PjPaintings at Salamanca Market April 20, 2019

A long weekend with a forecast of 23 degrees Celsius, and not much else is needed to have people venturing into the city for a Salamanca Market experience.
Early in the morning, at the Pj Paintings stall, a father let his son choose a print. He chose ‘Who says emus can’t fly!?’ and he quite correctly pointed out that the emus’ legs are bending the wrong way. Lucky artists have artistic license.
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Who says emus can’t fly!?
When emus sit, their feet go out in front of them. It looks like their knees are bending forward, but actually their knees are higher up, under the feathers where they can’t be seen. The visible part that bends forward are the bird’s ankles.
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A seated emu photo by Getty Images
A couple bought a small original painting of a Red-tailed black cockatoo for their son, who married a Canadian lady, and are living in Chilliwack, B.C., where my sister lives.
 
Two ladies from Brisbane, Queensland, stopped in and bought a small original painting of platypus. They saw my painting of a dog and that started a dog photo exchange, as they have two cocker spaniels, named Poppy and Winston. Of course I had to show them photos of my Charli, an American cocker spaniel.
A boy, wearing a Calgary Flames cap, visited the stall with his mother. He was born in Pittsburgh, USA, lived two years in Calgary, Canada and now they’re living in Brisbane. He looked like he was around seven years old. They purchased an A-4 size ‘Lost Worlds’ print.
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Lost Worlds
Two young ladies from France, on a six month holiday in Australia, bought some greeting cards to post to friends in France and a couple bought an A-5 ‘Glamour Girls’ sized print for their sister-in-law, who’s a hairdresser, and moving back to the USA.
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Glamour Girls
 
The time flew by and suddenly it was packing up time. I won’t be setting up and packing up for four weeks now, as I’m off to do an urban sketching course. My prints and greeting cards will still be available at Salamanca but only in the Salamanca Arts Centre at Artefacts Inc Gallery for the next few weeks, rather than at site 30, but I will be back!
 
There doesn’t seem to be a most popular print today as there was an even spread purchased.
 
A thought to ponder: “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist”, Albert Einstein.
 
Happy Easter!
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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Lost World

I’ve been living in Hobart, Tasmania for about 22 years and have never walked one of the many Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) tracks.  I’ve taken visitors many times up to the top of the mountain and back down but haven’t explored the mountain beyond that, until now, and it was magical and awesome.  I was really keen to see Lost World as I have painted this scene with Tasmanian Tigers (Thylacines) integrated into the foreground.

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Lost worlds

The walk started on Hunters Track, then along Old Hobartian Track and finally the Lost World Track, which was uphill, climbing over boulders all the way up.  Do not let the 45 minutes suggested time fool you, it is full on, constant rock climbing and took closer to 1.5 hours but well worth the effort, not to mention, fun clambering over rocks like a mountain goat (well not quite as nimble :-)).

While climbing over boulder after boulder, I couldn’t help think how much my brother and sister-in-law would enjoy this climb, the scenery along the way and the view.  Next time they visit, I won’t just take them to the top of the mountain.

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Stepping over a fern
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I spotted a bumble bee on one of the many healthy Banksia Marginata growing on the mountain

And then we entered the breath-taking Lost World.

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Lost World, the rocks are a lot more angular than I painted them

The view from Lost World.

On our way out…

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This was rock and tree was beautiful

It was an amazing day on the mountain, warm, windless and beauty everywhere.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

P.S. Prints of my Lost worlds painting are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 2, 2019

Regardless of yesterday being the first day of autumn, Tasmania ignored that it was ‘autumn’ and put on the hottest March day ever recorded.  It got up to 39 degrees Celsius and I would venture to say that being under the blue roof of the Pj Paintings gazebo, it would have reached 40 degrees. It was a roasting hot day! Despite the temperature, a surprising amount of people ventured out and the market was really quite full of people before the temperature peaked in the afternoon.

A couple from the Netherlands, who had purchased two prints from Artefacts Gallery yesterday (‘Quilting Bee’ for a friend who is a quilter and ‘Richmond Bridge, Tasmania’ for themselves) purchased a ‘Story time’ print to give to a teacher in Netherlands, who loves reading to her students.

Another couple, visiting from Queensland, finding Hobart’s temperatures rather ‘cool’, purchased a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ print.  A lady, who moved to Rose Bay, Hobart last year, from Queensland, to escape the heat, bought a ‘Meet Me at the Gate’ print.

A couple from Perth, who have been visiting Tasmania for 10 days, are going back home tomorrow with a ‘Weightless’ print.  They came to attend a wedding tonight.  There’s another couple in Tassie for the same reason, attending a wedding this afternoon.

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Weightless

A young lady, from Hawaii, visiting friends on the mainland and holidaying with them in Tassie, purchased a ‘Lost Worlds’, which is my painting of Lost World Track on Mt Wellington/kunyani and the lost Tasmanian Tigers, and ‘All Ears’ print.  She hasn’t been directly affected by the volcano but the air quality has and she found the red night skies eerie.  Two sisters were also holidaying in Tassie, one lives in Melbourne and the other in New York, USA. They purchased a ‘Double Date IV’ and ‘Sleepy head’ print.  Another lady, from Scotland, visiting her sister that lives in Tassie, also bought a ‘Sleepy head’ print. She’s stopping in New Zealand on her way home, just because she’s always wanted to go to New Zealand.

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Lost Worlds

A lady, who has two months off and then six months on the Carnival Cruise Ship working in the jewellery shop, bought ‘Sleepy head’ and ‘Tassie Christmas’. She came to know of my existence through a friend, who had given her a ‘Beachside Chatter’ print, which she has hanging in her cabin.

The day ended, with a young couple from Sydney, excited to see wombat pictures. They have a picture of a wombat, named Mr. Womby, hanging in their home.  They also have a wombat plush toy, named Arthur.  They bought ‘Sleepy head’ to take home.  I asked them what’s this one going to be called? They decided that this has to be a female wombat but couldn’t think of a name on the spot. They might read this post because I told them I write Salamanca Market updates.  If you have any suggestions for them, please share them in the comments.

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Sleepy head

The most popular print today was ‘Sleepy head’.

A thought to ponder:  “The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” ~Junot Diaz

Take care everyone,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 5, 2018

Under hazy skies from fires burning in the Maydena area, the Hobart  Hurricanes and the Sydney Sixers hotly contested Big Bash game played out at the Blundstone Oval in Bellerive, Friday evening (Feb 4th), with Tassie finishing triumphantly and retaining top position on the ladder.  The oval is a few blocks away from where I live, so it is difficult to actually sleep with all the celebrations, cheering, fireworks and cannon noises.  Nevertheless, I felt fairly good in the morning, but I was totally knackered by the time I got home after the market.  I had to climb into bed and have an hour nap.

At the market, in the morning, a gentleman that lives in the rural town of Meander, Tasmania, introduced himself to me, telling me that he has bought lots and lots of my cards and prints from the Art as Mania Gallery in Deloraine.  He’s given many as gifts, locally and abroad, including when he went to Europe. People love them he said. That was such a nice way to start a market day!

A young lady, who has just finished mountain bike riding the Tasmanian Trail, bought a ‘Sea Life’ print.  The Tasmanian Trail is 480 km, from Dover to Devonport and is designed for horse riders, walkers and mountain bike riders.  She spent a week riding her bike from Devonport to Hobart.

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Sea Life

A woman chose to buy a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ print for her Canadian friend that gave her brightly coloured prints of Newfoundland icebergs. Another lady, from Germany, bought herself ‘The Three Amigos’ print to take back to Europe with her.

A couple from the UK, who have three of my prints which were posted to them as a gift by one of their mothers, one being ‘Joyride’ because they have a Ducati, purchased ‘Richmond Bridge, Tasmania’, to add to their collection of Pj Paintings’ prints.

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania

A man, who bought two prints of emus riding motorbikes two years ago returned, and bought two more.  He now has all four motorbikes that I’ve painted: two Harley Davidsons, a Ducati and a Bonneville Triumph. He said that he’ll be back in two years and buy two more… but I don’t know if I will be painting two more motorbikes despite there being a seemingly endless choice of brands and styles of motorbikes I could add to the collection.

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Bonnie & Me!

A young lady from Hong Kong bought a pack of cards, a Cheer ‘em Up pack (a pack of heart-warming scenes that I painted where the emu saves the day) and a pack of extra small prints of owls.  A ‘Thunder’ print (elephant picture above) is on its way to Switzerland, bought by a young Swiss tourist.

I met a high school teacher that teaches art on Bathurst Island of the Tiwi Islands.  He was very drawn to the ‘Lost Worlds’ image.

 

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Lost Worlds

A young lady, originally from Texas, USA, who has been living in Melbourne for a year and a half, bought an original whale painting.  She has an engineering qualification and is working in this field in Melbourne.  We did a high five for girl-power and the increasing female representation in historically male dominated industries.

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A family stopped in and told me that her parents have an A-3 sized print of ‘Salamanca Fresh’ framed and hanging up in their house, here in Tasmania.  They bought one to frame and hang up in their house in Melbourne.  Then she told me that her parents own the Salamanca Fresh shop at Salamanca Place!! The young son took a liking to the small framed Orca that I painted, which his mother kindly got for him.

The most popular print this weekend was: Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward, you can remove all traces of reality.”  Pablo Picasso

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

All prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 22, 2018

Salamanca Market operated under sunny skies today. The first people that stopped at the stall were a couple laden with bouquets of flowers. They were doing what they called a ‘graveyard run’ (visiting relatives’ graves). They bought a ‘Thunder’ print as she loves elephants and apparently has quite a collection of elephant things.

‘Double Date’ and ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bags are going to Hong Kong, and a ‘Helping Hands’ tote bag is going to Singapore. Two ‘Lost Worlds’ prints are going to Singapore. The families are not travelling together. One of the adult daughters said that it was going to be hung in her bedroom. They also bought an A-3 sized print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’, and later in the day, they returned and bought another one.

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Helping Hands small tote bag
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Salamanca Saturdays

Parents purchased a ‘Family Outing’ print for baby Lauchlan’s bedroom in Auckland, New Zealand.

A mother and daughter, visiting from the UK, stopped at the stall. The teenaged daughter loved ‘Rising Above It’. Her uncle snuck back to the stall later in the day and bought it for her, along with ‘Bonnie & Me’ because he has a Triumph Bonneville motorbike.

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Rising Above It

A family, with two young boys, visiting from the UK, purchased a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. Somebody else from the UK, who visited the Pj paintings stall 4.5 years ago, bought a ‘Story time’ print as a gift for his wife.

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Story time

A lady from Sweden, is taking a ‘Glamour Girls’ print back with her.

A couple from Newcastle, NSW, who are caravanning around Tasmania, purchased three framed prints: ‘The Three Amigos’, ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ and ‘Black & White + One’. They said that they live in a grand old house and haven’t bought art for years because they haven’t seen art that they like, so that was pretty special.

A lady bought a little original painting of two platypuses for her Austrian au pair.

The most popular print this weekend was: ‘Lost Worlds’

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Lost Worlds

A thought to ponder: “The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.” Keith Haring

Wishing everybody an awesome and peaceful festive season,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 20, 2018

At times, one could think it was snowing at the market. Large trees, lining the street, scattered masses of seed pods throughout the day and thousands floated everywhere.  There was literally a carpet of seed pods in my stall, and surrounding sites, with plenty of sneezing and nose-blowing taking place from all sides.

Two young ladies from Thailand will be taking home with them some 5” x 7” ‘White Faced Scops Owls’, ‘Tu-whit & Tu-whoo’ and ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’ prints.

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White Faced Scops Owls

I met a young couple from Netherlands, who are travelling around Australia for a year, from Feb 2018 to Feb 2019.  They are travelling and doing nanny and cleaning work.  I asked what is a male nanny called?  They said an ‘Au Pair’ but that many Australians aren’t familiar with that term so they use ‘nanny’. I replied that I find that surprising with all the controversy surrounding Peter Dutton’s handling of the Au Pairs from France.  In humour, they said that maybe they’ll contact Peter Dutton if they decide that they want to stay longer in Australia. They purchased a 5” x 7” print, titled ‘Double Date’.

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Double Date IV

Residents from Emu Park, Queensland bought a ‘Beachside Chatter’ print.  A lady also from Queensland, but from the city of Cairns, chose ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘All Ears’ prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series.  A couple were really pleased with their purchase of a framed ‘Two to Tango’ print.  It is going to be a gift for their son who has taken up dancing.

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Two to Tango

A mother bought a framed tractor print, ‘Hayride’, for their two year old son, who is fascinated with tractors.  She’s made him a tractor room and this will be another addition to the pictures of tractors.

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Hayride

Girlfriends visiting from Brisbane, had bought a print earlier in the week from Made in Tasmania, went looking for my stall today and found me.  They bought ‘Outback Glamping’ to give to a girlfriend that recently went to Uluru.

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Outback Glamping

An American, with his Australian wife, who has been living in Melbourne for over 12 years, are taking a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ back as their Tasmanian souvenir.

Near the end of the market, two ladies bought two prints each of ‘Lost Worlds’.  One lady said they were gifts for her sisters, one living in Ontario, Canada, the other in New York state, US.  Somebody else bought one earlier in the day too.

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Lost Worlds

The most popular print this weekend is: Lost Worlds

A thought to ponder:  “When I say artist I mean the one who is building things … some with a brush – some with a shovel – some choose a pen.” ~Jackson Pollock

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

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.