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

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 23, 2019

This morning it was dark when I got up… the days are getting shorter. Yikes!
A lady, from Melbourne, is in Tassie for just one day to look at property. She and her partner, firstly from Sydney, but that got too big for them, so they moved to Melbourne, which has also become a big, congested city, so now they have their eye on Hobart and are considering another move. She bought a print titled “Barn Owls” for her thirteen year old daughter.
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Barn Owls
A lady from Gippsland stopped by, and told me that she visits her son each year and buys a print from my stall. She knows how many years he’s been living in Tassie by counting how many of my prints she has… and how many years has her son been living here?… the answer is five.
A German tourist bought a small “Sea Life” print for her friend in Germany who gave her instructions to get her a whale souvenir.
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Sea Life
I met Canadians, who live close to the PNE in Vancouver, BC. I often drove over the Second Narrows Bridge and past the PNE, with the old, wooden rollercoaster in plain view, and its memories of the many rides I had on it. They bought an A-5 sized print of “Bunk beds”.
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Bunk beds
I met a young lady from France, who has been in Australia for one month of her six month stay. She wanted to practice her English, and I, wanted to practice my French. So, we conversed in different languages. She bought a greeting card to send to her friend.
A lady, from Warana, Queensland, became very excited when she saw the “Cheer ‘em Up” series. She bought three of the prints to put up in her daughter’s bedroom (or maybe her lounge room she said because she loves them so much).
A dear friend from Adelaide, extended family, with a new baby son, who gave me a gorgeous, big smile and his grandmother from Holland, visited the stall. They left with two of my latest additions:  “Bunk beds” and “Sleepy head” prints.
A gentleman, told me that so many people from the cruise ship had bought these yesterday from the gallery at Salamanca (that would be Artefacts Inc Gallery). He said they were very kinky but I think he meant quirky! Lol
Two different couples bought small original paintings of Echidnas.
After the market, and unpacking the car, I was off to see the Baker’s Boy, Missy Higgins and John Butler Trio at Tolosa Park, and then today, Sunday, I did gallery duty from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. I met many Italians and French, and had plenty more opportunity to practice speaking French! I think I deserve an early night.
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Baker Boy
The most popular print of the day was”Bunk beds”.
A thought to ponder: “Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” Albert Einstein
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 February 2, 2019

For most of this week, Hobart has been shrouded in smoke as fires rage. Thankfully we had some light rain on Thursday, which helped clear the air a little, and the oil rig that that made itself at home in the Derwent River for three months! It’s like it snuck out undercover, that is under-smoke-cover in the wee hours of the morning.
 
At today’s market, we saw some rather tall sports women, who are playing AFL this weekend. Tasmania is hosting their first AFL Women’s game. North Melbourne vs Carlton is playing at the North Hobart Oval.
 
In the morning, a young couple from the Netherlands, on a six week Australian holiday, bought a ‘Bunk beds’ print.
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Bunk beds
 
A lady, who said that she left her heart in Africa, bought a ‘Thunder’ tote bag. In a few weeks, she is going back for a visit to Botswana, South Africa and surrounds.
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Thunder! small tote bag
 
A family from Victoria, bought a print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ with Mt Wellington/kunyani in the background. They were in Tassie to scatter her mother’s ashes on the mountain on Tuesday. That was her mother’s wishes. Another lady, who also bought ‘Salamanca Saturdays’, had travelled here to say goodbye to her 98 year old mother. She passed away two days before she arrived in Tasmania. She said that she had had many recent conversations and visits with her, and that she was well loved and taken care of.
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Salamanca Saturdays
 
A couple bought a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print to go with an emu painting that they bought in Lightning Ridge, which I think might be John Murray’s artwork.
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Who, Who, Who are You? II
 
The most popular prints this weekend was: Bunk beds
 
A thought to ponder: “Finish the work, otherwise an unfinished work will finish you”, Amit Kalantri
 
Good advice!
 
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

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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 8, 2018

Despite having a cruise ship in today, there seemed to be less people at Salamanca Market than last week. Early in the morning, a tan coloured American Cocker Spaniel came by. It walked just like mine, Charli, nose down and steadfast.
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Charli
A grandfather, visiting from Singapore with his daughter, purchased ‘Muddy’, a small original painting I painted for the prompt word “muddy” when I did the Inktober Challenge 2018. The painting is for his grandson.
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‘Muddy’ when in Rome do as the Romans do!
 
Two young Greek men, brothers, purchased a framed original painting of an orca for their sister living in Greece because she loves orcas.
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Orca original
 
A small framed ‘Meet Me at the Gate’ print is travelling to New Zealand. A lovely lady, visiting from Japan, communicating through a very good translator device, bought ‘Glamour Girls’ for her hair salon, ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’ for her daughter’s bedroom and ‘Salamanca Fresh’ for her living room.
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Salamanca Fresh
 
A lady, from the Gold Coast, Queensland, on a Tassie bus tour, was looking for a piece of quirky art to hang up in her toilet room. She explained that her sister is a very good artist but she doesn’t do quirky art. Her toilet room has no windows and she felt it needs something to brighten the small room up. She settled on ‘Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania’. She’s going to hang it above the cistern so that it’s the first thing you see when you come into the room. Her late husband was a surf life saver, along with the rest of her family. She’s the only one that kept her feet grounded, she told me.
 
A couple visiting from the UK, the trip is a gift from their son and daughter-in-law, bought a ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ print to give to their house sitter.
 
‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Family Outing’ prints are going to be hung in a Bed & Breakfast accommodation in the Adelaide Hills. They also bought a ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ as their anniversary present.
 
A Himalayan Mastiff dog breeder from South Australian, staying in Huonville for their annual dog breeding gathering, bought some greeting cards. A watercolour artist bought a ‘Tu-whit & Tu-whoo’ print and showed me some of her barn owl paintings. She said that she did the opposite and indeed she did. The owls were undetailed, beautiful washes, and the tree had lots of textured details. She used sand to create the rough look of bark. Terry Gough, a Tasmanian water colourist, who taught Adult Education water colour painting classes for many years, which I enrolled in some of the evening classes, often used sand in his paintings too.
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Lovely Harvey, a former Return to Study student, stopped by. It was so good to see him. It is amazing all the things he puts his hand to, from learning how to juggle, speak Spanish, natural walking and heaps of other things. Also, I had the pleasure of catching up with a lovely regular visitor from Adelaide. We developed a friendship when she visited the stall a few years ago.
When I came home, I had to take a photo of this succulent growing at the front of the house. A few years ago, we received so much rain it almost killed this plant. All this purple liquid oozed out of it and it shriveled away to a fraction of its size. After it’s near death experience, it has quadrupled in size, generated another plant and now it’s showing off a stalk of flowers.
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The most popular print this weekend is: Tu-whit & Tu-whoo
A thought to ponder: ““The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Prints, tote bags and pouches are available on http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 1, 2018

Under blue skies, I drove into Salamanca Market, and where I initially parked my car, is where it stayed as the gear stick refused to go past Reverse. Several stallholders tried to get it going but with no success. At least it wasn’t blocking in any of the other stall holders. Once the market finished, RACT Roadside Assistance was able to come to my aid and with some very firm wriggling around, he got it working. What a relief! We were all too scared to use the same amount of force but I guess he’s seen this problem before.

Today, I debuted a new perspex stand to display my original paintings. The Hobart City Council offered free merchandising advice for six Salamanca market stallholders and I was one of the lucky six. I was advised to get a Perspex stand for my original paintings. I was somewhat skeptical that it would make much difference, but thankfully I was wrong! I sold seven originals from the stand.

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The perspex stand with not too many paintings left after today’s market.  The paintings are more upright when it is fuller.

One of the original-purchaser, who bought a platypus and turtle looking at each other, had attended a baby shower where the mother-to-be was given an original painting of a sleepy wombat in a hammock that I painted. She liked it so much she came to visit my stall. I’ll have to paint more wombats, sleepy and not sleepy ones!

A couple bought an original painting of a wombat and a koala to post to her sister, who is living in the UK, for her to give to her grandchildren to help nurture the Australian connection. Another original-purchaser was from Perth, Australia and she bought four originals. She liked my sense of humour, she said.

Another visitor from Perth, Australia, who is originally from Scotland but has been living in Australia for 36 years, bought 5” x 7” ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ and ‘Salamanca Fresh’ prints.

A family from Singapore bought an A-2 sized print of ‘Poppy Fields’ and a framed ‘White Faced Scops Owls’.

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Poppy Fields

A couple from Cochrane, Alberta, a small town just outside of Calgary, are visiting their son who is working at Maydena Mountain Bike Park. They’ve been cycling around Tasmania. She said that one night, she was wearing every item of clothing she had to try to get warm in her sleeping bag. They will be spending Christmas at Maydena with their son. They bought some greeting cards, which are the easiest item to fit in when you’re travelling with a back pack.

A gentleman, who was born in Hong Kong, but is now living in Houston, USA, bought a small framed print of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’. Shortly after the Houston resident left the stall, a man from Texas, USA walked in. The two had almost crossed paths. He bought some greeting cards. Tomorrow, he was heading home and taking a direct flight from Melbourne to Texas, a 15.5 hour direct flight. Yikes! That’s an endurance test.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

 

A former neighbour of mine stopped by. She’s now living in NSW and is back in the state for her mother’s 80th birthday. It was really nice to see the all-grown-up daughter too. The mother doesn’t know that they are in the state, so she’s going to be in for a big surprise.

The clearly most popular print this weekend is: Salamanca Saturdays
A thought to ponder: “The chief enemy of creativity is ‘good’ sense.” Pablo Picasso
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
All prints displayed are available on www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 27, 2018

The saying “four seasons in one day” resonated true today. The morning started off overcast, then in the early afternoon the heavens opened and the rain poured down on us, triggering the familiar sound of gazebo awnings’ pooling waters being regularly emptied before they dumped on an unsuspecting market-goer. Then the sun and wind made their presence, which was great because it dried the gazebo and side walls just before packing-up time. Then hail arrived. As I was unloading the car, it was bouncing off my head!
 
A couple, visiting from Geelong, Victoria, touring Tassie on a motorbike, and loving the roads, bought “Who says emus can’t fly?!”
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Who says emus can’t fly?!
 
Grandparents of not quite 4-week-old first granddaughter, named Wren, purchased a “Double Date III” tote bag for the parents. A “Duck Crossing” tote bag was purchased for another first granddaughter, 1 year old, Indigo.
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A “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print was purchased for her mother’s Christmas present, who lives in Sydney and loves owls. She has a collection of owl figurines and the daughter thought it was something different than adding to her collection but still in the owl theme. A lady visiting from Melbourne, bought a “Glamour Girls” print for her girlfriend, who is a hairdresser.
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Glamour Girls
 
Sisters visiting from Peru, South America, purchased a “The Three Amigos” print to take back with them. A young man, originally from Brisbane, now living in London, returned to Australia for a wedding, now holidaying in Tassie, bought some dancing emu cards as a souvenir. A young lady, from Michigan, USA, also bought some cards as a souvenir. They’re easy to fit into a suitcase!
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The Three Amigos
 
I met a lady, whose husband is attending an Ornithological (the study of birds) International Convention hosted by the University of Tasmania. They are held every second year and she loves that she can join and visit places that she has never travelled to. This was her first time in Tasmania. Two years ago, the conference was held in New Zealand, which was also her first time visiting there. Very appropriately, she bought a “Double Date III” pouch featuring Superb Fairywrens.
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Double Date III pouch
 
The most popular print this weekend is: The Three Amigos
A thought to ponder: “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others” ~Salvador Dali
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

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 October 6, 2018

It was a rather slow start in the morning and then it got busy. The sun was shining and the wind behaved itself. Around packing-up time, wind gusts started making their presence felt and they strengthened as the sun set.
 
Water polo competitors, from the 16 & Under National Club Championships, were browsing the market. Hobart is also hosting Hockey Australia’s (grass hockey) Under 13 Girls & Boys Australian Carnival this weekend.
 
A lady from Melbourne, who does ballroom dancing, purchased ‘Two to Tango’ and ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’. A couple, from Brisbane, bought a ‘Two to Tango’ print for a wedding gift. Two young ladies visiting from Melbourne also bought a ‘Two to Tango’ and a ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ print and an original platypus painting.
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Two to Tango
 
A couple visiting from New York, USA bought a ‘Who says emus can’t fly!’ print. They have five motorcycles!
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Who says emus can’t fly!?!
 
A son and father, from Port Lincoln, South Australia, bought an A-4 sized print of ‘G’Day’, ‘Helping Hands’ and ‘Double Date III’ for his wife because she likes Fairy wrens. She has a nice surprise coming her way. 
 
A mother and her daughters, down from Launceston, are taking back ‘Lost Worlds’ and ‘Scarlet Robins’ prints with them.
A ‘Serenity’ print is heading to New Zealand and another whale print, for a teenager’s birthday, is going to Melbourne.
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Serenity
‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print is going home with a local Tasmanian from Carlton, who hasn’t been to the market for about 10 years he said. He came because his granddaughter wanted to. Another ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ is going to Sydney.
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Who, Who, Who are You? II
 
‘Hayride’ is travelling to Horsham, South Australia. The couple used to farm emus. They said that their grandchildren are fascinated with their red tractor.
 
The most popular prints this weekend were: Who, Who, Who are You? II, Lost Worlds, Two to Tango and the whales.
 
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.” ― Émile Zola
 
Thanks for stopping by. I like this quote, so I think I will sign off with it,
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 22, 2018

On Thursday, when I was teaching my adult academic writing class, my day job, I started sneezing and a full-blown cold quickly came upon me.  I had to go get a box of tissues and try to get through the rest of the day teaching in between sneezes and blowing my nose.

I didn’t feel too bad this morning, so off to the market I went.  Well, I struggled through the day and wished I had stayed snuggled up in my comfy, cozy, warm bed!

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Spanish Eyes (Yellow)

I met quite of few visitors from America today: a lady from California, who has been dreaming of visiting Australia ever since she was a little girl.  She bought ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’.  Two different groups from Oregon.  A man, who described himself as a nomad, purchased two extra small prints of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ and ‘Salamanca Saturdays’. A couple from New Jersey bought ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Family Outing’ to make the return trip back to USA. Another happy stall visitor is taking her ‘Who, Who, Who are You?II’ print back to Hong Kong.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A grandfather, originally from Croatia, with his two adult granddaughters visited the pjpaintings stall.  Apparently, he has an extensive elephant collection.  He was quite enraptured with ‘Thunder’ so his granddaughters bought it for him.  One of the granddaughters is an artist and loves all things creative, especially working with clay and sewing.

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Thunder!

I met a few tourists that have taken advantage of the new direct Perth to Hobart flights, including a mother, who broke her wrist ice-skating in Tasmania, on day two of their holidays!  Parents of 20 month old Banjo, who, I was told, is obsessed with kookaburras and owls, were thrilled to have found ‘The Three Amigos’ and ‘Barn Owls’.

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The Three Amigos

A couple, who bought ‘Duck Crossing’ last year for their baby, Lucille, told me that they can’t wait to give it to her for her upcoming birthday.

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Duck Crossing

Lastly, I met a young lady, originally from Germany, an exchange project manager, working in Sydney.  She’s returning to Germany in November.  She bought a small ‘The Three Amigos’ pouch.

The print titled ‘Barn Owls’ was the most popular print this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “Art is the cultural bedrock of a civilization and its worth is beyond measure.” ~Richard McKinley

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing you a creative and happy week,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.