A “Salamanca Saturday” print will be adorning a home office in Toowoomba, Qld. The head office is in Canberra.
A “Glamour Girls” print is going to Singapore.
Two cushion covers, “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh”, are going to Brisbane, Qld. Her and her husband moved there from Tasmania. Their children gave them framed photos of the Tasman Bridge and Hobart. The cushions will go in the same room.
It was great to have the car packed before it started raining.
It was a lovely, sunny day, so my toes stayed toasty-warm. There weren’t many people buying gifts, for Mother’s Day tomorrow, but there were plenty of grandparents buying for their grandchildren today!
My first customer was a couple from Melbourne that bought a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” print. Next, were two women from Malaysia that went their way with their new “Lazy Days” tote bag.
A couple from Sydney, expecting their first baby, bought an original painting, titled “Wombat Adventurer” and a “Hanging Out” print for the baby’s room.
Another couple arrived and bought a “Lazy Days” print for their one-year-old Theodore. He gave me plenty of gorgeous smiles and waved bye as he was being wheeled away.
Grandparents from Brisbane purchased “Supportive Nestworks” and “Dinner for Five???” for their one-year-old grandson. A few minutes later another set of grandparents bought “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Dinner for Five???” prints for their granddaughter and their soon-to-arrive grandson, which they are calling ‘boyby’ right now.
I met three young people visiting from Columbia, South America. They bought some greeting cards. I practised my French speaking to a nurse, who is French but currently working in New Caledonia. She’s taking a 3-week holiday in Australia. One week in Sydney and two weeks in Tasmania. She wasn’t too impressed with Sydney but loved the Blue Mountains and is loving Tasmania. She purchased two small prints.
A grandmother, who has seven granddaughters, bought nine A-5 sized prints for her granddaughters, son and herself. She chose “Family Outing” for her son.
While I was packing up, a man asked for a large sized “Bunk Beds” tote bag. He told me his wife was eyeing that one. Maybe this is a Mother’s Day gift??
Until next week, take care.
Happy Mother’s Day, and if this is a difficult day for you, I hope it is as gentle as possible.
A Canadian, from New Brunswick, purchased a “Maggie” print. She worked in Japan for three years, where she met and became friends with a lady, who a few years later, invited her to her wedding in Melbourne. It was just the push, or excuse, she needed to come and explore some of Australia. Friends told her that she had so see Tasmania, because it is just a hop and skip from Melbourne, and so worth doing. So, she followed up on the advice and is loving Tasmania.
A couple visiting from Indonesia purchased “Hot Couple II”. A couple visiting from Brisbane, purchased gifts for family members: a “Meet Me at the Gate” print, and “Glamour Girls” and “Beachside Chatter” tote bags.
An Italian father, visiting his daughter that is living in Tasmania now, purchased a “The Three Amigos II” and “Double Date V” print. Actually, a good variety of nationalities stopped by at the stall today, several Italians, Americans, Dutch, South African, and more.
Two sisters, from the UK, who have travelled quite a lot together and have been in Australia already for six months, purchased a “The Three Amigos II”, “Sitting on the Fence” and “Iconic Aussies” print. They both have open ended tickets. They are three years apart and today was the older ones’ birthday. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/iconic-aussies
I was determined to pack up before the rain arrived, and I did. The rain still hasn’t arrived! lol
Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.
A couple from Rock Hampton purchased “Hot Couple”, “Duck Crossing” and “Sitting on the Fence”. Another couple, that saw “Hot Couple” at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, but didn’t buy it, couldn’t get it out of their heads so they had decided that they were going to have to go back to Richmond to buy it, were so happy to come across me at the market. It saved them a return trip to Richmond. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/copy-of-afternoon-tea-emu-watercolour-prints
A family visiting from Japan purchased seven prints. The mother is originally from Tasmania and has been living in Japan for 42 years. Her husband hasn’t visited Tasmania for 40 years and their daughter for 13 years, but she visited Tassie 5 years ago. They were very happy with their wombat series of prints.
A couple, who have moved to Tasmania for a year from Adelaide, purchased a “Glamour Girls” and “Family Outing” prints. He has secured a job for a year in the medical field. I met another person doing medical work in Tasmania, today, but only for six weeks. She’s an Emergency Department doctor and being housed in Elizabeth Street, in the city centre of Hobart. She purchased an “Afternoon Siesta” print for her sister-in-law, who loves wombats, and a “Silent Disco” for herself. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/dancing-penguins
More perfect weather for Salamanca Market was delivered today.
My first customer purchased a “Maggie” tote bag. She hand raised a baby magpie. She saw the bag and instantly decided to buy it. I debuted the “Maggie” tote bag today and sold out in the first hour of the market. Everyone that bought one had a story about feeding their magpie/s. They visit at a regular time and tap on the window or somehow alert their humans to the feeding time.
I also debuted “Hot Couple II” and “Tickle my Toes” prints today. A couple, the husband originally from Venezuela, purchased “Hot Couple”. He loved it. Another couple, visiting from Japan, purchased “Tickle my Toes”.
A couple visiting from Sydney, NSW is touring around Tasmania. They’ve been up to Stanley, which is one of my favourite Tasmanian towns. We shared stories about the quaintness of Stanley. They bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” print. Another visitor from Sydney purchased two tote bags: “Maggie” and the the vibrantly colourful “Hair Accessories”, and three zip pouches.
A couple visiting from Sydney, NSW, bought an “Afternoon Siesta” print for their baby’s room.
Another couple, visiting from Toronto, Canada, purchased a “Maggie” cushion cover. They told me it is going on their couch.
A visitor from Denmark bought a “Double Date V” print. A woman from California, USA purchased three prints: “Devilish Siesta”, “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” and “Spiky Bunk Beds”. I asked her what brought her to Tasmania, and she replied that she came here to do the Overland Track. Apparently, you can do it in five days, but she’s added two days so that it isn’t as gruelling. You have to carry all your gear.
I met a Finnish visitor. She’s staying in Australia for a year. She bought two cards, “Visiting Friends” and “Bunk Beds”, one to send to her mother, the other to her grandmother.
I ended the day with a couple visiting from China. They purchased a “Bunk Beds” and “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” print. They asked if they could see the other limited edition prints I had because they didn’t like 46 out of 500 too much. They were much happier with 30 out of 500.
The threat of rain helped put stall holders into turbo chook speed with packing up. Thankfully the rain didn’t eventuate.
Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.
The mornings are getting darker and fresher, but the day turned out to be perfect, not too hot or cool.
My first customer was somebody here for the 2023 Australasian Newborn Hearing Screening Conference, where they test the hearing of babies when they are in the womb. She purchased a “White Faced Scops Owls” and “Glamour Girls” print. I also had somebody from New Zealand, who bought some of my art five years, buy a “White Faced Scops Owls” print. She searched me out, she said.
A family from Geelong purchased “Storytime” and “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” prints and a “Silent Disco” and “Glamour Girls” cushion covers. They said it easy to come to Tassie with the Spirit of Tasmania leaving from Geelong now.
A couple from the UK bought a “Sitting on the Fence” print for their daughter. She loves birds and has a lot of European birds hanging up in her house. They think that she would like an Australian one to add to her collection. (I’ve recently added Sitting on the Fence to my tote bag and cushion cover collection too.)
I met Wolfram from Austria who is here for work. He’s here developing something technical to help stroke patients. He purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Glamour Girls” print.
Thankfully the weather wasn’t as dire as forecasted, and it turned out to be an alright day other than being very hot.
My first customers were from Boston, USA. They each have a market stall in Boston. One sells leather bags she makes and the other a game she invented. They are going back in two days. Their visit is fairly short because it is difficult to get holidays with the American’s standard one-week holiday per year. They’ve spent time in Sydney and Tasmania. An “Enchanted Forest I” and “Family Outing” print will be accompanying them. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/enchanted-forest-ii They saw my art at Brooke Street Pier https://www.brookestreetpier.com/ and said that they were very pleased they were able to meet me.
A grandmother, with her two grandchildren bought a card for Grandpa. The young boy asked me if I’ve had a nice day, I said yes and asked him the same question, then he asked me if I’ve had a nice week, “yes” and asked him the same, then he wished me a nice day, and I did the same, then he wished me a nice day for all the days in the week and then he finished by wishing me nice days all the way to Christmas. 😊
Two visitors from Vancouver, Canada, stopped in. One lives in an apartment near Stanley Park and the other lives in Delta. The one living in the west end of Vancouver, near Stanley Park, has a daughter that has been living here since 2011. She got her Australian citizenship a couple of years ago. They bought a “Bunk Beds” print to take home with them.
A sister, from Scotland, is in Australia visiting her brother who has been living in Melbourne for 2 years. He loves it here and has applied for Australian citizenship. She bought an “Enchanted Forest II” print.
“Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” will be making its home in California, USA.
A young man from Germany, who is travelling and working in Australia for a year, will be in Tasmania until July. He answered a Facebook ad to work in Corinna, driving the Fatman Barge. https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/northwest/corinna.html It is the only cable driven vehicular barge remaining in Tasmania.
Seeing a former student of mine, Emma, was exciting. She’s very close to finishing her Registered Nursing degree.
Another excitement of the day was meeting Cyprien. There’s something about European’s body language that I usually can pick that they are European before they even speak. I thought he was European but when he spoke, he sounded Canadian but there were a few things he said that I still made me think European. He was visiting from Canada. I said, I lived in Vancouver, Canada. He lives outside of Quebec. I asked him in that case do you speak French, which he did. I said that French was my first language because I was born in Belgium. Now, how’s this for coincidence, so was he!! His parents visited Quebec to see the wildlife and they loved it so much that they moved the whole family there, when he was six years old. My family moved to Vancouver, Canada when I was close to 5 years old. It’s not often that you meet a Belgian in Tasmania, much less one who emigrated to Canada too. I had to get a photo of us. He came back to my stall because he couldn’t believe the odds too. Oh, by the way, the reason I had the privilege of speaking to him in the first place is because he wanted to pay for a “Bunk Beds” print.
Packing up started early and with earnest to try to beat the storm forecasted to arrive at 3pm. It’s close to 5 pm and it still hasn’t arrived!
Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.
Birds give me such joy. I currently have three birdbaths in my garden and plan on adding more.
Birds can spot a safe mode of travel, as evidenced by this painting, where they spotted a fashion-conscious, large bird, wearing a bird-friendly patterned dress and shoes, and immediately knew that this was just the right kind of vehicle to embark on!