Salamanca Market, February 18, 2023

Greetings from Tasmania
It was 37 degrees Celsius in Hobart yesterday. Thankfully cooler today, although the rain arriving at packing up time wasn’t great, but we can’t complain.

It was a busy day, and I sold A LOT of tote bags. I couldn’t keep track of what and how many bags passed through my hands. I think putting in a big tote bag order is on my to-do list for this week.

My first visitor was from Queensland, and she purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag for a friend who is looking after her dog while she’s holidaying in Tassie.

A father and daughter from the UK stopped by. The daughter is living in Sydney, and this is her father’s third visit to see her. Neither have been to Tasmania, so they organised a holiday to Tassie, inside his Sydney holiday. They purchased an “Enchanted Forest II” and a “The Three Amigos II” print.

Enchanted Forest II

Another holidayer from Sydney, who bought two cushion covers from me in August 2022, bought two more cushion covers. She chose “Silent Disco” and “Sitting on the Fence”. Her brother lives here and she dog sits for him when he goes on holidays. I asked her who takes care of her house, while she’s here. She has a 30-year-old daughter who lives with her, so that answers that puzzle nicely.

A couple from Canberra purchased an original platypus painting, and a “Spotty”, “Maggie & Maggie” and “Bunk Beds” print.

A couple decided celebrating her 40th birthday holidaying in Tassie was a special way to enjoy the milestone occasion. As a souvenir, they purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

A Tasmanian, who married an American and has been living in Michigan, USA, for 9 years, is making a short 10 day visit back home, on her own. She has three children, the youngest is five years old. She’s thoroughly enjoying visiting her family, being back in Tasmania and the novelty of being on her own for a week. She told me that they have a large “Salamanca Fresh” print framed and hanging up in their house and that it gets so many compliments. Now she’s going to add a “Bunk Beds” and a “The Three Amigos II” print.

The Three Amigos II

A mother and daughter visiting from Brisbane, Queensland purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” print and a “Suspended” print. I sold out of “Meet Me at the Gate” prints today. They were a popular choice.

“Taking it Easy” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” are going to make their home in Germany. She’s been here working as a volunteer at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. This is where I’ve taken many of my photos of animals and birds for my paintings. It’s a wonderful spot.

Taking it Easy

I tried to pack up the stall as fast as I could to beat the rain. I wasn’t quite fast enough, but it was a good effort because only a few things got wet.

Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.
Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade
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Art thought for the day:
“An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” — James McNeill Whistler

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