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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
At Salamanca Market, a grandmother said that she wanted to buy my small original kookaburra painting (20 x 20cm) for her granddaughter but would also like to buy an original for her grandson, who loves whales. She said she would be back at the markets next weekend, so I told her I’d try to paint one during the week. This is number four whale, a well-fed Orca or Killer Whale, done directly with paint, without using any pencil, to meet the criteria of June’s 30×30 direct watercolour, and grandmother’s, challenge!
The previous whales I painted were Humpbacks. This is the first time I’ve painted an Orca. I really loved painting this one. I’m now going to try to paint it on some different types of paper and see what effects that brings.
Thanks for stopping by. 🙂