Urban Sketch-meet

We had a lively and happy sketch-meet today in the suburb of North Hobart, followed by a throw-down at the Providence Cafe. I chose to sketch this scene. The bright blue front door was a strong feature that caught my eye.

houses near Newdegate Street, North Hobart, Tasmania

My viewpoint for the sketch:

Take care and thank you for sharing my art journeying. 🙂

Patricia (PJ)

Platypus

A new Tasmanian member is getting ready to join the hammock series!

Initial starting to come to life beginning
Feeling more secure now that the hammock isn’t invisible

Liking the surrounds of gum flowers and leaves
Please finish my tail, the side of me and the leaves below the hammock.

Yes, Platty-Platypus, I’ll try to finish it all as soon as I can!

I hope that everybody’s week is going well and that you’re finding time to relax and enjoy life too.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

Salamanca Market May 22, 2021

With the car packed to the ceiling, including the passenger seat (lucky I only have to merge lanes once driving to and from the market), I arrived at the market in semi-darkness, and eventually, despite having very cold toes, a stall emerged from the collection of folded tables, gazebo, crates, grills and the like.

A couple from Wollongong, who took advantage of the Take the Spirit of Tasmania sale, without an extra charge for your car travelling with you, were in a bit of a pickle. They didn’t book their trip back and found out that the earliest sail back with available car spaces is July!! He’s on leave from work, but he doesn’t have that much leave!!

A young Russian couple, permanent residents of New Zealand, stopped in and bought four greeting cards. They are taking advantage of the New Zealand and Australia travel bubble that has been negotiated between the two countries, with both currently experiencing low COVID infection rates.

A lady bought “Lazy Days” to post to her best friend’s four year old daughter that is living in Israel and scared with the bombs and sirens.

Lazy days

An A-3 sized “White Faced Scops Owls” print is going home to Melbourne and a Large “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag is going back to the Central Coast, NSW.

A Salamanca Saturdays tote bag, made in Australia and washable
White Faced Scops Owls

A young man from Melbourne, looked through all the greeting cards, and said that this was his favourite. He loved it and bought it. This painting came into being through my involvement with the annual #Inktober Facebook Challenge, which happens every October. The challenge is to do a drawing everyday for the entire month of October. Prompt words are provided for each day. The prompt word for this drawing was “poisonous”.

A Spotty Rest Spot

A couple purchased two prints to post to the United Kingdom. They bought “Lazy Days” and “Salamanca Fresh”.

Salamanca Fresh

A paramedic from Brisbane, taking a 10 day holiday, purchased “Afternoon Siesta” and “Sea Life” prints.

Afternoon Siesta
Sea Life

A couple of ladies, from Warrnambool, Victoria, just visiting for the weekend, purchased a whale print and “Who says emus can’t fly!?”

Who says emus can’t fly!?

Quite a few “Under My Red Umbrella” tote bags went and five of my small original paintings sold, including my last little platypus painting. I thought of a new idea for my platypus paintings during the night and unfortunately I got so excited about I couldn’t sleep!

Under My Red Umbrella tote bag
One of the small originals, titled “Diggity-dig” that sold yesterday

Wishing everybody a great upcoming week and thank you for your continued interest and encouragement of my art.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

P.S. Prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Down by the Sea

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.

“Footsies” – SOLD
Down by the Sea – SOLD

Despite using feet as hands or hands as feet, this emu is seriously thinking whether swimming is an option. Although, in real life, emus are good swimmers. https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wildlife/swimming-emu-filmed-in-shark-bay-ng-b88730033z

And the final painting of the series, which didn’t sell…

Holding Hands

Now what do you suggest I do? Paint new ones, so it is a series again? Or, just wait and hope that this one will sell too?

Wishing everybody an awesome week. Thanks for visiting and supporting my blog. 🙂

Lindisfarne Bay, Tasmania

Hobart’s urban sketching group met today at Lindisfarne Bay. Despite it being on the chilly side today, and that there was the sporadic burst of wind, we had an enjoyable and productive time.

I have always wanted to sketch the Tasman Bridge, which is a significant land mark of Hobart, especially with the history attached to it, the tragedy of a boat running into it and the loss of lives as a consequence of it being broken. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-05/memory-of-tasman-bridge-collapse-lingers/10684234

This is the view I decided that I would attempt to draw. Note the Cormorant standing on the rock near the shore and the pelican in the middle-ground approaching.

view from Lindisfarne Bay on the Eastern Shore of Hobart
Here’s my plein air sketch of the scene

There was some drama on the water while sketching. A pelican made a b-line for a Cormorant standing on a rock, minding its own business. It had to make a quick exit along with the seagulls! I thought the pelican was going to try to eat it!

An annoyed pelican that the birds on the rock didn’t stay put
I wanted to eat you Mr Cormorant!

There was a very friendly magpie on the scene too.

an exceptionally friendly magpie

I hope everybody has also had an enjoyable Sunday and that the upcoming week goes well for all.

Cheers, from Patricia Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market Update, May 8, 2021

Salamanca Market was quieter than a fortnight ago. I think that people went to Agfest, which was held in the north of the state. Nevertheless, it was busy at the PJ Paintings stall.

I had a young man, around the age of 10, choose “Emus can Fly!” for his Mum’s Mother’s Day present. She rides a motorbike. He asked me if I had any pictures of skeletons. Apparently, she really likes motorcycles and skeletons. The dad said it’s true and that Mother’s Day is interesting at their house. She sounds like a cool mother!

Emus can Fly!
available at www.pjpaintings.com

Two ladies visiting from Narooma, NSW, which I had to look up to know where that is, https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/narooma-nsw purchased a cushion cover of “Hair Accessories” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Hair Accessories
available at www.pjpaintings.com

Three young ladies from Sydney, one originally from the Ukraine, bought some wombat and unfurling prints. One of the three kept referring to it as a koala, so eventually I said, “I’m sorry to say but it’s a wombat.” She laughed and really thought it was funny. I assured her, she is not the first because you are much more likely to see a koala than a wombat in a tree, actually, you will never see a wombat in a tree! Anyways, she’s decided to name the wombat “koala”.

Afternoon Siesta
available at www.pjpaintings.com

Two young ladies, one from Townsville and the other from Brisbane, met in Brisbane to fly here to have a Tassie holiday together. They bought “Iconic Aussies”.

Iconic Aussies
available at www.pjpaintings.com

A couple visiting from Brisbane, asked if I had a single Yellow-sulphur cockatoo painting because they have a pet one at home named Charley-barley. (I had a dog that we called Charli-warli!) They bought “Double Date” and “Lazy Days” zipper pencil cases.

Lazy Days pencil case, available in small, medium and large sizes at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A lady, from Queensland, dropped by to tell me that she bought “Salamanca Fresh” and “Richmond Bridge” prints two years ago and that everybody that comes to her house always comments on how much they like them. That warmed my heart.

Salamanca Fresh available at www.pjpaintings.com

Lovely Olivia, doing her first year of university in Tassie, studying Marine and Antarctic Science bought a greeting card. She does watercolour paintings too and showed me some of her sea animal paintings. They are stunning. She is hoping that she will be able to combine the two passions by doing scientific illustrations.

A couple from Mt Gambia, South Australia, bought “Hanging Out”. He said, “there are too many people here. It’s lovely and peaceful in Mt Gambia.” With COVID restrictions there are only about one fourth of the usual amount of people allowed in the market, so it’s good he experienced the seriously less populous market.

Hanging Out
available at www.pjpaintings.com

A young lady is sending a “Salamanca Saturday” print to the UK to her dad for his birthday. For their first baby’s nursery, parents bought “Lazy Days”, “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “The Three Amigos” prints. Another couple bought “What the Devil!?” and “Bunk beds” prints for their children’s bedrooms.

What the Devil!?
prints are available at www.pjpaintings.com

It was a fun and interactive day at the market. I’ll be back in a fortnight. Until then, take good care of yourselves during this challenging time of living with a pandemic.

From PJ Paintings

Salamanca Market Update, April 24, 2021

I left the house when it was still dark and lightly raining. Lucky for us the skies cleared, and it ended up being a mild day. Also, lucky for us, is that we’re a COVID-free state of Australia (I say this while knocking on wood – where does that saying come from?? https://www.history.com/news/why-do-people-knock-on-wood-for-luck), visitors from interstate were out and about enjoying the wonderful Salamanca Market. 

Two ladies, visiting from Queensland, purchased two tote bags, “Salamanca Fresh” and “Lazy Days”, an A-3 sized print of “Tu-whit & Tu whoo”, “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Off to the Races!” for one of their girlfriend’s birthday.

Lacy Days tote bag – Made in Australia and washable
Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
Off to the Races II

Three prints are going to decorate baby girl Charli’s bedroom in Sydney: “Four Iconic Aussies”, “House Sharing” and I can’t remember what the third print was.

Four Iconic Aussies
House Sharing

A man, living near Ballarat, said that they bought a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” print a few years ago and his wife has colour co-ordinated the whole bedroom around the print, the walls and curtains!

One lady visited my stall and said she’d come back and when she did, she said, “your stall is my favourite”. Aww, now that warms the heart!

A grandmother, from Melbourne, keen to decorate her granddaughters’ bedroom, chose “Lazy Days” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” prints. One to hang above each bed.

A visitor from Bendigo, purchased “Kookaburra Rescue”. She hasn’t painted for years but when she did, she said that she liked putting smiles on faces too.

A gentleman, in his thirties, bought “The Bun” and “Hair Accessories” for his friend’s mother’s birthday. His friend’s mother must have been good to him over the years! She loves black cockatoos.

A young Brisbane couple are taking back an A-4 sized print, called “Suspended”.

A couple from Adelaide, he was telling me how much he loved Adelaide, whereas the woman was not speaking as glowingly about the city. It was funny hearing opposite opinions from them. They bought a bunch of greeting cards. Two young ladies from Sydney browsed, left, and then came back and bought some greeting cards. A lot of cards were sold today, including Christmas cards. I totally sold out of them. I will have to bring more when I go back in a fortnight.

Until then, take good care of yourselves during this challenging time of living with a pandemic.

From PJ Paintings

It raises more questions than answers

Sometimes a painting raises more questions than answers.

Why is an octopus sitting on a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo’s head???!!

Hair Something??

What was I thinking!!?? and I’ll pre-empt suggestions of being under any influence of any kind when I painted this.

Some background information may provide you an insight into this creation.

Sea Shepherd asked if I would donate work for their fundraiser, something different to whales that I had painted last year for them. The creative juices started flowing. I’m not sure what prompted my brain to think of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos but that’s where my brain went. Maybe because I often see them from my house, here in southern Tasmania https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/Yellow-tailed-Black-Cockatoo

When I started thinking about them and the fact that out of all the black cockatoos that they are the ones who possess the shortest crowns, I started empathising about their situation that when the other cockatoos flaunted their glorious, big, luscious crowns that they may feel a little inferior with their stubby, unimpressive crowns. And then I thought, well maybe I could help them and I painted the following:

The Bun
Hair Accessories
Hair Extensions

For the fourth painting in the series, I did the octopus. The creative process involves trial and error. Sometimes it is successful and sometimes it is not. Trying and taking risks is the important thing. Although, I hesitate to name the Hair Something an error because I think there probably is somebody out there with a quirky bend that will absolutely love it and the painting will end up taking pride of place in somebody’s lounge room.

I salute quirky-like minded, creative risk-taking people and may you walk tall, with or without, an octopus on your head.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

P.S. Prints of this series are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

Salamanca Market Update, April 3, 2021

It was hot today (29C), and windy in the afternoon. A bunch of prints got blown off the table but other than that, I got through unscathed.

A lady, from Sydney, bought a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” A-3 sized print a few years ago, framed it and has it hanging in her holiday house in the Hunter Valley region, NSW . She said it looks beautiful and gets so many comments on it that she wants one for her house in Sydney. So, she bought another “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” print.

A couple, who moved to Tassie in 2006 from Western Australia, who already have “White Faced Scops Owls“ and “G’Day”, added Lazy Days to their Pj Paintings collection.

A family visiting from Townsville, twin brother and sister, about 10 years old, decided to buy “What the Devil” as their Tasmanian souvenir.

A lady, who is going to attend her cousin’s wedding on Steele Island, bought a “Two to Tango” card for the couple and a “The Three Amigos” print for herself. I had never heard of Steele Island until today and it is part of Tasmania. http://www.steelesisland.com/aboutus.html

A bunch of European young ladies dropped in, mainly from Italy and Germany, who are on working and/or visiting visas. They’ve been in Australia for over a year, unable to get back to their countries of origin due to COVID. They were saying how Australia is the best country to live with the COVID virus. One, is going back to Germany in three weeks. She got a paralegal job offer that she said she couldn’t resist. All her family caught COVID in the first wave and that Germany is now experiencing their third wave. She bought a wombat print to take back with her.

A “Double Date III” print is going back to Canberra, along with tote bags going to just about every state in Australia and abroad. So many tote bags sold today! I couldn’t keep up with keeping track them.

Time to put my feet up and enjoy a cup of tea. I’ll be back at the market in two or three weeks. 

Wishing you an awesome Easter weekend.

Salamanca Market Update, March 27, 2021

Rain at 6 am, 7 am and at 3 pm was forecasted and unfortunately, I must report, that the weather was predicted correctly. Rain book-ended the market, wet setting up and wet taking down.

I met many visitors from the mainland of Australia today. A couple who took the ferry from Victoria, and she experienced sea sickness for the first time, purchased an A-3 sized print of “Joyride”.

Salamanca Saturdays was purchased as a souvenir by a couple visiting from Brisbane.

Another couple bought a penguin card for their Venezuelan son-in-law who is fanatical about penguins.

A couple, who bought one of my prints a few years ago, for their former Argentinian exchange student’s first child, has come back to buy a print for their second child. They’ll be posting to Switzerland, where the family is now living, a “Duck Crossing” print for the second child and a Duck Crossing pencil case filled with crayons and the like for the older sibling . The older sibling has one of my prints hanging in her bedroom and now the younger sibling will have Duck Crossing in their bedroom.

A mother visiting from Canberra bought “Graduation Siesta” for her daughter who has just graduated and now has a Medical Radiation Science degree.

Two international students, studying at the University of Tasmania, accounting and engineering, bought some cards and small A-5 sized prints. A group visiting from Taiwan, only spending four days in Tassie, bought “Hanging Out”. They liked that the gum leaves and gum nuts make sort of the same shape as Tasmania.

A lady, visiting from Sydney, chose an “Emu Ice Capades” greeting card. I remarked that it was unusual for somebody to choose an ice-skating card. She said that she and all her children ice skate. Now that’s unusual!! In Tasmania, there is only one ice skating rink for the whole island and the owners have recently retired, so I’m not sure if we still have an ice rink. Tasmanians may have to go to the mainland to have an ice-skating experience now! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-13/tasmania-only-ice-skating-rink-for-sale-glenorchy/12869448

Are you from the northern hemisphere, I asked? She was born in Australia, and they just spoke German at home, and then they moved to Germany when she was 5 years old. Then they moved back to Australia when she was eight and she couldn’t speak any English when she started school in Australia. Then the family moved back to Germany when she was twelve and then back to Australia when she was sixteen. Needless to say, she’s had an interesting childhood and is fluent in both German and English.

I started packing up early, so that some of the things that had dried, like the sides of the gazebo and table cloths, wouldn’t get wet again.

Time to put my feet up and enjoy a cup of tea.

Wishing you an awesome weekend and I’ll be back at the market next week, April 3rd.