Salamanca Market Dec 28, 2019

Hobart is buzzing today. While writing, I looked out my window, and what did I see??… none other than three Sydney to Hobart yachts coming in.
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Yachts racing the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race coming into the Derwent River late in the afternoon on Dec 28th.
Comanche claimed the 2019 line honours at 7:30 this morning, in the 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race, for the third time in five years.
 
The week-long event of the Taste of Tasmania opened its doors today, the Marion Bay Falls Festival starts tomorrow and a cruise ship is coming in tomorrow. On Monday, the temperature is forecasted to reach 40 degrees Celsius. That is crazy! I’m glad to hear that there will be free drink stations and misting tents at the Falls Festival to try to help people not fall victim to heat stroke.
 
It was hot and busy at the Pj Paintings stall today. A “Lazy Days” pouch, the size of a pencil case, is going to Hong Kong. A young lady from Canberra is taking back with her A-4 sized prints: “Hair Accessories”, “The Bun” and “Poppy Fields”.
 
A couple from Canada, living outside of Toronto, will be returning with “Hanging Out” and “Christmas Siesta” prints. They have a collection of Christmas pictures that come out each year for Christmas and Christmas Siesta is going to join this yearly tradition.
 
A family visiting from the UK, bought an original painting of a platypus, painted on paper made 100% with recycled cotton rags, to give to their 30 something year old daughter, living in the UK, who visited Tasmania about five years ago.
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Proud grandparents, from Perth, bought an A-3 sized “Duck Crossing” print for their first grandchild. A mother and daughter, whose husband is sailing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, expected to arrive tomorrow morning at approximately 9 am, bought an A-3 sized print of “The Three Amigos”.
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The Three Amigos
 
“Scarlet robins” and “Lazy Days” tote bags are going back to Arizona, USA. They’ve been caravanning all over the USA. They’re leaving Australia in a few weeks to return to Arizona and when the summer months arrive they are driving to Oregon.
A visitor from China bought an “All Ears” print for her four year old daughter who sings. She wants to encourage her to keep singing and she thinks that “All Ears” will help. I didn’t bring enough “All Ears” prints to the market because they all sold! Later in the day, somebody asked for an A-4 size and I couldn’t accommodate their request because they have been too popular today.
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All Ears
 
A lady visiting from Singapore, bought a framed print titled, “DefendConserveProtect”. It was painted for 2018’s Sea Shepherd’s fund raising event. I’ve written the words Defend, Conserve and Protect into this painting.
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DefendConserveProtect
 
A couple from Western Australia bought two originals; one untitled and the named original “Ancient”. I forgot to take a photo of “Ancient” after I painted it!
 
The most popular prints today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series. Prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series, “Family Outing”, “The Bun” & “Hair Accessories” and the whales were popular today too.
 
I better start unpacking the car now. Groan…
 
A thought to ponder: “The best artists know what to leave out” ― Charles de Lint. How true! and a lot easier to say than do. It is a skill most artists strive for.
 
Wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A Bolder Love Affair

Walking on Kunyani, the Aboriginal name for Mt. Wellington in Hobart, Tasmania, for me, is like meandering through an art gallery. For some, the highlight of kunyani is scaling the organ pipes or the spectacular views but for me it is kunyani’s sculptural boulders, proud, bold and sculpted by centuries of weather.

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A blossoming eucalyptus on kunyani
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my quick sketch of a clump of boulders
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a field of boulders, one of many on kunyani
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Me at the Municipality Cairn, the intersection point of three municipalities: Hobart, Glenorchy and Kingborough

An earlier painting of kunyani boulders.

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I introduced water colour painting, adding salt while the paint is still damp to create a grainy look and using a cotton bud and methylated spirits to create a lichen appearance on kunyani boulders to the Men’s Maximum and Medium Security inmates at Risdon Prison. I told them that nobody can say that you’ve drawn a rock wrong, to help them move out of their comfort zone and give painting a try…. and they did…

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lichen growing on a kunyani boulder

… including giving writing poems a go. They were really pleased with their efforts. For the poetry writing, I asked them to write five words (nouns) about kunyani and then put some describing words (adjectives) around those words and then ta-da! – poems emerged effortlessly.

dipped in rust, proud large boulders

stunted bendy trees cling onto rocks

tweeting birds diving

buzzing insects darting

snow, sparkling white

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… and who put a whale on the mountain!!?!?

I hope that one day you can experience the kunyani magic.

Warm regards, from PJ Paintings

Salamanca Market Dec 21, 2019

Today’s market was hosted under sunny, blue skies. It was a hectic day with prints, framed artwork and tote bags trotting off to various places around the globe.
 
A lady from New Zealand bought a “Helping Hands” print. She paints birds too but didn’t have her business card with her. I wanted to see her art too.
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Helping Hands
 
A couple from Somerset, Tasmania, bought two original paintings titled: “Holding Hands” and “Mesmerised”.
A lady bought my urban sketch that I did while parked on the main street in Kempton of a house and “Big Hill”. It’s going to Mackay, Queensland.
An original painting of a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo was purchased by a young couple living in Dromedary, Tasmania.
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a yellow-tailed black cockatoo

 

The original painting titled “Breakable” sold today too.
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A family from French Polynesia, purchased some greeting cards and an A-4 sized print of “Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas!” They’re originally from France and have been working and living in French Polynesia for three years. It was fun conversing in French with them.
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Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas!
 
A young Annabelle, from Chicago, USA, purchased with her own money an A-5 sized print titled “Sea Life”. A Byron Bay couple bought an A-4 sized print of “Family Outing” for their young son. A “Hanging Out” print is going to Spain with a couple who spoke very little English.
“Emu Boogie” and “Rising Above It” is going back to New York, USA, where they live. I told them that New York is on my bucket list. They said that they didn’t think it was as nice as Tasmania.
 
A young family purchased a framed print of Who, Who, Who are You? III to hang up in her office in Port Macquarie, NSW. She is a General Practitioner (GP). It should help to cheer up some patients.
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Who, who, Who are You? III
 
The most popular prints today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series. The wombats were very popular today, along with the owls and whales.
 
A thought to ponder: “Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” ― Chuck Klosterman
 
Wishing everybody a very happy festive season, however you are celebrating it this year. May it be memorable and warm your hearts,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
Pjpaintings prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Nov 9, 2019

The highlight of today was selling one of my sister’s quirky peacock original art pieces.

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Nadine Richoux Art (my sister’s art)

I met a couple caravanning with their 14 month old daughter named Bindi. They said that she’s been really good despite the temperatures the last week being rather cool. I kept my fingerless gloves on all day today! They bought a “Sea Life” print for Bindi’s bedroom in Melbourne.

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Sea Life

A “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Double Date” is going to Jamaica and the UK.

 

A couple, visiting from Adelaide, bought about a dozen cards. She said that she put aside $5 notes all year to save for their trip to Tasmania.

A couple from Pilbara, Western Australia (WA) bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” for their daughter living in Perth, WA.

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White Faced Scops Owls

A young lady, who’s been in Tassie for five months, leaving today to go back to Ohio, USA, bought an A-5 sized “Salamanca Market” print.

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Salamanca Saturdays

“Lazy Days” and “Hair Accessories” tote bags made their debut today and they went as quick as I could hang them up.

 

The most popular prints today was “Spiky Bunk Beds”.

A thought to ponder: “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art”, Leonardo da Vinci

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Heroes at Salamanca Market June 22, 2019

Unbelievable, but we had another quite mild Saturday today. Nice for the Dark Mofo 2000+ people who did the nude swim this morning, and for the couple that got married before dropping their towels. Apparently, the vicar donned a towel too. I would imagine there would have been quite a few phone calls to find a vicar willing to agree to the dress code. Several visitors that stopped by the Pj Paintings stall told me that they had done the swim this morning. The mild weather continued into the evening, which was good for the thousands, including me, doing the Dark Park walk.
Early in the day, I met some of my heroes, anti-extradition protesters from Hong Kong. I asked the students if they sang Hallelujah? They said yes because the police cannot shoot people at religious gatherings.
 
I met a Canadian young lady, who grew up outside of Toronto. She’s doing Animal Studies at the University of Adelaide. She bought some bird greeting cards for her mother, who is an artist too. She mainly paints birds, Canadian birds.
 
I met two ladies visiting from Victoria. One has a daughter that is going to visit the UK. She bought an A-5 ‘Scarlet Robins’ print for her to take as a gift for her mother (the daughter’s grandmother).
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Scarlet Robins
A couple from Sydney bought ‘Hiding Ants’, my small original echidna painting. It hasn’t been on display very long before it was claimed. Another couple visited the stall and the husband was quite keen to make some purchases but his wife wasn’t sharing the same level of enthusiasm. As they were leaving he said to me he’d work on convincing her and that they’d be back. I praised his impressive convincing abilities as indeed they did return and they bought four tote bags and three prints! This is a highly skilled man!
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Hiding Ants
 
An “Under My Red Umbrella’ was purchased for a sister to go with her ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ print she bought her last year. A ‘Poppy Fields’ print was purchased by a University of Tasmania Environmental Science student going back to Wales next week. She did the nude swim in the morning.
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Poppy Fields
 
A lady, who works at the Lake St Claire Pump House, was spending her fourth day in Hobart but was itching to go back to her wilderness home. She bought a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag for a friend that each time she has visited Tasmania has not been able to get to Salamanca Market.
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Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

 

Californian brother, sister and mother, with their Great Aunt from Japan, visited the stall. They were enraptured with the art and bought a ‘Bunk beds’ and ‘Scarlet Robins’ print, with the “can I take a photo of you, with family and prints?” request. The mother and son were going back to the US and the daughter was accompanying the Great Aunt to Japan to spend some time with her grandmother in Japan.
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Bunk beds
 
The wombats, whales and unfurling prints were the most popular today.
 
A thought to ponder: “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not”, Pablo Picasso.
 
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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 15, 2019

Hobart is red and festivating. After Salamanca Market, I went to see Anna Calvi, a Dark Mofo concert. What a show! She was stunning. The energy from this virtuoso guitarist, at times playing the electric guitar on the floor and dragging her feet along the neck, was unbelievable and left you feeling awe struck.  Her voice range, power and songs were so good.

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Anna Calvi 

Thankfully, we had another Saturday of quite mild weather. Next week we have the shortest daylight day and the temperatures’ long-term forecasts are looking grimmer. In the meantime, I had the sun streaming into my site for a few hours and I debuted ‘Square’ to take credit card payments. It worked well, quickly and easily.

I had an adult daughter and mother from Launceston, Tasmania stop at Pj Paintings and the daughter had a difficult time deciding whether to buy an A-4 sized print of ‘Suspended’ and an original echidna painting.  She really liked how the ants were hiding from the echidna.  In the end, she bought an A-3 size print of ‘Suspended’.  Later on in the day, I had a lady in her mid-to-late 20s stop in.  She said that she knows it’s a bit of an OCD request, but did I have a print of ‘Suspended’ that is centred. I provided a short explanation on composition and the rules of thirds, that if the focal point is centred, the painting just doesn’t really work. It must have placated her uneasiness about having the whale in the top third of the picture because she decided to purchase ‘Suspended’.

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Suspended

A Sydney-sider, whose house looks out on Ku-ring-gai National Park, is taking a ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ and ‘Hanging Out’ print back home with her. Another Sydney-sider bought every Christmas card I had: ‘Christmas Siesta’, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Emu’, ‘Snowbirds’, ‘Tassie Christmas’, ‘Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas’ and ‘Santa’s Helpers’. I have painted other Christmas scenes.  There are more Christmas cards on the http://www.pjpaintings.com website, under the Cards tab.

A lady bought ‘Devilish Siesta’ for a wedding present for a Canadian that is getting married in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was neighbours with him, when he was about 2 years old, for 12 months when both families were living about 60 km outside of Winnipeg.  Twenty three years later, he visited and stayed with them in Tasmania and they also visited and stayed with him in the city of Winnipeg. So, spoiler-alert, one of his wedding gifts is a Huon pine bread board and a Tassie Devil print.

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Devilish Siesta

Today’s most popular prints were the whales and wombats.

A thought to ponder from the artist, Christina Rossetti: Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.

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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 16, 2019

It’s dark now at 6 am but I can quite easily overlook that when the day that unfolds is warm and sunny with clear blue skies. (A squawking flock of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos just flew by my window.  I always feel privileged to see them.)

A young lady from Germany, living in Hobart, on Elizabeth Street, is studying Marine Biology at UTAS.  She purchased a small print of ‘Sea Life’.  A young man, from New Zealand, exploring Tasmania in a van, also purchased a print of a whale.  He chose ‘Suspended’.  He’s looking for work here and has secured some work just by striking up a conversation with somebody he didn’t know. They’ve offered him one day a week work at a distillery. Once you get your foot in the door, more work often follows.

A young couple, with their very smiley baby, purchased ‘The Three Amigos’. He said that he really liked art, and was quite good too, when he was a child but then war came to Afghanistan. He became a refugee and ended up in this wonderful country. He came to Pontville in Tasmania.  Now he lives in Sydney and is a translator for refugees.  This is his second time in Tassie, this time with his family.

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The Three Amigos

A man from Manchester, UK, now living in Sydney, was in the stall when somebody said that they liked my koalas.  I informed them that they weren’t koalas, rather wombats, that koalas have fluffier ears and a different shaped nose.  I also had to inform people that my birds were emus, not ostriches. As he left with his purchase, he said thanks for the ostriches and koala (‘Glamour Girls’ & ‘Sleepy head’). 🙂

A lady from West Hobart, who told me that she has been looking for a long time for something to hang up on the blank wall in her toilet room, was delighted with her ‘Beachside Chatter’ find.

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Beachside Chatter

I was pleasantly surprised to have a visit from somebody who had done Liz Steel’s Palladian urban sketching course with me two years ago. It was really lovely to catch-up, albeit it was a short catch-up.  Her daughter’s moved to Tasmania.

Take care and I hope that your upcoming week is great,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com 🙂

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

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 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