It’s always a pleasant surprise when you enter a gallery to do gallery duty and you discover some blank spaces on the wall! Two, of three of my original paintings, from the Down by the Sea series that I painted, sold.
Without wings, emus’ feet become their hands in my paintings. It’s a brilliant way to work humour into my paintings.
The Hobart Hurricanes played a Friday evening Big Bash game against the Sydney Thunders at the Blundstone Oval, near to where I live. The celebratory atmosphere made it difficult to have an early night in preparation for the early start requirements of Saturday! I woke up to rain but it had ceased by the time I arrived at Salamanca Market and we didn’t see another drop all day. Too bad we had wind gusts throughout the day.
The 30th Taste of Tasmania, the sunshine and holidays brought people flocking to the market. A small group of ladies from Singapore purchased a ‘Yellow Poppy Fields’ print and two ‘Beachside Chatter’ tote bags.
A few people bought the dancing emu themed prints as gifts for anniversaries, a wedding that a family were attending this afternoon, friends that like dancing, or just because they loved it. One lady bought ‘Spanish Eyes (Red) II’, which is a pair of emus dancing the Flamenco, even though she does tango dancing. She liked the movement with the Flamenco dancing emus. She asked if I dance and recommended that I take it up. I would love to but the trouble is that there isn’t enough time to do everything you would like to do, especially when you have a day job. She is running into that difficulty too after trying sailing. She didn’t think she would love it so much and now she’s having difficulty dividing her time between the two.
‘Salamanca Saturdays’ was very popular again this week. A young man, living in Melbourne, bought a print. He worked three months in Hobart. He brought his roommate to holiday in Tassie as she had never visited Tasmania. Another small framed ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ is going to Cairns with a woman who was born and raised in Tasmania. Another print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ was purchased by a woman from Queensland. She said that she loves sunflowers, bright colours and the market scene.
A couple from Sydney purchased one of my small original wombat paintings. She said that they have a wombat theme at their house. I showed her photos of the wombat paintings that are currently at the photographer and will soon be available as prints. I think that they will make a nice and unique contribution to their theme.
A young couple, travelling all around Australia, from California, USA, bought an original painting of platypus. Another young couple from Texas, USA, now living in Geelong, bought original paintings of Rottnest Island, featuring emus and Quokkas, a Tassie Devil and a beaver that I painted for the Inktober Challenge’s word “swollen”. The logic behind this is that when a beaver builds a dam, the waterway swells behind the dam, often becoming a delta.
A family of five that have been on holidays for 8 months, caravanning around Australia, bought a print of ‘Family Outing’. They only have a few more weeks left of their holiday. I passed on my best wishes and that routine life isn’t too much of a shock to their system.
Another couple on holidays bought ‘Bonnie & Me’ because they have a Triumph Bonneville motor bike. They didn’t have it with them. I suggested that they come back and do a Tasmanian bike tour as we have some beautifully winding and scenic roads here.
The most popular print this weekend was: Salamanca Saturdays
A thought to ponder: “Tell your own story, and you will be interesting.” Louise Bourgeois
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Snug Falls is a beautiful high waterfall on Snug River in Tasmania’s south. It’s a 2.1km walk to the falls, about a half hour walk one way. We haven’t had too much rain lately so the waterfall was subdued but still beautiful, peaceful and a nice escape from the heat of the day.
While my friend, Rachel, cooled her feet in the water and was gazing upwards at the waterfall, I did a 2 minute line drawing of her.
On our way back to the car we stopped to pick and eat some Native Cherries, which are ripe at this time of year. They’re a little woody in texture but really tasty. Its botanical name is Exocarpos cupressiformis. It has no relation to the European cherry and its fruit is actually swollen red stalk. It is a parasite on the roots of other trees and therefore very difficult to transplant.