Salamanca Market March 7, 2020

I set up the stall in semi-darkness this morning. On Thursday, when it was raining (the rain is very welcome) I was walking to work at about 6:45 a.m., while it was dark, and my left foot stepped into a massive puddle that I didn’t see. The water went over my entire shoe and I spent the rest of the day squish-squashing every time I took a step.

A couple, whose three children, who now have children of their own, bought three prints to post to two living in Boston, USA, and the other in Toronto, Canada. (They are lamenting that their grandchildren are living on the other side of the earth). They are posting: “Emu Boogie”, “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” and “Lazy Days” prints.

A framed “Duck Crossing” is going to her first grandchild, one year old, Ava, in Adelaide, SA.  Wendy, affectionately named ‘Wendy Wombat’, after walking the Overland Track about nine years ago, her reactions and love for wombats earned her this name that has stuck over the years. She’s has a lot of wombat pictures and ornaments but she couldn’t resist the Sleepy head wombat series of prints.

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Duck Crossing

A couple, he originally from South Africa and she from Australia, purchased “Christmas Siesta”, “Lost Worlds”and “Rising Above It”.  Actually, about four Christmas Siestas sold today. Another “Rising Above It” was purchased by a young lady from Brazil.

A couple bought a “Glamour Girls” print for her sister who lives in Germany and is a hairdresser. A young Scottish couple, both doctors who have finished one year of working at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and are heading back to Scotland, purchased a “Sea Life” print.

Then I met Arianne from Saint Julienne, Canada.

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Arianne and I at Pj Paintings, site 30, Salamanca Market

Once again, I took the opportunity to try to haul out my French from the crevices of my long-term memory. I told her it was easier to maintain my French speaking skills in Canada, where everything you buy is written in English and French. I used to read the products’ French instructions and blurb daily, which went a long way to helping me retain my French. In Australia, virtually everything is presented only in English. Arianne said I should have my prints’ back information in both French and English, reflect my heritage. I thought this is a great idea and could help people in the same situation as me, trying to keep ourselves from losing our first languages totally. She gave me a little Canadian pin. “What the Devil!?”, “Christmas Siesta” prints and a “Lazy Days” bag are now accompanying her on her travels and adventures.

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While I was packing up three original paintings sold:  “Fancy Pants”, “Walking with Flair”, “Blue Whale”, and earlier in the day, the framed original painting of a blue butterfly sitting on an emu’s beak sold.

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

A thought to ponder: “Art is the concrete representation of our most subtle feelings” Agnes Martin

Wishing you a creatively happy upcoming week,

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

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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

 

Salamanca Market, January 11, 2020

This is my 300th blog post. I thought this is significant enough to mention. It’s been so much fun writing, I’m surprised that I’m already up to 300 posts.

There was a noticeable drop in temperature compared to yesterday but it was a pleasant enough 19 degrees Celsius with some unwelcome, sporadic wind gusts.

The first customer of the day was a young lady visiting from Ireland. She had some difficulty deciding but she eventually chose “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”.

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Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania

Another young lady, visiting from the UK and returning on Friday, zeroed in on the “Outback Glamping” print, as she had visited Uluru in 45 degree Celsius temperatures. She also purchased a “Glamour Girls” and a “The Supremes” print for her girlfriends in the UK.

I had three young ladies stop in. One of the three was from Switzerland and visiting her two girlfriends that are living in Melbourne. All three were doing a Tassie holiday together and they purchased a “Glamour Girls” print, a print of the three of them at the hairdressers.

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Glamour Girls

A lady bought a “Lazy Days” pouch to post to her nine year old niece living in Tokyo, Japan.

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“Lazy Days” pouch

Then I had visitors from Miami, USA, here in Tasmania to do the 42 km Cadbury Marathon tomorrow. He set a goal to run a marathon in each continent. After tomorrow’s marathon, he only has to run a marathon in Africa to achieve this goal! He ran Antarctica’s marathon when it was a balmy -15 degrees Celsius. He showed me photos. I liked the photo with him running past a yellow caution penguin crossing sign. He’s born in Cuba and now lives in the US, and hence, when he runs his shirt depicts both countries’ flags.

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They certainly connected well with the emu-humour. They purchased original paintings “Cascade Brewery” and “Holding Hands” and some prints.

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

A thought to ponder: “Art must be life — it must belong to everybody” ― Marina Abramović

Wishing everybody a Happy New Year,

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

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Salamanca Market Nov 2, 2019

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

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

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

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Bonnie & Me!

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

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

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

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Bunk beds

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

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

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

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

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Afternoon Siesta

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

The most popular prints today were the wombats.

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

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,

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

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

Salamanca Market Sept 7, 2019

It was a challenging and difficult day at Salamanca Market, battling wind and rain for most of the day. I definitely deserved my cup of tea at the end of the day, today.

The day started with a mother buying a “Taking a Dip” greeting card for her son’s wedding in November. A couple from Canberra bought a “Hair Accessories” print to go with their humorous Magpie print. A teacher from Melbourne, who was nursing a broken arm, bought “Bunk beds” and two small prints of owls.

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Hair Accessories
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Bunk beds

A young lady, visiting from Canberra and soon moving to Singapore to join her partner who works for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, will be taking a “Hanging Out” print with her. A “Glamour Girls” print is going back to Hong Kong and an “Off to the Races” is accompanying its new owner to Arizona, USA. A couple going to USA, visiting his sister in San Diego, bought some gifts to take along with them: two “Afternoon Siesta” prints and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

A family from Melbourne, purchased a framed “Yellow Poppy Fields”, an “Afternoon Siesta” print and “White Faced Scops Owls II” and “Be Whoooo You Are”.

The table cloths and the sides of the gazebo are hanging inside to dry and bags & boxes are in front of the heater.

The most popular prints today was a tie between the owls and wombats.

A thought to ponder: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. ” Emile Zola.

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 May 13, 2018

The last few days have been surreal.  Thursday and Friday, Hobart broke a 100 year record.  We copped 200mm of rain in a 24 hour period causing flash flooding and havoc in the city and suburbs.  I faired quite well with just a flooded garage and water coming in six different windows.  I was able to keep it at bay by rotating all the towels I owned, through a spin cycle and trying to dry them as much as possible in front of the heater (I don’t own a clothes dryer). Lightning lit up the sky virtually for four hours.  By 10 pm, I was exhausted and piled up the window sills with towels and went to bed.  I got up at 2 am and lightning was still lighting up the sky.

Friday evening, I braved the winds to see Eskimo Joe and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) at the Hobart Federation Concert Hall. It was an awesome concert.  The conductor was such a joy to watch.  He was totally into the music and expended so much energy. No wonder he is thin and fit!  During the rehearsal, he broke his baton with his incredibly enthusiastic conducting.  He had it taped up for the night’s performance.  We sat five rows in front of the drummer, who was equally impressive.

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The main road in front of the concert hall and the footpath on the other side street was still covered by water.  There was debris and mud everywhere.

The next day, all was calm for Salamanca Market. I had a very articulate two-and-a-half year old, Patrick visit the stall.  The ‘Family Outing’ print caught his eye.  “That’s my car!”  His mother said that they didn’t have a Mini.  I said maybe it’s the colour, but no they didn’t have a red car either.  He had a lot to say about this car and the emus driving it.  He also told me that his brother fell on a hill yesterday and that it got lots of blood all over him and his brother.  Apparently there was no blood but his brother did fall.  He went to ZooDoo and talked about the animals there, about his and his brother’s hats, that they lived on a plane (they took a direct flight from Adelaide to Hobart) and much more, with the conversation returning back to the Mini several times.  His mother ended up buying the ‘Family Outing’ print for him because he was so captivated by it.

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Family Outing

I met a young lady from Germany, doing her PHD on Humpback whales in the southern hemisphere exclusively, investigating how the melting and diminishing ice is impacting on their food sources.  She started her undergraduate in Townsville, is doing her PHD in Brisbane and examining her samples at the CSIRO here in Hobart.  She purchased a small ‘Sea Life’ print.

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Sea Life

A ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ print was purchased for a sister who is mad about owls.  She lives in Scotland and it will be delivered in person by her brother.

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White Faced Scops Owls

A lady exclaimed, “that’s the print a friend gave me!” as she singled out ‘Glamour Girls I’.  It’s hanging in a prominent spot in her hair salon in Brisbane and draws many positive reactions and smiles she told me.

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Glamour Girls I

A group of young people, visiting from Taiwan, bought ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’.  They had visited Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and were visiting Richmond on Thursday when 200mm of rain was bucketing down.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

I met a lovely couple that drove from Brisbane to Melbourne, took the ferry across the Bass Strait to Devonport and are now touring Tasmania.  They were particularly impressed with “The Wall”, which is a massive wall carved by Greg Duncan.  It is indeed impressive.  He’s even included the leg of the Tasmanian Emu, now instinct, in his carvings.

A lady stopped by the stall and in her hand, she had a Cary Lewincamp CD, the one that I illustrated the cover.  She asked me to sign it and started telling me how much she loves Tasmania.  She moved here 10 years ago from Canberra. Her husband is #15 of 17 children and she has 48 nephews and nieces!

A mother, daughter and Auntie, visiting from Argentina, spent a long time at the stall and later on in the day, returned to buy ‘Rising Above It’.

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Rising Above It

Pack-up was hurriedly done because I drove straight from the market to a Celebration of Life for a special friend’s husband.  The couple were keen dancers, so she organised dancing after the ceremony.  We danced and cried until 10 pm. I arrived back home late and with a sore knee.

Wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all, and for those who are carrying losses and Mother’s Day accentuates those losses, I hope the day is gentle on you.