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

Salamanca Market Dec 28, 2019

Hobart is buzzing today. While writing, I looked out my window, and what did I see??… none other than three Sydney to Hobart yachts coming in.
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Yachts racing the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race coming into the Derwent River late in the afternoon on Dec 28th.
Comanche claimed the 2019 line honours at 7:30 this morning, in the 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race, for the third time in five years.
 
The week-long event of the Taste of Tasmania opened its doors today, the Marion Bay Falls Festival starts tomorrow and a cruise ship is coming in tomorrow. On Monday, the temperature is forecasted to reach 40 degrees Celsius. That is crazy! I’m glad to hear that there will be free drink stations and misting tents at the Falls Festival to try to help people not fall victim to heat stroke.
 
It was hot and busy at the Pj Paintings stall today. A “Lazy Days” pouch, the size of a pencil case, is going to Hong Kong. A young lady from Canberra is taking back with her A-4 sized prints: “Hair Accessories”, “The Bun” and “Poppy Fields”.
 
A couple from Canada, living outside of Toronto, will be returning with “Hanging Out” and “Christmas Siesta” prints. They have a collection of Christmas pictures that come out each year for Christmas and Christmas Siesta is going to join this yearly tradition.
 
A family visiting from the UK, bought an original painting of a platypus, painted on paper made 100% with recycled cotton rags, to give to their 30 something year old daughter, living in the UK, who visited Tasmania about five years ago.
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Proud grandparents, from Perth, bought an A-3 sized “Duck Crossing” print for their first grandchild. A mother and daughter, whose husband is sailing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, expected to arrive tomorrow morning at approximately 9 am, bought an A-3 sized print of “The Three Amigos”.
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The Three Amigos
 
“Scarlet robins” and “Lazy Days” tote bags are going back to Arizona, USA. They’ve been caravanning all over the USA. They’re leaving Australia in a few weeks to return to Arizona and when the summer months arrive they are driving to Oregon.
A visitor from China bought an “All Ears” print for her four year old daughter who sings. She wants to encourage her to keep singing and she thinks that “All Ears” will help. I didn’t bring enough “All Ears” prints to the market because they all sold! Later in the day, somebody asked for an A-4 size and I couldn’t accommodate their request because they have been too popular today.
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All Ears
 
A lady visiting from Singapore, bought a framed print titled, “DefendConserveProtect”. It was painted for 2018’s Sea Shepherd’s fund raising event. I’ve written the words Defend, Conserve and Protect into this painting.
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DefendConserveProtect
 
A couple from Western Australia bought two originals; one untitled and the named original “Ancient”. I forgot to take a photo of “Ancient” after I painted it!
 
The most popular prints today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series. Prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series, “Family Outing”, “The Bun” & “Hair Accessories” and the whales were popular today too.
 
I better start unpacking the car now. Groan…
 
A thought to ponder: “The best artists know what to leave out” ― Charles de Lint. How true! and a lot easier to say than do. It is a skill most artists strive for.
 
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

Salamanca Market Oct 19, 2019

It showered off and on throughout the day and it was on the chilly side! Brrrr.

The first visitor to the PJ Paintings stall was a gentleman from China. He left with “The Three Amigos” and “Double Date IV” prints and some greeting cards.

Two young ladies from Denmark, who visited the stall before my visit to Canada, returned and purchased “Hanging Out” and “Bunk beds”.

The wombat prints stopped a group of young ladies, from Sydney, in their tracks. One said, “look what you’ve done, you’ve made her cry!” She was moved to tears by “Afternoon Siesta”. She purchased it along with “Spiky bunk beds”.

Grandparents bought a “Duck Crossing” print and tote bag for a grandchild. A mother bought “The Three Amigos” print for her daughter currently living in Dubai. Her strategy is to keep reminding her of Australia so that she gets homesick and returns.

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Duck Crossing tote bag for granddaughter

A couple, originally from Kansas, USA, now living in Singapore, left with “Family Outing” and “Under My Red Umbrella” prints.

Every time I think of discontinuing the tote bags and/or the pouches, there’s a real flurry with them. I counted approximately thirteen tote bags and pouches and 40 greeting cards that went. “What the Devil!?” was particularly popular with the bags and pouches today.

Four of my Inktober original paintings sold today: “The Happy Wanderers”, “Swing”, “Big Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Kangaroo” and “Treading through the Tulips” (not tip-toeing through the tulips!)

Also, my small original painting of the extremely endangered Orange-bellied Parrot sold.

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Orange-bellied Parrot

The most popular prints today were the wombats and whales.

My prints and greeting cards are available at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep up with the demands of the Inktober2019 Challenge and I’m posting my drawings at www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and www.instagram.com/hopwoodwade

A thought to ponder: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells,” Dr. Seuss (Love it!)

Take care and keep the creative juices flowing,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
P.S. Prints, tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

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.

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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

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

Salamanca Market July 20, 2019

Once again the weather exceeded my expectations. I was thinking the temperature would be around 2 degrees Celsius this morning but instead it was a balmy 6 degrees when I drove out of the driveway at 6:45 am.

It was really busy at the market today.  I was told that about 60 delegates from Victoria were attending a Sutton Tools’ conference in Hobart but that would hardly account for the numbers perusing the market. There were a lot of school aged children from the mainland too. I thought their school holidays ended a week earlier than Tasmania’s.

A lady, living on a farm in central Queensland, bought four A-5 sized prints: “The Three Amigos”, “Double Date IV”, “Hayride” and “Glamour Girls”.  An x-Hobartian, now living in Brisbane, bought herself a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag and another lady, who used to live in Hobart, now living in South Australia, also bought the same bag.

A mother, from Brisbane, met her daughter in Melbourne and they flew together to Tassie for a holiday to celebrate her 21st birthday, bought an “Afternoon Siesta” wombat print. Another mother and daughter pair, visiting from Devonport, Tasmania, bought three prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series to hang up in their Bed & Breakfast accommodation. Another mother and daughter, from Missouri, USA, living close to the Mississippi River, bought two cards: “What the Devil?!” and “Bunk beds”.

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What the Devil!?

Two girlfriends, visiting from Queensland, bought “The Supremes” for their girlfriend. When they saw the print, they burst out laughing and instantly decided it was the perfect gift for their missing friend because the three do karaoke together.

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The Supremes

A couple bought “Story time” and “Family Outing” as a gift for their new granddaughter.

The most popular prints today were the wombats.

A thought to ponder: “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  Rabindranath Tagore

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 1, 2019

It was another mild winter’s day at Salamanca Market. It was rather quiet at the market but a different story at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, where two of my originals sold.  The newly painted big A-1 sized ‘Family Outing VI’ is going to hang in a Doctor’s waiting room.

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Destined for a life of trying to keep people smiling despite their colds, influenza, broken bones, aches and pains.  

At the stall, I had an adult daughter buy a framed ‘Double Date IV’ for her mother’s birthday. She said that they have a shack in Dover, Tasmania, where Superb Fairy Wrens visit all the time. I had an adult son buy a ‘Black & White + One’ print to give to his piano-playing father for his birthday.

A lady, from Canberra, here for a work conference, bought a ‘Beachside Chatter’ tote bag.

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Beachside Chatter tote bag, made in Australia and washable

A young lady, from Spain, travelling the world, bought a ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ print to add to her art-work-wall collection.  She showed me a photo.  It looks very cool with masks from Hawaii and Indonesia, ceramic birds from Portugal and prints from the countries she has visited.

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A couple touring Tasmania in their camper van bought some greeting cards and a Japanese exchange student bought a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag. Ladies, visiting from the mainland, purchased a ‘Double Date III’ print and a pair of fingerless gloves for me!, so unexpectedly kind. They had visited the stall earlier in the day and I commented on the great gloves they had. A stall sells them for $5 a pair and on their return trip, I was presented with these beauties.

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Double Date III
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My unexpected gift: finger-less gloves for chilly market days

A local mother bought three prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series to decorate her four month old son’s bedroom: ‘Scarlet Robin Rescue’, ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Kookaburra Rescue’.

Today’s most popular print was the Superb Fairy wren prints.

A thought to ponder: “If you hear a voice within you saying, ”You are not a painter,” then by all means paint… and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent van Gogh.

Wishing you a joy-filled week,

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 March 16, 2019

It’s dark now at 6 am but I can quite easily overlook that when the day that unfolds is warm and sunny with clear blue skies. (A squawking flock of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos just flew by my window.  I always feel privileged to see them.)

A young lady from Germany, living in Hobart, on Elizabeth Street, is studying Marine Biology at UTAS.  She purchased a small print of ‘Sea Life’.  A young man, from New Zealand, exploring Tasmania in a van, also purchased a print of a whale.  He chose ‘Suspended’.  He’s looking for work here and has secured some work just by striking up a conversation with somebody he didn’t know. They’ve offered him one day a week work at a distillery. Once you get your foot in the door, more work often follows.

A young couple, with their very smiley baby, purchased ‘The Three Amigos’. He said that he really liked art, and was quite good too, when he was a child but then war came to Afghanistan. He became a refugee and ended up in this wonderful country. He came to Pontville in Tasmania.  Now he lives in Sydney and is a translator for refugees.  This is his second time in Tassie, this time with his family.

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The Three Amigos

A man from Manchester, UK, now living in Sydney, was in the stall when somebody said that they liked my koalas.  I informed them that they weren’t koalas, rather wombats, that koalas have fluffier ears and a different shaped nose.  I also had to inform people that my birds were emus, not ostriches. As he left with his purchase, he said thanks for the ostriches and koala (‘Glamour Girls’ & ‘Sleepy head’). 🙂

A lady from West Hobart, who told me that she has been looking for a long time for something to hang up on the blank wall in her toilet room, was delighted with her ‘Beachside Chatter’ find.

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Beachside Chatter

I was pleasantly surprised to have a visit from somebody who had done Liz Steel’s Palladian urban sketching course with me two years ago. It was really lovely to catch-up, albeit it was a short catch-up.  Her daughter’s moved to Tasmania.

Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com 🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 16, 2019

It was a busy day at the market today.  Thankfully the wind and weather was kind to us.

Valentine’s Day has past and the focus has moved to “Run the Bridge”, a 10 km running event that will take place tomorrow.  The Tasman Bridge will be closed to cars as a record amount of entries will pound the pavement over the Derwent River below, including Olympians, Liam Adams, Ben St. Lawrence, Harry Summers, Milly Clark, Victoria Mitchell and Canadian runner, Andrea Seccafien.  Also included, are Tasmanian elite runners, Meriem Daoui and Dejen Gebreselassie. Dejen is of Ethiopian heritage and was born and raised in a Sudanese refugee camp. Meriem is of Moroccan heritage and competes in full length clothes and hijab.  She has run 10 km in 34:30 and is only 19 years old!

At 8:30 in the morning, a man from Melbourne, here to celebrate a 50th birthday, which he did last night, bought a ‘Who Says Emus Can’t Fly?!’ print.  I was quite impressed that he was up and about so early after a big night!

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Who Says emus can’t fly!?

Two ladies, wearing cool hats, walked by, and when I was at the other end of the market, a wedding party was walking through the market! Frustratingly, I didn’t have my phone on me, so I couldn’t take a photo.

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A young girl, about 6 years old, visiting from China, fell in love with the ‘Bunk beds’ print.  She didn’t want it put in a paper bag; she wanted to be able to look at the picture unobscured.

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Bunk beds

A ‘Salamanca Fresh’ tote bag is going back with visitors from Hong Kong and a mother bought an ‘Unfurl’ card because the picture has three rising steam ladies and she has three daughters.

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Unfurl, painted with watercolour ink mixed with watercolours, which creates a pastel-like look 

A celebrant, who is performing a wedding at Frogmore Creek in the afternoon, bought a print. A mother bought a ‘Tu-whit and Tu-whoo’  print for her daughter, who loves owls, and for her other daughter, who loves kookaburras, a ‘The Three Amigos’ print.

A Californian dad and son stopped by at the stall.  They are going to do the Three Capes walk. A couple, from Savannah, Georgia, USA, who work in the film industry as Production Designers, bought a ‘Rising Above It’ print and ‘Spotty Rest Stop’ and ‘Bird Watching’ cards. Another Californian, from Los Angeles, USA, who was an exchange student in New Zealand decades ago, was visiting Tassie to catch up with a host-brother who moved and lives here now.  She also visited New Zealand to visit the rest of the clan.  She purchased a ‘Helping Hands’ tote bag.

Two ladies, one from South Australia and the other from Perth, were very excited to find my stall. They were Nursing and Midwifery educators.  They had delivered training in Launceston and will be teaching on Monday in Hobart. They bought a small ‘Spotty Rest Stop’ original painting and a ‘Rising Above It’ print.

There was a three way tie for the most popular print this weekend. They were: The Three Amigos, Rising Above It and Salamanca Saturdays.

 A thought to ponder:  “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” Dr Suess.

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com