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 June 18, 2022

Setting up in the rain is not fun. It’s rather dismal, actually, but the stall got set up, despite the sogginess.

The first customer of the day was from Queensland. She informed me that she already has three of my prints. She purchased “Dinner for Five???” to add to her collection.

Dinner for Five??? The echidnas are going to have to share a few ant legs each. lol https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

Three generations, from Brisbane, stopped at the stall. The daughter bought a “Salamanca Fresh” pouch for the grandmother (her mother). Little Violet wouldn’t crack a smile. She seriously studied her surroundings. She turned one year old yesterday and they brought her to Tasmania to see snow for her birthday.

“Salamanca Fresh” pouch Available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

A Tasmanian resident, who is going to visit the United States for two months, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print for her mother-in-law. She said that they often visit her back yard and often tap away at the car mirrors.

“Scarlet Robins” available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A couple, that have been looking for a kookaburra picture, photo or painting for a long time, purchased “The Three Amigos II”. They live on the Murray River and have a lot of kookaburras visiting their property. http://www.murrayriver.com.au/about-the-murray/

“The Three Amigos II”

A lady, who is soon going to visit Scotland, paid a return visit, and bought more Salamanca Fresh tote bags to take with her for gifts.

A “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag

A lady visiting from the UK bought a “Family Outing” print. Each time she visits she buys one of my prints, she told me.  

Family Outing

Thankfully packing up took place when it wasn’t raining.

I hope all is well in your part of the world. Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market January 15, 2022

Salamanca Market January 15, 2021

The Ashes test series started yesterday at Blundstone Oval, Bellerive, Tasmania, and it will continue for four days. https://www.premier.tas.gov.au/site_resources_2015/additional_releases/tasmania_ready_to_shine_as_global_media_attention_turns_to_hobart_for_historic_ashes_test A man from Melbourne, working at the cricket venue, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” limited edition print.

My painting of Salamanca Market titled, “Salamanca Saturdays. I inconspicuously snuck my stall into the painting. Available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world

An original painting on Khadi Mill paper, made from recycled cotton rags, titled “A Flair for Fashion” was purchased by a lady, who said it looked just like her sister (let’s hope she doesn’t mind the associated resemblance!). Her sister is returning to London tomorrow, so she’s giving it to her tonight.

“A Flair for Fashion”

Two young ladies from Canberra visited the stall. One bought an A-3 sized print of “Scarlet Robins” for her parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and said that they’re still like lovebirds.

Scarlet Robins

A lady, who is doing done the Three Capes Walk tomorrow, https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/, told me that the airline lost her backpack, and it won’t arrive in time for the walk. That is going to make the walk an even greater challenge. She purchased some greeting cards.

A couple, who bought some of my artwork at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, purchased a “Lazy Days” tote bag.

“Lazy Days” tote bag

A group of young people, from Brisbane, bought “Bunk Beds’ and “Devilish Siesta” prints.

“Devilish Siesta”

A young lady visiting from Victoria purchased a “Hanging Out” print and a mother, from Beaumaris, Victoria, purchased “Enchanted Forest I and II” for her child’s bedroom. During this purchase, a blanket of darkness came over, the heavens opened, and it bucketed down for about 10 minutes. A stream of water quickly formed and flowed through my stall site. This sudden storm basically instigated a mass stallholders packing-up event, but it was packing-up time, it just brought it into motion with an urgent fervour.

I wish everybody a good week with time etched out for creative pursuits.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Enchanted Forest I

I painted another Australian forest scene. Birds from top left to right are a: Scarlet Robin, Silvereye, Galah, Kookaburra, Tawny frogmouth, Pink robin, Yellow-crested cockatoo, Yellow-tailed black cockatoo, koala, Beautiful firetail, and wombat.

Sadly the iconic koala, listed as vulnerable, could soon be upgraded to endangered. Fires, droughts, and lost of natural habitat and corridors are all contributing to its startling drop in numbers.

I hope you are able to enjoy a bit of the joy that nature has to offer, today.

Take care, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Enchanted Forest II

I painted an Australian forest scene that was purchased when I posted the painting on my Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/hopwoodwade/).

One of the birds featured in the painting is the Golden-shouldered parrot that I wrote about in an earlier blog post: https://wordpress.com/post/theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com/6302

Another bird that is seriously struggling that is included in this painting is the Orange-bellied parrot, one of only a few migratory parrot species in the world and it is listed as critically endangered. The parrots breed in Melaleuca, on the west coast of Tasmania, feeding on button grass seeds and fly to the south east of mainland Australia in the winter. https://www.zoo.org.au/fighting-extinction/local-threatened-species/orange-bellied-parrot/ and https://birdlife.org.au/projects/orange-bellied-parrot-recovery

Another species facing an upward struggle, and also is listed as endangered, is the Tasmanian devil. https://www.zoo.org.au/fighting-extinction/local-threatened-species/tasmanian-devil/ and https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/tassie-devils. European settlers named them Tasmanian devils because of their skin-crawling, night-time howling. Tasmanian devils are smallish in size but look quite menacing when they open their large mouths and bare their teeth. Their strong jaws enable them to munch through bones with ease.

Enchanted Forest II

Birds from top left to right are a: Gouldian finch, Yellow-throated honeyeater, Boobook owl, Magpie, Wattle bird, Orange-bellied parrot, Sugar glider, Golden-shouldered parrot, New Holland honeyeater, Spotted-tail quoll and Tasmanian devil.

I hope that you are able to enjoy time in an enchanted forest near to wherever you are living and that efforts to save species are achieving successes.

Take care, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market September 11, 2021

The morning started with beautiful blue skies but because rain was forecasted, I put the gazebo’s three walls up and awning. It’s surprising how much time this takes. I suppose because I need a stool to reach, which means getting up and down from the stool, and constantly moving it along to attach the wall and awning to the next section. Anyways, business started happening before I had completed my setting up, which is good, considering tourist traffic is significantly down.

A local young man bought “Hair Accessories” for his partner that loves black cockatoos. They are regular visitors where they live, as they are at my house, on the Eastern Shore of Hobart. Next a couple from Hobart visited and she bought two zipper pouches, one for a gift and the other for herself, along with a large “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag. Another Hobartian purchased a small “Hanging Out” tote bag for her young niece and a grandmother bought an “Afternoon Siesta” greeting card for her 5 year old granddaughter, Fifi, living in France. Christmas cards, destined for various locations around the world: Norway, USA, and the UK, to name a few, were purchased today too.

A “Lazy Days” tote bag was purchased for a friend that is besotted with wombats. This friend stayed at a hotel that had an adopted wombat that wandered in and out of the hotel and this is where her passion was really fuelled.

Lazy Days tote bag (washable and Australian made) https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags/products/tote-bag-lazy-days-1

There were heaps of people from Queensland at the market. The border opened and many have taken advantage of it. Another “Lazy Days” tote bag was purchased. A young couple from Brisbane purchased a set of prints: “Hammock Life,” “Afternoon Siesta” and “Devilish Siesta”. Their yard backs onto a bush reserve and these prints fit in with their animal/nature theme of their house’s décor.

A worker from the Royal Hobart Hospital, thankful that she doesn’t have to wear a mask today because she wears it each day at work (but that will be changing next week, we’ve been told that we must wear masks) purchased a framed Christmas Siesta.

My thoughts are with all those affected by the 11/9 attack.

Take care, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Cute Platypus

Platypuses, along with echidnas, are the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. In warmer environments, such as Queensland, platypus are smaller, with Tasmanian platypuses often much bigger.

Platypuses close their eyes, ears and nose when underwater. The only sensory system they use when foraging for small water animals such as insect larvae, freshwater shrimps, and crayfish, is touch. They have touch receptors in their bills.

You are more likely to see a platypus going for a walk in Tasmania than anywhere else because there is a lack of natural predators here. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-27/platypus-walk-filmed-tasmania/12275336

This platypus has walked and climbed into a cosy hammock and is enjoying some daydreaming time. 

Hammock Life

I’ve made my painting, titled “Hammock Life” into Limited Edition prints, available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/daydreaming-a-platypus-in-a-hammock  They are printed on William Turner 310gsm print version textured water colour paper, which retains the look and feel of water colour paintings.  No wonder I have so many people ask me if the print is an original painting!

This platypus has also walked and climbed into a cosy hammock and is enjoying some daydreaming time. It has a real flair for home décor as evidenced by its wonderfully decorated hammock!

Daydreaming

This painting, titled, “Daydreaming” is not available as a print but the original painting is for sale at Wooby Lane Gallery, Salamanca Place, Tasmania.

I hope that you are finding time to daydream and relax too.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

A Fish Tree?!

Each year, Art Farm Birchs Bay (AFBB) hosts the renowned Sculpture Trail, featuring Tasmanian and interstate artists. The farm is approximately 35 minutes south of Hobart, Tasmania. It is an innovative working farm in the south D’Entrecasteaux Channel region and home to Diemen Pepper http://www.diemenpepper.com/. Many Tasmanian restaurants source their native pepper from AFBB. Not only are you free to wander leisurely to view the sculptures, you can meander through fields, orchards and an extensive kitchen garden.

Let’s begin our tour and see some of 2020’s sculptures on display:

This is the very first sculpture on the trail
I really enjoyed this sculpture. The birds are so cute!
a close up of two of the birds
an eagle
mobile phone danger
life changes
mushroom types
A cute galah
Another galah
a close up of the galah’s feathers

This is my art work featuring a galah, a watercolour painting titled “Iconic Aussies”. It was tricky incorporating it into this painting because of its bright pink colour. It ran the risk of dominating the painting too much. To help the eye travelling across the painting, I painted pink into the trunk of the tree below the yellow-sulphur crested cockatoo and some pink onto its feathers too.

Similar to this tree spotted on the sculpture trail.

the colourful trunk of a eucalyptus trunk

I hope that wherever you are, that you are safe and in good health. Thank you for visiting.

Share houses

It is a little too squishy for three tawny frogmouths and a baby wombat to share a nest, so the frogmouths have generously given the best room in the house to their guest, while they try to get some shut-eye on the outside premises.

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Share house

It’s a tight squeeze but this little wombat has managed to get comfy in this share house (wombats have such cute, gnarly feet!). Luckily wombats and Superb fairy-wrens are such gentle souls.

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House sharing

Prints of my “Share house” and “House sharing” paintings are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com under the Animals tab.

I hope that you are keeping well and safe.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings