Salamanca Market July 2, 2022

I stepped out of the house before 6 am into blackness and 4 degrees Celsius to head off to Salamanca Market, which officially today it returned to “Salamanca Market”. During COVID restrictions it had different rules and was renamed “Tasmanian Own Market”, but everybody still referred to it as Salamanca Market. But now that it “is” Salamanca Market again, all the sites were open and stalls returned to their assigned sites, so there would have been over 300 stalls today.

The Festival of Voices https://festivalofvoices.com/ is on and that could be what was contributing to the busyness today. I wasn’t feeling crash hot today, so I didn’t keep track of too many stories. I started feeling much better as the day went on.

The first customer of the day was from Brisbane, Queensland, a choir performer at the Festival of Voices. She purchased a “Lazy Days” and a “Hanging Out” print.

“Lazy Days”
“Hanging Out” both prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A university student bought a “Salamanca Saturday” large tote bag to use to carry her books and study material. Two ladies were walking by, and one of the ladies exclaimed that her son bought her the “Salamanca Saturdays” print (what a lovely son! 😊). She was pleased to meet the artist and told me that she loved it.

Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

A mother and daughter purchased a “Spiky Bunk Beds” and a “Bunk Beds” print to take back to USA with them. They live in New Hampshire.

“Spiky Bunk Beds”
“Bunk Beds”

A grandmother visited the PJ Paintings stall and purchased five prints: “All Ears”, “Helping Hands”, “Scarlet Robin Rescue”, “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” and “Spiky Bunk Beds”. She said that they are going to Manila, Philippines. Then she came back with her daughter and her three children. She bought another print, “Glamour Girls” for another daughter. Her daughter bought three prints of the wombats in hammocks series.

“Helping Hands”
“Scarlet Robin Rescue”
“All Ears”

These three prints are from my Cheer ’em Up series, of scenes where emus come to the rescue and save the day. The emu in the painting titled “All Ears” is such a patient listener that the tip of its beak is getting a little crumpled. This series is available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

One young lady was drawn to Tu-whit & Tu-whoo because her grandfather, in Ireland, would pick up the dead ones off the side of the road and get them stuffed. He has a long shelf lined with stuffed barn owls.

“Tu whit & Tu-whoo”

It was good to get home, warm the toes, and sit down with a cup of tea.

Happy Canada Day!

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade      

Salamanca Market June 18, 2022

Setting up in the rain is not fun. It’s rather dismal, actually, but the stall got set up, despite the sogginess.

The first customer of the day was from Queensland. She informed me that she already has three of my prints. She purchased “Dinner for Five???” to add to her collection.

Dinner for Five??? The echidnas are going to have to share a few ant legs each. lol https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

Three generations, from Brisbane, stopped at the stall. The daughter bought a “Salamanca Fresh” pouch for the grandmother (her mother). Little Violet wouldn’t crack a smile. She seriously studied her surroundings. She turned one year old yesterday and they brought her to Tasmania to see snow for her birthday.

“Salamanca Fresh” pouch Available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

A Tasmanian resident, who is going to visit the United States for two months, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print for her mother-in-law. She said that they often visit her back yard and often tap away at the car mirrors.

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

A couple, that have been looking for a kookaburra picture, photo or painting for a long time, purchased “The Three Amigos II”. They live on the Murray River and have a lot of kookaburras visiting their property. http://www.murrayriver.com.au/about-the-murray/

“The Three Amigos II”

A lady, who is soon going to visit Scotland, paid a return visit, and bought more Salamanca Fresh tote bags to take with her for gifts.

A “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag

A lady visiting from the UK bought a “Family Outing” print. Each time she visits she buys one of my prints, she told me.  

Family Outing

Thankfully packing up took place when it wasn’t raining.

I hope all is well in your part of the world. Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market June 4, 2022

It was inky black when I left this morning, but I didn’t feel cold wearing my thermals and pure wool, thick socks.

My first visitor were two women, who had already purchased my some of my art at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond https://www.peppercorngallery.com.au/ . They bought a framed print of “Lazy Days”, and a “Double Date” and “Bunk Beds” tote bags.

Lazy Days
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

I met a Canadian couple from Calgary. He was wearing a Canadian rugby hoodie. Apparently, rugby is becoming a popular sport in Canada. They purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag.

Salamanca Saturdays tote bag
also available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

A young couple from Melbourne visited the stall. As she was looking more closely and perusing my art, she said that my gum leaves look familiar and that she thinks she has bought some of my art. It turned out that she had bought two small original paintings from my stall about six years ago. She has them framed and loves them she told me. They left with four prints.

Another visitor bought “The Bun” and “Bunk Beds” prints for her friend, who loves cockatoos and wombats.

The Bun
Bunk Beds

A Swan supporter, (an AFL team, the Sydney Swans) dressed in the red and white footy shirt, purchased “Graduation Siesta” and “Share House” for her partner who is graduating soon.

Graduation Siesta
“Share House” The Tawny Frogmouths are not it total agreement with this definition of “share” (lol)

A lady, who lives in Townsville, purchased three “Glamour Girls” prints for herself and two girlfriends. They went to school together in Townsville and are catching up in Tassie. One now lives in Dubai and the other in Toowoomba, Queensland. https://www.tr.qld.gov.au/ar2017/our-region/52-toowoomba-region-overview-2

Glamour Girls

A family visiting from New Zealand, purchased a “Lost Worlds” print. The mother grew up in Tasmania and walked the Lost World Track on kunanyi when she was in high school. It was an outdoor adventure excursion. You can’t actually ‘walk’ the Lost World track as it is mainly scrambling over boulders and trying to spot the next orange triangle to find which boulder you have to climb next. Several hours later, you reach this amazing open space, surrounded by the mountain’s glorious organ pipe rock formation.

Lost Worlds
Quality prints of Lost Worlds are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling

See you next week. I hope your week goes well.

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

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

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

Salamanca Market April 9, 2022

The first customers of the day had just returned from doing the Overland Track. https://www.taswalkingco.com.au/overland-track/ . They are visiting Tasmania from Rock Hampton, Queensland. They purchased “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”, “Hammock Life”, “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Maggie & Maggie” prints.

“Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”
“Hammock Life”
“Meet Me at the Gate”

A framed small original painting of a cute, seated wombat was purchased for a grandson’s bedroom on the Gold Coast.

A “Hanging Out” print is going to make its home in Melbourne with a lady from France, who has been living in Australia for ten years and is a French teacher.

“Hanging Out”

A young lady from Winnipeg, Canada, who is spending a year in Australia, bought some A-5 sized prints. Another young lady bought an A-5 sized print titled “Emu Boogie” for her piano playing sister that lives in New Zealand.

“Emu boogie!”

A lady from Arizona, USA, bought a “Lazy Days” tote bag. She’s visiting her son. She’s originally from Australia and has been living in United States for 20 years.

“Lazy Days” tote bag, washable and made in Australia. Available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

A couple from Sydney purchased my newest print of my original painting titled, “Maggie & Maggie” and a “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo” print.

“Maggie & Maggie” my newest addition to the PJ Paintings collection. This print is squarish in dimensions and pairs up well with “Meet Me at the Gate” with the same dimensions. Quality prints are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds?page=1

Three girlfriends discussed which emu they were on the “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag and bought one to use at the market. It went very well with her Australian designed, and made, colourful dress.

The fun and colourful “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag

Another couple ladies bought some cards, prints and an original painting of a platypus looking at a fish. I don’t have a photo of the Platypus painting but it was similar to this one except that they were looking at a fish instead of a turtle.

original platypus painting

Another small original painting sold too, which I titled “The Owl Look”.

“The Owl Look”

Thanks for visiting. Now to recuperate for next week (lol).

Until then, take care, and thanks for visiting my blog,

from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market April 2, 2022

It was a drizzly and breezy day, which was better than rainy and windy. 🙂

My very first visitors to the stall purchased two large “Salamanca Fresh” tote bags and a “Lazy Days” cushion, gifts for friends and one tote bag for her.

The popular “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags
My painting “Lazy Days” available as a cushion cover at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A couple from Melbourne, who have a large pencil original drawing of twelve birds in their dining room and on their bookcase beside this picture, they have a collection of small black & white original pictures of birds. They bought my little fairy penguin drawing to join this collection. They saw Fairy Penguins on Bruny Island. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/how-to-see-little-penguins-in-tasmania/8197000 That is where I saw them for the first time but I reckon the best place to see them is at Stanley. That is a stand-out memory for me.

A quick Artline pen sketch of a Fairy Penguin

A lady, who used to live in Vancouver, living in Australia now, bought four small prints from the wombat in hammocks in series for her grandchild’s bedroom.

Grandparents from Ireland, visiting their son and family who lives in Deloraine, Tasmania, bought “Family Outing”. It is her son’s family with the three children in the back.

“Family Outing”

Some young people from Netherlands bought some greeting cards, some French men visited the stall and then some Belgians stopped in. I don’t often meet Belgians at the market. I heard them speaking French and asked them where they were from. They’ve been in Australia for 2.5 years and are flying back to Belgium in two weeks. Her favourite bird is the kookaburra so “Sitting on the Fence” will soon be embarking on a long trip to Belgium.

“Sitting on the Fence”

A sister bought a “Suspended” print for her brother and new baby and a young couple, down just for the weekend from Melbourne, purchased “Bunk Beds” and “Spiky Bunk Beds”.

My painting of echidnas in hammocks, titled “Spiky Bunk Beds”

A few originals have found new homes too: an urban sketch of a house in New Town, a Monarch butterfly, a moose, a whale on a spouting boat and “Spotted”. “Spotted” was purchased by a couple from the Blue Mountains, NSW https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/blue-mountains-national-park . Their daughter lives close by and there are magpies that visit her every day for a feed. She just loves watching the antics that the birds get up to.

“Spotted”

A lady from Pennsylvania, USA bought a “Helping Hands” and a wombat print. She has family that lives in Tasmania. She told me that she bought prints from me last time she was here and that visitors to her house frequently compliment and ask where she got the artwork from.

“Helping Hands”

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market March 26, 2022

It was a beautiful summer’s day today.

My very first visitors to the stall purchased a “Suspended” (a humpback whale) and “Afternoon Siesta” print, followed by a young couple from Sydney, buying a “Hanging Out” print.  

“Afternoon Siesta”

A couple, who came to Tasmania from Geelong via the ferry, chose a “Bunk Beds” print. Another person chose “Lost Worlds” for herself and “Bunk Beds” for a work colleague who cared for an orphaned wombat that spent its days at the office and was allowed to run around early in the morning before they were open to the public. The wombat’s name was Nigel.

Bunk Beds
Lost Worlds, which has the Tasmanian thylacines, lost to our world but their presence still felt, embedded in the foreground of the painting.

A young man, visiting Tasmania from about 2 hours drive south of Sydney, bought a print of the oldest convict-built bridge in Australia titled “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania”. https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/hobart/richmond-bridge.html

Richmond Bridge, Tasmania

An expectant mother from Sydney, purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” for her grandmother who loves Superb Fairy-wrens and an Enchanted Forest greeting card for her mother.

Meet Me at the Gate

A lady from Geelong, NSW, bought a “Hammock Life” print. Her son and her used to watch platypus in the river close to their house. He passed away and she said now she’s obsessive about platypus. She told me that she’s going to hang “Hammock Life” in her kitchen.

Hammock Life

The original painting titled “A Flair for Strutting” was purchased by a man from Moonah, Hobart.  I have actually recently sold five original strutting emu paintings: “Earthy” and another one at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, two website orders: “Taking the Fish for a Walk” and “Tiger and I”,  (www.pjpaintings.com) and now at Salamanca Market, “A Flair for Strutting”.

A Flair for Strutting

A couple, she was originally from Turkey and has been in Australia for two years and got married here, now living on the Central Coast, NSW, purchased “Poppy Fields (Yellow)” and “Leafy Decorum” prints. They had already bought some of my prints from Tiger ina Papera Gallery https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraftsalamancagallery/ during the week. They want to move to Tasmania. He’s an electrician and she’s a yoga teacher. They are travelling to the north of the state to help them decide where in Tasmania they want to move to.

Yellow Poppy Fields

A lady bought a large “Helping Hands” zip pouch for her friend’s 50th birthday, who is also a quirky artist she told me.

Helping Hands pouch available at the market and http://www.pjpaintings.com

Another lady bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh” cushion covers to post to the USA… and then it was packing up and a cup of tea time.

Salamanca Saturdays cushion cover
Salamanca Fresh cushion cover

Thanks for visiting and I hope that the upcoming week goes well for you.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market March 19, 2022

Hobart put on another perfect market weather day on Saturday.

My very first visitor was from Cairns, Queensland. She bought a greeting card. Soon after, I had a couple visiting from Toronto, Canada. Their daughter had their first two grandchildren during COVID, now 14 months and two months old. They bought an A-3 sized print of “Hanging Out” for Audrey, the two-month-old and said that hopefully that will help her sleep more (lol). Another “Hanging Out” print is going to make its home in Townsville, Queensland.

“Hanging Out”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A “Lazy Days” and “Home among the Gum Trees” print is heading to Newcastle, New South Wales (NSW). A young girl, from the Hunter Valley https://www.winecountry.com.au/plan/history , which is very close to Newcastle, bought a small “House Sharing” print with her own money. (I gave her a discount. I always do when children spend their own hard-earned money. I think it is something quite honouring that from all the things on display at a market that they choose to buy a piece of art).

House Sharing

Another couple visiting from Canada visited and purchased “Sitting on the Fence”. They are from Newfoundland. The university there has an exchange program with the University of Tasmania, which their daughter took the opportunity of this arrangement to study in Australia. Long flights are now an integral part of their lives because she met her Tasmanian partner and has made her life here.

“Sitting on the Fence”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A gentleman, attending a conference in Tasmania and working in some golfing while he’s here, purchased three prints: “Friendship Refreshes the Soul”, “Hammock Life”, and I think the third one was “Supportive Nestworks” for his friend who lives in NSW. His friend’s house was destroyed by fire and these prints are going to be his house-warming gift. He will be moving into his new house in about three weeks. His friend told me that he is a great fan of my art. He definitely is as he has bought eight of my prints over the past few years and will now be getting three more!

“Friendship Refreshes the Soul”
“Supportive Nestworks” a painting of a wombat and the endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote providing each other support

I also sold this small original painting, painted on Khadi paper made from recycled cotton rags.

“Having a Whale of a Time”

Thanks for visiting and I hope that the upcoming week is a gentle one for you.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

Quality prints are available at www.pjpaintings.com