PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 26, 2019

Hobart welcomed the cool change after a smoky, roasting hot Friday of 38 degrees Celsius and about 50 fires burning in Tasmania. The fires are still burning. We need rain.

A big cruise ship came in today and there was a rather large ‘Change the Date’ rally on the parliament lawns, next to Salamanca Market, with key speakers Bob Brown and Nick McKim.

In the morning, I met Ashley, who is working on Macquarie Island. She works for the Weather Bureau, tracking the ozone layer among other things. She’s also taken up watercolour painting and it sounds like she’s having rather good success with it. She’s finding the same things difficult that I do, painting backgrounds and shadows.

Three ladies, from Los Angeles, USA, travelling together, stopped at the stall and each of them bought something with the ‘Salamanca Saturday’ image. One bought a tote bag, another a print and another a pouch.

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Salamanca Saturdays

A couple from the Gold Coast, that have been holidaying and house sitting in Tassie for 2 months, purchased ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Story time’ (if my memory serves me well). Their son has moved to Tasmania. They didn’t want to overstay their welcome at their son’s house, so they have been house sitting.

A couple purchased two A-3 sized prints of ‘The Three Amigos’ to take to Europe with them for gifts. ‘The Three Amigos’ limited edition print run is quickly nearing its expiration number.

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The Three Amigos

‘Bunk beds’ debut went very well today. It was love at first sight for a young lady from Sydney.

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Bunk beds

A young Spanish and English couple, living in Ireland, but working six months in Melbourne, and now having a short holiday in Tasmania, bought a ‘Sea Life’ print.

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Sea Life

Another young couple, this couple is from Scotland, bought a small ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print and some greeting cards. He said that his dad loves emus. In Scotland, they commissioned an artist to paint an emu with an owl, and the artist painted an ostrich with an owl. To say the least, they were not impressed. It’s a very common error. Despite ostriches being native to Africa, and emus are native to Australia, I am regularly asked if my emus are ostriches. Obviously when children are learning their alphabets, O for Ostrich, must be drummed in beyond saturation, and the poor E for Emu has little-to-no representation.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple, from the Czechoslovakia Republic, with a young baby, bought a small Koala and Tasmanian Devil print.

The most popular prints this weekend were: The Three Amigos and Bunk beds

A thought to ponder: “Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day.” Paul Gauguin

Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

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A Troublesome Pair

I find koalas and echidnas difficult to paint.  It’s a hit and miss situation.  More often than not, I’m not totally happy with what I’ve painted… but are artists ever 100% happy with what they’ve painted???

I’ve often told myself, that’s it, give up on these marsupials and monotremes but there is something about the challenge and their cuteness that draws me back again and again to try this troublesome pair.  I once read, but unfortunately didn’t take note of who was imparting this wise piece of advice, ‘don’t strive for mastery. Strive for prolific and the mastery will come’.  In other words, practice.

Here’s this week’s attempts.

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An echidna hoping this log is hosting an ant party
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This week’s koala painting

Some previous attempts.

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For now, I think I will go back to painting birds, but I’m sure something will draw me back to trying to paint this problematic pair again.

Thanks for reading and I hope the upcoming week is a good one for you. 🙂

Runaway Bay

When in Rome do as the Romans do, when in Queensland sketch a koala while travelling on a train from the Brisbane airport to the Gold Coast.  This little koala was sketched from a travel brochure I picked up at the train station but I did see a koala in the wild the next day.  The koala was darker than I expected.  I am a somewhat concerned about its tree-choosing skills.  It was snoozing in a low spot, in a small, short tree that was extremely close to the road!

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A bumpy sketch while taking the train to the Gold Coast

I’d like to try to sketch, Marlo, the Gold Coast Labradoodle.  Such a cute face!

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Marlo

Runaway Bay is a picturesque suburb on the Gold Coast in Queensland.  Winter is a nice time to visit Queensland, when it’s not too hot.  I stayed at the clean and spacious Runaway Bay Motor Inn.  It’s not flash but I liked the vertical lines of the palm trees, so I quickly drew it up while I was waiting for my ride.

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Runaway Bay Motor Inn
Runaway Bay Motor Inn
My sketch of the motor inn

I also visited Mullumbimby to deliver some of my art prints and greeting cards to the Tinker Tailor Dancer Tailor shop located on the main street.  Niyati, the owner, introduced herself to me at Salamanca Market last year when she bought some prints and cards for her business.  Here’s a small sketch of her shop, with cars (usually I try to avoid drawing cars :-)).  It’s a busy main street with a surprising amount of parked cars everywhere, including a long way down all the side streets.

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Main Street, Mullumbimby

A chair and plant I sketched when I had a few minutes before I headed back home to Tasmania.

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Thanks for visiting.  Wishing you a good week.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 14, 2017

Ahhhh, there’s nothing like a cup of tea after the market!  It was a slow start today but it got much busier as the day went on.  I think people saw that it was a nice day so they rolled over and stayed in bed a little longer.  The wind picked up slightly in the afternoon, which rattled the nerves after dealing with three weeks of upending-tables-type-of-wind but thankfully it behaved itself today.

The stall holder from up the street was making his mark early in the morning.

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There were a few expectant mothers that visited the stall and three of them had Christmas due dates!  Uncanny!  I had the same due date for my middle child but he decided to arrive on January 5th, consequently putting on weight that extra week, weighing almost 10 pounds at birth.  Yikes!

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A popular print for the baby’s room

A grandmother from Darwin chose ‘Story time’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You?II’ for her grandson’s bedroom.

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Story time

Some visitors from the UK, which visited the stall last week, said that they have come back to admire the large, framed original painting of elephants, titled ‘Thunder!’  They decided to take back to UK an A-2 sized print of ‘Thunder’ and some smaller pjpainting prints.  They were lovely and returned again with friends to show them my art work.

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 Thunder! 

Two ladies stopped by and one said that she had two pet emus, named Pinhead and Boofhead.  They got them as chicks.  She said it took them ten years before they found out that they can eat emu eggs.

A couple from Adelaide bought ‘Black & White + One’ for their music room.

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Black & White + One

A man visiting from New Zealand purchased ‘Beauty Queens’ to take back with him.  An original Tassie Devil and Koala is travelling to China.  ‘Suspended’ was thoughtfully chosen for a gift for a boyfriend.  It involved a couple visits to the stall and quite a lot of deliberation.

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Suspended

‘Outback Glamping’ was bought for a gift for a partner.  They had not long returned from visiting Uluru.

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Outback Glamping

The Christmas cards attracted more attention today, especially ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Emu’. We are creeping closer to December.

Today’s most popular prints were: Scarlet Robins, Suspended and Who, Who, Who are You?II

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Scarlet Robins

A thought to ponder:  “At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.” ― Benjamin J. Carey  I think that this applies to all art.

Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market

All prints are available for purchase at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Thanks for reading 🙂