Salamanca Market, November 5, 2022

It’s daylight now when I step out the door at 6 am to go to site 30 at Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania.

My first customer of the day was Havier from Toronto, Canada, here on his annual business trip. He’s flying back to Canada, today. It’s a tough, long flight. He’s originally from Chile, South America. His wife was born in Chile and raised in Canada. They had their daughter in Chile, and their son in Canada, where they now reside. During the COVID lock-down, they pushed their 12-year-old daughter to do something constructive and she started drawing and writing comic strips, which she has kept up doing for 2.5 years. She has created a lot of comics! I’m impressed with it all and especially that she can think of so many funny things! Havier bought an “All Ears” and a “Leafy Decorum” print.

When a lady saw a “Leafy sea dragon” greeting card, she said you must be a diver. I’m not, but she is. She is a biologist and has done a lot of diving, including in the Caribbean, where she met her Australian husband-to-be and ended up settling in Sheffield, Tasmania.

A “Fairy wrens” and “Scarlet Robins” print is going to be housed on a property in Queensland rainforest.

A lady from Canberra, on her way to go bush walking in Mt Field, Tasmania, https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/…/mount-field…/ bought an “Afternoon Siesta” print. She said that she didn’t want to buy anything at the market but couldn’t pass by this irresistibly relaxed wombat. Another lady, who couldn’t resist “Afternoon Siesta” was from North Carolina, USA, is visiting her brother, who lives in Australia. Another lady, visiting from Tokyo, Japan, chose the same print.

A couple from Maui, USA, purchased a large “Suspended” print. They’re heading home tomorrow. They’ve been in Australia for three weeks, visiting Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania.

I had two German couples visit the stall today. Firstly, an older couple, who bought a “Bonnie & Me” print. They have this bike they told me, a Bonneville, Triumph. Then a young German couple arrived. They are spending 12 months in Australia, travelling around in a van. They have 10 months left. They purchased a “Dinner for Five???” print.

Art thought for the day:

“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

Wishing you lots of rejuvenating, creative-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

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Bin Chicken

So…., you’re the one giving us a bad name.

The Australian white ibis, due to its increasing presence in urban settings and its past-time of rummaging in rubbish bins with its long, curved beak, has acquired the “bin chicken” or “tip turkey” nicknames. It is becoming an icon of Australia’s popular culture despite that some of the population view them as a pest and aren’t too enamoured with their new-found hobby.

The Australian white ibis is a native Australian bird.

Day 16 Inktober Challenge – prompt word: fowl

Cheers, PJ

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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
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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

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

Painting Birds

I’m working on a new painting that has quite a few different birds congregating on the same branch.

Tasmania has twelve species of bird which are only found in Tasmania and a number of other species which are endemic at the subspecies level, such as the threatened wedge-tail eagle.

“Regal” – the wedge-tailed eagle
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The Tasmanian nativehen and the yellow-throated honeyeater are endemic to Tasmania. The Tasmanian nativehen are a common sight along roadways. Luckily, they seem to be road savvy. I love their comical running style.

The Tasmanian nativehen
The yellow-throated honeyeater

There are also breeding endemics that breed only in Tasmania, such as the brightly coloured, endangered orange-bellied parrot.

The orange-bellied parrot

The tawny frogmouth is a species native to the Australian mainland and Tasmania and the Australian little penguin are only found in southern Australia and New Zealand .

The tawny frogmouth
The little penguin

The musk lorikeet, flame robin and beautiful firetail are endemic to south-eastern Australia. The flame robin does range to the Queensland border and into Tasmania, and the Beautiful firetail ranges to Newcastle, NSW, to Kangaroo Island, SA, but is most common in Tasmania.

The musk-lorikeet
The flame robin and beautiful firetail in the centre

An enchanted forest scene

Now how did a wombat sneak in!? They are endemic to Australia, including Tasmania, unlike the kookaburra, who are now found on plenty of branches in Tasmania having a good old laugh. They were introduced from the mainland of Australia by humans to try to reduce snake numbers. The first recorded release was in 1902.

I hope today delivers you some laughs.

Take care of yourself and keep an eye for the birds around you.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ)

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Salamanca Market July 9, 2022

I got absolutely saturated setting my stall up during the early hours of this morning. Thankfully the rain did stop by the afternoon. It felt like there weren’t as many people at the market today.

My first sale was a small original painting of a wombat with helpful lady bugs. It’s similar to this one, below.

Not Feeling Blue IV

Parents and their son, from Allandale, NSW, http://www.australias.guide/nsw/location/allandale/ purchased an “Emu Boogie” greeting card for their son’s piano teacher and a large “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag for themselves.

Emu Boogie
Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

Parents and their adult daughter stopped at the stall. The daughter really liked the original titled, “Holding Hands”. They left and the father came back and bought it to give to her for her upcoming birthday. Later in the day, a lady who been eyeing the same painting, came back to buy it and was disappointed to discover it had sold.

Holding Hands

A mother and daughter, from Poland, bought “The Three Amigos II” and a “Suspended” print. The kookaburra print is going back to Poland but Suspended is going with the daughter to New Zealand where she has done one year of high school. She’s going to do one more year of high school and then start her university degree in New Zealand.

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Suspended

A son and mother purchased A-3 sized prints of “Enchanted Forest I” and “Enchanted Forest II” for their renovated house in Newcastle, NSW.

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Enchanted Forest II

A young lady, who has just moved to Hobart to start her university degree in media and marketing, bought “Lost Worlds” and “Poppy Fields” to brighten her room in her share house.  

Lost Worlds

“Piggyback” is going to the Central Coast, NSW, and a “Hanging Out” tote bag’s destination is going further than NSW.  It is a gift for the person taking care of their house in Texas, USA while they are holidaying and travelling the world.

Hanging Out tote bag

It was good to get home, hang up the wet things and have a hot, slow-cooked, curry dinner.

Take care.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade      

Magpies Have Landed

Greetings. I hope that you have been well and safe in this unpredictable world.

I’ve been venturing out of my comfort zone and have tried to paint a new bird, magpies. They have been voted Australians’ second favourite bird. There are many who have regular magpie visitors that arrive for their feed or have them as full-time pets.

When I was walking in my neighbourhood, I spotted a magpie sitting on a fence. I started photographing it and taking a step closer after each photo.

Photo taken at a distance

It was very obliging. It posed to the side, back and frontwards.

Back pose

Soon I was about a metre and a half in front of it and it was looking straight at me with piercing eyes. A sudden nervous feeling arose as I considered, “yikes, what if it flies straight into my face” but it didn’t, it continued to be placid and cooperative.

Getting closer for photographing

This encounter gave me some great magpie resource photos for future paintings.

“Maggie”
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Magpies are polarising birds. I love the Australian magpie’s melodic birdsong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akWK0CvW6Jk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otfSIE3gjfA It is relaxing, calming, and beautiful to hear while lying in bed, a very Australian sound.

Unfortunately, this seemingly gentle bird is not loved by all mainly due to dive-bombing people during nesting season. There’s also the Collingwood Magpies, an Australian Football League (AFL) team that is huge in Australia that people seem to either love or hate. Collingwood is rarely chosen as a second favourite team. So, unfortunately, the poor magpie has a strong association link with this team, through no fault of its own.

“Morning Melody”
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The original painting is for sale at Tiger ina Papera Unique Woodcraft Salamanca Gallery, 7/81Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania

Sam Bloom wrote a story about an odd little Magpie that saved her family. The photos are beautiful and heart melting, and this has definitely helped to endear more people to magpies.

I hope that you and your family are well, and that the birds around you give you a moment of joy.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

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Salamanca Market March 5, 2022

I navigated the stairs out of my house in darkness to make the short drive to Salamanca Market. Rain was forecasted but thankfully none eventuated.

My first visitors to the stall were locals and they purchased a “Lazy Days” print, followed by two sisters who bought “Leafy Decorum” and “Glamour Girls” for their mother, just because they love her. Their mother loves black cockatoos.

Lazy Days
Leafy Decorum
Glamour Girls

Some of the under-18 girls Australian Football Rules (AFL) state team, Tasmania Devils, stopped by before playing their Victoria competitors in Hobart. https://tasdevils.com.au/ (unfortunately, they lost their game).

A “Sitting on the Fence” print is heading to Melbourne.

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A “Sea Life” print is going to the Gold Coast to adorn a nursery. The couple are expecting their first baby. Water came close to their house but thankfully receded before it reached the house.

A newly married couple bought a “Double Date” print. A lady, visiting from South Australia, purchased a “Bunk Beds” print. She’s travelling around Tasmania before she heads home. Three ladies bought three small “Salamanca Fresh” pouches to remind them of their time here. A man bought a “Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover to take back to Melbourne. My paintings printed on square cushion covers, made in Australia, are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A young man from France purchased some Tasmanian bird images for a souvenir. He’s been travelling for 2.5 years, firstly visiting New Caledonia.

Two original paintings sold today, a painting of platypus and elephants. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of both paintings.

The painting that sold was similar to this one

It took me quadruple the time to drive home because there was a car accident before the Tasman Bridge. It was good to get home and put my feet up. 😊

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

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

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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

Salamanca Market, November 20, 2021

It was a drizzly Saturday and a wet set-up. With The Tasmanian Made Market at the newly refurbished Derwent Entertainment Centre https://www.stadia-magazine.com/news/renovation-refurbishment/tasmanias-derwent-entertainment-centre-renovation-to-feature-digital-first-fan-experience.html and protests in front of the Parliament House, Salamanca Market felt quieter.

The first couple visiting my stall purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and a “Double Date IV” print. They told me that they have many visitors to their birdfeeder at the Sunshine Coast and that they started taking drawing & painting classes together. They were impressed with my Yellow-tailed black cockatoo in my “Iconic Aussies” print. They had to paint this bird in one of their classes and said that this has helped them gain a greater appreciation for bird paintings. They returned later in the afternoon and up-sized their prints and added “Iconic Aussies” to their purchase.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
Double Date IV

A lady from Adelaide purchased “Hanging Out”, “Spiky bunk beds” and “Iconic Aussies”. Another lady purchased “Spiky bunk beds” and “Taking it Easy”. I was glad to see this because people have asked me to paint something that more closely matches with Spiky bunk beds’ hammocks, so I painted Taking it Easy, but so far, people haven’t been matching them together, until today. I commented that they were a pair and she immediately acknowledged the same coloured hammocks. It was nice to receive the reinforcement.

An A-3 sized “Weightless” print is heading to Brisbane and “The Three Amigos II” to Toowoomba. She is visiting Tasmania with friends from the Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Weightless
The Three Amigos II

And on cue, it started raining again when it was packing-up time. On the way home, just before the Tasman Bridge, I saw a stall holder pulled over on the side of the road changing a flat tire. They had all their crates, gazebo, shelving and the like, on the ground, to be able to get their reserve tire out. I felt very sorry for them and so grateful to be able to get home, get wet things airing and make myself a cup of tea!

Wishing you a flat tire-free week!

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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Constructing a Nest

I am fascinated by birds’ nests and their construction with only a beak-tool. In my opinion, they are the ultimate functional art piece. I have several abandoned nests as decorations and as painting resources at my house.

I also love birds. The bird that has particularly caught my attention recently, is the Forty-Spotted Pardalote. They are rare and listed as endangered. There are some Forty-Spotted Pardalotes trying to survive on Bruny Island, an island off the island of Tasmania. https://www.bien.org.au/projects/40-spotted-pardalote/ Efforts are being made to try to help the species survive. A major strategy is building nest boxes for them. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-21/endangered-bird-faces-new-threat/6735504?nw=0&r=HtmlFragment

Collecting data from a Forty-spotted Pardalote’s nesting box on Bruny Island

I am in the process of constructing a 2-D nest, which I think I’ll be spending more time on than a Forty-spotted Pardalote does to build a 3-D nest!

A Forty-spotted Pardalote waiting for the construction worker to finish building its nest

I hope that you spot plenty of birds today. They always deliver a joyous moment.

Take care, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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