Salamanca Market, October 8, 2022

It was another sunny, Tasmanian Saturday.

The first customers of the day were visiting from New Zealand. They bought two A-5 sized prints of the market: “Salamanca Fresh” and “Salamanca Saturdays”. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world Another couple from New Zealand purchased “What the Devil!?”, “Bunk Beds” and “Scarlet Robins”.

Salamanca Fresh
Salamanca Saturdays

A couple originally from Chile, South America, now living in Sydney, bought a “Glamour Girls” and “Outback Glamping” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus They were looking for images of three emus.

Outback Glamping
Glamour Girls

A lady from Sydney purchased “Bunk Beds”, “Kiss Me Please”, “Taking it Easy” and “Spotty”. She must like frogs because she asked if I had done any more frog paintings.

A couple from Sydney, visiting Tasmania by car, purchased a small original wombat painting.

A couple from Adelaide bought a Christmas Greeting card pack, an original painting of a church in Newtown, Tasmania that I sketched and painted on site very early in the morning, and “Scarlet Robins”, “The Three Amigos” and “Morning Melody” prints.

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

A lady approached me with an A-5 sized print of “Hanging Out”. She said that she wanted to buy it because she got this one tattooed on her arm. She told me she googled sleepy wombat and brought the image to the tattoo parlour to have it tattooed, minus the safety pins. She didn’t seem to be aware that she was breaching the copyright that is attached to all my paintings, as they are my ideas and original artwork.

This is the same image that I discovered this week being sold on a paint-by-number website. Thankfully, it was removed when I notified them that they did not receive permission to use it. On my website, I do have that my images are Copyright protected, but I think I will have to start adding this to each image as I have discovered “Hanging Out” also being sold on a colouring book website, my “Scarlet Robins” images used on scarves and so on.

I had a family from Mt Gambier, SA visit my stall. The three girls wanted to buy prints with their Christmas and birthday money they had saved for the market, but the parents said they were just starting, that they have to see the rest of the market and if they still wanted something from here, they would return. Later in the afternoon, there they were. Each girl purchased something and because it is their hard saved money, I gave them a discount. The oldest girl, who looked about 9 years old, chose an A-4 sized print of “Tu-whit and Tu-whoo”, the middle sister chose a small, framed print of “Kiss Me Please” and the youngest, who must have the sharpest eye for art, chose an original, framed painting, titled, “Aussie Friends”.

Aussie Friends

Wishing you a great upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia Hopwood-Wade

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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 Aug 17, 2019

It was hectic under blue skies today.  The first visitors to the stall this morning were from Singapore.  They each bought a little pouch and greeting card.  They asked me to sign their cards and pose for a photo.

Next, a couple, from Launceston, stopped by and purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” and “The Three Amigos” print.  One is going to be a gift for her parents.

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Meet me at the Gate

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The Three Amigos

A “Hanging Out” greeting card was purchased for a teenager, who is always sleeping, I was told. Some framed prints went today too:  “Sleepy Wombat”, “Kiss Me Please”, “White Faced Scops Owls” and “Joy ride!”, with “Kiss Me Please” being purchased by my dog groomer.

My framed Original Painting of “Bird Watching” is making its way to Sydney to hang in the lounge room with Wendy Binks’ emus.

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Bird Watching

“Afternoon Siesta” and “Under My Red Umbrella” is travelling to Thailand and a couple is posting a “Devilish Siesta” print to their daughter living in Canada. Girlfriends from New Zealand bought a “Scarlet Robins” and “Hanging Out” print. A “Spiky Bunk beds” and “Devilish Siesta” is accompanying a young lady to Canberra. Two young optometrists, here on a work week/conference from Sydney, are returning with two A-5 sized prints: “Spanish Eyes (Red)” and “Who says emus can’t fly!?”, and a small “Salamanca Saturdays” pouch. A young lady from Atlanta, USA bought some greeting cards.

A man couldn’t believe it when he saw “Bonnie & Me!”. He has the exact same motorcycle and showed me a photo of his bike.  Needless to say, he bought the print.

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Bonnie & Me!

An A-4 sized original painting of a wombat was purchased as a gift for her sister’s birthday.  I forgot to take a photo of it, so I can’t even show you what it looked like. L

The most popular prints today were the Sleepy Head series, featuring wombats, echidnas and Tassie devils.

A thought to ponder: I guess I’m a little weird. I like to talk to trees and animals. That’s okay though; I have more fun than most people”, Bob Ross (I guess I’m a little weird too because I talk to the animals I paint and welcome them to the world, once I give them nostrils to breathe.  My friends at art group find it quite amusing).

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

The Road to Deloraine

Salamanca Market was cancelled as Saturday involved delivering an original painting and prints to Art as Mania Gallery in Deloraine, Tasmania in preparation for the upcoming annual Square Dancing Convention.  To avoid the ridiculous amount of roadworks on the Midlands Highway, the backroad through Bothwell was used.  Bothwell has a very cool café.  Despite only intending to spend money on a coffee and a date scone, I left with a table cloth, a throw rug and a pair of fingerless gloves!

Here are some photos of the door art of the Bothwell Café.

Bothwell Café.

I tried to do some urban sketching in Deloraine.  I attempted to draw the Deloraine Hotel but it was way too complicated for the short amount of time I had, so I gave up on it and crossed the street and then tried to draw the quaint library.

I was much happier with my 7 minutes of drawing the Deloraine Library.

I had to put the drawing aside to meet friends for coffee, drop off my art at the gallery and then visit the very nifty town of Latrobe.

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A Deloraine Native Hen

Deloraine sculpture
Deloraine sculptures on the banks of the Meander River

This house is near to where I stayed in Deloraine overnight.  I thought it was abandoned, but no, there was smoke coming out of the chimney.

Lunch was had at a cool art café called The Crowded coffee Lounge in Latrobe.  It is spacious, adorned with stunning pastel framed artworks, has cool furniture with one table having a puzzle in progress and another with a stack of board games. Many art classes are delivered from this venue.

Photos taken of the back of the café. I really liked Latrobe and I want to return to further explore it.

For now, it is the road back to Hobart, Tasmania and back to work. 😦

Thanks for visiting.  May your travels be gentle and kind for you.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 2, 2018

It’s winter, so there are less people visiting the market. Next weekend there may be more because it is the long weekend – the Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday public holiday on Monday, June 11th. Why around the world her birthday is celebrated on so many different days, I do not know?? Most of Australia will be celebrating her birthday on June 11th, but for the state of Western Australia it will be September 24th and Queensland, October 1st.
Early in the day, a young lady bought a framed ‘Kiss me Please’ print for her friend who is frog mad and has frog everything.

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Kiss me Please!

A family visiting from Newcastle, NSW bought a print for each daughter. Little Mia chose ‘Off to the Races! II’ and the youngest one had ‘What the Devil?!?’ chosen for her. She was a little too young to make decisions about anything.


A lady, visiting from Brisbane, dressed in full winter gear, bought 5 x 7 inch ‘Tu-whit & Tu-whoo’ and ‘Double Date’ prints. Four women visiting from Hong Kong decided ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ was the print for them.

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Who, who, Who are You? II

Two young ladies from Taiwan, one translating for the other, were quite intrigued with my art and Tasmanian marsupials. They asked many questions and wanted to know the size differences between Quokkas, which don’t live in Tasmania (I think they were thinking of Quolls), Pademelons, Wallabies, Wallaroos and Potoroos. Then they asked if they could become Facebook friends with me, so we did that. They decided to buy a card each and then asked if they could have a photo with me. They were really lovely. I showed them my folder of originals too, which they seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

A family of five bought ‘Family Outing’. They asked me to add their surname to the title. I came prepared and had a 9B pencil in my pencil case, so I was able to oblige.

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Family Outing

This week’s most popular prints were the owls and whales.

A thought to ponder: “Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt

Take care, enjoy your imagination and the art around you,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Now I’m off to paint my painting for today for the 30×30 challenge (trying to paint a watercolour painting every day of the month of June). You can follow my efforts here on http://www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com

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.

Derwent River

Derwent
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.

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.

pencil sharpner

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?

pencil sharpener

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

Day 5 – #Inktober Challenge

I received a request to paint a frog and now I’m grappling with composition.  I am (not a very nice saying or imagery) but… ‘trying to kill two birds with one stone’ by exploring composition for my little frog and get another ink drawing done for Inktober.

This drawing is getting closer to what I want to try to paint.  I am imagining using some blue Quink ink with bright pink watercolour paint for the waterlily.  I think the bleed of the two could produce some awesome results and that the contrasting green of the frog might sing against the bright pink.

I am starting to get excited!!

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My Day #5 Inktober drawing

Thanks for reading and hopefully I produce something for day #6 of Inktober so we can catch up again!   🙂

 

… on your mark, get set, GO!

The Inktober Challenge – Day FOUR – October 4, 2017

Somebody has asked me to paint a frog.  They want to give it to someone, who is mad about frogs, for a Christmas present.  Painting the frog itself isn’t so much of a problem, even though I don’t think I have drawn or painted a frog in my adult life, it is the composition I struggle with a lot more than actually painting a little Amphibia.  I can’t just plonk a frog on paper and have nothing around it.  I have invested a lot of think time trying to come up with an idea on how to present this little fellow.

I thought of having a frog in a somewhat suspended lily pad, suspended by the stem of a waterlily and the flower, with subtle waves below.  The Inktober Challenge is a good platform to try out composition ideas, so I thought I would test out my idea.  I temporarily forgot my idea, when I made the decision to make the lily pad bigger, which didn’t leave enough room for the flower.  Oops!  Oh well, at least I won’t be confronted with, “what do I draw today for the Inktober Challenge?” tomorrow.

I’m looking forward to painting it with watercolours, wet into wet, and seeing the unexpected resulting colours and textures that will appear,  but firstly, I have to figure out how to present this little cutie on paper.

Day 4

Day THREE – October 3, 2017

I think this is the first turtle I have drawn in my adult life.  I want to incorporate some swimming turtles into a whale painting, so what a perfect opportunity to try drawing new creatures in my brand-new, different coloured paged, cool sketch book.

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Day TWO – October 2, 2017

This is a quick sketch of my house.  With this picture I would like to add some shading and depth, if time allows.

my house

Day ONE – October 1, 2017

On Sunday, I met up with some good friends and we did some urban sketching, seeking protection from the wind by sitting in a bus shelter and enjoying the warmth of the sunshine.  I sketched the Town Hall from an Elizabeth Street viewpoint.  If I get a chance, I’d like to add some shading to create some more depth.  The slope of the street looks like we are possibly in San Francisco (lol) but I like this exaggeration because I think it adds some drama to the drawing.

 

As the days aren’t showing any signs of slowing down and a new one continues to roll on  in every 24 hours, there’s no stopping Inktober.  I’m trying to keep pace with it even though the imagery of being defeated by a treadmill tries to sneak into my consciousness.

treadmill fall

Are you doing the Inktober Challenge or struggle with composition too???

Thanks for reading. 🙂