Salamanca Market Sept 21, 2019

It was busy all day today, even while I was packing up, people were still purchasing prints and greeting cards. Over sixty greeting cards went today!
 
A lady bought a “Hanging Out” print for her sister, who has just turned 60 and is moving to a new job. She’s going to be a principal of a school in Victoria. She loves wombats and her sister is sure that she’ll have this one hanging up in her new office. Who knows, it may calm the naughty children sent to the principal’s office! (lol)
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Hanging Out
 
Two sisters visited the stall, both from Scotland, one still living in Scotland and the other living in Adelaide. “Hanging Out” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” are travelling to Scotland and “Flying School” is staying in Australia. A couple from the town of Hertfordshire, UK, are taking home with them an “Afternoon Siesta” print.
 
A mother purchased a medium sized “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag to post to Amsterdam. Her son and girlfriend visited Tasmania in July 2019 and just loved it, so she is going to post this as a souvenir of their memorable time here.
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Salamanca Fresh tote bag available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
A Perth couple, who have lots of empty walls in their house they told me, purchased “Family Outing”, “Who Says Emus Can’t Fly!?” and “Glamour Girls”. A couple from Newcastle, bought an A-3 size print of “Hair Accessories” to go with their big Yellow-tailed cockatoo print that they have hanging at the end of their hallway that you see as soon as you step through the front door. They also got an A-3 sized print of “Afternoon Siesta”. They were very impressed with “The Wall in the Wilderness” (amazing wood carvings) at Derwent Bridge, Tasmania and were planning on checking out MONA this afternoon.
 
A couple from Jervis Bay, NSW bought the original “Sleepy time” painting. A man bought the original painting titled “Ring”, and a lady, staying in accommodation above the Drunken Sailor Restaurant on Hunter Street, bought my urban sketch of MACq 01 Hunter Street scene, also an original painting.
 
A young boy from Brisbane, bought “The Bun” with his own money (I gave him a discount) and a couple from Switzerland bought an A-3 sized “Afternoon Siesta”.
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“The Bun” prints available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
I’m off to Canada tomorrow. I’m visiting a close family member, who is unwell. I’ll be back at Salamanca Market October 19th. My prints and greeting cards are available at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre and at http://www.pjpaintings.com. I’ll be posting my Inktober drawings at http://www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and hopefully some urban sketches.
 
Until then, take care,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
 
P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
A thought to ponder: “Everything starts from a dot.” Wassily Kandinsky
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Salamanca Market Sept 14, 2019

Today, in contrast to last week (thankfully!) the sky was bright blue and the sun was out.

The day started with a couple from Berlin, Germany, now living in Australia, buying a bunch of PJ Paintings Christmas greeting cards to post to relatives in Germany.

Two young ladies visited the stall. One purchased a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” and a “The Three Amigos” print.  She wanted a print with magpies too, so that she could have her three favourite birds hanging together. Magpies are coming. I took a bunch of photos of a camera-friendly magpie outside the door of a café. I think it had become accustomed to being fed, hence being so cooperative and presenting multiple poses for me.

Tu-whit & Tu-whoo                     The Three Amigos

The modelling magpie:

Another lady from Berlin, Germany, came into stall today. She purchased a couple of A-5 sized prints: “Storytime” and “Family Outing”. A lady visiting from New Zealand bought some prints for her 1.5 and 4 year old sons. She bought “Hayride”, “Family Outing”, “Emus Can Fly!” and “Glamour Girls”.

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Emus Can Fly!

Two young ladies from Paris, France, flying back home in two days after spending 10 months in Australia, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print.

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Scarlet Robins

A lady, down from St Helens, Tasmania, who was showing her niece from Scotland Tasmania, bought a “Helping Hands” print. She said that she’ll be visiting Scotland next year and that the print will be a gift for a family member living there.

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Helping Hands

A couple from Virginia, USA bought a wombat and a “Salamanca Saturdays” card as a souvenir. An urban sketching friend came by and bought a “What the Devil?! pouch to take to Iran with her. She and her partner are visiting Iran for several weeks. I’m really looking forward to seeing her sketch book upon her return. Safe travels.

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Small ‘What the Devil!?’ pouch available at Salamanca Market and http://www.pjpaiintings.com

A wide variety of prints were bought today. The new “The Bun” and “Hair Accessories”, some prints from the Unfurling series, “Off to the Races”, the wombats and more. The most popular prints today were the owls.

A thought to ponder: “Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

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

Salamanca Market Aug 31, 2019

Well, it was supposed to get up to 19 degrees Celsius today. Maybe it did, I’m not sure, regardless, it was a mild and sunny day.
 
The morning started off with a visit from a young lady, originally from the UK, but she has lived the past ten years in Melbourne and is now living in Tasmania, doing a Marine Biology degree with the University of Tasmania. She purchased “Suspended”.
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Suspended
 
A lady, purchased a Superb Fairy Wrens card, to give to her sister-in-law, who is about to become an Australian citizen. She studied for hours and was very nervous about sitting the test and all to no avail because when she rocked up for the citizenship test she was told that she didn’t have to do it because she is over 60 years old! Family members advised her to become a citizen just in case her husband died before her and Australia decided to deport her. This was said in seriousness and it’s not surprising, especially with the treatment a Tamil family is currently receiving. Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, claims that his hands are tied, and refuses to use ministerial intervention powers, yet he did intervene in 2015 to prevent two au pairs from being deported. It is distressing to view this family’s ordeal and that they will probably be forced to go back to Sri Lanka, where her fiancé was burned alive. They feel they will be in great danger, especially with all the media attention that their case is getting.
 
A man from Manchester, UK, attended a fire truck conference/exhibition in Melbourne (he works for company that makes drawer sliding mechanisms for fire trucks) decided that because his flight leaves Melbourne at 9:00 tonight, that he was able to catch a 9:00 am flight to Hobart and a 4:00 pm flight back to Melbourne and then continue onto the UK. Seems like a lot of travelling before a long haul, anyways, he’s taking a “Bunk Beds” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print with him.
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Bunk beds
 
A mother bought a “Bunk Beds” print to give to her daughter to take to the UK with her for a family member’s birthday.
A lady, from Launceston, with a paper bag and extra cardboard from her last purchase, bought “Hayride” and “Under My Red Umbrella”. She also showed me a beautiful frame that she bought for the A-3 sized print of “Family Outing” that somebody had given to her.
 
A mother and adult daughter bought “Bunk Beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” to hang in the hallway of their house in Melbourne.
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Afternoon Siesta
 
A lady, who is in Tasmania attending a civil engineering IPWEA conference, purchased  “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Sleepy head” prints. Her and partner, drove their caravan 10,820 km, starting their trip from Busselton, Western Australia last month. They visited 8 states and territories in four weeks.
 
Unfortunately, there are sometimes casualties at the PJ Paintings stall.
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The most popular prints once again today were Bunk Beds and Afternoon Siesta from the Sleepy Head series.
 
A thought to ponder: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ― Vincent Van Gogh. I like this, well said Sir Vincent.
 
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

Salamanca Market, Aug 24, 2019

Salamanca Market Aug 24, 2019

It was a rather mild day with a few scary wind gusts but things thankfully stayed intact. Today, “The Bun”, “Hair Extensions” and “Hair Accessories” debuted, and they did well but not as well as the Sleepy Head series.

“Hair Extensions” and “The Bun”

There were heaps of people dressed in the Kangaroo and Demon colours. They were doing the market before the AFL game at Blundstone Oval, Bellerive.

A couple from Melbourne, to celebrate her birthday, flew to Tasmania for the day, not even spending one night here. She purchased “Devilish Siesta” and “Afternoon Siesta”.

Two girlfriends, one from Cairns, the other from Townsville, both wearing the same plum coloured beanies with a beige pom-pom, bought “Spanish Eyes (Red)”, “Hayride”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Spiky Bunk beds”.

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Hayride

A lady, from Melbourne, having a weekender on her own, bought, and started using, a “Sleepy head” tote bag. A couple from Western Australia, purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” pouch for her to use at university.

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Salamanca Fresh small pouch

 

I met the sister, from Adelaide, who travelled to Tasmania with her family, to celebrate her sister’s 40th birthday.  Her sister is doing psychology/weather thesis, which involves visiting Antarctica.

I met a family, living in a small Western Australia town. She’s originally from Seattle, USA. They bought a wombat and “Double Date III” print.

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Double Date III

A group of young people from Hong Kong bought a variety of prints from the Sleepy Head series. Two ladies, visiting from Melbourne, bought a kookaburra print. Another couple from Melbourne bought a “Helping Hands” pouch. She said that she has so many tote bags that it was nice to be able to get something a little different that also can serve as a souvenir.

The most popular prints today were the Sleepy Head series, featuring Wombats, Echidnas and the Tassie Devils.

A thought to ponder: “It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.” – Jackson Pollock

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

Salamanca Market July 27, 2019

Fingertips and toes were cold this morning but by winter standards, the day warmed up quite nicely. It is summer holidays in the northern hemisphere and many international visitors have chosen Tasmania and Salamanca Market as their holiday destination, including the Travel Guides film crew. There’s also a Australian Football League (AFL) game being played tomorrow (Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions) in Launceston so there were a few people at the market sporting their teams’ colours.

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Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

The first visitors to the Pj Paintings were two ladies from Hong Kong. They purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag each. Then a framed “Hanging Out” print on display drew in a mother and adult daughter. The mother said that when she has grandchildren, she would buy it for the baby’s room. The daughter said in that case she’ll try to comply because she loves it and wants the print. They ended up buying it, and without a child being produced on demand. (lol)

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Hanging Out

A Scarlet Robins greeting card was purchased for a mother’s 90th birthday. An original small platypus painting, “Devilish Siesta” and “Bunk beds” prints were purchased by a family from Mexico. I gave them a discount because they had come from so far away and she very unexpectedly gave me a Mexican key ring. I was quite moved by the gesture.

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Mexican Aztec symbol key ring

A family from Switzerland purchased “Afternoon Siesta”, a family from India purchased “Bunk beds” and “Spiky Bunk beds”, a family from Brisbane bought “Devilish Siesta”, “Weightless”, “Hanging Out” and “Bunk beds”, and a family from Denver, USA purchased “Devilish Siesta” and “Glamour Girls” prints.

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Spiky Bunk beds

A local family bought a “Scarlet Robins”, “Fairy Wrens” “Entanglement” and “Lost Worlds” prints. They are redecorating their house and were looking for fresh, new art.

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Lost Worlds

A “The Three Amigos” greeting card was chosen to post to an exchange student in Italy and a “Sleepyhead” print for a three year old nephew was purchased.

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Sleepy head

 

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

A thought to ponder: “The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.” Keith Haring

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 www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market July 13, 2019

The weather wasn’t as kind to us today as previous weeks, but it was warmer than I thought it would be.  Despite it raining off and on all day, it didn’t stop people from visiting.  I think the school holidays and the Festival of Voices helped.

I had two couples buying prints at the same time when one said to the other that they looked familiar.  It turned out they were both from Newcastle, NSW.  One couple bought a “Double Date III” print and the other “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” to go with the “Glamour Girls” print that they bought 2.5 years ago that hangs in their bathroom.

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Double Date III
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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania

A lady visiting from Arizona, USA, bought a small original painting of a kangaroo that I painted.

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This is not the painting that was bought today, but it is very similar. The colours, faces and grass are slightly different and I added three dragon flies.

Another original painting, a Black yellow-tailed cockatoo, was spotted by a young boy, who pointed it out to his father, who in turn bought it along with a “Be Whooo You Are” print.  They are birdwatchers and are planning to do some in Tasmania as they tour around in their camper van.

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This isn’t the painting that was bought today but it is similar.  The one that was purchased today had a slightly different look on its face and pose, and I painted gum leaves in the background.

The recycling pair came by again this week. When my next-door stallholder gave her a hug, the crown decorated with forks, spiked her eye. Recycling costumes are dangerous! J She ended up buying a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag for her mother’s birthday, who lives in New Zealand.

A “Salamanca Saturdays”, “Glamour Girls II” and a “Family Outing” print are travelling to Cairns. A “Christmas Siesta” is going to be making itself at home in Perth and an “Afternoon Siesta” will be settling itself in Brisbane. The couple from Brisbane made three visits to the stall and said that they couldn’t get the image out of their head, so they had to buy it.

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Christmas Siesta

A repeat customer, who had previously bought “Who, Who, Who are You? II” for herself and friend, and “Who, Who, Who Merry Christmas” bought a “Be Whooo You Are” and “Double Date III” print.

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Who, Who, Who Merry Christmas!

Thankfully, the rain stopped about two hours before packing-up time so most things were almost dry.

The most popular prints today were the wombats and whales.

A thought to ponder: “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso  (Maybe Pablo was an urban sketcher!! J)

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 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

Feeling at Home in Porto

There’s no end of breathtaking sights in Portugal.  Porto is a stunning city.

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One of the many fabulous buildings in Porto

It was nice to see Bottlebrushes (a little of Australia) flowering in Porto.

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Red flowering Bottlebrushes in Porto

I thought I saw another Australian sight, an emu, but upon closer inspection it is some other type of bird holding a horseshoe in its beak.

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I wasn’t expecting to see a little of Belgium in Porto.

There’s also some cool tyre-art…

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street art

… what kind of art do you think is this coming up???…

rabbit art

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Did you guess rabbit-art??!

Portugal’s university graduates have been celebrating in a lively manner and fashion for a week.  There’s been lots of chanting and parading in all parts of the city at different times of the day, evening and night.  Students are all dressed in black and white, some with an additional colour added to the combination.  It’s really nice hearing their faculty’s and university’s songs.  Some of the songs that were sang in the nearby park sounded similar to the New Zealand Haka.  To me, singing is unifying, bonding and a great way to celebrate.  I imagine that the University of Tasmania has a school song, but maybe not?? TasTAFE, where I currently work, doesn’t have a song.  I think it is our loss.  Singing a school song would be a nice addition to graduation celebrations.

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A small group of graduates.

There’s a lot to celebrate about this city.

Cheers for now.

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