Salamanca Market, October 15, 2022

There was sun and rain today, and guess when the rain decided to come??? Correct, at packing-up time.

The first customers of the day were visiting from Central Queensland. They were on a bus tour. They purchased “Glamour Girls” and “Bunk Beds” prints.

Glamour Girls

A wildlife volunteer from Dubbo bought a “Bunk Beds” and “Devilish Siesta” print. She told me one of her best experiences was bottle feeding baby wombats, that they snuggle right in and wrap their fingers around your finger.

Bunk Beds
Devilish Siesta

A young lady, from Paris, France, in Tasmania for a research conference with her employment, bought two greeting cards. She’s here for two weeks.

An Irish man, residing in Melbourne, Victoria, bought a “Hammock Life” cushion cover. He was wearing a cool hoodie with a “gym + coffee” logo on the sleeve. He said it was an Irish brand.

A lady, originally from El Salvador, now living in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, purchased a “Hammock Life” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” tote bags to take to South America when she visits. She said that there is a creek in Maleny, close to where she lives, that she walks along every day, and she sees platypus there about three times a week. How awesome is that! https://oursc.com.au/lifestyle/adventure-sunshine-coast/adventure-sunshine-coast-maleny-boardwalk-platypus-walk

Friendship Refreshes the Soul

Two ladies from Argentina, speaking Spanish, with one translating in English, purchased a “The Bun” print. They laughed about the story behind the painting. I told them that the yellow-tailed black cockatoo has the shortest crown out of all the black cockatoos, so when the others are flaunting their crowns, they can hold their heads high and say ‘well, la-de-da, look at my hair-do’.

The Bun

A man that drove down from Sydney, purchased “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Silent Disco” prints. He’s hoping that he can still get on the Spirit of Tasmania despite the flooding in Devonport.

Salamanca Saturdays
Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

Two ladies visiting from Perth, WA, bought “Bunk Beds”, “Bunk Beds Trio”, Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta”, and “Taking it Easy” prints, and a “Lazy Days tote bag.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Taking it Easy

Art thought for the day:

“If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open.” Henri Matisse

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

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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 April 16, 2022

Usually, Easter long weekend is a busy market day and this year was no exception, especially when it comes with ideal market weather.

My first customer was a young man from Queensland. He bought a “Garden Roses” and “Sitting on the Fence” print.

“Garden Roses” quality prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling

A Melbournian couple, visiting a family member living in Tasmania, purchased a “Bunk Beds” print.

Bunk Beds

I had an 11-year-old peruse the stall and then he went and got his family. He bought a “Silent Disco” print with his own money (I gave him a hefty discount).

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

A young couple from Sydney bought a “Lovebirds” print and another couple from Sydney purchased a small original sitting wombat painting. They also purchased a “Hanging Out” and “The Three Amigos” print. One is going to the UK. She hadn’t decided which one of the two she was going to keep.

The Three Amigos II

Another original painting of a wombat, this one with a flower, is heading to the Central Coast, NSW.

An original painting of Collingwood AFL emu supporters is going to New York, USA. I’m not sure if they picked up on the football theme. There were a lot of people in the stall when they were making the purchase and I didn’t realise that they were American until they told me it was going back to New York with them as they were leaving the stall.

Magpies

Somebody came into the stall and asked if I had any prints with a frog and were very happy to see “Kiss Me Please”. A lady who overheard this question said she’ll give it a try and asked if I had a print of a bat. Unfortunately, not. I can’t imagine that a painting of a bat would appeal to many people (lol). I’m glad that bats have fans though. Every animal is important.

Kiss Me Please

The new greeting card “Buddy Pals” went quickly along with prints, originals, tote bags and pouches. It was a hectic day and full-on trying to keep up with the restocking and serving customers.

New greeting card

Wishing everybody a lovely Easter.

from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market February 19, 2022

It was chilly in the morning. My face felt cold while setting up the stall. As the day progressed, so did the temperature, eventually getting up to 27 degrees Celsius. We could hear constant helicopter activity and sirens at the market. I found out that was because there was a fire at Mt Nelson. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-19/watch-and-act-issued-for-hobart-suburb/100845458 I think it has been successfully dealt with, thankfully.

My first visitors to the stall was a couple that have been living in Melbourne for five years and are moving back to Ireland. They bought “Enchanted Forest I”.

Enchanted Forest I
available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

Then I had another couple, who bought “Bunk beds” and “Sitting on the Fence” and they told me that they will be coming with them back to Ireland. They have a two- and four-year-old and are also living in Melbourne. They were planning on moving back to Ireland and then the pandemic happened, forcing them to postpone the move. Both families are moving in less than two months. What an undertaking! I feel tired just thinking about a move like that.

Sitting on the Fence
Bunk beds

“The Three Amigos II” was the best seller today. A couple bought a “The Three Amigos II” print for his sister who is going back to Germany, where she currently lives and works. She’s a violinist in Germany. He has another sibling and the three of them affectionately call themselves the three amigos. Another young couple bought three prints of the kookaburras because he wanted one for himself and his two friends. The three of them also call themselves the three amigos. They also bought framed prints of “Bunk beds” and “Silent Disco”. They also asked if they could have a photo of us. I happily obliged.

The Three Amigos II

Then, “The Three Amigos II” went to a couple from the Gold Coast, QLD and a few others sold but I couldn’t catch where their destination was. I went home without a single “The Three Amigos II” print.

A large “Lazy Days” tote bag is heading for Sydney.

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

The cuddly original wombat painting sold today too. It is staying in Hobart.

A regular visitor to my stall gave me this little memento of my birthplace in Belgium. It is unheard of to see anything connected to Hasselt, Belgium in Tasmania.

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

Cheers from PJ Paintings

 at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market October 9, 2021

Today felt like a mixed-up day. We couldn’t park in our close-by usual spots, rain arrived at packing up time, with my car out of reach, and my Square app stopped working at 2 pm, but I’m happy that it didn’t stop earlier in the day, and all-in-all, I can’t complain. It was a good day, with many happy interactions.

A couple from the Gold Coast, who have travelled around a lot of Tasmania, including Stanley and Bruny Island, bought a “Double Date IV” print. Two ladies from Perth, spending two weeks in Tassie, bought the same print.

A lady bought a small “Lazy Days” pouch for her 3-year-old granddaughter and another grandmother bought “Motherly Emutions” for her son. Another lady bought “Kiss Me Please” https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals/products/kiss-me-please-1 for her mother. She said her mother will absolutely love it. I didn’t get a chance to ask her what her mother’s connection is with frogs.

There was a lot of birthday-present-buying being done today. A young lady bought a “DefendConserveProtect” tote bag for her mother-in-law’s birthday, which is today. Another lady bought a large “Lost Worlds” print for her friend’s birthday.

Lost Worlds – A view from the Lost World track on kunanyi with Tasmanian Tigers and their continually felt presence

A couple from Adelaide bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” and a “Salamanca Fresh” print. A couple from Perth, WA, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” cushion cover. A lady, who during the week bought a “Hanging Out” print from Tiger ina Papera https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraft/ was so pleased to discover my stall and that she could buy a matching cushion cover, which she did.

Salamanca Fresh

A grandmother bought “Silent Disco” for her granddaughter that likes to dance, “Emus Can Fly!” for her grandson that likes cars and motorbikes, and “Entanglement” for herself. Another lady bought “Rising Above It” for a 12-year-old girl.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
Rising Above It

A couple, who wanted to buy a gift for her sister, wanted three A-3 sized prints, each featuring three emus. I wasn’t sure if I could fulfill this request, but we did achieve success. They purchased “Salamanca Fresh”, “Glamour Girls” and “The Supremes”.

Wishing one and all a great rest of the weekend and upcoming week.

Take care, Patricia (PJ)

Australiana Greeting Cards

Five quality Australiana greeting card sets of my animal paintings are now available through my website https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/five-australiana-greeting-card-set

The greeting cards feature a platypus enjoying life, a sleepy Tasmanian devil, a family of echidnas, a relaxing wombat and dancing fairy penguins. The animals are all endemic to Tasmania, (so maybe I should name them Tasmanialiana! lol) an island, off the larger island of Australia.

Titled: Devilish Siesta

The beauty of greeting cards is that the recipient can get that warm, fuzzy feeling over and over again, each time they look at the card and/or read the words and thoughts you have written. Do you keep and re-read cards that you have received? Every once in a while, I pull out my stash of greeting cards and re-read them. It brings back smiles and memories. It’s a gift that keeps on giving and the recipient can wear the smile you gave them for weeks.

The greeting cards come in two sizes and are printed on quality card. They are nice to frame too.

Titled: Spiky Bunk beds
Titled: Silent Disco
Titled: Taking it Easy

I hope that you are enjoying a “Taking it Easy” weekend.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ)