Salamanca Market Aug 31, 2019

Well, it was supposed to get up to 19 degrees Celsius today. Maybe it did, I’m not sure, regardless, it was a mild and sunny day.
 
The morning started off with a visit from a young lady, originally from the UK, but she has lived the past ten years in Melbourne and is now living in Tasmania, doing a Marine Biology degree with the University of Tasmania. She purchased “Suspended”.
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Suspended
 
A lady, purchased a Superb Fairy Wrens card, to give to her sister-in-law, who is about to become an Australian citizen. She studied for hours and was very nervous about sitting the test and all to no avail because when she rocked up for the citizenship test she was told that she didn’t have to do it because she is over 60 years old! Family members advised her to become a citizen just in case her husband died before her and Australia decided to deport her. This was said in seriousness and it’s not surprising, especially with the treatment a Tamil family is currently receiving. Peter Dutton, Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs, claims that his hands are tied, and refuses to use ministerial intervention powers, yet he did intervene in 2015 to prevent two au pairs from being deported. It is distressing to view this family’s ordeal and that they will probably be forced to go back to Sri Lanka, where her fiancé was burned alive. They feel they will be in great danger, especially with all the media attention that their case is getting.
 
A man from Manchester, UK, attended a fire truck conference/exhibition in Melbourne (he works for company that makes drawer sliding mechanisms for fire trucks) decided that because his flight leaves Melbourne at 9:00 tonight, that he was able to catch a 9:00 am flight to Hobart and a 4:00 pm flight back to Melbourne and then continue onto the UK. Seems like a lot of travelling before a long haul, anyways, he’s taking a “Bunk Beds” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print with him.
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Bunk beds
 
A mother bought a “Bunk Beds” print to give to her daughter to take to the UK with her for a family member’s birthday.
A lady, from Launceston, with a paper bag and extra cardboard from her last purchase, bought “Hayride” and “Under My Red Umbrella”. She also showed me a beautiful frame that she bought for the A-3 sized print of “Family Outing” that somebody had given to her.
 
A mother and adult daughter bought “Bunk Beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” to hang in the hallway of their house in Melbourne.
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Afternoon Siesta
 
A lady, who is in Tasmania attending a civil engineering IPWEA conference, purchased  “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Sleepy head” prints. Her and partner, drove their caravan 10,820 km, starting their trip from Busselton, Western Australia last month. They visited 8 states and territories in four weeks.
 
Unfortunately, there are sometimes casualties at the PJ Paintings stall.
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The most popular prints once again today were Bunk Beds and Afternoon Siesta from the Sleepy Head series.
 
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. I like this, well said Sir Vincent.
 
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

Hair Extensions

Last year, I painted Humpback whales to celebrate Sea Shepherd’s 40th anniversary and help raise funds for this non-profit conservation organisation whose mission is to protect and conserve the world’s oceans’ ecosystems and species. (All of these whale paintings are on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com).

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Weightless
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Sea Life
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Suspended

Sea Shepherd has asked me to support their fund raiser again. This time I focused on other sea creatures, all of whom are suffering in plastic and pollution riddled oceans.

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Hair Extensions: Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos have a short crest on the top of their heads compared to the other cockatoos’ crowns that they flaunt and display ostentatiously. Feeling slightly inferior, this cockatoo set about to find a hairdresser that does feather extensions but alas there are none to be found in Tasmania. An octopus seems like a good compromise, and fortunately for this cockatoo, it found a very obliging one to crown its head with long, flowing, attractive tentacles.

This painting will be for sale in support of this worthy cause at Red Parka, 22 Criterion Street, Hobart, Tasmania, commencing Sept 5th.  It is now at Full Gamut, professional photographers, and then prints of it will be available on the Pj Paintings website.

Now, I’m working on my third and final painting of this series titled “The Bun”.

Thanks for visiting.

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 September 8, 2018

My fingertips were cold setting up the gazebo while a noisy and raucous group of Yellow crested cockatoos circled overhead. The sky was bright blue and then the sunshine arrived and it felt beautiful.

A couple from Brisbane bought a ‘Two to Tango’ print as an engagement present for “a couple that has everything”. They were really pleased to find something unique and that they think the couple will love.

A lady from Brisbane purchased ‘Lost Worlds’. It was her first time visiting Tassie and her first piece of art from Tasmania. She said that she tries to buy a piece of art from the places that she travels to.

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Lost Worlds

A couple from Hong Kong purchased ‘Sea Life’. A tourist from Minnesota, USA, will be adorning her desk with a 4”x6” ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ print. A young couple bought an A-4 sized print of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ to post to her sister living in the UK.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II

A man, who has purchased a hotel on Macquarie Street in Hobart, Tasmania, bought several framed prints to brighten some of the rooms. A daughter, from Melbourne, bought a ‘Double Date III’ tote bag and pouch for her mother’s 70th birthday. Her mother loves Superb-fairy wrens.

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Double Date III

A young couple from Sydney, back from doing the Overland Track, where they were lucky enough to avoid rain and see snow, purchased a ‘Scarlet Robins’ print. An Ohio, USA, student purchased an extra small ‘Suspended’ print. She’s attending university in Sydney.

A couple from Perth will be taking back with them a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. They love Cary Lewincamp and have all of his CDs including the one with the cover that I illustrated.

Grandparents that bought a White Faced Scops Owls print for their very unwell newborn granddaughter 3 years ago re-visited the stall. She was born with her intestines on the outside. She locked eyes with the owls and smiled. That was little Olivia’s first smile. It brought tears to the grandmother’s eyes just telling me the story again. She had emailed me with the moving story, which was so nice to read. Three years on and Olivia is doing great they said.

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White Faced Scops Owls that brought a smile to Olivia’s face

The whale and the Tango prints (Two to Tango and Taking a Dip) were the most popular this weekend.

A thought to ponder: “A picture is a poem without words” – Horace

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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market July 28, 2018

I briefly saw the blood moon, the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st century, on my drive to the market this morning.  It looked quite small from where I was seeing it.  I had planned to take a photo of it but didn’t because I thought it would look rather insignificant taking it just with my phone.

It was a warm and clear blue sky day at the market today.  Quite a few stall holders were away enjoying a holiday, and so were many visitors, enjoying a Tasmanian holiday, including a few people from Launceston, the north of the state. A mother, visiting from Brisbane, bought a whale print of ‘Weightless’ to take back and give to her twelve year old daughter.

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Weightless

‘Beachside Chatter’ was purchased as a gift for a niece.  ‘Helping Hands’ is going to a mother, and a dog sitter this weekend, who lives in Melbourne. She has a bird feeder and Superb-fairy wrens regularly visit her back garden.

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Beachside Chatter
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Helping Hands

A ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag was bought for a well-travelled sister, who lives in Sydney. Salamanca Market is her favourite market.

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Salamanca Saturdays Tote Bag (made in Australia)

A lady from North Carolina, USA bought the Tasmanian series: ‘Retail Therapy, Salamanca’, ‘Salamanca Fresh’ and ‘Richmond Bridge, Tasmania’.  A retired teacher, from South Australia, purchased an original painting of a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo and a couple owl prints.

A couple from NSW purchased a few platypus paintings to hang up in a cottage on their property. They asked for them to be framed.  They said that their adult son loves platypus and they laughingly said that they will write on the backs of the framed pictures that they are for him when they die.

The whale prints and original platypus paintings were the most popular this weekend.

A thought to ponder:  “Tell your own story, and you will be interesting, Louise Bourgeois 

Wishing you a creatively happy week, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Orford Getaway

I’ve just arrived back home from an awesome and fun five-girlfriend weekend away, staying at one of my girlfriends’ shack in Orford on the east coast of Tasmania.

 

A view from the shack. (I didn’t take the photo from the exact same spot that I did the quick sketch).

We walked along the track at the back of the shack which led to a stunning beach.

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Along the way we somberly paused at sheer quarry walls that convicts, living on Maria Island, were brought across the water to quarry.  It must have been brutal work and lives lost at the site. The sandstone quarried here was used for buildings in Hobart and Melbourne, including the Melbourne General Post Office, Town Hall and Melbourne Law Courts. The quarry operated in the area from 1870 to 1890.  The remains of the tram lines used to transport stone from the quarry to be loaded onto ships are still visible at Shelly Beach.

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a view from the walk
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Along the track, information posted about the whales that visit the region.  More whale species for me to paint! 🙂

In the evening, we stayed up late, talking, reminiscing and laughing over dinner and a glass of wine.  In the morning, we walked The Old Convict Road.

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We wandered through remnants of a harsh existence for the convicts building the Convict Road.

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Sarah trying out the convict cell.  The doors of the row of convict cells alternated on opposite sides.
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It was later decided that the other side of the Prosser River was the better side to have the road.  All of the brutal work and working conditions to no avail.
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Beautiful lichen patterns on rocks along the Convict Road.

We had one final piece of Liz’s to-die-for flourless chocolate and hazelnut cake and then parted ways.

 

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 17, 2018

Kookaburras have made their appearance at the opening of Salamanca Market four Saturdays in a row now. Last week, one perched itself on the court house behind the pjpaintings stall to perform its loud morning cackle. It is a happy iconic Australian sound.  In the afternoon, we had a noisy screeching group of cockatoos visit the market.

Dark Mofo is on but to my eye it didn’t draw many more people to the market.  Maybe the winter temperatures kept people away??  The weather was coolish and there was some light rain, but nothing in comparison to what we had during the night and Sunday morning.  We’ve had very gusty winds and rain.  I think there was hail too.  It sounded like hail pounding against my bedroom window last night.

A grandmother from Victoria bought an original small painting of a wombat and platypus for her niece’s daughter, Hazel, born yesterday, and a grandchild soon to arrive. A little 5×7” ‘Scarlet Robins’ print is heading to Perth.

The grandmother that asked me last week to paint a whale for her grandson returned and purchased a small humpback whale painting and a Salamanca Saturdays tote bag.  The tote bags debuted today.  These were the three at today’s market ($20 each).  There are more coming featuring different pjpaintings images.

A mother purchased a ‘Hayride’ print for her 11 year old son.  They live on a farm in Denmark.

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Hayride

I had second thoughts about selling my chaotic-looking echidna because I have developed an emotional attachment to the little guy.  It is one of a kind original painting.  Thankfully the young lady, who bought it, really loves it.  She repeatedly said thank you for it. It is going to the Northern Territory, Australia, where she lives.

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Another little original, this time of a humpback whale, framed on-site, was purchased for a 21st birthday. When she came back to pick it up, there were a few others in the stall, and I showed it to her, it drew a gasp and awwwws from everyone. It really did look good framed behind white matting and the white frame.

This week’s most popular prints were ‘Weightless’ and ‘Suspended’.

I had a difficult time choosing this week’s thought to ponder.  There were several that I felt a strong connection with.  I chose this one for today.  There are so many cool shadow effects, patterns in nature, details in buildings, people, poses, birds and more that go unnoticed. A thought to ponder:  “Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.” ~E.B. White―

Wishing you a week filled with smiles,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

A well-fed whale for Day 11 of the 30×30 Challenge

At Salamanca Market, a grandmother said that she wanted to buy my small original kookaburra painting (20 x 20cm) for her granddaughter but would also like to buy an original for her grandson, who loves whales. She said she would be back at the markets next weekend, so I told her I’d try to paint one during the week. This is number four whale, a well-fed Orca or Killer Whale, done directly with paint, without using any pencil, to meet the criteria of June’s 30×30 direct watercolour, and grandmother’s, challenge!

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The previous whales I painted were Humpbacks.  This is the first time I’ve painted an Orca.  I really loved painting this one.  I’m now going to try to paint it on some different types of paper and see what effects that brings.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Day 8, 9 & 10 of 30×30 Challenge

I’ve squeezed in painting three small whales: one yesterday after standing outside for 8 hours at the market, one in the morning before I met with the Hobart Sketching Group and then the other upon my return home, before I go out again.  I haven’t got to the echidna and ants yet but hopefully soon.

This is the first whale I painted, adhering to the no-pencil rule, of course.  It is painted on paper made from 100% recycled cotton rags that is approximately 15 x 15 cm square.  I haven’t had a chance to flatten any of the paintings yet.

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Yesterday’s whale

This morning’s whale, also painted on paper made from 100% recycled cotton rags.  It is approximately 20 x 20 cm in size.

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Today’s whale, painted in the morning

Then I went off to urban sketching and it was so nice to hold a pencil and then an Artline texta again.  Upon my return home, it was back to direct water colour for this whale, painted on 310gsm watercolour paper.

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Today’s afternoon whale

I may add some waves, or bubbles or sea weed to one of the paintings.  I am undecided at this point.

Thanks for visiting and wishing everyone an enjoyable weekend.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 9, 2018

It was a fun and interesting day at Tasmania’s Salamanca Market.

A couple from South Australia bought a whale print and then they saw ‘Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania’ print, which made them laugh aloud, so they decided to add that to their day’s purchase.

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Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania

Another couple, from Canberra, chose ‘Weightless’ and ‘Tu-whit &Tu-whoo’ to accompany them in their travels.

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Tu-whit & Tu-whoo

A local stopped by to tell me that she has ‘Retail Therapy, Stockholm’ hanging up at the end of her hallway that she sees every morning.  Her husband bought it for her because she loves shopping.

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Retail Therapy, Stockholm

Another local told me that she sent a ‘Duck Crossing’ card to her father living in New Zealand, who is in his 80s and lonely since her mother passed away.  He phoned to thank her and started the phone conversation with “quack, quack, quack”.

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Duck Crossing

A ten year old girl from Nepal, bought a small card from the Cheer ‘em Up series to take home with her to give to a relative.  A young lady, from Stockholm, Sweden, purchased ‘Weightless’ and another young lady from the UK, doing her PHD in Marine Science at the University of Tasmania, purchased ‘Entanglement’.  She said that she loves Hobart and wants to live here permanently.

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Entanglement

Two ladies visiting Tasmania together, one from Cairns and the other from Adelaide loved ‘Thunder’ and ended up buying an A-4 size.

This week’s most popular prints were ‘Weightless’ and ‘Suspended’.

A thought to ponder:  “I dream my painting and I paint my dream.” ― Vincent van Gogh I can definitely relate to this.  Many times my painting ideas wake me up and the excitement they stir up in me makes it difficult for me to fall back asleep!

Wishing you a week filled with smiles,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.