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

Salamanca Market, September 3, 2022

You can feel that spring is coming when you step out of the house at 5:50am. It’s not as inky black and the air isn’t as crisp.

My first customer of the day purchased an A-3 sized print of “Café Paris”.

Café Paris
Quality archival prints available at
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/cafe-paris-1

There seemed to be a lot of locals at the market, or maybe I just had a lot of locals stop by. I had a lady, who lives in Hobart, buy a “Lazy Days” tote bag, and another lady from Hobart bought a “Salamanca Fresh” bag.

A Lazy Days tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags
A Salamanca Fresh tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Another lady, also living in Hobart, bought a “Bunk Beds” print. As a child, she had a very, well-loved wombat plush toy that she took everywhere. print. A family from Launceston, Tasmania, bought an “Enchanted Forest” print.

Bunk Beds
quality archival prints of Bunk Beds are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

Parents from Adelaide bought “Iconic Aussies” and “The Bun” for their daughter’s bedroom. She has just got a galah, the live type, not a paper one.

Iconic Aussies quality archival prints of Iconic Aussies are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A couple from Singapore bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” tote bag for an unwell friend. A lady, attending a Geoscape Conference (www.geoscape.com.au) in Hobart, purchased “Entanglement”, “Lazy Days” and “Southern Flow” prints.

Southern Flow

A family from Brisbane and another family from Roma, both places in Queensland, https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au/town/roma/ visited the stall several hours apart, and both bought “Scarlet robins” and “Fairy wrens” prints.

Parents, living in Adelaide, and a son living in Sydney, on holidays together bought “Glamour Girls”.

And before you know, it’s time to pack up, thankful that the weather was so mild and that soon you will be able to put your feet up and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea. 🙂

Art thought for the week:

The best artists know what to leave out. Charles de Lint

Wishing you an inspirational upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

www.pjpaintings.com

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      

Wombat Sweetness

Hello wombat lovers,

Because wombats are so sweet, I have added a “Wombat Sweetness” greeting card pack to the PJ Paintings website https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/wombat-sweetness-greeting-card-pack. The four chosen cards are: “Garden Meditation”,  “Visiting Friends”, “Spotty” and “Flowerpot”.

Garden Meditation
Visiting Friends
Spotty
Flowerpot

Wishing you a happy-as-a-wombat day.

PJ Paintings

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 February 5, 2022

It doesn’t take long until I’m leaving for the market in semi-darkness again. Thankfully blue skies and sunshine soon made their presence.

The first visitors to the stall were a young couple from Brisbane. They saw several echidnas while exploring Tasmania and said they had a soft spot for them. Therefore, “Spiky Bunk Beds” was their chosen print.

Spiky Bunk Beds prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A couple visiting from Hervey Bay, Queensland, the whale capital of Australia he told me, bought an A-3 sized print of “Who, Who, Who are You? II”. Another couple from Adelaide and Sydney bought “Who, Who, Who are You? II” also. There are not many prints of this size left of this painting and the A-4 size limited edition print run ran out over a year ago. https://www.visitfrasercoast.com/why-hervey-bay-is-australias-whale-watching-capital/

Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple from Sydney bought three prints “Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Hanging Out” and “House Sharing”. Another visitor from Sydney purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print and a lady also from Sydney purchased my original painting of a Flame Robin.

House Sharing
Flame Robin

A gallery that is representing me phoned me during the market to tell me that they sold the original painting of “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”. When they were visiting Tasmania, she bought a print of “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and when she got back to Sydney, she decided she just had to have the original painting. So, Goldilocks the Wombat, is going to make its home in Sydney.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a great upcoming week.

Cheers from PJ Paintings

 at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market December 18, 2021

Wind gusts of up to 50 kmph were predicted, so all the gazebo sides went up today. With a blue roof and little air circulation, the sauna-like conditions and the pollen from the large tree made it difficult to not sneeze. Thankfully, the 50 kmph didn’t eventuate.

The first couple that visited the stall were from Tamworth, NSW. https://www.destinationtamworth.com.au/   They purchased a “Bunk beds” print and then noticed my Poppy Fields print. They said that they had this print. Her sister, who has bought a lot of art, moved overseas, and couldn’t take it with her, so she gave them her art, which Poppy Fields was among her collection.

Bunk beds
Poppy Fields, which received the People’s Choice award

A young couple, her originally from Italy and him from Brazil, now living in Brisbane, purchased a “Scarlet Robins” zipper pouch.  

Scarlet Robins pouch

A lady, originally from Lithuania, now living in Sydney, bought a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag for her girlfriend. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17536867

Salamanca Fresh tote bag

A couple bought a small, framed print of “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” for their eight-year-old niece in Sydney. She loves art, birds and animals, a perfect gift for her. 😊

Friendship Refreshes the Soul

A dad and his daughter, from Brisbane, bought “Iconic Aussies” and “The Three Amigos II” prints.

The Three Amigos II

A lady from Brisbane, saw a man carrying a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag and told me it looked so good that she wanted to buy one too. So, she did. It is a bright and colourful bag, washable and made in Australia.

Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

A family bought the original painting titled “Off to the Footy”. There are prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/off-to-the-footy . They also bought a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag and a “Hammock Life” print.

Off to the Footy!

Wishing everybody a joyful and fun festive season, from PJ Paintings,

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

An Eventful 36 Hours

The events started yesterday, when I was packing the car for Salamanca Market. A jack jumper had decided to climb onto a box that I picked up to put in the car. Of course it bit me and my hand swelled up overnight. I wish I had thought to take my ring off immediately because now I definitely can’t! Here’s a link if you’d like to read more about this rather aggressive insect that has a nasty bite https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Documents/jackjumperfactsheet.pdf

annoyingly swollen hand due to ant bite

After the car was packed, I headed off to the Summer Salt Music Festival held in the Botanical Gardens. It was awesome but it made it a short night with the 5 am wake up for the market the next day.

The stage at Hobart’s Botanical Gardens

The line up was Emily Wurramara, Boy & Bear, John Butler, The Teskey Brothers and finishing off with The Cat Empire. There was a strictly no dancing rule.

No Dancing

but… when The Cat Empire came on and started playing, everybody was up and dancing. The officials definitely had their work cut out trying to get people to only chair-dance.

Then it was up at the crack of dawn and setting up the stall in the dark.

my stall at site 30

It was a very busy day with people from various places from the mainland and backpackers from overseas visiting. I had caravaners from Queensland that are touring around Tasmania for 7 weeks buy “Afternoon Siesta” and “Spiky Siesta” prints. I had French backpackers, who are here for another 6 months also purchase an “Afternoon Siesta” print. A couple from Melbourne stopped in. She told me she had to get “Two to Tango” because she was from Argentina. It’s her fourth time visiting Tasmania but her first time to Salamanca Market.

Two to Tango with collage of treble clefs applied to her seductive dress

A kindergarten teacher from Queensland bought “Story time”.

Story time

Another couple from Queensland purchased three prints: “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”, “Joyride” and “Glamour Girls”. Backpackers from Chile bought an A-5 sized print of a wombat in a hammock and a couple bought an original of a platypus I painted to go with a children’s platypus book. They’re sending both to their 3 year old nephew living in Switzerland.

Afternoon Siesta

While a bunch of people were in my stall, a man told me that a lady just took one of my prints (Double Date IV”) without paying for it. I caught up with her and asked if she wanted to pay for my print and she said that she put it back on the rack. I asked her, “why is it in your bag then?” It was poking out of her bag and I could clearly see it, so I showed it to her. Then she said she got it from around the corner and started telling me that it was selling everywhere. She said she was going to report me and then started getting aggressive with the people who saw her take it. Eventually she moved on but it does leave you a little shaken.

Double Date IV

My credit card gadget worked for about 2 hours and then it just wouldn’t connect so the tapping mechanism didn’t work, leaving me with the only option to enter everything in manually, which was a pain. Then the rains came, just 20 minutes or so before we packed up. Not long enough to let things dry off, so things are drying in all sorts of places in my house.

Time for a cup of tea… and process the events of the past 36 hours. I hope that your day is going great.

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade (all the images shown are available on my website at http://www.pjpaintings.com)

Bunk bed Trio

I finished my painting I’ve titled “Bunk bed Trio”.

You know the feeling when you can hardly keep your eyes open and you are well and truly ready for a nap, while at the same time this doesn’t seem to be the same case for the little people in the family. They are alert and ready for more adventures. I hope that Mother-Wombat gets her well-deserved rest soon??

Prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

I hope that you are enjoying a peaceful and restful weekend.

Cheers, from Pj Paintings