Salamanca Market May 21, 2022

I stepped outside into 5 degrees Celsius blackness, as it takes me about two hours to set up my stall, so I leave my house before 6 am. As we move deeper into winter, my layers of clothing increases. Today, I wore leggings and pants (2 layers). Eventually, it becomes four layers. My toes were a little cold in the morning, unlike my stallholder a few stalls up from me, who showed me his electric socks. It’s like an electric blanket with three different heating settings. It is battery run. I never knew that such a thing existed!

My first visitor was a lady from Western Australia, who told me that every time she comes to Tassie, she buys something of mine. (She wants to move to Tasmania). She has “Two to Tango” and it always generates comments, she said. Today, she purchased a “There’s a Hole in My Stocking, dear Liza, dear Liza”.  

“There’s a Hole in My Stocking, dear Liza, dear Liza”
I love her oozing confidence. This print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus?page=2

A couple from Melbourne purchased “Enchanted Forest II”.  Another person from Melbourne bought a “Bonnie & Me” pouch for her sister to use in her travels.

My last edition of the A-4 sized print of “Double Date IV” sold today. She bought “The Three Amigos II” to have a pair. Double Date V is on its way.

The Three Amigos II

A couple visiting from the highlands of NSW purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag. They said that wombats and emus are a common sight where they live, hence they chose the market scene. https://www.mumpacktravel.com/where-to-see-wombats-in-nsw/

“Salamanca Saturdays” below kunanyi

A couple from Queensland, after much deliberation, chose a “Bunk Bed Trio” print and another couple from Brisbane, chose “Iconic Aussies”.

Bunk Bed Trio
Iconic Aussies

Two girlfriends purchased three original paintings: Fungi Girl, Having a Hoot and Bubble-walking and a “Rising Above It” print. I also received the good news that my large humpback whale, original watercolour painting titled, Gentle Giant, sold at Tiger Ina Papera Unique Woodcraft Salamanca Gallery. Obviously today is the day to sell original paintings! 😊

Rising Above It
Fungi Girl
Bubble-walking
Having a Hoot
Gentle Giant

The market was a little slower today but that may be because today is election day. It is mandatory in Australia, so people were no doubt doing their civic duty and soon we will find out who our prime minister is. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-61517667

Take care, from Patricia (PJ) www.pjpaintings.com

Finishing “Not Feeling Blue” series

I think I’ve finished this series, but who knows, inspiration may hit me again, and I may not be able to resist adding to this series. 🙂

Not Feeling Blue IV
Not Feeling Blue V
Not Feeling Blue VI
Not Feeling Blue III

Which one is your favourite?

Hope you have had a lovely weekend and that your upcoming week goes well.

Thanks for visiting, Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Not Feeling Blue

In between serving customers at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, I started drawing and painting a little wombat taking shelter from the rain under its raincoat.

The start of my “Not Feeling Blue II” painting

I finished the painting the painting at home.

“Not Feeling Blue II”

I wish you a “not feeling blue” week.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

A walk in Buderim Forest Park

I found some hidden gems in the Buderim Forest Park, near Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Firstly, there was the waterfall.

The vegetation was cool. I came across camouflaged trees.

Trees dressed in military camouflage
Palms’ colourful roots bursting out from the base of trees

Brightly coloured fungus …

…. and some red mushrooms

A quick painting of the beauties I saw today.

I love seeing wild mushrooms/fungi but my love for fungi doesn’t run as deep as “Fungi Girl”.

“Fungi Girl” original painting available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/original-paintings

Meet you in another park, in the meantime, take care.

PJ Paintings

Mooloolaba

The Queensland slogan “beautiful one day, perfect the next” did not hold true when we visited Mooloolaba, a coastal suburb of Maroochydore in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. We found ourselves some protection from the wind and rain at the Mooloolaba Wharf.

My view from one of the undercover sections of the wharf
sketched with rain blowing in the wind

Mooloolaba derives from the Aboriginal word mulu, meaning snapper fish, or mulla meaning Red-bellied Black Snake. I would have liked to have had a photo with this friendly Mooloolaba character but the wet bench and blustery weather wasn’t enticing enough.

I hope that your day is going along nicely.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

Hastings Street, Noosa

Hastings Street, Noosa, in Queensland, is lined with shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries, with trees wrapped in fairy lights in the centre boulevards. This tree dwarfed the shops behind it. The leafy cover is wider than it is tall.

Hastings Street in Noosa.

This tree came complete with some Australian Brushturkeys scratching and foraging around its base.

One of the many Australian Brushturkeys making themselves at home on the streets of Noosa. We saw a young one too. A little cutie.

I hope that your day is going well where you are.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

An Australian Brushturkey foraging on Hastings Street, Noosa.

Noosa

On my first day in Noosa, Queensland, I walked the neighbourhood in search of a house to sketch. Most houses in this area are hidden behind tall fences! It took a while to find this house, which I sketched on location and partly inked (using the beautiful Fude pen Kim gifted me) before it started showering. Nothing like the threat of rain to help you develop speed-drawing! 🙂

A hard to find unfenced house in Noosa
My rendition of the un-fenced Noosa house. I focused on the lush greenery. The lighter tree at the front of the house is a frangipani.
I sat beside this very funky cactus with similar flowers to the frangipani to sketch the house across the street.
There are plenty of Pandanus Palms on the outside of fences. I like their sculptural root system.
Currawongs were knocking down and feeding on the Pandanus Palms’ fruit.
A spotted pawpaw tree
There are rainbow lorikeets in Tasmania but they seem to be plumper in Queensland.
Two of commonly sighted noisy Rainbow Lorikeets
and also often sighted; cute, small lizards

Living in these uncertain times, I treasure being able to go out, sketch and enjoy nature. I hope that the population in Ukraine, and everywhere around the world, will soon be able too.

Thanks for visiting, Pj Paintings

Salamanca Market April 23, 2022

It was a beautiful, blue-sky day for the entire market today. No wind! Yay!

My first visitors were two ladies from Sydney. They purchased three tote bags: “Hair Accessories”, “Double Date III” and “Salamanca Fresh”. Another lady purchased a Salamanca Fresh tote bag as a gift for her aunt.

“Hair Accessories” tote bag
The popular colourful “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag

A young couple from Wangaratta purchased “Rising Above It” and “Double Date IV” prints. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/wangaratta-vic

“Rising Above It” I think that the word ‘unfurl’ that I wrote in circles makes such a nice pattern

Two sisters from Perth, WA, deliberated and deliberated until they settled on “Spanish Eyes (Red)” and “The Supremes” prints.

Spanish Eyes (Red)

Another set of sisters, but these were young children with their parents, purchased “Poppy Fields” and a whimsical Cup of Tea print.

A cup of Tea

A lady, visiting from Germany, purchased “Unwinding”. She is a biologist and studies frogs.

Unwinding

I met a Canadian at the market too. She’s visiting a sick girlfriend for six weeks. She bought a wombat print and a small original emu painting of two emus in a bright orange kitchen.

Time for me to pack my suitcase. I won’t be at the market for the next few weeks.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market April 16, 2022

Usually, Easter long weekend is a busy market day and this year was no exception, especially when it comes with ideal market weather.

My first customer was a young man from Queensland. He bought a “Garden Roses” and “Sitting on the Fence” print.

“Garden Roses” quality prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling

A Melbournian couple, visiting a family member living in Tasmania, purchased a “Bunk Beds” print.

Bunk Beds

I had an 11-year-old peruse the stall and then he went and got his family. He bought a “Silent Disco” print with his own money (I gave him a hefty discount).

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

A young couple from Sydney bought a “Lovebirds” print and another couple from Sydney purchased a small original sitting wombat painting. They also purchased a “Hanging Out” and “The Three Amigos” print. One is going to the UK. She hadn’t decided which one of the two she was going to keep.

The Three Amigos II

Another original painting of a wombat, this one with a flower, is heading to the Central Coast, NSW.

An original painting of Collingwood AFL emu supporters is going to New York, USA. I’m not sure if they picked up on the football theme. There were a lot of people in the stall when they were making the purchase and I didn’t realise that they were American until they told me it was going back to New York with them as they were leaving the stall.

Magpies

Somebody came into the stall and asked if I had any prints with a frog and were very happy to see “Kiss Me Please”. A lady who overheard this question said she’ll give it a try and asked if I had a print of a bat. Unfortunately, not. I can’t imagine that a painting of a bat would appeal to many people (lol). I’m glad that bats have fans though. Every animal is important.

Kiss Me Please

The new greeting card “Buddy Pals” went quickly along with prints, originals, tote bags and pouches. It was a hectic day and full-on trying to keep up with the restocking and serving customers.

New greeting card

Wishing everybody a lovely Easter.

from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

Quality prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com