Winter has arrived in Tasmania and some use the increased indoor time to do ‘spring cleaning’. When do you do your spring cleaning?
I’m going through piles of papers, in an attempt to organise/clean my studio space (a room downstairs in my house). I found this painting I started a few years ago and decided it needed to be finished. Introducing “Holding Hands II”.
I hope to finish more paintings that I have abandoned for whatever reason. Often I stop painting something because another idea has come into my head that excites me and I can’t wait to explore it, so I start another painting and forget to go back to the one I started earlier. (I wonder if this is a common occurrence among artists??? It must be.) They are no good to me, or anybody, half finished. Very unfulfilling. When they are finished at least I can stop storing them. They are either good enough to try to sell and put a smile on somebody’s face, or they can go in the recycling bin.
I hope that you are having a sunshiny kind of day and if you are spring cleaning, I hope you’re making good progress. 🙂
It’s always a pleasant surprise when you enter a gallery to do gallery duty and you discover some blank spaces on the wall! Two, of three of my original paintings, from the Down by the Sea series that I painted, sold.
Without wings, emus’ feet become their hands in my paintings. It’s a brilliant way to work humour into my paintings.
I painted this greeting card called “Lovebirds” because Valentine’s Day is around the corner.
The origin of Valentine’s Day is not definite. Historically, February has been celebrated as the month of romance and St. Valentine’s Day has connections to both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. Who was, and how, did Saint Valentine become associated with this day is unclear. This link provides some theories and possibilities about who St. Valentines was and the evolution of Valentines Day. https://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day-2
Through the centuries Valentine’s Day has evolved and changed, and spread across the globe into Australia, and consequently, its spread is now encompassing the Australian emu!
The emu is quite well represented in this Love Pack of greeting cards that I have put together.
Each greeting card is featuring a love theme. The beauty of a greeting card is that the recipient can get that warm, fuzzy feeling over and over again, each time they read its penned words. Some may choose to frame the cards. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and the recipient could be wearing the smile you gave them for weeks, and in this case all year, if you spread the love pack out over the year.
On Friday, Hobart got to 40 degrees Celsius. It was hard work packing the car in that heat. The night was hot and uncomfortable, despite some rain falling during the night. Saturday morning, the gazebo was set up in muggy heat but thankfully as the day progressed, a breeze helped to cool things down.
A couple from Launceston, Tasmania, who had “Who, Who, Who are You? II” searched me out to buy more.
They arrived with their gorgeous 11 week old St Bernard puppy, named Lady Marmalade. They ended up buying five A-3 sized prints and an A-4 sized print of “Duck Crossing II”.
An x-Tasmanian, now living in Queensland, bought “Hair Accessories” and “Hanging Out”. When she was in Tasmania she took care of Tasmanian Devils and Wombats. In Queensland she looks after Flying Foxes, Kangaroos and Wallabies.
A student, doing his final year of Occupational Therapy in Adelaide, bought a “Bunk Beds” print. A couple from Poland, who spoke very little English, purchased a “Hanging Out” print to take back to Europe with them.
A group from Amsterdam purchased “Family Outing” and two young women from France, both bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” print. A couple from Toronto, Canada purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print and a tote bag with the “Hanging Out” image printed on both sides.
A “Lazy Days” zipper pouch and a “Hanging Out” tote bag is travelling to Taiwan. A “Taking a Dip” print is going to be a 30th anniversary gift.
An Orange-bellied parrot and a Flame Robin original painting were purchased. One will be making its home in United States, the other in Hobart.
The most popular prints today were the wombat prints from the Sleepy Head series.
A thought to ponder: “An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision”. James Whistler.
Wishing you a creatively happy upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, site #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
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,
a young man from Melbourne bought “Holding Hands”,
a young lady from Taiwan bought my “colour coordinated emu” (somebody told my emus that they should colour coordinate their clothes. Heaven help us!)
and a young man from London purchased the “emu and butterfly” painting.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
Yellow Poppy Fields
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.