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

National Eucalypt Day

Happy National Eucalypt Day!

I must admit that this day, unbeknownst to me, has passed me by my whole life but this year I know about it so I will endeavour to hug a gum tree and thank it for being what it is – wonderful.

National Eucalypt Day celebrates eucalypts and the important place that these unique trees hold in the hearts and lives of Australians annually on the 23rd of March.

I often paint eucalypts, and for some reason that I haven’t been able to figure out why yet, I feel very peaceful when painting their soft green leaves. I like painting the gumnuts too because with artistic licence you can add so many different colours into the mix, which makes it fun. The flowers are more tedious and not as much fun to paint but they are worth the effort because they are such an outstanding, colourful feature of the trees.

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Scarlet Robins

Take care, PjPaintings

Salamanca Market Feb 29, 2020

Wind was not forecasted but it presented itself nevertheless. The update on the weather app said gusts of up to 54 kmph, so I had to unexpectedly batten down.
 
I tested my collapsible stool that I bought at Bunnings yesterday, on special, for $17. It serves a dual purpose for me, to stand on to help me reach high gazebo-spots and to sit on for urban sketching. It is light weight but sturdy. My next door stall holder loved it too (she borrowed it for most of the day to sit on).
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collapsible, sturdy, lightweight, with a convenient carry-handle
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A sturdy seat
In the morning, a couple from Perth that became quite enraptured with my art, ended up buying seven prints: “Entanglement”, “Family Outing”, “Hayride”, “Bonnie & Me”, Spiky Bunk beds”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Afternoon Siesta”, and a “Lazy Days” tote bag. A couple, from the Hobart suburb of Sandy Bay but soon moving to the mainland of Australia, bought a “Lazy Days” print.
A lady visiting from South Africa told me that she visited my stall two years ago with her granddaughter who bought a zipper pouch. Her granddaughter instructed her to buy a PJ Paintings print for her. She’s taking home “Who, Who, Who are You II” for her. She’s just turned 13, about to start high school at a boarding school in South Africa. A man from London is taking six prints back with him.
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Who, Who, Who are You? II
I met a young lady from Newcastle, NSW, wearing her water polo team jumper, but she was visiting Hobart with her year 12 art class, not her water polo team. She purchased a “Bunk Beds” print and a “Beachside Chatter” tote bag.
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Beachside Chatter tote bag
“The Three Amigos” and “Double Date” are travelling to Holland, and “Who, Who, Who Are You? II” and “Hayride” prints to Taiwan. A couple from Nelson, New Zealand, top of the south island, are new owners of a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.
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Salamanca Saturdays
A couple on a three month holiday from the UK bought an A-4 sized print of “Bunk beds”. They want “Bunk beds” to be the centre piece and put photos of their Australian trip around it.
 
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Bunk beds
A young lady doing environmental studies at the University of Adelaide, from Rhode Island, USA, bought “Glamour Girls” and a lady from Colorado, USA bought a “Lazy Days” zipper pouch.
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Lazy Days zippered pouch, Made in Australia 100% Polyester
A couple that visited the stall last week, returned after their tour of Tasmania, and bought a small original painting from my Op-shopping Emu series. She told me that her and her daughter op-shop together and this is for her.
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Hip Emu
“Sea Life” is travelling to Cairns, and grandparents bought an “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta”, “Hayride” and “Bonnie & Me” prints for their four grandchildren. She said you can’t take money with you when you go. True.
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Sea Life
 
The most popular prints today were from the Sleepy Head series, Hayride and Who, Who, Who are You? II.
 
A thought to ponder: “A beautiful body perishes, but a work of art dies not” Leonardo da Vinci.
Wishing you a creatively happy upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
 
P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
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Salamanca Market Feb 15, 2020

I got up in the dark but by the time I got to the market it was light and thankfully calm. The wind is now howling and gusty.

My first couple that visited the stall was from Belgium, Florence (also my cousin’s name) and Antonin. As per my usual tradition, I asked if they would mind having their photo taken with me. They agreed. I’m so disappointed that unbeknownst to me, there was no storage left, so I don’t have a photo of them! Florence was my height, fine bone and dark hair. I think the younger me and her would have often been asked if we were sisters. They bought a “Lazy Days” print.

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Lazy Days

A lively group of four women debated and eventually selected an A-3 sized print of “Afternoon Siesta” for their retiring colleague. They work in a government lab in New Town, Tasmania.

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Afternoon Siesta

A framed black & white print of  a wombat that I drew is going for a long journey to Ontario, Canada.

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A “Fairy wrens”, “Christmas Siesta” and “Afternoon Siesta” print are heading to Poland.

An “Afternoon Siesta” print is going to Winchester, UK. A “Hanging Out” print is going to New Zealand

The most popular prints today were the wombat prints from the Sleepy Head series.

A thought to ponder: “To be an artist, you need to exist in a world of silence” Louise Bourgeois. My day job is teaching, so this doesn’t apply to me but I accept that this is Louise’s perspective about what she feels she needs to make art. I would think that if I did live in a world of silence, I probably would create more art until I found myself way too isolated and craving noise!!

Wishing you a creatively happy upcoming week,

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

P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at www.pjpaintings.com

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Salamanca Market Jan 18, 2020

Salamanca Market took place under calm skies and moderate temperatures today. There were a lot of international visitors at the PJ Paintings stall today. A German couple are taking a “Sleepy Head” print back to Berlin with them. They said that they like its face and that it looked so relaxed. A “Bunk beds” print’s new residential address is Milan, Italy, and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” and “Fairy Wrens” will be making their home in the Alps in France. Sounds so exotic!
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Sleepy head
 
Two young ladies from Finland bought some A-5 sized prints and greeting cards and then returned later in the day to buy an “Afternoon Siesta” A-4 sized print.
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Afternoon Siesta
A young man bought “Christmas Siesta” to take back to China. A gift for his brother, he said.
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Christmas Siesta
 
A couple originally from South Africa, now living in Adelaide, bought four A-5 sized prints. A lady, from California, USA, bought two medium sized zip pouches, “Lazy Days” and “Afternoon Siesta”. She said that they are great gifts that will easily fit into her suitcase.
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A “Lazy Days” pouch
 
A young Melbornian, who happened to tell a friend she was going to Salamanca Market while in Tasmania, was sent on a mission. Her friend, a Canadian, bought two wombat prints from me two weeks ago at Salamanca Market and she wished she had bought more. When she heard her fried was going to the market, she put in her request for more prints. So, they did FaceTime and she chose two more prints.
 
A young couple, from California, USA, visited the stall in the morning and returned in the afternoon to purchase an original painting of an orca.
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Another original, titled “Holding Hands” also sold today, purchased by a local Hobartian.
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Holding Hands
A lady from Melbourne purchased an A-3 sized print of “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Afternoon Siesta”. She said they are going straight on the wall.
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Salamanca Saturdays
 
The most popular prints today were the wombat prints from the Sleepy Head series.
 
A thought to ponder: “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” ― Oscar Wilde
 
Wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Jan 4, 2020

Thirty degrees Celsius was forecasted today but thankfully a cool change arrived in the afternoon. There were two big cruise ships in today and the market filled with people. One of the ships was carrying very dear friends of mine from Melbourne, who came by and gave me a hand at the stall.
 
A lady stopped at the Pj Paintings stall and bought two “Lazy Days” tote bags for her sisters living in England. Another lady, bought a “Lazy Days” bag to post to her sister living in Greece. She used to live in Melbourne. They immigrated to Australia when this sister was seventeen. She missed her friends and didn’t settle into Australia well. So, after doing a degree at Monash University, she went back, met a Greek man, married and settled into family life in Greece.
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Lazy Days small sized tote bag
A young couple touring around Tasmania, purchased a “Bunk bed” print that they’ll be taking back to ‘dreary London’, she said. Another “Bunk bed” print is going to Indonesia.
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“Bunk beds” from the Sleep head series
A lady, from California, USA, bought five prints and thirteen greeting cards, she said for her son’s birthday party.
 
“Hanging Out” prints are going to Ireland and Canberra, Australia.
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“Hanging Out” from the Sleepy head series
“Double Date” and “The Three Amigos” are going to Holland.
There were many others visitors to the stall but I couldn’t keep up with writing notes. Last week, no pouches moved and this week ten went, along with ten tote bags and one small original painting of a galah.
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Original painting of a Galah sitting among gum leaves
The most popular prints today were prints from the Sleepy Head series.
 
A thought to ponder: “Everything you can imagine is real.”Pablo Picasso
Well, in that case, wombats do sleep in hammocks!
 
Wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Oct 19, 2019

It showered off and on throughout the day and it was on the chilly side! Brrrr.

The first visitor to the PJ Paintings stall was a gentleman from China. He left with “The Three Amigos” and “Double Date IV” prints and some greeting cards.

Two young ladies from Denmark, who visited the stall before my visit to Canada, returned and purchased “Hanging Out” and “Bunk beds”.

The wombat prints stopped a group of young ladies, from Sydney, in their tracks. One said, “look what you’ve done, you’ve made her cry!” She was moved to tears by “Afternoon Siesta”. She purchased it along with “Spiky bunk beds”.

Grandparents bought a “Duck Crossing” print and tote bag for a grandchild. A mother bought “The Three Amigos” print for her daughter currently living in Dubai. Her strategy is to keep reminding her of Australia so that she gets homesick and returns.

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Duck Crossing tote bag for granddaughter

A couple, originally from Kansas, USA, now living in Singapore, left with “Family Outing” and “Under My Red Umbrella” prints.

Every time I think of discontinuing the tote bags and/or the pouches, there’s a real flurry with them. I counted approximately thirteen tote bags and pouches and 40 greeting cards that went. “What the Devil!?” was particularly popular with the bags and pouches today.

Four of my Inktober original paintings sold today: “The Happy Wanderers”, “Swing”, “Big Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Kangaroo” and “Treading through the Tulips” (not tip-toeing through the tulips!)

Also, my small original painting of the extremely endangered Orange-bellied Parrot sold.

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Orange-bellied Parrot

The most popular prints today were the wombats and whales.

My prints and greeting cards are available at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre. In the meantime, I’m trying to keep up with the demands of the Inktober2019 Challenge and I’m posting my drawings at www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and www.instagram.com/hopwoodwade

A thought to ponder: “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells,” Dr. Seuss (Love it!)

Take care and keep the creative juices flowing,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
P.S. Prints, tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Sept 21, 2019

It was busy all day today, even while I was packing up, people were still purchasing prints and greeting cards. Over sixty greeting cards went today!
 
A lady bought a “Hanging Out” print for her sister, who has just turned 60 and is moving to a new job. She’s going to be a principal of a school in Victoria. She loves wombats and her sister is sure that she’ll have this one hanging up in her new office. Who knows, it may calm the naughty children sent to the principal’s office! (lol)
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Hanging Out
 
Two sisters visited the stall, both from Scotland, one still living in Scotland and the other living in Adelaide. “Hanging Out” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” are travelling to Scotland and “Flying School” is staying in Australia. A couple from the town of Hertfordshire, UK, are taking home with them an “Afternoon Siesta” print.
 
A mother purchased a medium sized “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag to post to Amsterdam. Her son and girlfriend visited Tasmania in July 2019 and just loved it, so she is going to post this as a souvenir of their memorable time here.
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Salamanca Fresh tote bag available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
A Perth couple, who have lots of empty walls in their house they told me, purchased “Family Outing”, “Who Says Emus Can’t Fly!?” and “Glamour Girls”. A couple from Newcastle, bought an A-3 size print of “Hair Accessories” to go with their big Yellow-tailed cockatoo print that they have hanging at the end of their hallway that you see as soon as you step through the front door. They also got an A-3 sized print of “Afternoon Siesta”. They were very impressed with “The Wall in the Wilderness” (amazing wood carvings) at Derwent Bridge, Tasmania and were planning on checking out MONA this afternoon.
 
A couple from Jervis Bay, NSW bought the original “Sleepy time” painting. A man bought the original painting titled “Ring”, and a lady, staying in accommodation above the Drunken Sailor Restaurant on Hunter Street, bought my urban sketch of MACq 01 Hunter Street scene, also an original painting.
 
A young boy from Brisbane, bought “The Bun” with his own money (I gave him a discount) and a couple from Switzerland bought an A-3 sized “Afternoon Siesta”.
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“The Bun” prints available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
I’m off to Canada tomorrow. I’m visiting a close family member, who is unwell. I’ll be back at Salamanca Market October 19th. My prints and greeting cards are available at Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre and at http://www.pjpaintings.com. I’ll be posting my Inktober drawings at http://www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and hopefully some urban sketches.
 
Until then, take care,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
 
P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com
 
A thought to ponder: “Everything starts from a dot.” Wassily Kandinsky

Salamanca Market Sept 14, 2019

Today, in contrast to last week (thankfully!) the sky was bright blue and the sun was out.

The day started with a couple from Berlin, Germany, now living in Australia, buying a bunch of PJ Paintings Christmas greeting cards to post to relatives in Germany.

Two young ladies visited the stall. One purchased a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” and a “The Three Amigos” print.  She wanted a print with magpies too, so that she could have her three favourite birds hanging together. Magpies are coming. I took a bunch of photos of a camera-friendly magpie outside the door of a café. I think it had become accustomed to being fed, hence being so cooperative and presenting multiple poses for me.

Tu-whit & Tu-whoo                     The Three Amigos

The modelling magpie:

Another lady from Berlin, Germany, came into stall today. She purchased a couple of A-5 sized prints: “Storytime” and “Family Outing”. A lady visiting from New Zealand bought some prints for her 1.5 and 4 year old sons. She bought “Hayride”, “Family Outing”, “Emus Can Fly!” and “Glamour Girls”.

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Emus Can Fly!

Two young ladies from Paris, France, flying back home in two days after spending 10 months in Australia, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print.

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Scarlet Robins

A lady, down from St Helens, Tasmania, who was showing her niece from Scotland Tasmania, bought a “Helping Hands” print. She said that she’ll be visiting Scotland next year and that the print will be a gift for a family member living there.

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Helping Hands

A couple from Virginia, USA bought a wombat and a “Salamanca Saturdays” card as a souvenir. An urban sketching friend came by and bought a “What the Devil?! pouch to take to Iran with her. She and her partner are visiting Iran for several weeks. I’m really looking forward to seeing her sketch book upon her return. Safe travels.

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Small ‘What the Devil!?’ pouch available at Salamanca Market and http://www.pjpaiintings.com

A wide variety of prints were bought today. The new “The Bun” and “Hair Accessories”, some prints from the Unfurling series, “Off to the Races”, the wombats and more. The most popular prints today were the owls.

A thought to ponder: “Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A Yoga Aid

I gave an “Afternoon Siesta” print to a work mate as a retirement gift with a card saying that I hope she is able to have frequent afternoon siestas, now that she’s leaving the workforce.  She loved it and was quite visibly moved by it.

She dropped into work last week and told me that she locked her eyes on “Afternoon Siesta” and it helped her relax through her yoga session. She told me again how much she loves it. So, “Afternoon Siesta” is not only much loved in a baby’s nursery, but also in retirement and in the yoga room!

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Afternoon Siesta – prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Hope everybody has a restful and peaceful sleep tonight. Cheers.