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

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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 June 29, 2019

Hobart provided a warm winter’s day for the many students on school excursions and holidays.  There were groups of students from Hong Kong, Perth and more. A student from Hong Kong bought a ‘What the Devil?!’ tote bag and earlier in the day a lady from Singapore bought a ‘Spotty Rest Stop’, both bags featuring Tasmanian Devils. The Singaporean also purchased a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag and a ‘Scarlet Robins’ print.

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Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

A grandmother from Scotland, and her granddaughter from Queensland, is taking back prints with them. ‘Double Date III’ is going to Queensland and ‘Bonnie & Me’ is going to Scotland. She owns a Bonneville Triumph motorbike.

A young lady from Estonia, who’s spent six months in Queensland until she discovered Tasmania, is now living here. She’s bought herself a car to live in. She bushwalks on the weekdays and works in the hospitality industry on the weekends. She says it’s working well.  She’s planning on staying until November before she returns back to Estonia with her small A-5 sized wombat print.

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Hanging Out

I met little two year-old Phoebe, who kept telling me her name was “Bob” (her mother said that she really likes Bob the Builder, hence her insisting her name is Bob). “Bob’s” parents purchased ‘Afternoon Siesta’. Another ‘Afternoon Siesta’ was bought for a 10 year old grandson, who likes to draw and bake cakes.

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Afternoon Siesta

The wombats and tote bags were the most popular today.

A thought to ponder: “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle

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

Heroes at Salamanca Market June 22, 2019

Unbelievable, but we had another quite mild Saturday today. Nice for the Dark Mofo 2000+ people who did the nude swim this morning, and for the couple that got married before dropping their towels. Apparently, the vicar donned a towel too. I would imagine there would have been quite a few phone calls to find a vicar willing to agree to the dress code. Several visitors that stopped by the Pj Paintings stall told me that they had done the swim this morning. The mild weather continued into the evening, which was good for the thousands, including me, doing the Dark Park walk.
Early in the day, I met some of my heroes, anti-extradition protesters from Hong Kong. I asked the students if they sang Hallelujah? They said yes because the police cannot shoot people at religious gatherings.
 
I met a Canadian young lady, who grew up outside of Toronto. She’s doing Animal Studies at the University of Adelaide. She bought some bird greeting cards for her mother, who is an artist too. She mainly paints birds, Canadian birds.
 
I met two ladies visiting from Victoria. One has a daughter that is going to visit the UK. She bought an A-5 ‘Scarlet Robins’ print for her to take as a gift for her mother (the daughter’s grandmother).
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Scarlet Robins
A couple from Sydney bought ‘Hiding Ants’, my small original echidna painting. It hasn’t been on display very long before it was claimed. Another couple visited the stall and the husband was quite keen to make some purchases but his wife wasn’t sharing the same level of enthusiasm. As they were leaving he said to me he’d work on convincing her and that they’d be back. I praised his impressive convincing abilities as indeed they did return and they bought four tote bags and three prints! This is a highly skilled man!
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Hiding Ants
 
An “Under My Red Umbrella’ was purchased for a sister to go with her ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ print she bought her last year. A ‘Poppy Fields’ print was purchased by a University of Tasmania Environmental Science student going back to Wales next week. She did the nude swim in the morning.
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Poppy Fields
 
A lady, who works at the Lake St Claire Pump House, was spending her fourth day in Hobart but was itching to go back to her wilderness home. She bought a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag for a friend that each time she has visited Tasmania has not been able to get to Salamanca Market.
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Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

 

Californian brother, sister and mother, with their Great Aunt from Japan, visited the stall. They were enraptured with the art and bought a ‘Bunk beds’ and ‘Scarlet Robins’ print, with the “can I take a photo of you, with family and prints?” request. The mother and son were going back to the US and the daughter was accompanying the Great Aunt to Japan to spend some time with her grandmother in Japan.
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Bunk beds
 
The wombats, whales and unfurling prints were the most popular today.
 
A thought to ponder: “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not”, Pablo Picasso.
 
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 15, 2019

Hobart is red and festivating. After Salamanca Market, I went to see Anna Calvi, a Dark Mofo concert. What a show! She was stunning. The energy from this virtuoso guitarist, at times playing the electric guitar on the floor and dragging her feet along the neck, was unbelievable and left you feeling awe struck.  Her voice range, power and songs were so good.

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Anna Calvi 

Thankfully, we had another Saturday of quite mild weather. Next week we have the shortest daylight day and the temperatures’ long-term forecasts are looking grimmer. In the meantime, I had the sun streaming into my site for a few hours and I debuted ‘Square’ to take credit card payments. It worked well, quickly and easily.

I had an adult daughter and mother from Launceston, Tasmania stop at Pj Paintings and the daughter had a difficult time deciding whether to buy an A-4 sized print of ‘Suspended’ and an original echidna painting.  She really liked how the ants were hiding from the echidna.  In the end, she bought an A-3 size print of ‘Suspended’.  Later on in the day, I had a lady in her mid-to-late 20s stop in.  She said that she knows it’s a bit of an OCD request, but did I have a print of ‘Suspended’ that is centred. I provided a short explanation on composition and the rules of thirds, that if the focal point is centred, the painting just doesn’t really work. It must have placated her uneasiness about having the whale in the top third of the picture because she decided to purchase ‘Suspended’.

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Suspended

A Sydney-sider, whose house looks out on Ku-ring-gai National Park, is taking a ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ and ‘Hanging Out’ print back home with her. Another Sydney-sider bought every Christmas card I had: ‘Christmas Siesta’, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Emu’, ‘Snowbirds’, ‘Tassie Christmas’, ‘Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas’ and ‘Santa’s Helpers’. I have painted other Christmas scenes.  There are more Christmas cards on the http://www.pjpaintings.com website, under the Cards tab.

A lady bought ‘Devilish Siesta’ for a wedding present for a Canadian that is getting married in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was neighbours with him, when he was about 2 years old, for 12 months when both families were living about 60 km outside of Winnipeg.  Twenty three years later, he visited and stayed with them in Tasmania and they also visited and stayed with him in the city of Winnipeg. So, spoiler-alert, one of his wedding gifts is a Huon pine bread board and a Tassie Devil print.

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Devilish Siesta

Today’s most popular prints were the whales and wombats.

A thought to ponder from the artist, Christina Rossetti: Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.

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

Giving the eye

I’ve read and generally follow the advice that when painting an animal, paint their eye first.  If you don’t get the eye right, give up and start again because no matter matter how good the rest of the painting is, the totality of the painting is going to leave you feeling disappointed.

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I like painting the eye first for this reason but also because with the eye painted, I feel an immediate emotional connection developing with what I’m painting.  With that connection there is also the difficult to explain or describe feelings that I want to finish the painting to ‘give it life’ and welcome it to the world, even though it’s a life on a two-dimensional piece of paper. But to me it is more than just the life on a piece of paper, paintings go on to inspire, cheer, awe, provoke thoughts or consciences, ignite imaginations, memories and dreams, and more.

Seahorse

I gave this one the eye and will be bringing it to full life but not until after I return from my urban sketching holiday, which I hope you will be able to share with me via my blog posts.

Until then, take care, Pj Paintings

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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market April 13, 2019

Hobart is hosting the national hockey championship so there were groups of young people in their team’s uniforms walking through the market today.
Early in the day, I met a mother, grandmother and two year old granddaughter with her unicorn named “Neigh”, from Queensland. They’ll be returning home with a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ and ‘Glamour Girls’ print in hand.
Ladies, visiting from Taiwan, bought some greeting cards and then one hurriedly returned and bought a ‘White Face Scops Owls’ print to give to a friend in Taiwan. A similar scenario occurred with a couple from Minnesota, USA. She came back to the stall and bought an A-4 sized framed print of ‘G’Day’ to hang up in her Minnesota cabin. She said that it will make friends with all the American birds she has adorning the cabin’s walls.
A boy, from a small town in South Australia, repeatedly asked his mother to buy him ‘Bonnie & Me!’ for his bedroom. She ended up buying ‘Bunk beds’ and ‘Salamanca Fresh’.
A young lady visiting from Singapore bought a whale and wombat greeting card because she loves whales and wombats. A lady, wearing a T-shirt with Vancouver Island printed on it, was in fact from Vancouver Island, Canada. She had lived in Tasmania for a year when she was twelve and was visiting Tassie again with her husband. It was his first-time in Tasmania. They now live in the Kitsilano area on the mainland of B.C., Canada. They bought a small ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ print as a souvenir.
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Bunk beds
This is unheard of … two weeks in a row, I meet a Belgian! On top of that, they live in Canada. The couple live in Edmonton, Alberta, but Peter, the Belgian, has lived in Vancouver for a couple years too. He was born in Bruges. They are on their way to his brother’s wedding in Belgium before returning home to Canada. They bought two A-5 sized prints of Salamanca Market.
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Two Belgians: Peter and I
Only one more Salamanca Market Saturday and then I’m off urban sketching for a month.
The most popular print today is: Salamanca Fresh
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Salamanca Fresh
A thought to ponder: “Art becomes art only when it’s shared with others.” ― Ben Tolosa
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

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