Salamanca Market July 13, 2019

The weather wasn’t as kind to us today as previous weeks, but it was warmer than I thought it would be.  Despite it raining off and on all day, it didn’t stop people from visiting.  I think the school holidays and the Festival of Voices helped.

I had two couples buying prints at the same time when one said to the other that they looked familiar.  It turned out they were both from Newcastle, NSW.  One couple bought a “Double Date III” print and the other “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” to go with the “Glamour Girls” print that they bought 2.5 years ago that hangs in their bathroom.

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Double Date III
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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania

A lady visiting from Arizona, USA, bought a small original painting of a kangaroo that I painted.

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This is not the painting that was bought today, but it is very similar. The colours, faces and grass are slightly different and I added three dragon flies.

Another original painting, a Black yellow-tailed cockatoo, was spotted by a young boy, who pointed it out to his father, who in turn bought it along with a “Be Whooo You Are” print.  They are birdwatchers and are planning to do some in Tasmania as they tour around in their camper van.

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This isn’t the painting that was bought today but it is similar.  The one that was purchased today had a slightly different look on its face and pose, and I painted gum leaves in the background.

The recycling pair came by again this week. When my next-door stallholder gave her a hug, the crown decorated with forks, spiked her eye. Recycling costumes are dangerous! J She ended up buying a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag for her mother’s birthday, who lives in New Zealand.

A “Salamanca Saturdays”, “Glamour Girls II” and a “Family Outing” print are travelling to Cairns. A “Christmas Siesta” is going to be making itself at home in Perth and an “Afternoon Siesta” will be settling itself in Brisbane. The couple from Brisbane made three visits to the stall and said that they couldn’t get the image out of their head, so they had to buy it.

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Christmas Siesta

A repeat customer, who had previously bought “Who, Who, Who are You? II” for herself and friend, and “Who, Who, Who Merry Christmas” bought a “Be Whooo You Are” and “Double Date III” print.

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Who, Who, Who Merry Christmas!

Thankfully, the rain stopped about two hours before packing-up time so most things were almost dry.

The most popular prints today were the wombats and whales.

A thought to ponder: “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Pablo Picasso  (Maybe Pablo was an urban sketcher!! J)

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 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

Art Delivery

I suppose it was about four years ago when I cold canvassed Saddler’s Court Gallery in Richmond, Tasmania. I’d classify myself as a quietly confident but somewhat shy person.  I’m very comfortable with the fact that some people aren’t going to be into my art as much as others. Nevertheless, it does feel awkward showing and asking somebody that you’ve never met, if they’d be interested in selling your art.  Thankfully, the response was “yes” and ever since that day, I’ve been able to have my prints and greeting cards in a well-regarded, highly esteemed and respected gallery, alongside Tasmanian artists such as: Peter Glover, Terry Gough, David Hopkins, Dana Frey, Steve Howie, Danny Benson, Karen Armstrong, Roger Murphy and more.

Today, I delivered more prints and greeting cards to the gallery. There is stunning art on show.  It is really worth the drive.

After the art delivery, I sat across the street and tried to draw the historic building.

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Saddler’s Court Gallery was opened in 1968.

All the best and thanks for stopping by.

 

 

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 May 19, 2018

More than 900 women descended upon Hobart for the weekend’s national convention and to compete in the Sweet Adelines competition. Twenty-three women’s barbershop quartets and twenty-three choruses are contending for a chance to sing in the USA World Sweet Adelines competition.  I didn’t notice them at the market.  I would think that they would be protecting their voices and choosing to stay out of the cold.

I did notice AFL Kangaroo supporters at the market and a dozen women on holidays together, all wearing pink beanies.  The Housing Industry Association was also in Hobart, hosting an event in one of the large sheds on the waterfront.  Early in the day, I met a Loss Assessor from Townsville.  She is here to help RACT with their inundation of claims from last week’s storms. She said that there are assessors from across Australia here to help with insurance claims.

A grandfather deliberated long and hard for the right pictures for his 2 year old granddaughter, Emily.  He decided on ‘Richmond Bridge, Tasmania’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’.

A couple from Sydney bought an A-2 sized print of ‘Suspended’ and a smaller ‘The Three Amigos’ print.

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The Three Amigos

A family, with grandparents, also from Sydney, spent quite a long time at the pjpaintings stall and were quite intrigued how I came up with my ideas for various pieces of art.  I told them the newest ideas occupying my head when I should have been sleeping.  I described some of the images, which reassuringly made them smile and chuckle.  They purchased two prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series: ‘Duck Crossing’ and ‘Helping Hands’.

A lady bought a framed original platypus painting for her husband’s birthday. Two sisters holidaying together bought card packs of the Cheer ‘em Up series and friends from Launceston bought a small framed (5×7”) ‘White Faced Scops Owls’.

This week’s most popular prints are: Suspended and The Three Amigos

A thought to ponder:  “Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” ~ Salvador Dali.

Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 6, 2018

There seems to be more than usual happening in Hobart this weekend.  Firstly, a big cruise ship sailed into the harbour last night.

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A cruise ship entering the Derwent River on the evening of Jan 5, 2018.

The past few days I’ve been watching the extra amount of boats on the Derwent River practicing for this weekend’s SB20 World Championship.

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yachts on the Derwent River on January 5, 2018

Also, the Hobart International Tennis Women’s Singles championships are commencing tomorrow, along with women’s and men’s 20/20 cricket games at Blundstone Oval.

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Blundstone Oval with the Derwent River behind it

The morning started a little on the cool side with a brief shower and then the day heated up to 36 degrees Celsius.  The inside of the gazebo felt a little like a sauna! Thankfully, the wind and storm-like conditions made its presence felt in the evening, not during the market.

Early in the morning, a young girl gravitated to the “Garden Roses” print because her name is Rose.  Her Grandpa told me that she loves roses and collects rose items.  Her grandfather bought her the print.  Another visitor, later in the day, bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” print because she collected Richmond Bridge things.

The little frog original painting I did and a print of “Kiss me please” went off to Leslievale, Tasmania.  Another “Kiss me please” with a small original platypus painting will be making its home in Hong Kong, and an original painting of a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo will be settling into a home in Mauritius.

Parents purchased “Family Outing” for their daughter, as a red mini is her dream car (we have that in common).  She lives on Hamilton Island, Queensland. Another set of parents bought “Helping Hands” to give to their daughter’s pre-school teacher.

Recently engaged Emily Pitchford, from Adelaide, visited the stall.  She has completed a two year Graphic Arts, specialising in illustration, TAFE course. Growing up on a farm, her artwork features gloriously quirky farm animals. Her web address is Emily@pitchfordfarms.com.au. She settled on the “Helping Hands” print to take back to Adelaide with her.

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Emily’s business card

A lady, who visited the Pjpaintings stall and bought some prints four years ago, returned and bought two little original platypus paintings.  Kelly and Kirsty, that were married on Wednesday at Sisters Beach, the first Tasmanian gay wedding, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print.  A quiet gentleman bought “Salamanca Saturdays” to take back with him to South Korea.  A Tasmanian couple, that are already enjoying three Pjpaintings in their house, bought an original painting of a platypus.  They said that they’re able to double enjoy the prints because where they are hanging they are reflected in mirrors.  They commented on how they like living with the happy images and that their visitors enjoy the happiness that they convey too.

Morag’s, originally from Scotland, who I met at the market and has been a wonderful supporter of my art ever since, son dropped by with instructions to buy the Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, but it had already sold.  Sorry Alistair and Morag.  L I painted it yesterday (Jan 5th).  I’ll try to paint two this week. J

All the A-4 sized prints of “Sea Life” sold today.  The last one went to a young lady from Townsville, Queensland, who said that she already had a frame waiting at home for it.  “Emus can Fly!” and “Salamanca Fresh” is heading to Western Australia.

The most popular print today was:  Sea Life

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A thought to ponder:  “The reason that art is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.” ~Seth Godin

Thanks for visiting.  Happy New Year from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 16, 2017

A cruise ship sailed into the Derwent River at about 6:30 am and docked close to Salamanca Market. It started its travels in New Zealand, then it is going to Melbourne, Sydney and eventually to Vanuatu. I met several Americans from the ship. A couple from North Carolina, who had visited Richmond in the morning, bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print for their Tasmanian souvenir. The gentleman was a large and lively personality. A lady off the ship, from Hawaii, was enamoured with “What the Devil!?” 

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, the oldest bridge in all of Australia, built by convicts
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What the Devil!? My painting of a Tasmanian Devil, endemic to Tasmania


A family from Texas that have been living in Canberra on a work exchange, stopped and browsed in the pjpaintings stall. They were heading back to the USA after their Tasmanian visit. They loved their year-long Australian experience. The 14 year old girl particularly liked playing the different team sports while at school here.

A man, enchanted by the dancing emus, ran off to put more money in his parking meter and then returned. He debated long and hard over his choice and eventually decided on “Spanish Eyes (Red) II” and “Spanish Eyes (Yellow)”. He told me it was for his gypsy lover in Ipswich, Queensland.


A Sydneysider purchased an A-3 sized “Duck Crossing” for her 16 week old great nephew. “Barn Owls” is travelling with its new owners back to Scotland. A family with three young boys, living in Dubai, spending Christmas in Tassie, each chose an A-4 sized print. The youngest wanted the red car one “Family Outing” and the other two boys chose an owl print.

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Duck Crossing… the emu comes to the rescue!
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Family Outing


I had a lovely long conversation with three young adults from France. The young man said that I had a good French accent. Yay! 🙂 The little bit of effort to try to speak some French each week is starting to pay off as I was searching less for words.

A couple, currently living in Melbourne, but the young woman is from Russia, bought a “Double Date” and “What the Devil!?” greeting card. A teacher from the Gold Coast, Queensland, purchased a “Yellow Poppy Fields” print and then later in the day returned and also got “Story time”. She was debating whether or not to get on her first visit to the stall.

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Yellow Poppy Fields


“Rising Above It” is going to a nurse working at the Royal Hobart Hospital, who has been working a long time with women and the range of health problems encountered in that department, hopefully conquering and rising above illnesses and health conditions.

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Rising Above It


A Tasmanian Devil little original is going to Sydney and another Sydneysider is taking “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Who, Who, Who are You? with them. A “Double Date IV” print is going to Perth with somebody who has been enjoying a two week Tasmanian holiday.

The Best Seller today is: Story time

A thought to ponder: Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”
― Seth Godin

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market Oct. 28, 2017

We had another Salamanca Market day under blue skies and sunshine. It was a busy day. When I came home, Charli-dog and I went for a long walk and enjoyed the beauty and stillness of one of the many reserves at my doorstep. When I returned home I was too tired to write, hence I’m writing my Salamanca Market update Sunday morning, rather than immediately after the market.
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Waverley Flora Reserve
The first people to visit the pjpaintings stall were from Malaysia. They chose a red and yellow “Poppy Fields” and a “Fairy Wrens” print to accompany them back home after holidaying for two and a half weeks in Australia.
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Fairy Wrens, Australia’s voted number one most favourite bird
A grandmother bought “Duck Crossing” for her granddaughter. She returned later in the day to get “Who, Who, Who are You? II” for another granddaughter, if she could part with them she said.

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Two local ladies, one a psychologist, stopped at the stall to buy artwork for her office. She wanted happy images, at eye level, for her clients to look at. The two deliberated and eventually decided upon “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania”, “Retail Therapy, Salamanca”, and “Who, Who, Who are You? II”.
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Retail Therapy, Salamanca
A lady, who was in Tasmania for the Masters’ Games, purchased a small print. She won Gold and Silver in the Dragon Boat races of 20 and 10, plus the drummer and one at the back who steers. A young graphic artist from Devonport, Tasmania purchased “Sea Life” and “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo”.
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Sea Life
A couple from Brisbane bought a small platypus original painting. He chose the painting with the rather plump looking platypus. “I’ll have the well-fed looking one”, he said. He was telling me that he saw a platypus, with his binoculars, climb out of the water onto a rock and scratch its tummy with its back paw. How special is that?!
Two ladies from Tamworth, NSW are taking back with them “The Three Amigos” and “Double Date”. They said that they see these birds and rusty gates all the time where they live so these prints fit right in with their surroundings.
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The Three Amigos
I had an extremely enthusiastic pair visit the stall from Chinchilla, Qld, a town with a population of approximately 5,500. She bought four prints and then returned later on in the afternoon and bought five more! She said that she went to her hotel room and laid out the four prints on her bed and thought, “I have room on my walls for more.” She returned just before I was going to start packing up, arriving saying she was hoping I was still here because she just loves the art so much she wants more.
Today’s most popular print was: Suspended
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Suspended
A thought to ponder: “Amateurs look for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Chuck Close
I’m not sure what Chuck is exactly trying to communicate with this statement, but I suspect that in his view waiting for inspiration is procrastination. If time is going by and inspiration is lacking, I agree just start painting something, but some of my most creative and successful ideas have arrived when I allow myself some quiet think time, despite trying to quieten this ‘you are procrastinating’ feeling trying to push me to pick up a paintbrush.
Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market – Thanks for stopping by!  🙂
All artwork is available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 2, 2017

This Saturday’s weather and temperature was a vast improvement over last week’s. I didn’t have to wear three layers of everything, and with the predicted high of 19 degrees Celsius, I wore a skirt and my stripy stockings. People refer to me as Pippi Longstocking when I wear them, which I like very much, Pippi or Matilda. Both are great stories where girls rise above less than ideal family situations and triumph against the odds – inspirational stuff. I saw Matilda, the musical, in Melbourne, a few months ago. It was awesome. The music and songs were written by Tim Minchin, but I digress.

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I met lots and lots of people from Melbourne today. It was a very slow start today. The first people to purchase a print, “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo”, were a couple from the Gold Coast, wearing puffer jackets and beanies. It didn’t feel as balmy to them as it did to us Tasmanians! A bride-to-be bought “Double Date IV”. The wedding is taking place on Bruny Island.  

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Tu-whit & Tu-whoo limited edition print


Three prints of Tasmanian scenes are heading to United States. He’s lived near Wollongong, NSW for 1.5 years and is returning to the US in a few days. Another American, is taking back with her to Washington, D.C. a “Beauty Queens IV” and “Richmond Bridge” print. She’s originally from California. 

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, the oldest bridge in Australia, built by convicts.

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A couple, from Adelaide, who said that the vibrant colours attracted them to the stall, are returning home with a “White Faced Scops Owls” and “Under my Red Umbrella” print. 

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Under my Red Umbrella


A father, from the north of the state, visiting his daughter who is doing her honours at the University of Tasmania, bought a Ducati motorcycle print, titled “Joy Ride!” His daughter is writing her thesis on the benefit of growing seaweed (and a shell that I can’t remember its name) near salmon farms to help oxygenate the water. It’s nice to see an increasing representation of females studying, and obviously doing very well, in the science fields.

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Joy Ride!

Today’s best seller was: White Faced Scops Owls

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White Faced Scops Owls

A thought to ponder: “Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours, for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.” ― Jacob Nordby

Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market

Thank you for reading

All limited edition prints are available for purchase at http://www.pjpaintings.com