PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 12, 2019

Girlfriends that went to school together in Alberta, Canada, stopped by and purchased a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. They live in Edmonton. Both of the only children, of their children that have children, live on the other side of the earth to them. (What a sentence!) One has grandchildren in Tasmania and the other in New Zealand, so they are spending time in both beautiful places.

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Poppy Fields

Another Canadian, travelling with her husband, stopped in and bought a very small ‘All Ears’ print to sit on the piano in their music room. They’ve left behind the snowy and wintry landscapes of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia for six weeks in Australia and nine weeks in New Zealand.

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All Ears

A family from Melbourne bought ‘Sleepyhead’, which debuted today, along with a ‘Poppy Fields’ print and an original small painting of a turtle and platypus meeting. Sleepyhead is one of the paintings in my new wombat series, and there is more to come! Three are on my website www.pjpaintings.com under the Animals tab.

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Sleepyhead

A group of four young ladies from Brisbane bought an A-4 size print of ‘Poppy Fields’.

A couple bought a small framed print of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ as a gift for their animals/house sitter.

A ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘The Three Amigos’ print is going to South Korea. A couple going to the UK and Netherlands bought a ‘The Three Amigos’ tote bag to give as a gift for one of their hosts.

A young couple bought the ‘Slip Sliding Away’ original painting. I told them that Prince Frederick, when he went to a local café that was exhibiting my art, had a very close look at Slip Sliding Away and my two other emu winter scene paintings. From their non-verbal language and finding out that they were from Boston, USA, I don’t think that they knew the Danish Prince Frederick and Tasmanian connection.

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Slip Sliding Away

The most popular print this weekend was: Poppy Fields

A thought to ponder: “Life is creation – self and circumstances, the raw material.” Dorothy Richardson

Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

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Wearing Art

I tend to follow fashion from a distance and not spend a lot of time figuring out outfits, layers or combinations that would go well together.  Although, when I used to sew as a teenager, I would often deviate from patterns, change or add something, and create pleasing end-products.  So, there must be a flair for fashion somewhere lingering in the creative crevices of the Pj mind and soul.

Circumstances have somewhat changed my fashion flair and questionable stylishness to practicability.  The temperature on the thermometer doesn’t always reflect the intensity of the heat in Tasmania, but maybe because of the lack of ozone layer, the sun has a real bite here.  Sometimes it feels like a sauna under my dark blue-lined gazebo on market days.  Forget fashion, wearing something cool is what is of paramount importance.

Lucky me, I’ve found something cool and cool to wear.  ‘Cool’, as in – not warm, and ‘cool’, as in – hip, trendy and groovy.

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Wearing ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ at my stall at Salamanca Market

This sleeveless blouse has my ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ painting on the front.  It’s made in Australia by Redbubble, which is an online site for artists to sell their art (www.redbubble.com).  The most direct way to get to my art on the site is to type my full name in the search box (apologies in advance for its length!): Patricia Hopwood-Wade (or copy and paste my name).

I usually wear Small but this is a Medium and it fits well.  It has a little bit of a stretch and has done fine in the washing machine.  Redbubble regularly has 20% off sales, so keep your eye out for those and they are really good with exchanges, refunds and/or vouchers.

What’s your style?  Do your wear art?

During the summer months, I will be wearing my art often.

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Another view of the stall and blouse.  Mt Wellington/kunyani is clearer in this photo

Cheers for now.

Thanks for visiting and take care, Pj

P.S. This image is also available as a print, tote bag or pouch on http://www.pjpaintings.com under the Music, Emus and Bags tabs.

 

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

Grand Old Building

There’s a grand building on Letitia Street, North Hobart, Tasmania that I’ve always admired.  It used to be a high school but now a funeral business owns it.  I’m glad that they didn’t chisel off ‘High School’ from the front of it.

Tonight, in a spur of the moment decision, I decided to have a crack at sketching it.  As always, it’s more complicated than it looks!! The ink in my ink pen was frustratingly not flowing well, so I switched to an Artline pen. Didn’t get as much done as I would have liked but here’s what I did get done.

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Jan 2, 2019 sketch of old high school building on Letitia Street, Hobart

Thanks for visiting.  Take care.

A first for the first

A couple months ago, I met a young lady at Salamanca Market that had just moved to Tasmania having secured a dream job, employed to work on the Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Breeding Program. The Orange-bellied Parrot has been ranked as one of the world’s rarest and most endangered species and is on the brink of extinction.

I had often thought of painting this brightly coloured little parrot and meeting her gave me that extra bit of needed motivation.  I drew several sketches and then got distracted with wombats and square dancing emus.  She returned to the stall this week and told me that she had been here for two months already! Meeting her the second time, really spurred me on to apply paint to one of my sketches.

Here’s my first painting of 2019 and the first time I’ve ever painted a Orange-bellied Parrot. (I also finished off the kangaroo and joey today, photo posted above, but it wasn’t the first time I’ve painted kangaroos).

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Orange-bellied Parrot water colour painting, painted on paper made 100% from recycled cotton rags

The Orange-bellied Parrot is a migratory bird, which breeds only in coastal south-west Tasmania and spends the winter in coastal Victoria and South Australia. In Tasmania, it occurs in buttongrass moorland interspersed with patches of forest or tea tree scrub.

I wonder how many more “firsts” will occur in 2019??? Did you have any stand-out ‘firsts’ in 2018 or have any planned for 2019?

Happy New Year to all!  Wishing that 2019 is kind to all of you, filled with happiness, smiles, good health and many good ‘first’ experiences are had.

Cheers, Patricia (Pj) Hopwood-Wade

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 29, 2018

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.

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Beachside small totebag available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

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.

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Spanish Eyes (Red) II

‘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.

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Salamanca Saturdays

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.

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Hanging out for Christmas

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.

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Rottnest Island

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.

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Family Outing

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.

All prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 22, 2018

Salamanca Market operated under sunny skies today. The first people that stopped at the stall were a couple laden with bouquets of flowers. They were doing what they called a ‘graveyard run’ (visiting relatives’ graves). They bought a ‘Thunder’ print as she loves elephants and apparently has quite a collection of elephant things.

‘Double Date’ and ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bags are going to Hong Kong, and a ‘Helping Hands’ tote bag is going to Singapore. Two ‘Lost Worlds’ prints are going to Singapore. The families are not travelling together. One of the adult daughters said that it was going to be hung in her bedroom. They also bought an A-3 sized print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’, and later in the day, they returned and bought another one.

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Helping Hands small tote bag
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Salamanca Saturdays

Parents purchased a ‘Family Outing’ print for baby Lauchlan’s bedroom in Auckland, New Zealand.

A mother and daughter, visiting from the UK, stopped at the stall. The teenaged daughter loved ‘Rising Above It’. Her uncle snuck back to the stall later in the day and bought it for her, along with ‘Bonnie & Me’ because he has a Triumph Bonneville motorbike.

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Rising Above It

A family, with two young boys, visiting from the UK, purchased a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. Somebody else from the UK, who visited the Pj paintings stall 4.5 years ago, bought a ‘Story time’ print as a gift for his wife.

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Story time

A lady from Sweden, is taking a ‘Glamour Girls’ print back with her.

A couple from Newcastle, NSW, who are caravanning around Tasmania, purchased three framed prints: ‘The Three Amigos’, ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ and ‘Black & White + One’. They said that they live in a grand old house and haven’t bought art for years because they haven’t seen art that they like, so that was pretty special.

A lady bought a little original painting of two platypuses for her Austrian au pair.

The most popular print this weekend was: ‘Lost Worlds’

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Lost Worlds

A thought to ponder: “The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.” Keith Haring

Wishing everybody an awesome and peaceful festive season,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Sleepyhead

It is often said that words make a difference.  They can create and destroy.  Words are powerful, how you say something can make a difference.

One word, from the 2018 Inktober Challenge, “tranquil” has sent me on a new journey, creating a Sleepyhead series.  This is going to be a long series because I have so many ideas for it!

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Hanging out for Christmas
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Waiting for Santa

I’m not going to have access to a computer over Christmas so I want to pass on my merry wishes a little early.

Thank you for visiting, reading and supporting the unfurling artist blog and being a part of my artistic journey.

From the wombats and I, we wish you a fuzzy-warm, happy and safe festive season.  See you next year!

Festive Interior

I’m relieved to be able to announce that this painting is finished.  It’s taken approximately 50 hours (about 15 hours trying to figure out the composition, drawing, erasing and re-drawing).  I was concerned about it turning out too dark so I put a lot of effort trying to create a light and festive atmosphere in the barn so the emus can kick up their heels and have a blast.

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Do-si-Do (this image will be available as a high quality print at http://www.pjpaintings.com soon)

Now my thoughts can turn to further exploring some of the drawings and ideas that came out of the Inktober Challenge.

Cheers and take care, from Pj

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 15, 2018

The rains held off for Salamanca Market, a wedding and a cruise ship that docked in Hobart today. Usually there is a bit of a lull at lunchtime but today it was flat out busy until around 2pm!
 
The first visitor of the day, arrived with hair still wet from her shower, trying to quickly get the market in before attending her husband’s nephew’s wedding. The wedding is taking place in the city and the reception at the groom’s families’ property in Acton, a suburb in the Hobart area, where the lots are mostly 5 acres. They’ve set up a marquee for the reception. She was hoping the rain would hold off, and it did. The weather forecast announced that the heaviest rainfall was supposed to hit northern Tasmania. A lot of my art work related to her childhood memories of her dad’s tractor and pulling the kids around, his motor bike and his red ute filled with children riding in the back. She found it difficult to make a choice and eventually settled on a “Red Ute” print.
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Red Ute
 
There were visitors from all over the world. A friend stopped by to buy Christmas cards and to tell me that the person she gave the “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag in Las Vegas loved it. A lot of tote bags are going to Malaysia. One family bought four tote bags and a pouch and then returned later in the day and bought two more tote bags. A few are going to Hong Kong and Singapore too.
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Salamanca Fresh small size tote bag
 
Two different families from the New Castle, NSW area visited the stall and purchased some prints:  “Who, Who, Who are You? II” and “Spanish Eyes (Red) II”.
 
Young ladies from Wu Han, China bought a small original painting of a Blue Whale that I painted on paper made from recycled cotton rags. Two young travellers from Madrid, Spain, bought a small platypus original painting. She told me that she loves platypus.
 
A lady originally from Zimbabwe, now living in Perth, WA, bought five prints: “Paris Café”, “Helping Hands”, “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”, and I can’t remember what the other two were.
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Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania
 
A little framed print of “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” is going to be a gift for a first-time mother for the baby’s room.
 
The most popular prints this weekend are: Hayride and Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania. I sold out of the surfing prints. Somebody, who had bought a “Glamour Girls” print came back later in the day to buy a “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” but sadly couldn’t because there weren’t any left!
 
A thought to ponder: “The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.” Neil Gaiman (I definitely agree with this!)
 
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