A lonely, little Island

Salamanca Market, August 27, 2022

I felt like a lonely, little island with both my Salamanca Market neighbour stall holders, on either side, missing, one due to sickness, the other was at AgFest https://www.agfest.com.au/

My first customer of the day was somebody from the Gold Coast, who bought a “Me at the Gate” print. She told me that fairy wrens often visit her garden.

Meet Me at the Gate
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

Parents of 7-month-old Eleanor, visiting from Melbourne, purchased prints for Eleanor’s bedroom. Her parents bought “Spiky Bunk Beds” and her grandmother bought her “Dinner for Five???”.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Dinner for Five???

A young couple from Melbourne bought a small urban sketch I did of one of Arthur Circus’ historical cottages and a few greeting cards.

historical cottage in Arthur Circus, Battery Point, Tasmania

A lady from Perth, WA purchased “House Sharing”. She really liked the wombat’s feet.

House Sharing
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A local bought “Enchanted Forest I” and “Enchanted Forest II” for one of her daughters in London, UK. The older daughter got married a few months ago and while the younger daughter went over to attend the wedding, she secured work and now she has both daughters living on the other side of the earth.

Enchanted Forest I
Enchanted Forest II

Another local bought a “Sitting on the Fence” print for her daughter because her house has a lot of blue in it. Her daughter is marrying a Canadian. The wedding is taking place in Los Angeles, in two months (they had to postpone it because of COVID) and they will be living in Toronto, Canada.

Sitting on the Fence
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A family visiting from Durban, South Africa purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Glamour Girls”. The mother was originally from Tasmania, but they are now living in South Africa.

Glamour Girls
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A couple purchased “Devilish Siesta”, “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” for their child’s bedroom. They have been renting a house in New Town, Tasmania while their house in Sydney is being renovated.

Devilish Siesta
Spiky Bunk Beds
Afternoon Siesta

The day passed quickly and soon it was all finished. All good things must come to an end.

Art thought for the week:

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman

Wishing everybody a good weekend and upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Battery Point

Today, I met up with a couple of friends to do some urban sketching on Napoleon Street, Battery Point, in Tasmania.

Battery Point was originally settled in 1804. In 1811, land grants were given to free settlers and farms were established. By 1814, several farms were located in the area. In 1818, a battery of guns, called the Mulgrave Battery, were placed on the southern side of the point as part of the coastal defences on the deep water port established at Hobart Town. Battery Point derived its name from the installations of guns at this site https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/hobart/battery-pt.html

I get my art prints printed on 310gsm A-2 sized watercolour print-paper. When I trim my prints, I often have offcuts and this pile is getting quite tall. I thought I would see if it could be used for urban sketching. It worked quite well but I will have to adjust my painting technique because it is absorbent and the paper bleeds when you apply extra watery paint, as I discovered when I painted the chimney.

Trialling the print version of watercolour paper

I then felt forced to add blue sky to try to disguise the chimney-bleeding.

Blue sky colour added

The couple hours flew by and it was time to pack up the paints, move the cars from their two-hour parking limit and enjoy a hot cuppa.

The paper has potential, so I will keep experimenting with it.

Wishing everybody a great weekend.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

Friendly Encounters in Tasmania

I enjoy unexpected friendly encounters. With Hobart being such a small capital city of approximately 250,000, this is a fairly common occurrence when you are out and about.

I’ve painted two watercolour paintings of some friendly Tasmanian encounters:

A Tasmanian nativehen encounters a wombat
A wombat and Fairy penguin encounter

Wishing you a week full of friendly encounters.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

Quality prints of my artwork is available at http://www.pjpaintings. com

Salamanca Market August 20, 2022

The weather wasn’t great today, but it wasn’t horrible either. It was windy, with short bursts of rain and there was even hail around noon, but the last two hours of the market had blue sky, which allowed things to dry out before they were packed up. Hooray!

My first customer of the day was a local who bought six greeting cards followed by a lady from Missouri, USA, who bought “A Spotty Rest Stop” greeting card. The idea for A Spotty Rest Stop came from an Inktober Challenge prompt word. https://brushwarriors.com/what-is-inktober/ The prompt word was poisonous.

A Spotty Rest Stop

Then a Brisbane couple purchased “Bunk Beds” and “Unwinding” prints.

“Bunk Beds” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
“Unwinding” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A family from Perth purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” print. There were quite a few people from Perth at the market today. This painting is proving to be popular and people like the title.

“Meet Me at the Gate”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A couple from Victoria, with their baby girl named Lucy, bought a “Sleepyhead” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print for Lucy’s bedroom.

“Sleepyhead” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
Spiky Bunk Beds quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

A lady, on her way back home today, after spending 10 days in Tasmania, purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover.

“Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover, available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A couple from Sydney bought a “Family Outing” print for their 11-year-old son, who is into emus right now, and loves red cars. Nailed it with this print!

“Family Outing”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A young lady from Canberra bought an “Under My Red Umbrella” tote bag. She loved the brightness and humour of it.

Tote bags, Australian made, with images that I’ve painted are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Two young couples travelling together from Singapore, bought a “Silent Disco” and a “Dinner for Five??” print.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a “Silent Disco”.
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds
“Dinner for Five???” Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

Two ladies, with suitcase in tow, from Malaysia, bought an original painting that I titled “Friends in High Places”. Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of it. It is similar to this painting.

A painting similar to “Friends in High Places”, an original that sold today.

Art thought for the week:

As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer.
Vincent van Gogh

Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade      

Salamanca Market August 13, 2022

It was a mild day and it rained off and on basically all day.

My first customer of the day was a couple from Brisbane, Queensland. They arrived yesterday for a nine-day Tasmanian holiday. They bought two zip pouches: “Lazy Days” and “Salamanca Fresh”. Another couple from Brisbane, here for the weekend to celebrate their 19year wedding anniversary, purchased ”Spotty”, “Scarlet Robin Rescue” and an original winter scene painting, which I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of it.

Spotty quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
“Scarlet Robin Rescue” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A couple from Port Macquarie, NSW, https://www.britannica.com/place/Port-Macquarie bought a “Dinner for Five???” print. He did his Computer Science university degree at the University of Tasmania about 30 years ago.

“Dinner for Five???”
Are these five going to share one ant!?
Quality prints of this image is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

A lady bought “Silent Disco” for her shack on Penguin’s Head Road in Culburra, NSW, and her daughters bought Enchanted Forest I and II prints. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/culburra-beach-nsw

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
Quality prints of this image available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

A sister bought a “Family Outing” zip pouch for her 17-year-old sister. A fellow from Adelaide bought four prints: three to hang either in his bedroom or the wall going up the stairs and “Bonnie & Me” for his friend.

“Bonnie & Me!”

A couple from the Hunter Valley, NSW, are taking home two tote bags: “Scarlet Robins” and “Hanging Out”. A couple, visiting from Singapore, are taking home four tote bags for their friends: “What the Devil?!?” “Lazy Days”, “Hammock Life” and “Salamanca Saturdays”.

Hanging Out
Lazy Days
Salamanca Saturdays
Scarlet Robins

A couple visiting from Sydney, bought “Iconic Aussies”, “Motherly Emutions” and “Piggyback” for their 34-year-old daughter living in Squamish, BC, Canada.

Iconic Aussies
Motherly Emutions
Piggyback

The rain really started coming down just when I arrived home. That’s a nice change! Lol

Art thought for the week:

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.
— Winston Churchill.

Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week. Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market August 6, 2022

It rained off and on, all day long. At the end, I didn’t bother putting the pouches and bags out. They would be hanging up only for a few minutes before I had to bring them back in under cover. The novelty of this wore thin.

My first customer of the day was a couple from Gladstone, Queensland https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/gladstone-qld They purchased an A-3 size of “Outback Glamping”.

“Outback Glamping”
high quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus?page=2

A lady from Port Macquarie, NSW, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag and said that it will be a nice souvenir of Tasmania. https://www.planetware.com/australia/top-rated-attractions-things-to-do-in-port-macquarie-australia-aus-1-94.htm  A young couple, also from Port Macquarie, purchased a “Maggie & Maggie” print for their father who has a family of magpies that have nested in his yard, and he feeds them daily. It started with him noticing a magpie struggling because it had some string wrapped around its leg. He caught it with a net, removed the string and then released it. It has thanked him by sticking around and befriending his rescuer. They also purchased a “Dinner for Five???” print.

Maggie & Maggie
Dinner for Five??? (are they going to share an ant!?)
High quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

A couple from Townsville purchased “The Supremes” and “Hanging Out” prints. Another couple bought a “Hanging Out” print for their four-month-old niece that lives in a bush setting outside of Melbourne. Her bedroom has an Australian native animals’ theme.

Hanging Out quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
The Supremes

A couple from Canberra, looking for a house in Tasmania because they plan on moving here, purchased a “Maggie” print.

“Maggie”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

An online primary school teacher from Maitland, NSW purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” and a “Meet Me at the Gate” print.

Salamanca Saturdays
available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world
“Meet Me at the Gate”

A small group of young university exchange students from Norway, who are doing one semester of studies at the University of Tasmania, stopped by and bought some greeting cards and an A-5 sized print of “Salamanca Saturdays”.

When I got home, I hung up the sides from the gazebo, the awning, the tablecloths, and so on, to dry and made myself a hot cup of tea. It was nice to escape the rain and wind and watch it from an inside vantage.

Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade      

Salamanca Market July 30, 2022

It was a bit chilly today but there was no rain or wind, so there are no complaints from me. 😊

A couple from Melbourne visited my stall very early in the morning and purchased two original paintings: “Off with the Owls” and a platypus painting. Later in the day, they returned, and bought a framed “Family Outing” print and four A-5 sized prints.

An original painting, titled “Off with the Owls”

Then a Salamanca Market volunteer bought an original “Holding Hands” painting. She wanted to buy one a few weeks ago, but when she returned to buy it, somebody had bought it while she was away. She asked me to paint another one.

An original painting, titled, “Holding Hands”

A young couple from Sydney received instructions from his mother to visit my stall and buy her an A-3 sized print of “Iconic Aussies”, which he did.

“Iconic Aussie”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

An expectant couple, from Melbourne, bought three A-3 sized prints for their nursery for their first baby

An expectant couple, from Melbourne, bought three A-3 sized prints for their nursery for their first baby . They purchased Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Hammock Life”, and “Devilish Siesta”.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Hammock Life
Devilish Siesta

A lady, wearing flared pants, bought the original painting titled, “Flower Girl”, who is also wearing flared pants.

the original of “Flower Girl” was purchased today.
Quality prints of Flower Girl are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

Another lady bought an original painting of an emu enjoying the snow.

Snow time

A lady from Sydney bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print and then returned with her friend, who bought two “Salamanca Saturdays” print, one an A-3 size, the other an A-4 size.

A Sydney family, exploring Tasmania for two weeks, purchased a “Hanging Out” print. Two girlfriends visited the stall, and one bought a framed “Unwinding” print. Both are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

Hanging Out
Unwinding

A family from New Zealand bought “The Three Amigos II”, “White Face Scops Owls” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print. A family visiting from Western Australia also bought a “The Three Amigos II” print.

The Three Amigos II
high quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/the-three-amigos

Once again, as fun as it is interacting with such a diverse crowd and hearing interesting stories, it is always good to get home and put my feet up.

I hope that the upcoming week goes well for you and that you are able to make time for your creative outlet. Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Come Dream with Me

About 7 years ago, when I was in Sweden, sitting on a stool in a hotel, wearing my nightie and a knitted rabbit hat with floppy ears, I caught a glimpse of myself in a hallway mirror and it intrigued me, so I drew a quick sketch of myself. This gave birth to a host of ideas that have been whirring around in my head for many years, one of them being, “Come Dream with Me”.

I delivered “Come Dream with Me” to the Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Tasmania, for The Art Society of Tasmania Inc 138th Members’ Exhibition. The exhibition will be running from Saturday, July 30th through to Sunday, August 7th from 10 am – 4 pm daily.

The development of my painting.

dreamy washes
platypus added
developing lady
close up of face and knitted hat
platypus entering dream
more frolicking platypus

I look forward to attending the opening night, catching up with fellow artists and seeing the fabulous work on display.

Thank you for reading and following me. I look forward to sharing my next painting with you soon.

Until then, take care, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

The Tasmanian Wedge-tailed eagle

Hello everybody. I hope your week is off to a good start.

I’m working on a painting which features many Tasmanian birds. I’ve painted the Tasmanian nativehens, a Cape Barren goose, Superb Fairy-wren, Scarlet robin, Pink robin and Australian magpie. I’ve drawn a Wedge-tailed eagle into the painting too. I have never painted a Wedge-tailed eagle. Just in case I can’t paint one (they look complicated and challenging to paint!!), and I don’t want to ruin what I have painted so far, I drew a trial one on an A-4 size paper.

Here’s what I have painted so far.

The all important step-out-of-your-comfort-zone start

The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle is an endemic subspecies of Tasmania. Unfortunately, it is struggling and is listed as endangered. https://nre.tas.gov.au/conservation/threatened-species-and-communities/lists-of-threatened-species/threatened-species-vertebrates/wedge-tailed-eagle

I was surprised to find that I often held my breath when I was painting this. I apply the water colour on a feather, and then wait for it not to be so wet, but not dry, to blend in the next colour into the feather. I’m sure working on small scale makes this more difficult.

more feathers … this eagle has fabulous coloured wings
That’s it for painting today.

I’m not looking forward to tackling the feet…. another challenge.

I hope that your week’s challenges are met with success.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ Paintings)

Melbourne Visit

We’re off to Melbourne.

Drawn from the Hobart, Tasmania terminal, while waiting for our plane.

After arriving on Friday, we wandered around and settled for a bite to eat in one of the laneways in the city. This was our view from our eating spot.

View from our eating spot in Meyers Lane, Melbourne
initial drawing, Meyers Lane
Meyers Lane’s view

The next day started by a visit to the South Melbourne Market and then exploring St Kilda, including this cool community garden.

cool sculptures in various gardeners’ patches
I love worms too 🙂
I love buttons for art and decorating. 🙂

The visit to St. Kilda ended with sketching a duplex that caught my eye on Park Street. I love the roofline decorative tiles so many of the older houses have in this area. On Park Street itself, there were quite a few raised garden beds in front of houses.

initial sketch
sketch with paint, Park Street, St. Kilda

Sunday morning, we viewed the amazing Picasso exhibition https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/exhibition/the-picasso-century/

One of the first exhibition picture on display is Picasso’s second-ever etching titled “Le Repas Frugal”, 1904.

Two of Picasso’s paintings of his first wife, Olga Khokhlova. Despite the Spanish flavour of the 1917 painting, Olga is from Russia, a ballet dancer, with Ukrainian origins. I find it interesting that she is depicted with quite big hands and feet in the first painting. From 1919 to 1929, Olga received over 500 letters from her mother and sister, whom she didn’t see.

“The Reader” 1920 oil on canvas
Olga in Armchair by Pablo Picasso, 1917
“Portrait of a woman” by Pablo Picasso, 1938, oil on canvas Maar and Picasso became lovers and intellectual confidants. Maar was the inspiration for many portraits, including this 1938 canvas
Picasso’s “The Kiss”
1921 oil on canvas
“Weeping woman” oil on canvas by Pablo Picasso, 1937
Pablo Picasso 1881-1973
“Massacre in Korea”
1951 oil on plywood
Picasso painted this work in reaction to the Korean War. Nothing in this painting specifically ties to Korea, not the landscape or people. Picasso said that when he thinks of war he does not think of a particular trait, only that of monstrosity. I agree and think this should be applied to all wars, including the current war being waged on Ukraine.
“The Bay of Cannes” 1958 oil on canvas

These are only a fraction of the paintings on display. After the exhibition, we found a spot to sketch the renowned Flinders Station. I was settling nicely into the zone, then the rain disturbed my happy space.

My weekend in Melbourne finished with the fairy tale magic of Cinderella.

Trust that your week is is travelling along magically.

cheers, Patricia