Wombat Sweetness

Hello wombat lovers,

Because wombats are so sweet, I have added a “Wombat Sweetness” greeting card pack to the PJ Paintings website https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/wombat-sweetness-greeting-card-pack. The four chosen cards are: “Garden Meditation”,  “Visiting Friends”, “Spotty” and “Flowerpot”.

Garden Meditation
Visiting Friends
Spotty
Flowerpot

Wishing you a happy-as-a-wombat day.

PJ Paintings

Flower Umbrella

We’ve entered the winter months in Tasmania: dark at 5 pm, rain and snow on the mountain.

Oh-oh, it’s starting to rain, but not to worry, lady bug friends are helping to keep wombat dry.

Flower Umbrella

“Flower Umbrella” original water colour painting is approximately 20 x 20 cm and was available for purchase at: www.pjpaintings.com/collections/original-paintings (sorry, it has just sold, to somebody who coincidently lives on the same street as me, in Tasmania!! It’s a small world).

Stay warm, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

A Big Garden Project

For some this may not be a big project, but for me this is massive. I have never attempted a landscaping project of this scale before but I’ve started now and I will see this to the finish. These plants came with the house. I don’t know their name.

Apologies in advance to those who find them attractive, and I suppose they could be, if well maintained, but they are time intensive and as far as I’m concerned, time wasters. They always need trimming. It’s hard to prune back their dead leaves and honestly, one month later there are dead leaves again and the monthly cycle is never-ending.

Impossible to keep up with dead-leaf trimming. Take note of the plant in the upper left corner. It’s an unattractive look. In addition to the front of the house, these plants line the driveway and were also planted on each side of the front steps!!

This project is inspired by my succulent garden which, in this space, one of these great big plants used to reside.

There are a lot of varieties of succulents in this fairly small patch of garden.

Here’s a photo of the flowers that my most abundant succulent produces.

Firstly, I have to remove all these big, ugly plants and rocks. Soooooooooooo many rocks!!!

Not quite halfway

Lucky my neighbour lets me use his green bin too because I’m starting to get quite a pile of green waste.

Over flowing green bins is my normal
my rubbish pile which has grown significantly since this photo was taken

I’ve named my blog The Unfurling Artist and have painted cups of teas with “unfurling” steam ladies because I love the look of curled fern frons and the unfurling process.

So, this is the plan… to create fern frons embedded into contrasting lines, all with succulents.

Fern frons with different coloured stripes made with succulents
fern frons designs

I will post updates on this landscaping project as it unfurls into reality. 🙂

Adorable Emus!

Look at what my friend, Sarah, found on the main street of Hamilton, Tasmania, Australia! Aren’t they just gorgeous!

A very gorgeous couple. Photo taken by Sarah Howe

Hamilton is a small Georgian and early Victorian town in the Derwent Valley, approximately 70 km northwest of Hobart. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/hamilton-tas It hasn’t been overly-commercialised and therefore provides the opportunity to get a better feel for what village life was like in the 1830s and 1840s with many well-preserved historic buildings.

It has a population of 300, is of historical significance, has an awesome bakery and now two gorgeous emu residents, which I can’t wait to visit and share a cup of tea with them!

Thank you for stopping by.

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

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Day 14 of 30×30 directwatercolour challenge

Today, I didn’t feel like painting.  I have found that sometimes this mind-set, of not feeling like painting, produces extremes: total flops or amazing successes.  Not feeling like painting can help me paint looser, simplify and not overwork things.

It intrigues me how sometimes a painting can reflect that you didn’t feel like painting in a negative way.  How does a painting capture a feeling?  I think the trick is to still muster some caring or feeling among the ‘not feeling’ like painting.

Anyways, while not feeling like painting, I tackled this Cyclamen plant that my daughter gave to me for Mother’s Day 5 or 6 years ago that still flowers prolifically each year.  The soil is contained in a ball of string.  This is my ‘loose’ interpretation, using paint only, for day 14 of June’s  30×30 challenge.  I could add more definition but for now that is all that I feel like doing.

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Thanks for stopping by!  🙂

Kingston in Washington (not Tasmania)

On a semi-rainy day we hopped on the ferry at Edmonds, a suburb of Seattle, and sailed into Kingston to explore.

 

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Leaving Edmonds, Washington behind

 

The gangway was decorated with great art made from local beach findings.Kingstonferry terminalPNG

I sketched this cute boy in his puffer jacket drawing at a table on the ferry.

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We passed by this large quilt displayed in a shop window.  I only captured a small portion of it.  I’ve never seen one like this where in between the petals it is just left open (fabric-less).  I think it is quite original and creative.  I’m sure many a quilter may be uncomfortable with this being declared as the finished state.

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We had lunch here.  I am surprised to see quite a heavy French influence and presence in Seattle.

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We walked along the water…

and then took the ferry trip back to Edmonds, Washington, USA for more Seattle sights and day trips.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, take care. 🙂