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

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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 22, 2018

Salamanca Market operated under sunny skies today. The first people that stopped at the stall were a couple laden with bouquets of flowers. They were doing what they called a ‘graveyard run’ (visiting relatives’ graves). They bought a ‘Thunder’ print as she loves elephants and apparently has quite a collection of elephant things.

‘Double Date’ and ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bags are going to Hong Kong, and a ‘Helping Hands’ tote bag is going to Singapore. Two ‘Lost Worlds’ prints are going to Singapore. The families are not travelling together. One of the adult daughters said that it was going to be hung in her bedroom. They also bought an A-3 sized print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’, and later in the day, they returned and bought another one.

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Helping Hands small tote bag
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Salamanca Saturdays

Parents purchased a ‘Family Outing’ print for baby Lauchlan’s bedroom in Auckland, New Zealand.

A mother and daughter, visiting from the UK, stopped at the stall. The teenaged daughter loved ‘Rising Above It’. Her uncle snuck back to the stall later in the day and bought it for her, along with ‘Bonnie & Me’ because he has a Triumph Bonneville motorbike.

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Rising Above It

A family, with two young boys, visiting from the UK, purchased a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. Somebody else from the UK, who visited the Pj paintings stall 4.5 years ago, bought a ‘Story time’ print as a gift for his wife.

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Story time

A lady from Sweden, is taking a ‘Glamour Girls’ print back with her.

A couple from Newcastle, NSW, who are caravanning around Tasmania, purchased three framed prints: ‘The Three Amigos’, ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ and ‘Black & White + One’. They said that they live in a grand old house and haven’t bought art for years because they haven’t seen art that they like, so that was pretty special.

A lady bought a little original painting of two platypuses for her Austrian au pair.

The most popular print this weekend was: ‘Lost Worlds’

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Lost Worlds

A thought to ponder: “The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.” Keith Haring

Wishing everybody an awesome and peaceful festive season,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market August 25, 2018

It’s so nice to have the days getting lighter and longer. A couple of ladies visited the stall at approximately 8:30 am. They said that a stall holder told them that the market opens at 9 am but that the tour bus they took yesterday had told them that Salamanca Market started at 8 am. The latter is correct and I was glad to start the day with their early visit. They bought a tote bag each and a small zipper pouch for a friend who loves owls.

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I had a nice conversation with a Hobartian, in his early 20s. He draws and is also trying to draw using an ipad program. He bought a card of ‘Suspended’, his favourite of my paintings, and a sticker. He came back in the afternoon because he had lost his sticker, so he bought another ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ sticker.

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Suspended

A young lady, from Barcelona, studying in Sydney, purchased some emu themed Christmas cards to post to Spain. Grandparents from Mornington, Victoria, bought a ‘Family Outing’ and ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ prints to hang up in the room that their grandchildren sleep in when they visit.

A couple that live on a rural property in Lismore purchased a framed ‘Hayride’ and another couple, farmers in Queensland, who are not experiencing drought conditions, also purchased ‘Hayride’.

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Hayride

A lady is taking a ‘Story time’ and ‘G’Day’ print home to Colorado, USA and a young couple is taking ‘Suspended’ back to Queensland with them. A piano teacher bought little ‘Duck Crossing’ pouches to give as thank you gifts for people that helped with the production of their school’s play, a modified Ugly Duckling story.

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Duck Crossing

I sold one little original this weekend. An echidna I painted two nights ago.

‘The Three Amigos’ was the most popular print this weekend.

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The Three Amigos

A thought to ponder: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent Van Gogh

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a creative and happy week,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 17, 2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! It was lively in front of Irish Murphy’s today with green decorations, music and people wearing green hats.
It was a warm, windless, quiet day at the markets.  After the market, during the night, it got stormy.  I fell asleep with the window wide open but I had to close the window part way because the wind was making the blinds flap around.  There also was a strong smoke smell.  I wondered if a lightning strike had started a fire somewhere.  Then the rains came.  We desperately need rain, so it was a welcome sound.  I’m glad it arrived when it did, rather than yesterday, on a market day.
Four couples from Bathurst, NSW, are spending two weeks in Tassie, celebrating a 60th birthday. They purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print as a souvenir.
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Salamanca Market with Mt Wellington in the backdrop
Then I met four women, from Bathurst, NSW, that have been friends since they were 18 years old. They are spending four days in Tasmania, also celebrating a 60th birthday. They’ve bought shares in a race horse, so “Off to the Races!” was the print for them.
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Off to the Races!
Then I met a flutist from…, you guessed it, Bathurst, NSW, who has been invited to play with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra’s Peer Gynt Suite. She purchased two prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series: “All Ears” and “Duck Crossing”. An “All Ears” is also going to Donnybrook, Western Australia.
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All Ears
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Duck Crossing
Then I met three different groups of people, unknown to one another, all from New Mexico, USA. Uncanny! One bought “Story time” and the other, a small platypus painting. She said that there were two things that she wanted to see when she visited Tassie and they were to see a platypus and wombat in the wild, and she did! She is lucky because platypus are quite elusive.
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Story time
This week’s most popular print is: Thunder! One of the people that purchased “Thunder!” is a young couple from the Central Coast, NSW. He left his driver’s licence at the stall. I tried to find them when I noticed it but couldn’t see them. I’ve left a Facebook Message, so hopefully he will contact me soon. I doubt that he even realises that his licence is missing. (He’s checked Facebook and all is well – he’s been reunited with his driver’s licence).
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A thought to ponder: Thomas Merton – “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
P.S. My website is back up (www.pjpaintings.com). Not all the images have been loaded but hopefully by the end of the week it will be completed.
Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 17, 2018

Wow, it’s hard to know where to start.  I met so many people today.  The day started with a lady from Northern Rivers, NSW, who had just done the Overland Track.  She was disappointed that she didn’t see a Pink robin on her trek.  They are an elusive little bird but she was going to Binalong, on the east coast of Tasmania, and that is where I saw a Pink robin, Scarlet robins and many Superb Fairy wrens.  Hopefully, they’ll make a presence for her too.

A couple from Townsville, that saw my prints hanging up at Saltshakers in Swansea, Tasmania, purchased a Spanish Eyes (Red) print.  There are very few of these left before its availability ends when it reaches 100/100 sold.

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Spanish Eyes (Red)

Last night, I framed “All Ears”, “Duck Crossing” and “Helping Hands” and displayed them today.  They certainly caught people’s eye.  A frame really does help set off a print.

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A couple from MacKay bought a small “Duck Crossing” print.  She said that in MacKay, the council put a ‘Beware of Wild Animals’ sign where ducks frequently cross the road.  She found that quite funny. A family from China, visiting Tasmania, also purchased a “Duck Crossing” print and an “All Ears” print to make a pair.  Another “Duck Crossing” print went to Perth.

The new owners of emus riding a Triumph motorcycle “Bonnie & Me!” are taking the print home to England.  An ex-Tasmanian, now living in Los Angeles, running a mobile bicycle rental company at Venice Beach, bought a “Family Outing” print.

A young man, originally from Illinois, USA, now living in Washington, USA, bought a 5” x 7” sized “Who says emus can’t fly?!” print.  He said that his mother was really into Harleys when he was young and that she used to sew a lot of appliqué motorcycle scenes. My painting reminded him of her creations.

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Who says emus can’t fly?!

I met a lovely young lady from Switzerland.  She was doing volunteer work on an organic farm, organised through WWOOF.  She bought a “Motherly Emutions” greeting card to send to her father.  We had a lovely conversation.  I also met some French young travellers.  They have been travelling around Australia for a year and fruit picking along the way to earn an income.

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Motherly Emutions

I met a zoologist from Melbourne.  She loves Red-tailed black cockatoos but ended up buying a Yellow-tailed black and Sulphur-crested cockatoo because those were the ones that she connected with, which she was a little surprised about.  She said that she has a very large painting of a Red-tailed cockatoo at home. She sporadically sells at a local market near her.  She said that she frames and sells things she finds, feathers, sea urchins, shells and the like.

A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought Spanish Eyes (Yellow) to post to his Italian mother, living in Italy.  A group of six young women travelling together from Taiwan bought a small whale print and a postcard size print of “Duck Crossing” and “Helping Hands”. A family from Singapore, with extended family members, purchased a small original painting of three emus reading a book. A couple from Laurieton on the NSW’s coast, a small town of a population just under 2000 in the 2011 census, purchased a “Story time” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print.

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Story time

This week’s most popular print is: Salamanca Saturdays

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Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “When my students are stuck I say, ‘take the first step, there will be something better on the other side.’” ~Susan Edison

Have fun and good luck to those doing Hobart’s ‘Run the Bridge’ tomorrow.

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Hobart’s Tasman Bridge

Take care and have fun pursuing your creative outlet,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 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 October 14, 2017

Ahhhh, there’s nothing like a cup of tea after the market!  It was a slow start today but it got much busier as the day went on.  I think people saw that it was a nice day so they rolled over and stayed in bed a little longer.  The wind picked up slightly in the afternoon, which rattled the nerves after dealing with three weeks of upending-tables-type-of-wind but thankfully it behaved itself today.

The stall holder from up the street was making his mark early in the morning.

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There were a few expectant mothers that visited the stall and three of them had Christmas due dates!  Uncanny!  I had the same due date for my middle child but he decided to arrive on January 5th, consequently putting on weight that extra week, weighing almost 10 pounds at birth.  Yikes!

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A popular print for the baby’s room

A grandmother from Darwin chose ‘Story time’ and ‘Who, Who, Who are You?II’ for her grandson’s bedroom.

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Story time

Some visitors from the UK, which visited the stall last week, said that they have come back to admire the large, framed original painting of elephants, titled ‘Thunder!’  They decided to take back to UK an A-2 sized print of ‘Thunder’ and some smaller pjpainting prints.  They were lovely and returned again with friends to show them my art work.

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 Thunder! 

Two ladies stopped by and one said that she had two pet emus, named Pinhead and Boofhead.  They got them as chicks.  She said it took them ten years before they found out that they can eat emu eggs.

A couple from Adelaide bought ‘Black & White + One’ for their music room.

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Black & White + One

A man visiting from New Zealand purchased ‘Beauty Queens’ to take back with him.  An original Tassie Devil and Koala is travelling to China.  ‘Suspended’ was thoughtfully chosen for a gift for a boyfriend.  It involved a couple visits to the stall and quite a lot of deliberation.

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Suspended

‘Outback Glamping’ was bought for a gift for a partner.  They had not long returned from visiting Uluru.

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Outback Glamping

The Christmas cards attracted more attention today, especially ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Emu’. We are creeping closer to December.

Today’s most popular prints were: Scarlet Robins, Suspended and Who, Who, Who are You?II

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Scarlet Robins

A thought to ponder:  “At the end of the day your ability to connect with your readers comes down to how you make them feel.” ― Benjamin J. Carey  I think that this applies to all art.

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

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

Thanks for reading 🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market July 8, 2017

Today was another cold start at Salamanca Market but the sun was out, and with a predicted high of 13 degrees and school holidays, the people came.  Early in the morning, I had a few visits from teachers attending the Reading and Literacy Conference taking place in Hobart.  Surprise-surprise most of them bought Story time prints!

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Story time. This print is available for purchase at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A family purchased a “Spanish Eyes (Red)” print for their Spanish exchange student living with them.  A couple, who just sold their house in Brisbane to move closer to their daughter, living in Emu Park, Queensland, purchased a “Story time” print.  They’re very keen to hang an emu painting in their new house in Emu Park.  And another “Story time” print was bought and this one will be travelling to South Africa.

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Spanish Eyes (Red)

A lady from Wollongong showed her friend the prints that she bought when she was in Tassie last year.  She had “Off to the Races” and “Hayride” framed and they are hanging up in her granny flat.

Two Quink Ink platypus and a Tassie Devil were purchased today.  I have to try to paint more during the week.

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This original painting was in a frame but then the frame fell. Thankfully the glass didn’t smash but the corner got dented. So, I sold the painting unframed, which was better for the travelling couple who bought it.

Quite a few locals stopped by the stall today, too.  They bought a “Poppy Fields”, “Snowbirds”, “Rising Above it” and “Unfurling” prints.

A group of dressed up young ladies went through the market today.  I don’t know where they came from, or where they were going or why they were dressed up.  Lots of unanswered questions.

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Today’s best seller is: Story time

A thought to ponder:  To see we must forget the name of the thing we are looking at – Claude Monet  This saying really resonates with me.  Many times I fall into the trap of listening to my brain instead of my eye and then I draw the perspective incorrectly.

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