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

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Commission works

I’m currently working on several commissions. This one involves painting a bunch of Australian animals and birds. One of the most often posed question I am asked is “how long did it take you to paint it?”. Discounting the drawing and all the decision-making time around composition, it is taking me between 2 to 3 hours per individual animal.

Australian scene

Here are some of the birds that have been painted in the above painting.

Musk Lorikeet
Fairy penguin
Yellow-throated honeyeaters

This is another commission painting that I’m working on. It is for a little girl’s birthday. The brief was to do something with an emu and wombat. Here’s what I came up with.

birthday painting in progress

Hopefully, I will be able to share the finished products with you soon.

Talk soon, Patricia (PJ)

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 April 2, 2022

It was a drizzly and breezy day, which was better than rainy and windy. 🙂

My very first visitors to the stall purchased two large “Salamanca Fresh” tote bags and a “Lazy Days” cushion, gifts for friends and one tote bag for her.

The popular “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags
My painting “Lazy Days” available as a cushion cover at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A couple from Melbourne, who have a large pencil original drawing of twelve birds in their dining room and on their bookcase beside this picture, they have a collection of small black & white original pictures of birds. They bought my little fairy penguin drawing to join this collection. They saw Fairy Penguins on Bruny Island. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/how-to-see-little-penguins-in-tasmania/8197000 That is where I saw them for the first time but I reckon the best place to see them is at Stanley. That is a stand-out memory for me.

A quick Artline pen sketch of a Fairy Penguin

A lady, who used to live in Vancouver, living in Australia now, bought four small prints from the wombat in hammocks in series for her grandchild’s bedroom.

Grandparents from Ireland, visiting their son and family who lives in Deloraine, Tasmania, bought “Family Outing”. It is her son’s family with the three children in the back.

“Family Outing”

Some young people from Netherlands bought some greeting cards, some French men visited the stall and then some Belgians stopped in. I don’t often meet Belgians at the market. I heard them speaking French and asked them where they were from. They’ve been in Australia for 2.5 years and are flying back to Belgium in two weeks. Her favourite bird is the kookaburra so “Sitting on the Fence” will soon be embarking on a long trip to Belgium.

“Sitting on the Fence”

A sister bought a “Suspended” print for her brother and new baby and a young couple, down just for the weekend from Melbourne, purchased “Bunk Beds” and “Spiky Bunk Beds”.

My painting of echidnas in hammocks, titled “Spiky Bunk Beds”

A few originals have found new homes too: an urban sketch of a house in New Town, a Monarch butterfly, a moose, a whale on a spouting boat and “Spotted”. “Spotted” was purchased by a couple from the Blue Mountains, NSW https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/blue-mountains-national-park . Their daughter lives close by and there are magpies that visit her every day for a feed. She just loves watching the antics that the birds get up to.

“Spotted”

A lady from Pennsylvania, USA bought a “Helping Hands” and a wombat print. She has family that lives in Tasmania. She told me that she bought prints from me last time she was here and that visitors to her house frequently compliment and ask where she got the artwork from.

“Helping Hands”

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

A Little Bit of Humour

Can an ant feed five echidnas???!

I hope that my latest painting gives you a little chuckle.

Dinner for Five???

Echidnas have spines like a porcupine, a beak like a bird, a pouch like a kangaroo, and lays eggs like a reptile. They are a member of the monotremes, along with the platypus, an order of egg-laying mammals. They are a small, solitary mammal native to Tasmania and Australia. They are usually 30 to 40 cm long and weigh between 2 to 4.5 kilos.

I love the way they walk, they waddle (on the ground). They don’t climb trees or swing from gum nuts, but the beauty of having artistic licence is that you can create whimsical and humorous scenes like this. 

 Quality A-4 and A-3 sizes Limited Edition print runs of 100 of “Dinner for Five???”, numbered, titled and signed by me, the artist are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals/products/dinner-for-five  and the original painting will soon be available at Tiger ina Papera Unique Woodcraft Gallery, 7/81 Salamanca Place, Hobart, when it exits from the framers. https://au.placedigger.com/tiger-ina-papera-unique-woodcraft731112233.html

I hope that “Dinner for Five?” gave you a little chuckle this morning.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market Update, Feb 27, 2021

After a year’s break, I started back at the Salamanca Market, in Hobart, Tasmania, today. www.salamancamarket.com.au I opted for the fortnightly option to ease back into the routine. I didn’t bring everything I usually do, and regardless of the scaled back version, it took me two hours to set up. Despite the long set-up time, it was worth it as everybody seemed happy to see my art and many people commented on how unique it is.

I sold an A-3 sized print of “Scarlet Robins” to a couple who are going to hang it up in one of the Bed & Breakfast’s units they have in Perth, WA.

Scarlet Robins

A lady bought “Silent Disco” and “Suspended” for her daughter in Berlin. I had another lady buy some wombat cards for her daughter in France. She said her grandchildren will probably be teenagers by the time she gets to see them!

Silent Disco


Suspended

My motorbike-riding emus attracted “Auntie Flick’s” eye. Her nieces, nephews and grandchildren love it when she gives them rides on her Triumph motorbike. She’s expecting two more grandchildren that have due dates of two weeks apart from each other. She bought a “Hanging Out’” and a “Spiky Bunk beds” prints for the new arrivals.

Hanging Out
Spiky Bunk beds

A couple came told me that they have a big print of “Bunk beds” hanging up in their lounge room. They love wombats and take care of orphaned wombats. Then she said that she had one with her right now! Wombat “Pip” was so tiny, you would never know that she was carrying her around! She’s been caring for Pip for six weeks now. Pip must have been so teeny, teeny, teeny tiny when she got her.

Baby Pip. I just love their little gnarly feet!

The most popular prints today were the wombat series. I think the most popular greeting card today was “Hair Accessories”.

Hair Accesseries

Art thought for the day: “To my mind a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.” ― Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Have a good couple of weeks everybody and I’ll be back at the market, stall 30, in a fortnight.

All the prints shown here are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

It’s Growing!!!

During the first week of February, my washing machine filled the basement with water, instead of the washing machine. Yesterday, the final step of the restoration took place. I woke up early, too excited to sleep, because I could finally restore my art room.

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My desk in my empty art room

Unfortunately, the carpet was still damp and my art room had to wait. So, I turned my attention to my toilet room, which is a small, narrow space (and difficult space to photograph walls in!). Last year, I started hanging some of my black & white drawings (and two bear pictures from a Canadian Artist, which unfortunately I’ve forgotten their name) in my toilet room.

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My wall in the toilet room.

My goal is similar to my succulent garden, where I want my plants to spread so it becomes a solid carpet of succulents and no dirt is showing, I’d like this wall to feature mainly my ink drawings from floor to ceiling – the entire wall.

I added four Pj Paintings drawings today. It’s starting to evolve into an Australian/Canadian wall. That wasn’t the initial plan but I’m happy with this morphing.

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The left side of the group of pictures

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The right side of the group of pictures

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Centre view of the group of pictures

I have others that I could add but I’ve decided that I’ll save them for the market. I really like my little echidna (I feel very immodest when I say that).

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A quick and loose drawing of an echidna

I also like my Zebra Finches but the red beaks don’t fit the lack of colour theme.

What projects are you undertaking during the lock down? I’d love to hear!

Stay home & stay safe everybody.

Thanks for visiting.

Salamanca Market Dec 14, 2019

Early this morning, the alarm rang out loudly and rudely, with the relentless noise persuading me to reluctantly horizontally roll myself out of bed. I then peered through the curtains. The wind was howling and I couldn’t see the other side of the river. It looked like a winter’s day when it should be looking like a blue-sky, sunny day, seeing as we are in summer. Thankfully there was no wind when I arrived at Salamanca Place but there was rain.
It was another busy day with tote bags, original paintings and absolutely heaps of A-5 sized prints trotting off to various locations. At the very end of the day, while I was packing up, Gabriella from Mexico bought A-5 sized prints “Nap time” and “What the Devil!?” and a young couple from Germany purchased “Spiky Bunk beds” and “Hanging Out”. I explained the play on words (meaning) of ‘what the devil’. She hadn’t heard of it so the rather clever title was being lost on her. I had another German couple buy five A-5 prints to take with them: “Glamour Girls”, “Devilish Siesta”, “Christmas Siesta”, “Scarlet Robins” and “All Ears”.
A couple visiting from Edmonton, Canada purchased A-5 sized prints: “Hayride” and “Who says emus can’t fly!?”.
A lady visiting from the Shetland Islands, above Scotland, will be travelling back home with a “Spiky Bunk Beds” print.

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Spiky Bunk Beds

 

A young man, consulting with his mother, settled on buying “All Ears” for a 17 year old girl that plays the clarinet. The decision was whittled down to either “All Ears” or “39 keys of Life” and “All Ears” came out as the winner.
A mother and daughter bought “Christmas Siesta” and “Hanging Out” prints. They are from Alaska, USA. The daughter is studying at a university in Perth, WA. They were happy to be here escaping today’s forecasted 50 degree Celsius temperature. The mother was saying it was 41 degrees before they left and that was difficult enough to cope with.

A young Melburnian family are taking back “Hanging Out” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” prints. They are originally from New Brunswick, Canada. He’s a biologist and got a job in Melbourne, so the whole family are living there right now.
A few original paintings sold today too. A painting of Cyclamen flowers is destined for Singapore, “Treasure” is going to Alabama, USA, “Misfit” is also going to the USA and “Tasty” and “Sling” is staying in Hobart. (I forgot to take a photo of the finished “Tasty” and “Treasure” pictures). The lady, who bought “Tasty” and “Sling”, also bought five different tote bags to take with her to Romania to give as gifts. She will be visiting her mother, extended family and friends there.
I hope that a framed A-3 sized “Afternoon Siesta” print will have a safe journey to California, USA. He’s hoping that they will let him take it as carry-on.

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Afternoon Siesta

The most popular prints today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series. The wombats and echidnas in hammocks absolutely blitzed it today.
A thought to ponder: “Art matters because your imagination can change the world.” Neil Gaiman.
Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Dec 7, 2019

There was wind and rain today but this time I battened down the hatches in advance and I was able to ride it through fairly unscathed. It was a busy day with six framed pieces, four prints and two originals, plus three other unframed originals, and absolutely heaps of A-5 sized prints trotting off to various locations. There seemed to be many Europeans heading home and these were the perfect size and souvenir for them.

Originals “Legend” and “Orca” are heading to China with the sister and parents of a son who is studying Information Technology at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). He’s almost finished, one more semester to go.

A young boy, between the age of 10 – 12 years is my guess, from central Queensland, bought a framed print of “Bunk beds”, with his own money.

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Bunk beds

A group of six German students, here on a gap year, doing volunteer work at Hobart’s Friends School (a private school), bought lots of A-5 prints for family and friends. Two of them were flying back in two weeks. One said she was going back to commence her Medicine university degree.

A lady from Ireland bought “Devilish Siesta”, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” to take back with her as her souvenir from Tasmania. A couple from Boston, USA, bought a “Hanging Out” greeting card as their souvenir. They drove their Recreational Vehicle (RV) to Florida and then flew to Tasmania. They do extensive RV travelling. Last year, they drove up to Vancouver Island, Canada.

A couple from Hong Kong bought the print “Who, Who, Who are You? II” and the original painting titled “Enchanted”. Melbourne and Sudanese friends bought a “Bunk Beds” print.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A group of young men from the University of Melbourne, studying a variety of disciplines, purchased “Helping Hands” from the Cheer ‘em Up series, “Sleepy head”, “Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Bunk beds” and “Fairy wrens”.

A lady from Montreal, Canada is going back with “Fairy wrens” and “Afternoon Siesta”, and sisters from Devonport, Tas, here for a wedding, bought “Be whooo you are” and “Bunk beds”. A young lady from California, USA, who has been living in Cairns for three months, and is visiting Tasmania before returning home, bought an “Afternoon Siesta” as her Tasmanian souvenir.

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Be Whooo You Are

Then I met some French ladies, working at UTAS, one as an oceanography researcher. She’s returning to France in Jan 2020. She purchased a “Lazy Days’ pouch and her friend a “Sleepy head” print.

An extended family of grandmother, mother and more bought a bunch of A-5 sized prints. They were visiting Emily Mifsud, who plays for the Tasmanian Hurricanes (cricket) and who is hoping to be selected for the Australian side. Go, Emily, Go!

The most popular prints and tote bags today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “The power of nature is such that it’s what all art strives to be. The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship.”  Rick Rubin

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,

from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Day light robbery

Today at Salamanca Market was a mixed bag, weather-wise and event wise. A sudden downpour of rain damaged three frames and caused chaos for me to trying to secure and quickly move things undercover. Then I had a visit from the police, a shoplifter had been reported, and she had items from several stall holders, including two PJ Paintings prints. I didn’t know or see her take anything. Later in the day two more prints were stolen. They weren’t returned. It’s near impossible to be doing credit card transactions, bagging or wrapping frames, and watching hands handling prints. The spirit of giving is unanimous with Christmas but I suppose that it also gives rise to the spirit of stealing. It’s disappointing because as a stall holder you want to be able relax, enjoy meeting and conversing with people. I like giving eye contact, not having to watch what people behind the ones you’re serving, are doing.

Has anyone else had artwork stolen? How did you feel about it?

I sold some “Tassie Christmas” greeting cards to a couple visiting from Germany.

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Tassie Christmas

A “Bunk beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” print is being posted to two little Australian girls living in the UK.

The original “Christmas Siesta” painting was purchased and will be journeying to California, USA.

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Christmas Siesta

Her friend bought two prints that are also U.S. bound, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky bunk beds.”

Two young ladies from Germany, living and studying at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, bought a “Bunk beds” print. A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought “Hair Accessories” and “The Bun”. A framed “The Bun” had sold earlier in the day too.

A lady from Bendigo bought my small original painting of a Galah. It is going to hang in her toilet room beside a picture of nasturtiums, I was told.

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Galah

A three year old boy is going to receive a small framed “Family Outing” for his birthday. She was going to buy him a T-shirt but when she saw the framed print, she changed her mind.

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Family Outing IV

I didn’t quite escape a late burst of rain with a short peppering of hail at the end of the day when I was half way through packing up. I was glad to get home, have a cup of tea with my feet up after bringing everything in and hanging things to dry in various places all around the inside of the house.

The most popular prints today were the wombats from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions”. Alfred Hitchcock

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com