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

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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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Taking a Dip
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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

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 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

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

Pj Paintings at Salamanca Market May 25, 2019

The mild weather provided a gentle re-introduction to Salamanca Market after being away for four weeks.
One of the first visitors to the Pj Paintings stall was a gentleman, who was wearing the same coloured jacket as me, a subdued teal green colour, which we both noted. Then we quickly discovered that there was a Canadian connection. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It’s quite unreal that his employer has sent him to Tasmania for a week to do research work about the facial tumours that Tasmanian Devils are suffering from. He purchased a “What the Devil!?” greeting card. How appropriate!
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A Norwegian mother and daughter purchased a small original painting of two platypuses. With the focus on platypus, a man passing by with his exchange student that had just arrived in Tasmania, said that they sighted a platypus in the wild this morning, in the nearby suburb of Geilston Bay, Tasmania. They are very lucky to see that.
 
Poseidon and Amphitrite, from ancient Greek mythology, stopped by today too. They were wearing costumes made from recycled materials and plastic waste. This activity is a Salamanca Market initiative to raise awareness of the effect of waste on our oceans and environment, and to encourage creative conversations to explore the impacts of plastic in our oceans.
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Poseidon and Amphitrite.  I couldn’t help but notice that the plastic spoons, straws and other items decorating their costumes looked shiny-new and un-recycled. 
I met a young lady, who had just arrived from California, USA, who was very excited about going to see the tallest eucalyptus tree in the Florentine Valley. She purchased a small A-5 sized “Bunk beds” print. Another Californian visitor purchased a print featuring wombats, “Afternoon Siesta”, and a greeting card to send to her mother in Minnesota and mother-in-law in Tennessee.
 
An original small painting of a kangaroo will be now residing in Arizona, USA and a “Salamanca Saturdays” small print is going to be a gift for two young ladies’ grandmother.
Today’s most popular print were the wombats.
 
A thought to ponder: “Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers.
 
Wishing you a good weekend from Pj Paintings.
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