Salamanca Market January 15, 2022

Salamanca Market January 15, 2021

The Ashes test series started yesterday at Blundstone Oval, Bellerive, Tasmania, and it will continue for four days. https://www.premier.tas.gov.au/site_resources_2015/additional_releases/tasmania_ready_to_shine_as_global_media_attention_turns_to_hobart_for_historic_ashes_test A man from Melbourne, working at the cricket venue, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” limited edition print.

My painting of Salamanca Market titled, “Salamanca Saturdays. I inconspicuously snuck my stall into the painting. Available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world

An original painting on Khadi Mill paper, made from recycled cotton rags, titled “A Flair for Fashion” was purchased by a lady, who said it looked just like her sister (let’s hope she doesn’t mind the associated resemblance!). Her sister is returning to London tomorrow, so she’s giving it to her tonight.

“A Flair for Fashion”

Two young ladies from Canberra visited the stall. One bought an A-3 sized print of “Scarlet Robins” for her parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and said that they’re still like lovebirds.

Scarlet Robins

A lady, who is doing done the Three Capes Walk tomorrow, https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/, told me that the airline lost her backpack, and it won’t arrive in time for the walk. That is going to make the walk an even greater challenge. She purchased some greeting cards.

A couple, who bought some of my artwork at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, purchased a “Lazy Days” tote bag.

“Lazy Days” tote bag

A group of young people, from Brisbane, bought “Bunk Beds’ and “Devilish Siesta” prints.

“Devilish Siesta”

A young lady visiting from Victoria purchased a “Hanging Out” print and a mother, from Beaumaris, Victoria, purchased “Enchanted Forest I and II” for her child’s bedroom. During this purchase, a blanket of darkness came over, the heavens opened, and it bucketed down for about 10 minutes. A stream of water quickly formed and flowed through my stall site. This sudden storm basically instigated a mass stallholders packing-up event, but it was packing-up time, it just brought it into motion with an urgent fervour.

I wish everybody a good week with time etched out for creative pursuits.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Not Power-walking

I love drawing and painting strutting emus! I remembered to draw this one walking the opposite direction. Is it something about being right-handed that I automatically draw everything going in a leftward direction???

This emu isn’t power-walking, she’s bubble-walking. 😊😊

Bubble-walking

This painting is available for purchase at pjpaintings.com/collections/original-paintings

Stay safe, from PJ Paintings in Tasmania

Update on Succulent Garden

A year ago I started this project. After removing well established large spiky plants and thousands of white rocks, bucket by bucket, I’ve reached the fun part of planting. This is supposed to eventually create a pattern of swirls and stripes.

December 2020

December 2021

December 2020

December 2021

Hopefully next year’s photos will show a thriving, beautiful, patterned succulent garden.

Wishing everybody a good week.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

Salamanca Market December 4, 2021

Tasmania’s borders are opening December 15th, so the visitors to the stall were mainly from Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane.

The weather was challenging, starting with setting up in the rain. The rain and wind came and went the entire day. I lost count of how many times I hung up the tote bags and then a few minutes later brought them in under cover. There were two bad wind gusts that blew things everywhere. Items from the next-door stall blew into my stall and my prints blew out the other side too. I must say that every single time this happens, a few market goers immediately start picking up your stock off the ground. It always warms my heart and makes me feel so much better.

I had a lady from Busselton, near Margaret River, WA visit the stall and purchase a Lazy Day tote bag. With a cool name like Busselton, I looked up what this place has to offer. It has beaches, migratory humpback whale populations, an almost 2-kilometre 19th century jetty that leads to an Underwater Observatory, where coral reef life can be viewed. Busselton also has the Tuart Forest National Park featuring tall tuart trees and two species of possum.  https://www.margaretriver.com/towns/busselton/

A young lady, originally from Tassie, now living in Perth, purchased “Iconic Aussies”. Also, from Perth, a couple purchased A-3 sized prints of “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh”. They’ve spent two weeks exploring Tasmania and said that these prints will make a nice souvenir of their time here.  Another Perth couple purchased a “Bunk beds” print. They came back to the stall to buy it.

Salamanca Saturdays
Salamanca Fresh
Bunk beds

A local lady bought a small framed “Double Date IV” print for her elderly mother who lives on Flinders Island, another place that I have not been to. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/regions-of-tasmania/flinders-island

Double Date IV

A lady, who used to live in Tasmania, now living in Brisbane, purchased “Rising Above It” and a “Family Outing” zip pouch. She’s the only one who has moved off the island, so she makes regular visits back to Tassie.

Thankfully, the sunshine and breeze during the final 20 minutes of the market, allowed us to fold and pack up dry gazebos. Yay!

Take care and I hope that you have a good week,

from PJ Paintings at site 30 at Salamanca Market

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

Unusual Friendships

Whether a friendship is between unlikely companions or not, the value and benefits of friendships are immeasurable. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/5

This relaxing wombat and Scarlet Robin are enjoying their regular friendly catch-up time.

It goes without saying that life is lonely without friendships and that the benefits of friendships are many:

  • increase your sense of belonging and purpose.
  • Boost your happiness and reduce your stress.
  • Improve your self-confidence and self-worth.
  • Help you cope with traumas, such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or the death of a loved one, to name a few
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-friendship

It reinforces my need to make time for my friends and put people before work. After I push “publish”, I’m going to email a friend and ask to meet for a cuppa! and I hope that you can do the same.

Take care, from Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

New Tote Bag

This new tote bag is bright and cheery.  The black cockatoos that I often see in my neighbourhood inspired this painting. I love their squawky presence, personality and beauty.  Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos have a short crest on the top of their heads compared to other cockatoos’ crowns that they flaunt and display ostentatiously. Feeling slightly inferior, this cockatoo relied on creativity and ingenuity to present a hairstyle that turns heads.  I’ve titled this painting “Hair Extensions”. 

New “Hair Extensions” tote bag

These bright, colourful and sturdy tote bags, with the image printed on both sides, are Made in Australia and are 100% polyester, meaning they wash up a treat. Put them in a lingerie bag for extra protection and cold machine wash. It is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags/products/tote-bag-hair-extensions

I hope you are having a lovely day, from Patricia

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, August 14, 2021

As I write this post, on Sunday morning, it is raining and the Derwent River is awash with white caps, which makes me feel even more thankful for yesterday’s calm and mild conditions. Due to the ideal winter weather conditions of yesterday, there were more people out and about.

My first customers at the stall were three sisters, meeting up in Tassie, where one of the sister lives, to celebrate a sister’s birthday. One purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag and another bought an A-4 sized print of “Meet Me at the Gate” for her friend’s Christmas present. They meet at the gate to go walking together and she loves fairy wrens. A gift tailored for the individual!

“Salamanca Fresh” capturing a lively Salamanca Market day scene
“Meet Me at the Gate”

Then I met a locum nuclear medicine specialist doing a stint at the hospital here but because of the lockdowns he was not going home for his few weeks off. His daughter, who lives and teaches in the ACT, takes teenagers scuba diving, climbing Mt Kosciuszko and the like to teach them resilience, teamwork, build confidence and many other valuable life skills, loves whales. https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/snowy-mountains/kosciuszko-national-park/summit-walk

“Southern Flow”

He bought “Southern Flow” and “Weightless” prints for her. I didn’t get his name, but he also has a sole business selling shooting equipment. He represented Australia twice in the Olympics and a few times in the Commonwealth Games. I imagine it was in the Men’s trap shooting??

Weightless

A couple from central Queensland, their first visit to Tasmania, also bought a “Weightless” print and they bought one of my mini sketches of an Arthur Circus cottage. https://theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/where-are-the-clowns/ They are here for a week. They have visited Richmond, Mona and were going to Bruny Island in the afternoon. https://theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/bruny-island/

A couple from Newcastle purchased “Sitting on the Fence”. He loves kookaburras.

“Sitting on the Fence”

A man, who lives six months of the year in France, in the countryside of the Nouvelle Aquitaine area, purchased a small “Scarlet Robins” tote bag. https://www.britannica.com/place/Aquitaine.

“Scarlet Robins” made in Australia and washable tote bag

A couple from Townsville bought a “Richmond Bridge” and a “Silent Disco” print. A young lady, looking for a gift for her girlfriend, who lives in the Richmond, Tasmania area, bought her a “Two to Tango” tote bag. This is another tailored made gift because this girlfriend has a male and female emu as pets!! Their names are Ernie and Bert! 😊 Emus as pets are unusual pets but having emu pets in Tasmania is even more unusual because they are not endemic to Tasmania. The emus Tasmania used to have, have been extinct for over 100 years. https://theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/the-study-of-emu-poo/

“Two to Tango”

I was pretty keen on packing up and getting away as soon as the gates opened. I was making good time and everything was fitting back into the car quite well and when I finished, I saw my gazebo standing there trying to look inconspicuous. Arg. I had to unpack half the car to pack it again, then got home and unpacked again and then headed out to the Welcome Swallow Brewery’s opening celebrations. https://www.welcomeswallow.com.au/ It’s an awesome venue and space. It was a great evening with amazing tasting boutique beer, made from Nigel’s homegrown, organic hops and raspberries.

I hope that you are staying warm and safe inside this week.

Cheers from, Patricia Hopwood-Wade

Limited edition prints are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Whale with a Difference

I’ve finished painting this humpback whale. I’m leaving it floating on a white background. Unfortunately, my camera has not been able to pick up the subtle turquoise and hints of other colours that I have dropped in while painting wet-in-wet.

Humpback Whale painted with water colour paints

This is the next whale I am working on. I have plans for it. It’s going to be different than the one above in more ways than one. I’m not going to leave it floating on a white background. Stay tune for the unfolding of the background for this whale… it’s going to take weeks, if not months, but hopefully it will be worth the wait, and hopefully there’s even some anticipation. 🙂 lol

there’s a fair bit of turquoise and raw sienna in this painting that my camera hasn’t picked up.

Well, I hope that life has been a dreamy day for you today and that you feel as relaxed as our whales. Wishing you an awesome weekend.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Risdon Brook Dam

It’s been several years since I have visited Risdon Brook Dam, which is about 15 minutes from downtown Hobart, Tasmania, but even closer for me because I live on the eastern shore side of the Derwent River. I had forgotten how lovely it is. It was a hot day, 32 degrees, but it felt quite cool walking around the dam.

here I am being “framed” at Risdon Brook Dam
Framed- Risdon Brook Dam, Hobart, Tasmania

Risdon Brook Dam provides much of southern Tasmania’s drinking water. The dam is used to store treated drinking water that is pumped from Bryn Estyn Water Treatment Plant outside of New Norfolk, and its water is used to supply eastern shore homes and businesses with drinking water during the drier months each year (typically summer). When it’s full, the dam can hold 3,640 megalitres of water, or the equivalent of 1,456 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

The Dam was opened in 1968

The track around the reservoir is 4.5 km and takes a leisurely 1.5 hours. There are views to kunanyi / Mount Wellington and Mount Direction from the Eastern side and a variety of bush views.

Along our way, we walked under the shade of trees where,,,,
we spotted a couple of wallabies
… and a flock of noisy yellow-tailed black cockatoos flew over head and settled into a nearby tree. This is a very poor photo but it serves the purpose of recording their visit lol
we passed this stump which is my eyes is an awesome, living piece of beautiful artwork!! I just love it!

The reserve is home to the Recreational Tasmanian Road Runners Group and home of Park Run, a free 5-kilometre run every Saturday morning at 9 a.m., and also the Risdon Brook Radio Yacht Club who sail their little remote-controlled vessels with a great amount of skill and mastery between buoys in miniature regattas.

I love wrinkles on trees!
cliffs and painted old water tanks

It’s nice being with someone who understand your need to try to integrate drawing into your daily activities. I sat by a nice shade try and children’s playground and tried to draw the view. My drawing didn’t do Risdon Brook Dam justice but it was fun and relaxing trying to capture some of the area’s beauty on paper.

Playground at Risdon Brook Dam
the view with the dam wall behind the surveying tower
my sketch

Thanks for visiting and I hope that you can enjoy the outdoors and nature wherever you are.

A Big Garden Project

For some this may not be a big project, but for me this is massive. I have never attempted a landscaping project of this scale before but I’ve started now and I will see this to the finish. These plants came with the house. I don’t know their name.

Apologies in advance to those who find them attractive, and I suppose they could be, if well maintained, but they are time intensive and as far as I’m concerned, time wasters. They always need trimming. It’s hard to prune back their dead leaves and honestly, one month later there are dead leaves again and the monthly cycle is never-ending.

Impossible to keep up with dead-leaf trimming. Take note of the plant in the upper left corner. It’s an unattractive look. In addition to the front of the house, these plants line the driveway and were also planted on each side of the front steps!!

This project is inspired by my succulent garden which, in this space, one of these great big plants used to reside.

There are a lot of varieties of succulents in this fairly small patch of garden.

Here’s a photo of the flowers that my most abundant succulent produces.

Firstly, I have to remove all these big, ugly plants and rocks. Soooooooooooo many rocks!!!

Not quite halfway

Lucky my neighbour lets me use his green bin too because I’m starting to get quite a pile of green waste.

Over flowing green bins is my normal
my rubbish pile which has grown significantly since this photo was taken

I’ve named my blog The Unfurling Artist and have painted cups of teas with “unfurling” steam ladies because I love the look of curled fern frons and the unfurling process.

So, this is the plan… to create fern frons embedded into contrasting lines, all with succulents.

Fern frons with different coloured stripes made with succulents
fern frons designs

I will post updates on this landscaping project as it unfurls into reality. 🙂