Up series and friends from Launceston bought a small framed (5×7”) ‘White Faced Scops Owls’.

This week’s most popular prints are: Suspended and The Three Amigos

A thought to ponder:  “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” ~ Salvador Dali.

Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 17, 2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! It was lively in front of Irish Murphy’s today with green decorations, music and people wearing green hats.
It was a warm, windless, quiet day at the markets.  After the market, during the night, it got stormy.  I fell asleep with the window wide open but I had to close the window part way because the wind was making the blinds flap around.  There also was a strong smoke smell.  I wondered if a lightning strike had started a fire somewhere.  Then the rains came.  We desperately need rain, so it was a welcome sound.  I’m glad it arrived when it did, rather than yesterday, on a market day.
Four couples from Bathurst, NSW, are spending two weeks in Tassie, celebrating a 60th birthday. They purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print as a souvenir.
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Salamanca Market with Mt Wellington in the backdrop
Then I met four women, from Bathurst, NSW, that have been friends since they were 18 years old. They are spending four days in Tasmania, also celebrating a 60th birthday. They’ve bought shares in a race horse, so “Off to the Races!” was the print for them.
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Off to the Races!
Then I met a flutist from…, you guessed it, Bathurst, NSW, who has been invited to play with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Peer Gynt Suite. She purchased two prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series: “All Ears” and “Duck Crossing”. An “All Ears” is also going to Donnybrook, Western Australia.
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All Ears
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Duck Crossing
Then I met three different groups of people, unknown to one another, all from New Mexico, USA. Uncanny! One bought “Story time” and the other, a small platypus painting. She said that there were two things that she wanted to see when she visited Tassie and they were to see a platypus and wombat in the wild, and she did! She is lucky because platypus are quite elusive.
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Story time
This week’s most popular print is: Thunder! One of the people that purchased “Thunder!” is a young couple from the Central Coast, NSW. He left his driver’s licence at the stall. I tried to find them when I noticed it but couldn’t see them. I’ve left a Facebook Message, so hopefully he will contact me soon. I doubt that he even realises that his licence is missing. (He’s checked Facebook and all is well – he’s been reunited with his driver’s licence).
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A thought to ponder: Thomas Merton – “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
P.S. My website is back up (www.pjpaintings.com). Not all the images have been loaded but hopefully by the end of the week it will be completed.
Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 17, 2018

Wow, it’s hard to know where to start.  I met so many people today.  The day started with a lady from Northern Rivers, NSW, who had just done the Overland Track.  She was disappointed that she didn’t see a Pink robin on her trek.  They are an elusive little bird but she was going to Binalong, on the east coast of Tasmania, and that is where I saw a Pink robin, Scarlet robins and many Superb Fairy wrens.  Hopefully, they’ll make a presence for her too.

A couple from Townsville, that saw my prints hanging up at Saltshakers in Swansea, Tasmania, purchased a Spanish Eyes (Red) print.  There are very few of these left before its availability ends when it reaches 100/100 sold.

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Spanish Eyes (Red)

Last night, I framed “All Ears”, “Duck Crossing” and “Helping Hands” and displayed them today.  They certainly caught people’s eye.  A frame really does help set off a print.

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A couple from MacKay bought a small “Duck Crossing” print.  She said that in MacKay, the council put a ‘Beware of Wild Animals’ sign where ducks frequently cross the road.  She found that quite funny. A family from China, visiting Tasmania, also purchased a “Duck Crossing” print and an “All Ears” print to make a pair.  Another “Duck Crossing” print went to Perth.

The new owners of emus riding a Triumph motorcycle “Bonnie & Me!” are taking the print home to England.  An ex-Tasmanian, now living in Los Angeles, running a mobile bicycle rental company at Venice Beach, bought a “Family Outing” print.

A young man, originally from Illinois, USA, now living in Washington, USA, bought a 5” x 7” sized “Who says emus can’t fly?!” print.  He said that his mother was really into Harleys when he was young and that she used to sew a lot of appliqué motorcycle scenes. My painting reminded him of her creations.

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Who says emus can’t fly?!

I met a lovely young lady from Switzerland.  She was doing volunteer work on an organic farm, organised through WWOOF.  She bought a “Motherly Emutions” greeting card to send to her father.  We had a lovely conversation.  I also met some French young travellers.  They have been travelling around Australia for a year and fruit picking along the way to earn an income.

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Motherly Emutions

I met a zoologist from Melbourne.  She loves Red-tailed black cockatoos but ended up buying a Yellow-tailed black and Sulphur-crested cockatoo because those were the ones that she connected with, which she was a little surprised about.  She said that she has a very large painting of a Red-tailed cockatoo at home. She sporadically sells at a local market near her.  She said that she frames and sells things she finds, feathers, sea urchins, shells and the like.

A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought Spanish Eyes (Yellow) to post to his Italian mother, living in Italy.  A group of six young women travelling together from Taiwan bought a small whale print and a postcard size print of “Duck Crossing” and “Helping Hands”. A family from Singapore, with extended family members, purchased a small original painting of three emus reading a book. A couple from Laurieton on the NSW’s coast, a small town of a population just under 2000 in the 2011 census, purchased a “Story time” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print.

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Story time

This week’s most popular print is: Salamanca Saturdays

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Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “When my students are stuck I say, ‘take the first step, there will be something better on the other side.’” ~Susan Edison

Have fun and good luck to those doing Hobart’s ‘Run the Bridge’ tomorrow.

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Hobart’s Tasman Bridge

Take care and have fun pursuing your creative outlet,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 16, 2017

A cruise ship sailed into the Derwent River at about 6:30 am and docked close to Salamanca Market. It started its travels in New Zealand, then it is going to Melbourne, Sydney and eventually to Vanuatu. I met several Americans from the ship. A couple from North Carolina, who had visited Richmond in the morning, bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print for their Tasmanian souvenir. The gentleman was a large and lively personality. A lady off the ship, from Hawaii, was enamoured with “What the Devil!?” 

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, the oldest bridge in all of Australia, built by convicts
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What the Devil!? My painting of a Tasmanian Devil, endemic to Tasmania


A family from Texas that have been living in Canberra on a work exchange, stopped and browsed in the pjpaintings stall. They were heading back to the USA after their Tasmanian visit. They loved their year-long Australian experience. The 14 year old girl particularly liked playing the different team sports while at school here.

A man, enchanted by the dancing emus, ran off to put more money in his parking meter and then returned. He debated long and hard over his choice and eventually decided on “Spanish Eyes (Red) II” and “Spanish Eyes (Yellow)”. He told me it was for his gypsy lover in Ipswich, Queensland.


A Sydneysider purchased an A-3 sized “Duck Crossing” for her 16 week old great nephew. “Barn Owls” is travelling with its new owners back to Scotland. A family with three young boys, living in Dubai, spending Christmas in Tassie, each chose an A-4 sized print. The youngest wanted the red car one “Family Outing” and the other two boys chose an owl print.

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Duck Crossing… the emu comes to the rescue!
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Family Outing


I had a lovely long conversation with three young adults from France. The young man said that I had a good French accent. Yay! 🙂 The little bit of effort to try to speak some French each week is starting to pay off as I was searching less for words.

A couple, currently living in Melbourne, but the young woman is from Russia, bought a “Double Date” and “What the Devil!?” greeting card. A teacher from the Gold Coast, Queensland, purchased a “Yellow Poppy Fields” print and then later in the day returned and also got “Story time”. She was debating whether or not to get on her first visit to the stall.

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Yellow Poppy Fields


“Rising Above It” is going to a nurse working at the Royal Hobart Hospital, who has been working a long time with women and the range of health problems encountered in that department, hopefully conquering and rising above illnesses and health conditions.

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Rising Above It


A Tasmanian Devil little original is going to Sydney and another Sydneysider is taking “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Who, Who, Who are You? with them. A “Double Date IV” print is going to Perth with somebody who has been enjoying a two week Tasmanian holiday.

The Best Seller today is: Story time

A thought to ponder: Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”
― Seth Godin

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market Oct. 28, 2017

We had another Salamanca Market day under blue skies and sunshine. It was a busy day. When I came home, Charli-dog and I went for a long walk and enjoyed the beauty and stillness of one of the many reserves at my doorstep. When I returned home I was too tired to write, hence I’m writing my Salamanca Market update Sunday morning, rather than immediately after the market.
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Waverley Flora Reserve
The first people to visit the pjpaintings stall were from Malaysia. They chose a red and yellow “Poppy Fields” and a “Fairy Wrens” print to accompany them back home after holidaying for two and a half weeks in Australia.
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Fairy Wrens, Australia’s voted number one most favourite bird
A grandmother bought “Duck Crossing” for her granddaughter. She returned later in the day to get “Who, Who, Who are You? II” for another granddaughter, if she could part with them she said.

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Two local ladies, one a psychologist, stopped at the stall to buy artwork for her office. She wanted happy images, at eye level, for her clients to look at. The two deliberated and eventually decided upon “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania”, “Retail Therapy, Salamanca”, and “Who, Who, Who are You? II”.
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Retail Therapy, Salamanca
A lady, who was in Tasmania for the Masters’ Games, purchased a small print. She won Gold and Silver in the Dragon Boat races of 20 and 10, plus the drummer and one at the back who steers. A young graphic artist from Devonport, Tasmania purchased “Sea Life” and “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo”.
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Sea Life
A couple from Brisbane bought a small platypus original painting. He chose the painting with the rather plump looking platypus. “I’ll have the well-fed looking one”, he said. He was telling me that he saw a platypus, with his binoculars, climb out of the water onto a rock and scratch its tummy with its back paw. How special is that?!
Two ladies from Tamworth, NSW are taking back with them “The Three Amigos” and “Double Date”. They said that they see these birds and rusty gates all the time where they live so these prints fit right in with their surroundings.
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The Three Amigos
I had an extremely enthusiastic pair visit the stall from Chinchilla, Qld, a town with a population of approximately 5,500. She bought four prints and then returned later on in the afternoon and bought five more! She said that she went to her hotel room and laid out the four prints on her bed and thought, “I have room on my walls for more.” She returned just before I was going to start packing up, arriving saying she was hoping I was still here because she just loves the art so much she wants more.
Today’s most popular print was: Suspended
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Suspended
A thought to ponder: “Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Chuck Close
I’m not sure what Chuck is exactly trying to communicate with this statement, but I suspect that in his view waiting for inspiration is procrastination. If time is going by and inspiration is lacking, I agree just start painting something, but some of my most creative and successful ideas have arrived when I allow myself some quiet think time, despite trying to quieten this ‘you are procrastinating’ feeling trying to push me to pick up a paintbrush.
Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market – Thanks for stopping by!  🙂
All artwork is available at http://www.pjpaintings.com