HOPE

Day 10’s prompt word of the #inktober challenge is HOPE. I drew an emu practicing some challenging roller blading moves. While practicing she was “hoping” like mad that she didn’t stack it again. She doesn’t want another crumpled-beak injury. Having a crumpled beak made it really difficult for her to forage for seeds, berries, fresh grasses and insects, not to mention swallowing small stones to help her digestive system grind up the plant material in her tummy. Drinking was easier than eating but with the ten minutes of drinking water at a time, her beak got very sore.

For more emu facts, visit https://www.theanimalfacts.com/birds/emu/

Thanks for visiting!

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

http://www.pjpaintings.com

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The Inktober Challenge

It’s Day three of the Inktober Challenge and so far I’ve managed to keep up with the pace of producing a drawing a day. For me, it’s about quantity, and quality is secondary with this challenge. What’s important for me is exploring new ideas and being creative. The idea/concept can be refined and reproduced as a quality piece of work later on.

Day #1 – for the prompt word FISH, I drew the critically endangered Tasmanian spotted-handfish

Water coloured inks and watercolour paints were used to paint this picture of the Tasmanian spotted-handfish

Day #2 – for the prompt word WISP, I drew a waft of steam.

A steamy wisp of steam

Day #3 – for the prompt word BULKY, I drew a “bulky” load in a small hammock

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Bulky painted

Tomorrow’s prompt word is RADIO. Do any ideas come to mind for that word??? I’ll post my drawing for Day #4 – RADIO tomorrow.

Until then, take care and thanks for stopping by.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 20, 2018

I started at Salamanca Market rather sleepily after spending Friday, Day 1 at MONA Mofo. I’m writing this week’s update on Sunday because after the market on Saturday, I attended Day 2 of MONA Mofo. Day 2 ended with the most awesome band. Their visuals on the big screen behind them, music and message were amazing. I will write a blog post about my three days at MONA later but for now, I will focus on yesterday at the market, do next week’s order and then head back out to MONA.
The “Fairy wrens” and “Scarlet Robins” prints were incredibly popular yesterday. Two are going to Salt Lake City, Utah. Another one was purchased by a couple that had done Tasmania’s Three Capes walk and saw lots of Superb Fairy wrens along their way. She was from Brisbane, Queensland and he was from South Africa. Another one was purchased by a lecturer at the College of Nursing in Bozeman, Montana, USA. I can’t remember were the others were heading off to.
Three generations, a father, daughter and grandson, originally from France visited the stall. The daughter now lives in Melbourne and her father lives in Frontiere, a town on the French/Belgian border. She bought “Who, Who, Who are You? II” to take back home. Another family of three generations visited the stall, this one originally from Italy and the daughter moved to Tasmania only a year and a half ago. She was at the stall with her teenage son and mother-in-law. She bought a “Scarlet Robins” print and an original painting of platypus and a platypus visitor.

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Platypus visitor

“Poppy Fields” is going to a bush property in Rihanna, Gippsland. “All ears” and “Kookaburra Rescue” is going to be posted to nieces living in England. “Glamour Girls” I, II and III were bought for herself and two girlfriends. The three of them are great friends and she wanted all of them to have a print of ‘them’ at the hairdressers.
A lady, from Brisbane, Queensland, who attended a Native Plant Conference in Tasmania, bought a card. She raved about the conference. There were five days of lectures and then five days outdoors examining nature. She inspected plants at Cradle Mountain and on the west coast of Tasmania. She said that she was so impressed with the depth of expertise and knowledge in Tasmania, especially that it is drawn from a fairly small population, hovering around 500,000.
A couple from Sydney, who came to Tasmania specifically to escape the 47 degrees Celsius heat that they were having in their suburb in Liverpool, Sydney, purchased “Double Date”, “The Three Amigos” and “Kiss me please”. Many regions on the mainland are getting temperatures in the high 30s and into the 40 degrees Celsius range this week.

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Kiss me please

“Barn Owls” and “Tu-whit & Tu-Whoo” are going to the USA and “Thunder” is going to New Zealand. “Suspended” and “Sea Life” will be residing in Perth, Western Australia.

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Thunder!

This week’s most popular prints were the whale, Fairy wrens and Scarlet Robins prints.
A thought to ponder: “Every artist was first an amateur” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Warm wishes of creativity from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Thanks for visiting. 🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market, Tasmania, January 13, 2018

The word that characterises today is “rain”. Thankfully it came intermittently and there were only a couple torrential, bucketing down rain periods, and no wind. People came out when the rain subsided. I met market-goers from Brazil, Chicago, Portugal, Germany and many different parts of Australia. I may have met some runners who are taking part in tomorrow’s Cadbury Marathon too.
I painted three cockatoos during the week and all three went today. The Yellow-tailed black cockatoo to a young lady from Bulgaria, the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo to a lady living on the mainland of Australia and the female Red-tailed black cockatoo to a lady from Ontario, Canada. So, all three will be flying to their new homes.

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A Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, the only black cockatoo native to Tasmania

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A Sulphur crested cockatoo, not native to Tasmania but here in abundance nevertheless

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A female Red-tailed black cockatoo

A Tasmanian, who is travelling to Germany next week, purchased “All Ears” to take as a gift for one of her friends. “Scarlet Robins” is going to Chicago as a souvenir of Tasmania. “Double Date” is going to settle in Orange, NSW.

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All Ears

A lovely young couple, that unfortunately, on their second day in Tassie, at a bush walk rest area in Bicheno, she slipped and broke her arm. It was a really bad arm break that also pushed her hand out of position. They had to walk two hours back out of the bush to their car, which thankfully they had because they came across the Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. They went to the Bicheno Hospital, where they were told they had to get it treated at the Launceston Hospital, which is a more than a two hour drive away. Then they had to drive back to Bicheno. They said that they drove most of the way back at 40kmph because there was so much wildlife around. They even saw a young Tasmanian Devil along the road. That is a rare sight.
A man, wanting to surprise his wife, daughter and granddaughter, snuck in and bought prints featuring birds for his daughter and granddaughter and “Thunder” for his wife. He said that his daughter and granddaughter were born one week apart, January 18th and January 26th.

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Thunder!

The most popular prints today were the whale and glamour girls prints.
A thought to ponder: “Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” — Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle
Warm wishes of creativity from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Hobart has everything

Yesterday, I started the day with a coffee and a walk along the shores of Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Sandy Bay Walkway

Then I met the Hobart sketching group on the other side of the Derwent River at Kangaroo Bay.

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Kangaroo Bay on the Eastern Shore of Hobart

I drew three houses facing the bay.  I didn’t get a chance to apply paint because I had a game of disc golf to play.

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Houses facing Kangaroo Bay, Bellerive, Tasmania

Hobart has had a disc golf course for about 30 years and regularly hosts state championships and has hosted international championships.  Disc golf is like traditional golf except you throw a disc that is similar to a frisbee but it is heavier, smaller and has sharper edges. Like golf, you aim to get it in a basket in as few of throws as possible.

The golf course is located in Austins Ferry in the Poimena Reserve, Tasmania and has stunning views.

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A view of the Derwent River from Poimena Reserve Disc Golf Course

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First throw towards a basket

Putting …

 

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… and the happy smile when success is achieved

Thanks for visiting. 🙂

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 6, 2018

There seems to be more than usual happening in Hobart this weekend.  Firstly, a big cruise ship sailed into the harbour last night.

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A cruise ship entering the Derwent River on the evening of Jan 5, 2018.

The past few days I’ve been watching the extra amount of boats on the Derwent River practicing for this weekend’s SB20 World Championship.

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yachts on the Derwent River on January 5, 2018

Also, the Hobart International Tennis Women’s Singles championships are commencing tomorrow, along with women’s and men’s 20/20 cricket games at Blundstone Oval.

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Blundstone Oval with the Derwent River behind it

The morning started a little on the cool side with a brief shower and then the day heated up to 36 degrees Celsius.  The inside of the gazebo felt a little like a sauna! Thankfully, the wind and storm-like conditions made its presence felt in the evening, not during the market.

Early in the morning, a young girl gravitated to the “Garden Roses” print because her name is Rose.  Her Grandpa told me that she loves roses and collects rose items.  Her grandfather bought her the print.  Another visitor, later in the day, bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” print because she collected Richmond Bridge things.

The little frog original painting I did and a print of “Kiss me please” went off to Leslievale, Tasmania.  Another “Kiss me please” with a small original platypus painting will be making its home in Hong Kong, and an original painting of a Yellow-tailed black cockatoo will be settling into a home in Mauritius.

Parents purchased “Family Outing” for their daughter, as a red mini is her dream car (we have that in common).  She lives on Hamilton Island, Queensland. Another set of parents bought “Helping Hands” to give to their daughter’s pre-school teacher.

Recently engaged Emily Pitchford, from Adelaide, visited the stall.  She has completed a two year Graphic Arts, specialising in illustration, TAFE course. Growing up on a farm, her artwork features gloriously quirky farm animals. Her web address is Emily@pitchfordfarms.com.au. She settled on the “Helping Hands” print to take back to Adelaide with her.

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Emily’s business card

A lady, who visited the Pjpaintings stall and bought some prints four years ago, returned and bought two little original platypus paintings.  Kelly and Kirsty, that were married on Wednesday at Sisters Beach, the first Tasmanian gay wedding, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print.  A quiet gentleman bought “Salamanca Saturdays” to take back with him to South Korea.  A Tasmanian couple, that are already enjoying three Pjpaintings in their house, bought an original painting of a platypus.  They said that they’re able to double enjoy the prints because where they are hanging they are reflected in mirrors.  They commented on how they like living with the happy images and that their visitors enjoy the happiness that they convey too.

Morag’s, originally from Scotland, who I met at the market and has been a wonderful supporter of my art ever since, son dropped by with instructions to buy the Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, but it had already sold.  Sorry Alistair and Morag.  L I painted it yesterday (Jan 5th).  I’ll try to paint two this week. J

All the A-4 sized prints of “Sea Life” sold today.  The last one went to a young lady from Townsville, Queensland, who said that she already had a frame waiting at home for it.  “Emus can Fly!” and “Salamanca Fresh” is heading to Western Australia.

The most popular print today was:  Sea Life

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A thought to ponder:  “The reason that art is valuable is precisely why I can’t tell you how to do it. If there were a map, there’d be no art, because art is the act of navigating without a map.” ~Seth Godin

Thanks for visiting.  Happy New Year from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market.

Ink to Colour

Most weeks, I paint a new bunch of platypus to take to the market.  My stack of small original paintings is platypus dominated. This weekend I had requests for echidnas, wombats and I had a young lady from Singapore wanting an original drawing of a Spotted-tailed Quoll.  This is quite an unusual request and ironically I had three at home that I did for the 2016 Inktober Challenge.  I stopped taking them to the market because they just were not selling.

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Spotted-tailed Quoll – Quink Ink, reed and water

I thought maybe if I add paint to my ink drawings they may sell better.  What do you think?

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Spotted-tailed Quoll – Quink Ink, reed, water and with watercolour added

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Wombat – Quink Ink, reed and water

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Wombat – Quink Ink, reed, water and with watercolour added

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Wallaby – Quink Ink, reed and water

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Wallaby – Quink Ink, reed and water with watercolour added

Thanks for visiting.  Hope you have a great day.

The quest for sharpness

I number, title and sign prints of my original paintings each week to sell at our local market.  The prints are printed on 330 gsm water colour paper which is a rather coarse paper and consequently I have to sharpen my pencil every second print.

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I have been on the hunt for a pencil sharpener that sharpens a pencil to a sharp point.  I have bought so many disappointing pencil sharpeners.

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When I was teaching an English class, one of the students had a pencil with a super sharp point (I notice these things :-)).  I asked her about her very pointy pencil and she showed me the sharpener that she had purchased at Woolworths for around $5.

I am very happy with my Woolworths pencil sharpener.  I have finally found a sharpener that does what it is supposed to do and does it well.  Sometimes price doesn’t  reflect the quality of a product.  Has anyone else struggled to find a decent pencil sharpener?

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Wishing everybody a memorable festive season full on fun, laughs and happiness.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 16, 2017

A cruise ship sailed into the Derwent River at about 6:30 am and docked close to Salamanca Market. It started its travels in New Zealand, then it is going to Melbourne, Sydney and eventually to Vanuatu. I met several Americans from the ship. A couple from North Carolina, who had visited Richmond in the morning, bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print for their Tasmanian souvenir. The gentleman was a large and lively personality. A lady off the ship, from Hawaii, was enamoured with “What the Devil!?” 

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Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, the oldest bridge in all of Australia, built by convicts

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What the Devil!? My painting of a Tasmanian Devil, endemic to Tasmania


A family from Texas that have been living in Canberra on a work exchange, stopped and browsed in the pjpaintings stall. They were heading back to the USA after their Tasmanian visit. They loved their year-long Australian experience. The 14 year old girl particularly liked playing the different team sports while at school here.

A man, enchanted by the dancing emus, ran off to put more money in his parking meter and then returned. He debated long and hard over his choice and eventually decided on “Spanish Eyes (Red) II” and “Spanish Eyes (Yellow)”. He told me it was for his gypsy lover in Ipswich, Queensland.


A Sydneysider purchased an A-3 sized “Duck Crossing” for her 16 week old great nephew. “Barn Owls” is travelling with its new owners back to Scotland. A family with three young boys, living in Dubai, spending Christmas in Tassie, each chose an A-4 sized print. The youngest wanted the red car one “Family Outing” and the other two boys chose an owl print.

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Duck Crossing… the emu comes to the rescue!

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Family Outing

I had a lovely long conversation with three young adults from France. The young man said that I had a good French accent. Yay! 🙂 The little bit of effort to try to speak some French each week is starting to pay off as I was searching less for words.

A couple, currently living in Melbourne, but the young woman is from Russia, bought a “Double Date” and “What the Devil!?” greeting card. A teacher from the Gold Coast, Queensland, purchased a “Yellow Poppy Fields” print and then later in the day returned and also got “Story time”. She was debating whether or not to get on her first visit to the stall.

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Yellow Poppy Fields


“Rising Above It” is going to a nurse working at the Royal Hobart Hospital, who has been working a long time with women and the range of health problems encountered in that department, hopefully conquering and rising above illnesses and health conditions.

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Rising Above It


A Tasmanian Devil little original is going to Sydney and another Sydneysider is taking “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Who, Who, Who are You? with them. A “Double Date IV” print is going to Perth with somebody who has been enjoying a two week Tasmanian holiday.

The Best Seller today is: Story time

A thought to ponder: Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”
― Seth Godin

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 9, 2017

Today started quietly and calmly, and maintained this pace for most of the day.  A couple from Perth bought a whale print for themselves and “Beachside Chatter” for her brother, who had recently built a new, large house.  An exchange student from Iceland purchased “Outback Glamping” to take back with her.  She loves Tasmania and will be staying here for about five months. She only has one month left.

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Outback Glamping

“Weightless” enticed a couple from New South Wales (NSW) into the stall.  They feel a special connection with humpback whales.  She was wearing a unique and beautiful necklace of two humpback whales facing each other. They showed photos of a whale coming out of the water really close to their boat in Narooma, NSW.  One photo showed the whale looking at them.  You can clearly see its eye.

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Weightless

 

A fairly regular visitor to the stall let me know that ‘P’ had passed away just after her 96th birthday.  She had bought the original painting of “Who, Who, Who are You? II” when she was 94 years old.  Her third great, great grandchild had just been born and the three little owls represented them.  I visited ‘P’ in her house and the painting was hanging in direct view from her favourite chair. She said it gave her much pleasure.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II

A couple from Melbourne, on their honeymoon, are taking back with them an A-3 sized print of “Duck Crossing” and “White Faced Scops Owls”.  A “Weightless” print is off to Brisbane, Qld, and three “Off to the Races” prints are heading to Melbourne.  A lady bought them for her three girlfriends. Each year they go to Melbourne’s Spring Carnival together.

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Off to the Races! II

Two ladies from Los Angeles, USA bought “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo” , and then later on in the day, they returned to buy more.  One of the prints they bought on their return was “Emus can fly!” because it depicted her and her husband.  She said that I’ve captured the look she has when she is sitting on the back on the bike.

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Emus can Fly!

A young couple from Germany bought a Tasmanian Devil little original painting.  They told me that they live about 10km from the Belgian border and often go to Belgium for ‘frites’ (french-fries).  They said that Belgium has excellent fries.  I agree and their mayonnaise is awesome.  It is egg, rather than vinegar, based. This makes all the difference. It is so creamy and delicious.

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Original painting of a Tasmanian Devil

The Best Seller today is:  White Faced Scops Owls

A thought to ponder:  “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

Wishing you a safe, happy and creative week from the Pjpaintings stall at Salamanca Market