Four Iconic Australians

The yellow-tailed black cockatoo is native to Australia and Tasmania. I often see flocks of yellow-tailed black cockatoos swoop and fly around my house, announcing their arrival with their distinctive raucous call. It is an iconic and beautiful Australian bird and one that I am very fond of.

There is uncertainty whether galahs are native or not to Tasmania. Records show that they were here as early as the 1840s. I thought galahs were rather harmless and not causing too much trouble in Tasmania but it turns out that the north-west Tasmanian council wants to cull galahs!! Apparently they are “costly and dangerous” because large flocks are killing trees and gnawing powerlines around Ulverstone.

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a yellow-tailed black cockatoo and a galah

The sulphur-crested cockatoo is also an iconic Australian bird and it has established itself in Tasmania. They are thought to have migrated over the Bass Strait under their own wing, and there is this same line of thought about galahs. They are a common sight in Tasmania. The sulphur-crested cockatoo is viewed as a pest by many farmers as large flocks regularly settle on fields of crops for a nice healthy feed.

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a sulphur-crested cockatoo

Kookaburras were introduced into Tasmania, in 1906, by humans, to try to reduce snake numbers.  The laughing birds were brought to Tasmania to eat snakes but they also eat native lizards and impact the native birds. They are nest robbers.

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Despite two (or three?) of these four iconic Australian birds not being native to Tasmania, and worrying about Tasmania’s native species, I love seeing and hearing them. Birds are beautiful and I love them.

Take care from PJ Paintings

Prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Jan 4, 2020

Thirty degrees Celsius was forecasted today but thankfully a cool change arrived in the afternoon. There were two big cruise ships in today and the market filled with people. One of the ships was carrying very dear friends of mine from Melbourne, who came by and gave me a hand at the stall.
 
A lady stopped at the Pj Paintings stall and bought two “Lazy Days” tote bags for her sisters living in England. Another lady, bought a “Lazy Days” bag to post to her sister living in Greece. She used to live in Melbourne. They immigrated to Australia when this sister was seventeen. She missed her friends and didn’t settle into Australia well. So, after doing a degree at Monash University, she went back, met a Greek man, married and settled into family life in Greece.
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Lazy Days small sized tote bag
A young couple touring around Tasmania, purchased a “Bunk bed” print that they’ll be taking back to ‘dreary London’, she said. Another “Bunk bed” print is going to Indonesia.
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“Bunk beds” from the Sleep head series
A lady, from California, USA, bought five prints and thirteen greeting cards, she said for her son’s birthday party.
 
“Hanging Out” prints are going to Ireland and Canberra, Australia.
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“Hanging Out” from the Sleepy head series
“Double Date” and “The Three Amigos” are going to Holland.
There were many others visitors to the stall but I couldn’t keep up with writing notes. Last week, no pouches moved and this week ten went, along with ten tote bags and one small original painting of a galah.
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Original painting of a Galah sitting among gum leaves
The most popular prints today were prints from the Sleepy Head series.
 
A thought to ponder: “Everything you can imagine is real.”Pablo Picasso
Well, in that case, wombats do sleep in hammocks!
 
Wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Day light robbery

Today at Salamanca Market was a mixed bag, weather-wise and event wise. A sudden downpour of rain damaged three frames and caused chaos for me to trying to secure and quickly move things undercover. Then I had a visit from the police, a shoplifter had been reported, and she had items from several stall holders, including two PJ Paintings prints. I didn’t know or see her take anything. Later in the day two more prints were stolen. They weren’t returned. It’s near impossible to be doing credit card transactions, bagging or wrapping frames, and watching hands handling prints. The spirit of giving is unanimous with Christmas but I suppose that it also gives rise to the spirit of stealing. It’s disappointing because as a stall holder you want to be able relax, enjoy meeting and conversing with people. I like giving eye contact, not having to watch what people behind the ones you’re serving, are doing.

Has anyone else had artwork stolen? How did you feel about it?

I sold some “Tassie Christmas” greeting cards to a couple visiting from Germany.

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Tassie Christmas

A “Bunk beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” print is being posted to two little Australian girls living in the UK.

The original “Christmas Siesta” painting was purchased and will be journeying to California, USA.

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Christmas Siesta

Her friend bought two prints that are also U.S. bound, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky bunk beds.”

Two young ladies from Germany, living and studying at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, bought a “Bunk beds” print. A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought “Hair Accessories” and “The Bun”. A framed “The Bun” had sold earlier in the day too.

A lady from Bendigo bought my small original painting of a Galah. It is going to hang in her toilet room beside a picture of nasturtiums, I was told.

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Galah

A three year old boy is going to receive a small framed “Family Outing” for his birthday. She was going to buy him a T-shirt but when she saw the framed print, she changed her mind.

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Family Outing IV

I didn’t quite escape a late burst of rain with a short peppering of hail at the end of the day when I was half way through packing up. I was glad to get home, have a cup of tea with my feet up after bringing everything in and hanging things to dry in various places all around the inside of the house.

The most popular prints today were the wombats from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions”. Alfred Hitchcock

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 www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 29, 2018

It was Grand Final Day today.  It’s a big deal here in Australia.  The final Australian Football League (AFL) game for 2018, this year Collingwood versus the West Coast Eagles, from Perth, Western Australia fought it out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) stadium.  The West Coast Eagles prevailed.

Despite the big game, there were a lot of people at the market and a lot of people liking framed prints today.  All the bubble wrapping certainly kept me busy.  I ran out of bubble wrap, so I was cutting open padded large envelopes to put around frames. Some were heading to Bendigo, Cairns, Brisbane and Victoria.

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Under My Red Umbrella

I had a chat in French with a young lady visiting from France.  She purchased ‘Under My Red Umbrella’.  A student, studying Zoology at the University of Tasmania (Utas), bought a card and two stickers.  A lady visiting from Melbourne purchased four stickers, an A-5 sized print of ‘The Three Amigos’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You?II’ and some greeting cards. Two ‘Off to the Races’ pouches were purchased for two granddaughters.

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Off to the Races!

My favourite Galah of the five or so Galahs I painted during the week was purchased. The group were speaking another language. I’m not sure where the Galah will be making its home.

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A Galah

The final print of the day purchased was ‘Duck Crossing’ for their daughter named Chelsea.

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Duck Crossing

The ‘Poppy Fields’ was the most popular print this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.” Joan Miro

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing you a creative and happy week,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Silly Galah!

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Galah

I’m not sure why the Galah, also known as the rose-breasted cockatoo, is on the receiving end of this saying.  Apparently, it’s an “Old Australian” word: a derogatory term that means a ‘loud-mouthed idiot’, specifically appointed to the galah because it makes a distinctive, noisy call.  I don’t know about you, but to my ear, all cockatoos are raucous, noisy birds and none of them possess a melodic birdsong.

“You silly galah!” is now usually used affectionately when somebody does something daft.  It is also a saying used for gaudy dress apparently because of the bird’s distinctive bright pink.  To make a proper galah on oneself is to make a complete fool of oneself.  I’m not sure why Galahs have been considered more foolish than other cockatoos. These cockatoos’ behaviour raises some questions.

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Not a good idea to wake a sleeping cat 

Nevertheless, this week I went on a Galah painting spree.

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A chirpy-looking Galah
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A serious Galah with serious head plumage

The word galah comes from Yuwaalaraay and related Aboriginal languages of northern New South Wales. It is one of the most abundant and widespread cockatoo species. They are plentiful here in Tasmania.  I most often see them on the ground, eating grass and insects.

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My favourite 

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope the rest of your week goes well.

Cheers, from Pj Paintings

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 1, 2018

There was just enough wind and rain to keep me on my toes throughout the day.

I had another visit from my Devonport dental surgery, who is lining the walls with pjpaintings pictures to help calm the nerves of those biding time in the waiting room.  Where magazines may not succeed in bringing a smile onto a face, a pjpainting may.

A couple bought a ‘Scarlet Robin’ print to post to his sister living in France.

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Scarlet Robins

I had a young man from Scottsdale, Tasmania visit the stall.  I asked him where he did his year 11 and 12.  Traditionally, high schools in Tasmania go to Year 10 and then you attend a college in the city to do years 11 and 12, but he was able to do the two senior years at Scottsdale High School, thanks to a state government extension trial to help more rural Tasmanian students complete year 12. He’s now doing Health Science at the University of Tasmania in Launceston.  He does some drawing too.  A perfect fit when describing procedures, he can also illustrate them to help patients better understand what is happening.  He is taking back with him a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple from Launceston, who bought ‘Thunder’ last year, is adding ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ and ‘The Three Amigos’ to their collection on pjpaintings.

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The Three Amigos

I had proud grandparents of 14 month old, Lily, from Brisbane, visit the stall today. Last year they bought a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print for her.  It’s hanging up in her bedroom and she loves it.  She can almost say emu and when her parents or grandparents count the owls, she bows her head after each owl is counted.  Lily is now going to be welcoming ‘Duck Crossing’ to her bedroom wall.

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Duck Crossing

I finished this little original last night and it sold before 9 am!

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A Galah

‘Family Outing’ was the most popular print this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent van Gogh

Wishing everyone a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

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.