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
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Salamanca Saturdays
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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
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All Ears
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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
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Home Among the Gum Trees
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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

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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

A Little Bit of Humour

Can an ant feed five echidnas???!

I hope that my latest painting gives you a little chuckle.

Dinner for Five???

Echidnas have spines like a porcupine, a beak like a bird, a pouch like a kangaroo, and lays eggs like a reptile. They are a member of the monotremes, along with the platypus, an order of egg-laying mammals. They are a small, solitary mammal native to Tasmania and Australia. They are usually 30 to 40 cm long and weigh between 2 to 4.5 kilos.

I love the way they walk, they waddle (on the ground). They don’t climb trees or swing from gum nuts, but the beauty of having artistic licence is that you can create whimsical and humorous scenes like this. 

 Quality A-4 and A-3 sizes Limited Edition print runs of 100 of “Dinner for Five???”, numbered, titled and signed by me, the artist are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals/products/dinner-for-five  and the original painting will soon be available at Tiger ina Papera Unique Woodcraft Gallery, 7/81 Salamanca Place, Hobart, when it exits from the framers. https://au.placedigger.com/tiger-ina-papera-unique-woodcraft731112233.html

I hope that “Dinner for Five?” gave you a little chuckle this morning.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Heroes at Salamanca Market June 22, 2019

Unbelievable, but we had another quite mild Saturday today. Nice for the Dark Mofo 2000+ people who did the nude swim this morning, and for the couple that got married before dropping their towels. Apparently, the vicar donned a towel too. I would imagine there would have been quite a few phone calls to find a vicar willing to agree to the dress code. Several visitors that stopped by the Pj Paintings stall told me that they had done the swim this morning. The mild weather continued into the evening, which was good for the thousands, including me, doing the Dark Park walk.
Early in the day, I met some of my heroes, anti-extradition protesters from Hong Kong. I asked the students if they sang Hallelujah? They said yes because the police cannot shoot people at religious gatherings.
 
I met a Canadian young lady, who grew up outside of Toronto. She’s doing Animal Studies at the University of Adelaide. She bought some bird greeting cards for her mother, who is an artist too. She mainly paints birds, Canadian birds.
 
I met two ladies visiting from Victoria. One has a daughter that is going to visit the UK. She bought an A-5 ‘Scarlet Robins’ print for her to take as a gift for her mother (the daughter’s grandmother).

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Scarlet Robins

A couple from Sydney bought ‘Hiding Ants’, my small original echidna painting. It hasn’t been on display very long before it was claimed. Another couple visited the stall and the husband was quite keen to make some purchases but his wife wasn’t sharing the same level of enthusiasm. As they were leaving he said to me he’d work on convincing her and that they’d be back. I praised his impressive convincing abilities as indeed they did return and they bought four tote bags and three prints! This is a highly skilled man!

Hiding Ants
Hiding Ants

 
An “Under My Red Umbrella’ was purchased for a sister to go with her ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ print she bought her last year. A ‘Poppy Fields’ print was purchased by a University of Tasmania Environmental Science student going back to Wales next week. She did the nude swim in the morning.

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Poppy Fields

 
A lady, who works at the Lake St Claire Pump House, was spending her fourth day in Hobart but was itching to go back to her wilderness home. She bought a ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag for a friend that each time she has visited Tasmania has not been able to get to Salamanca Market.

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Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

 

Californian brother, sister and mother, with their Great Aunt from Japan, visited the stall. They were enraptured with the art and bought a ‘Bunk beds’ and ‘Scarlet Robins’ print, with the “can I take a photo of you, with family and prints?” request. The mother and son were going back to the US and the daughter was accompanying the Great Aunt to Japan to spend some time with her grandmother in Japan.

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Bunk beds

 
The wombats, whales and unfurling prints were the most popular today.
 
A thought to ponder: “Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not”, Pablo Picasso.
 
Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
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Story telling

Many of my paintings tell a story.  This one, which I finished this week, has ants, hiding, standing upright and pressing themselves against a rock, not daring to breathe, lest the slightest movement attracts unwanted attention from a hungry echidna. I think they’ll be safe thanks to their exemplary hiding skills. 🙂

Hiding Ants
Hiding Ants

Now here’s a true story about echidnas that you may or may not know. I didn’t know about this until a few weeks ago, when I entered an art gallery and saw a photo of an echidna in a display cabinet and asked why that was.

The gallery curator showed me Jeanette James’, a Tasmanian Aboriginal, who makes traditional jewellery, preserving centuries of Palawa cultural traditions, echidna quill necklaces.  Each quill is silver capped and strung with New Zealand flax.

She sources this protected species’ quills from road kill.  Jeanette is licensed to collect deceased echidnas.  Because their skin is so tough and virtually impossible to get the quills out without damaging them, the echidnas are buried between eight to twelve months to allow the body to decompose.  After being buried, the quills are easier to remove, clean and then make into jewellery.  I had no idea!

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They are beautiful but I have a feeling it could be a little risky (painful) to wear.

I hope there are beautiful stories unfolding all around you and congratulations to all the recipients of the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List.

21 + 4 = Day 25 of 30×30 challenge

Hello everybody!  I’m somehow keeping up with producing a direct water colour painting every day but have fallen behind in the posting, hence five paintings in one post.  Most days I’ve painted things in my comfort zone due to lack of time and/or motivation.  Last week, I tackled a never-been-painted-by-me-before octopus and this week I’ve attempted to paint some little beasties.

But, firstly, for Day #21, I painted a humpback whale with swirly, plant-like unfurling things.

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Day #21

On Day 22, I revisited echidnas.  I drew little ants on some of the quills again.

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Day #22

On Day 23, I decided to try to paint a bumble bee.  I looked up the anatomy of a bumble bee.  It basically has three parts, a strange looking long tongue, which I chose to omit, a large compound eye, hairy legs with definite connection points and wings.  I was hoping to produce a watery, fluid looking bumble bee but have yet to achieve this.

The first bumble bee on day 23 was, and is, a disaster.  The paper was too damp and everything went yuck.

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Day #23

Another day, another attempt.  This one worked better but it’s too tight for my liking.

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Day #24

… and the painting I just finished less than an hour ago.  I’m not happy with the legs but it is what it is.  Another attempt is required…

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Day #25

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope your week goes well.

 

 

It’s raining Echidnas

Well, one would think that I’d be sick of painting echidnas by now but because they seem to have the upper hand, I still want to keep trying to paint them. I like the echidna I painted for Day 2 of the 30×30 day direct watercolour painting challenge.  I regret selling the little guy, a short-beaked Echidna. It is an Australian egg-laying mammal, a monotreme. It had a face that I fell in love with (photo above).  I don’t often form an emotional attachment with paintings but I did with this one and I miss this little echidna.

On Day #15, I tried to paint his brother or sister with ants fleeing the scene.

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Echidna #1

On Day #16, I had another attempt.  Ants are trying to stay out of sight and hiding in the bottom corners.

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Echidna #2

Day #17’s echidna is rather a disaster.  For some reason, I thought it was too light and darkened the whole painting.  What was I thinking!!

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Echidna #3

On Day #18, I attempted to paint another echidna.  I’m not happy with this one either.

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Echidna #4

This morning, I painted tomorrow’s painting for Day 19.  I decided to return to my preferred background for watercolour paintings, white paper.  Echidnas mainly eat termites and ants. A few ants thought that hiding on its spines was a wise strategy to avoid becoming a light afternoon snack!

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Echidna #5 Products with this little echidna are available at https://www.redbubble.com/people/pjpaintings/shop?asc=u

Thanks for reading and I hope that you aren’t inundated by echidnas in your dreams tonight. 🙂

 

Day 5 & 6 of 30×30

I can relate, in a small degree, to marathon runners asking themselves, “… and I’m doing this because….????!!”  I don’t really get the no-pencil rule of this 30x30directpainting challenge.  I don’t usually draw things out in detail but I find a few guide lines really, really, really helpful.  Direct painting is supposed to help you produce looser paintings, but I don’t think that is really working for me.  If I have a few guidelines then I feel I can put the paint on with a lot more ease because I basically know the shape that I need to paint.

Nevertheless, I try to remind myself, when I’m asking myself “why am I doing this?” that even though a pianist could be highly accomplished at playing the piano and reading music, if you hand them a flute (and they have never played a flute before) they are not going to produce great music initially.  Direct painting is a new style for me and it’s going to take some perseverance.  So, I’ve given myself the temporary middle name “persevering” to try to help me finish this race (I can give myself random and new middle names all the time because I don’t have a middle name, so I view it as fill in the blank space).

I had another go at Grinder, one of the grizzly bears housed on Grouse Mountain, Vancouver, Canada (no pencil used).  I’m not that happy with this painting but I can take some satisfaction from his face.

This is my day two painting of the challenge.  I quite like it and I think the matting sets it off even more.

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Echidna

I thought I’d attempt an echidna again (no pencil used).

I think I’ll try an echidna again and try to incorporate ants into the next painting!  That should be fun. 🙂

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope that the rest of your day is enjoyable.