Salamanca Market, November 19, 2022

The sky was a glowing orange-red when I left the house for Salamanca Market this morning.

My first customer of the day was somebody from Sydney visiting Tasmania. She’s looking forward to doing her three-day acrylic class that she enrolled in. She purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” cushion cover to remember her Tasmanian visit.

Salamanca Saturdays cushion cover available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/cushion-cover-of-salamanca-market
Salamanca Saturdays colourful cushion covers are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/cushion-cover-of-salamanca-market

A family of four were drawn into the PJ Paintings stall by the 9-year-old son. A “Sitting on the Fence” print. I gave him a hefty discount. They used to live in Tasmania and now they live in Melbourne. They are here for their Nan’s 80th birthday, along with her other 18 grandchildren that live all over Australia and have also made the journey for this milestone birthday.

“Sitting on the Fence” prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/sitting-on-the-fence

A grandmother bought an “Unwinding” print for her 4-year-old grandson and a teacher working across two primary schools bought four emu prints to display in both her offices. She wanted the emus because she thinks that the children will engage with them. She purchased “Family Outing”, “Glamour Girls”, “Story time” and “Joy ride”.

“Family Outing” This quality print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/family-outing
“Glamour Girls” Quality prints of Glamour Girls are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-1
“Story time” prints of my original painting is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/story-time
“Joy ride”. Prints of emus riding a Ducati motorcycle are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/joy-ride

A visitor from Byron Bay bought a “Spanish Eyes (Red)” print and another visitor living in between Sydney and Brisbane on the coast, Bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Spanish Eyes (Red) This humorous and vibrant print is available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/musical/products/copy-of-all-ears

Evelyn, from Netherlands, who has relatives living in Australia, is visiting Australia five weeks. She paints water colour landscapes. She purchased a “The Three Amigos” print.

“The Three Amigos II” Prints of these kookaburras are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/the-three-amigos

A lady, living approximately 80km from Melbourne, in regional Victoria, bought a “Christmas Siesta” print. She has a wombat that lives on her property, and she has recently spotted an echidna! I forgot to ask her if she has named her wombat.

This wombat has given its hammock a rather Christmas festive appeal. Prints of my original painting are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/christmas/products/christmas-christmas-siesta

Art thought for the day:

Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” – Theodore Dreiser.

Wishing you lots of rejuvenating, creative, honey-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

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Salamanca Market, November 5, 2022

It’s daylight now when I step out the door at 6 am to go to site 30 at Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania.

My first customer of the day was Havier from Toronto, Canada, here on his annual business trip. He’s flying back to Canada, today. It’s a tough, long flight. He’s originally from Chile, South America. His wife was born in Chile and raised in Canada. They had their daughter in Chile, and their son in Canada, where they now reside. During the COVID lock-down, they pushed their 12-year-old daughter to do something constructive and she started drawing and writing comic strips, which she has kept up doing for 2.5 years. She has created a lot of comics! I’m impressed with it all and especially that she can think of so many funny things! Havier bought an “All Ears” and a “Leafy Decorum” print.

When a lady saw a “Leafy sea dragon” greeting card, she said you must be a diver. I’m not, but she is. She is a biologist and has done a lot of diving, including in the Caribbean, where she met her Australian husband-to-be and ended up settling in Sheffield, Tasmania.

A “Fairy wrens” and “Scarlet Robins” print is going to be housed on a property in Queensland rainforest.

A lady from Canberra, on her way to go bush walking in Mt Field, Tasmania, https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/…/mount-field…/ bought an “Afternoon Siesta” print. She said that she didn’t want to buy anything at the market but couldn’t pass by this irresistibly relaxed wombat. Another lady, who couldn’t resist “Afternoon Siesta” was from North Carolina, USA, is visiting her brother, who lives in Australia. Another lady, visiting from Tokyo, Japan, chose the same print.

A couple from Maui, USA, purchased a large “Suspended” print. They’re heading home tomorrow. They’ve been in Australia for three weeks, visiting Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania.

I had two German couples visit the stall today. Firstly, an older couple, who bought a “Bonnie & Me” print. They have this bike they told me, a Bonneville, Triumph. Then a young German couple arrived. They are spending 12 months in Australia, travelling around in a van. They have 10 months left. They purchased a “Dinner for Five???” print.

Art thought for the day:

“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

Wishing you lots of rejuvenating, creative-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, October 29, 2022

There was very little rain today, which was a welcome change.

My first customer of the day was visiting from Ballarat, Victoria. https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/ballarat/  She purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays and a “Maggie” print. A sister and brother travelling together from Sydney stopped by. She sells crystals and sometimes sells them at markets too. Her brother bought her a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

My next customers were a lovely couple from Geelong, Victoria. They’ll be returning home with a “Family Outing”, “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Story time” print.

A lady from the Gold Coast, Queensland, purchased a medium sized “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag for an elderly friend. She thought medium was a good size because she can’t carry too much at once anymore.

A doctor, who has her practice in Hobart, stopped in and bought some greeting cards. She told me that she has a print of “White Faced Scops Owls” hanging in her practice and that she gets lots of comments from children and adults alike. She said she tells them “Salamanca Market”. A man from Perth, WA, came in just after she left and bought the same print to give as a Christmas gift to his mother-in-law that loves owls.

White Faced Scops Owls

A family, originally from Nepal visited. The son wanted to buy “Piggyback” to give to his teacher, so his mother obliged. Her brother has an art gallery for many years in Nepal. She showed me photos of his artwork. (Quality prints of “Piggyback” are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals).

An Australian lady, who married a Canadian and has been living in Whistler, B.C. for 40 years, bought a “Double Date V” print.

A Sydney family bought an A-3 sized print of “Who, Who, Who are You? II”. A father from Sydney bought a “Bonnie & Me!” print for his daughter. He told me that she often jumps on the back of his bike for a ride.

Who, Who, Who are You? II

Art thought for the day:

“Creativity is magic. Don’t examine it too closely.” – Edward Albee


Wishing you happy times being creative,  Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, October 22, 2022

There’s no other way to describe today other than wet. My feet started squelching in my shoes at around noon.

My first customers of the day were visiting from Brisbane, Queensland. They purchased some A-5 sized wombat themed prints.

My next customers were a lovely couple from Newcastle, NSW. They’ll be returning home with a Sea Life print and the original painting, titled, “Swinging Wombat” is going to its forever home.

Swinging Wombat SOLD today

A couple visiting from Sydney, NSW, purchased “Silent Disco” and “Bunk Beds”. They were so happy to find my art because their son and daughter-in-law live in USA and send them quirky art from the US. They said that they were having trouble finding quirky art to reciprocate with.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
Bunk Beds

A young lady, from Sydney, travelling with girlfriends, bought a “Garden Roses” and “Scarlet Robins” print. Another group of ladies were travelling together from Perth. One bought three “Bunk Beds” prints and a “The Three Amigos II” print. She gave her two girlfriends a “Bunk Beds” print each. They were quite moved by her gesture, which was met by hugs and thank-you’s.

Scarlet Robins
Garden Roses
The Three Amigos II

A couple from Boston, USA, purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Enchanted Forest II”. They asked if they could have a photo with the artist.

Meet me at the Gate quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/meet-me-at-the-gate
Enchanted Forest II

A lady from Brazil, with the help of a friend, settled on an A-3 sized print of “Dinner for Five???” She thought my story that they may have to share an ant funny. She plans to hang it in her bathroom with the pen drawing of the Sydney Opera House that is already adorning one wall in her bathroom.

Dinner for Five???

A couple wanted a souvenir to take back to their home in Namibia https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/namibia . They settled on a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Salamanca Saturdays

A young French couple stopped by. They’re visiting Australia for six weeks. He is an electrician, and she does bar work in France. They purchased an “Iconic Aussies” and “Suspended” print.

Iconic Aussies

A couple from Gisborne, Victoria, https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/gisborne-vic purchased an original painting, titled “Swing High” for their first grandchild.

Swing High

Art thought for the day:

“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique”. Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wishing you happy creating-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, October 15, 2022

There was sun and rain today, and guess when the rain decided to come??? Correct, at packing-up time.

The first customers of the day were visiting from Central Queensland. They were on a bus tour. They purchased “Glamour Girls” and “Bunk Beds” prints.

Glamour Girls

A wildlife volunteer from Dubbo bought a “Bunk Beds” and “Devilish Siesta” print. She told me one of her best experiences was bottle feeding baby wombats, that they snuggle right in and wrap their fingers around your finger.

Bunk Beds
Devilish Siesta

A young lady, from Paris, France, in Tasmania for a research conference with her employment, bought two greeting cards. She’s here for two weeks.

An Irish man, residing in Melbourne, Victoria, bought a “Hammock Life” cushion cover. He was wearing a cool hoodie with a “gym + coffee” logo on the sleeve. He said it was an Irish brand.

A lady, originally from El Salvador, now living in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, purchased a “Hammock Life” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” tote bags to take to South America when she visits. She said that there is a creek in Maleny, close to where she lives, that she walks along every day, and she sees platypus there about three times a week. How awesome is that! https://oursc.com.au/lifestyle/adventure-sunshine-coast/adventure-sunshine-coast-maleny-boardwalk-platypus-walk

Friendship Refreshes the Soul

Two ladies from Argentina, speaking Spanish, with one translating in English, purchased a “The Bun” print. They laughed about the story behind the painting. I told them that the yellow-tailed black cockatoo has the shortest crown out of all the black cockatoos, so when the others are flaunting their crowns, they can hold their heads high and say ‘well, la-de-da, look at my hair-do’.

The Bun

A man that drove down from Sydney, purchased “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Silent Disco” prints. He’s hoping that he can still get on the Spirit of Tasmania despite the flooding in Devonport.

Salamanca Saturdays
Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

Two ladies visiting from Perth, WA, bought “Bunk Beds”, “Bunk Beds Trio”, Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta”, and “Taking it Easy” prints, and a “Lazy Days tote bag.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Taking it Easy

Art thought for the day:

“If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open.” Henri Matisse

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, October 8, 2022

It was another sunny, Tasmanian Saturday.

The first customers of the day were visiting from New Zealand. They bought two A-5 sized prints of the market: “Salamanca Fresh” and “Salamanca Saturdays”. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world Another couple from New Zealand purchased “What the Devil!?”, “Bunk Beds” and “Scarlet Robins”.

Salamanca Fresh
Salamanca Saturdays

A couple originally from Chile, South America, now living in Sydney, bought a “Glamour Girls” and “Outback Glamping” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus They were looking for images of three emus.

Outback Glamping
Glamour Girls

A lady from Sydney purchased “Bunk Beds”, “Kiss Me Please”, “Taking it Easy” and “Spotty”. She must like frogs because she asked if I had done any more frog paintings.

A couple from Sydney, visiting Tasmania by car, purchased a small original wombat painting.

A couple from Adelaide bought a Christmas Greeting card pack, an original painting of a church in Newtown, Tasmania that I sketched and painted on site very early in the morning, and “Scarlet Robins”, “The Three Amigos” and “Morning Melody” prints.

Scarlet Robins
available at
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A lady approached me with an A-5 sized print of “Hanging Out”. She said that she wanted to buy it because she got this one tattooed on her arm. She told me she googled sleepy wombat and brought the image to the tattoo parlour to have it tattooed, minus the safety pins. She didn’t seem to be aware that she was breaching the copyright that is attached to all my paintings, as they are my ideas and original artwork.

This is the same image that I discovered this week being sold on a paint-by-number website. Thankfully, it was removed when I notified them that they did not receive permission to use it. On my website, I do have that my images are Copyright protected, but I think I will have to start adding this to each image as I have discovered “Hanging Out” also being sold on a colouring book website, my “Scarlet Robins” images used on scarves and so on.

I had a family from Mt Gambier, SA visit my stall. The three girls wanted to buy prints with their Christmas and birthday money they had saved for the market, but the parents said they were just starting, that they have to see the rest of the market and if they still wanted something from here, they would return. Later in the afternoon, there they were. Each girl purchased something and because it is their hard saved money, I gave them a discount. The oldest girl, who looked about 9 years old, chose an A-4 sized print of “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo”, the middle sister chose a small, framed print of “Kiss Me Please” and the youngest, who must have the sharpest eye for art, chose an original, framed painting, titled, “Aussie Friends”.

Aussie Friends

Wishing you a great upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market, October 1, 2022

Yay, we had a sunny Salamanca Market Day, today! It started with a cool 3 degrees Celsius but it warmed up quickly.

The first purchase of the day were some 5-card Christmas packs by a lady visiting the south of the island from Launceston, Tasmania. Christmas wombat card packs are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/greeting-card-set-christmas-tassie-native-animals

A family also from the north of the state, Turners Beach, with a point from a young grandson to decide between two prints, purchased “Glamour Girls II”. https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/northwest/turners-beach.html

Glamour Girls II
This comical quality print is available at
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-ii-1

A mother and daughter purchased “Be Whooo You Are” for her son/brother. The sister was keen on getting something for her brother. I commented on how nice that was and the mother said that she is always getting things for her brother. She looked like she was about 10 years old.

Be Whooo You Are

A man bought a small original painting of gum leaves. He was visiting his son and family that lives in Brisbane, Queensland, and they were all holidaying together in Tasmania for two weeks. They were finishing their Tassie holiday tomorrow and he will be spending two more weeks in Brisbane before he returns to the UK.

Original painting of gum leaves

A couple from Orange, NSW, purchased “Afternoons Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Double Date V”.

Afternoon Siesta
Devilish Siesta
Double Date V

A couple from Sydney bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Salamanca Saturdays
Quality prints available at:
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays

A lady, from the UK, visiting her daughter and soon to be attending her grandson’s wedding in Adelaide, purchased a “Maggie & Maggie” print to go with my “Double Date V” print that she purchased at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, Tasmania. https://www.peppercorngallery.com.au/

Art thought for the week:

“Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, September 24, 2022

Winter isn’t finished with us yet. Mt Wellington/kunanyi had a dusting of snow on it this morning. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/places/hobart-and-south/mount-wellington/ It was a cold and wet day, on top of it being the AFL Grand Final Day that a large proportion of the Australian population watch.

A family, from Sydney, that love magpies bought a “Maggie” print. A lady, also from Sydney, bought “The Three Amigos II” for her grandfather, who loves kookaburras. His farmhouse is called The Kookaburra, he has kookaburra stained-glass windows and heaps of kookaburra themed ornaments and pictures. She bought a “Maggie” print for herself.

A family with a bird theme in their house purchased a “The Bun” cushion cover.

A lady visiting from Brisbane purchased a “Lazy Days” print and pouch.

Lazy Days

A man visiting Tasmania for the weekend chose “Leafy Decorum” to take back to Sydney tomorrow.

A family were drawn into the stall to buy some cards and were looking for a special one for their grandmother/great grandmother, living in the UK, who is turning 99 years old. They chose a wombat themed card to send her.

Two ladies from Sydney chose “Meet Me at the Gate”.

A man, visiting Tasmania from Adelaide to attend his auntie’s 70th birthday tonight, purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” print.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

I didn’t have a good night’s sleep so by the close of the market, I was so tired. It took me longer to pack up and I haven’t unpacked the car when I got home. A job for tomorrow morning.

Art thought for the week:

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” ― Oscar Wilde

Wishing you a creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, September 17, 2022

It was nice stepping out this morning to an orchestra of chirping birds, despite it being before 6 am. Spring has definitely arrived.

There is a Childcare Conference taking place at the Grande Chancellor Hotel this weekend and several participants stopped at the stall. One attendee, who is giving a presentation in the afternoon, bought “Iconic Aussies” and another attendee, from Mornington, Victoria, originally from Peru, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Iconic Aussies
quality, archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/iconic-aussies
Salamanca Saturdays
quality, archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays

A couple, from Brisbane, purchased “Double Date V” and “Suspended”. A lady from Kitsilano, Vancouver, also purchased a “Suspended” print. I remember Kitsilano Beach well. If you didn’t arrive before 10 am, it was difficult to find a spot to put your towel down on the beach! https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/canada/vancouver/articles/the-top-7-things-to-do-and-see-in-kits-beach-vancouver/ She said she was an East Vancouver girl. That’s where she grew up.

A grandmother from the Sunshine Coast bought a “Lazy Days” cushion cover and a “All Ears” print for her granddaughter. A lady from Wellington, New Zealand purchased a “Lazy Days” print. An original painting of a wombat was purchased for a nephew living in North Carolina, USA. He is hoping to meet him before he is walking.

Lazy Days
high quality prints of Lazy Days are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/sleepy-head-series-wombat-lazy-days
All Ears
quality prints of All Ears are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/all-ears

A lady from Newcastle, NSW purchased a “House Sharing” and “Home Among the Gum Trees”. A young lady, from San Francisco, USA, bought a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”, “Bunk Beds” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
This quality print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A mother and daughter stopped in and purchased “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Home Among the Gum Trees”. The daughter has been working at Whistler, Canada for four years and much to the mother’s chagrin, she was leaving to go back to Whistler on Wednesday. I also know Whistler well, as one of my best friends has a cabin there. https://www.whistler.com/au/

Spiky Bunk Beds
This quality print of my original painting is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/sleepy-head-series-spiky-bunk-beds-echidnas
Home Among the Gum Trees
Quality prints of this image is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/home-among-the-gum-trees-a-platypus-in-a-hammock

A couple that arrived from Singapore in the morning, purchased “Dinner for Five???” and “Sitting on the Fence”.

Dinner for Five???

A couple visiting from the Gold Coast bought three originals, a pair of platypuses and some gum leaf paintings.

We enjoyed a mild and clear day and it looked like people were really enjoying their Salamanca Market experience.

Art thought for the week:

“He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.“― Saint Francis of Assisi

Wishing you a creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, September 10, 2022

Today we had to contend with a LOT of rain but thankfully it wasn’t accompanied with wind, and amazingly, I was able to set up and take down just when there were breaks from the rain. During the downpours, there was a sea of different Hobart hotel umbrellas on view.

A speech pathologist, visiting Tasmania from the mainland of Australia, purchased an A-3 sized “Beachside Chatter” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print to hang up in her practice. It will engage children and calm their nerves.

“Beachside Chatter”
quality archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus
Who, Who, Who are You? II
quality archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

Two sisters from Brisbane bought an “Outback Glamping” print and a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag. They have another sister and when they are together people think that they are triplets they told me.

“Salamanca Fresh” tote bags are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags
“Outback Glamping”
quality, archival prints of Outback Glamping are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A lot of members from a family from Sydney that are attending a cousin’s wedding in the afternoon, bought a “Bunk Beds” print.

“Bunk Beds”
quality, archival prints of Outback Glamping are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A couple bought my original painting of the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery. I drew and painted most of it, sitting on a bench, on the wharf across the street from it. https://friendsoftmag.org.au/  My “Ladybird Parade” original painting also sold today.

The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery on Davey Street, Hobart
Original painting titled, Ladybird Parade

A Dutch couple that lived in Perth for nine years and then moved back to Netherlands, and then realised, what have we done??, moved back to Australia. They are planning to settle in Tasmania and are looking for a house in Cygnet. They bought some greeting cards to send to relatives in Netherlands.

A Hobart law and psychology student purchased a small, framed print of “Spanish Eyes (Red). Another small, framed print, “Sea Life” this time, sold to a young lady, who has been working one year and nine months in Sydney but is soon returning to Hong Kong. She has a good job lined up but she is leaving her options open if she doesn’t like it because the country has changed significantly since she has left.

Spanish Eyes (Red)
quality archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus
“Sea Life” archival prints of Sea Life are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/whales

Thankfully, I managed to pack up before the next lot of rain started falling.

Art thought for the week:

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola

Wishing you creative and fun upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com