Salamanca Market, September 24, 2022

Winter isn’t finished with us yet. Mt Wellington/kunanyi had a dusting of snow on it this morning. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/places/hobart-and-south/mount-wellington/ It was a cold and wet day, on top of it being the AFL Grand Final Day that a large proportion of the Australian population watch.

A family, from Sydney, that love magpies bought a “Maggie” print. A lady, also from Sydney, bought “The Three Amigos II” for her grandfather, who loves kookaburras. His farmhouse is called The Kookaburra, he has kookaburra stained-glass windows and heaps of kookaburra themed ornaments and pictures. She bought a “Maggie” print for herself.

A family with a bird theme in their house purchased a “The Bun” cushion cover.

A lady visiting from Brisbane purchased a “Lazy Days” print and pouch.

Lazy Days

A man visiting Tasmania for the weekend chose “Leafy Decorum” to take back to Sydney tomorrow.

A family were drawn into the stall to buy some cards and were looking for a special one for their grandmother/great grandmother, living in the UK, who is turning 99 years old. They chose a wombat themed card to send her.

Two ladies from Sydney chose “Meet Me at the Gate”.

A man, visiting Tasmania from Adelaide to attend his auntie’s 70th birthday tonight, purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” print.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
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I didn’t have a good night’s sleep so by the close of the market, I was so tired. It took me longer to pack up and I haven’t unpacked the car when I got home. A job for tomorrow morning.

Art thought for the week:

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” ― Oscar Wilde

Wishing you a creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Painting Birds

I’m working on a new painting that has quite a few different birds congregating on the same branch.

Tasmania has twelve species of bird which are only found in Tasmania and a number of other species which are endemic at the subspecies level, such as the threatened wedge-tail eagle.

“Regal” – the wedge-tailed eagle
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The Tasmanian nativehen and the yellow-throated honeyeater are endemic to Tasmania. The Tasmanian nativehen are a common sight along roadways. Luckily, they seem to be road savvy. I love their comical running style.

The Tasmanian nativehen
The yellow-throated honeyeater

There are also breeding endemics that breed only in Tasmania, such as the brightly coloured, endangered orange-bellied parrot.

The orange-bellied parrot

The tawny frogmouth is a species native to the Australian mainland and Tasmania and the Australian little penguin are only found in southern Australia and New Zealand .

The tawny frogmouth
The little penguin

The musk lorikeet, flame robin and beautiful firetail are endemic to south-eastern Australia. The flame robin does range to the Queensland border and into Tasmania, and the Beautiful firetail ranges to Newcastle, NSW, to Kangaroo Island, SA, but is most common in Tasmania.

The musk-lorikeet
The flame robin and beautiful firetail in the centre

An enchanted forest scene

Now how did a wombat sneak in!? They are endemic to Australia, including Tasmania, unlike the kookaburra, who are now found on plenty of branches in Tasmania having a good old laugh. They were introduced from the mainland of Australia by humans to try to reduce snake numbers. The first recorded release was in 1902.

I hope today delivers you some laughs.

Take care of yourself and keep an eye for the birds around you.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, September 3, 2022

You can feel that spring is coming when you step out of the house at 5:50am. It’s not as inky black and the air isn’t as crisp.

My first customer of the day purchased an A-3 sized print of “Café Paris”.

Café Paris
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There seemed to be a lot of locals at the market, or maybe I just had a lot of locals stop by. I had a lady, who lives in Hobart, buy a “Lazy Days” tote bag, and another lady from Hobart bought a “Salamanca Fresh” bag.

A Lazy Days tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags
A Salamanca Fresh tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Another lady, also living in Hobart, bought a “Bunk Beds” print. As a child, she had a very, well-loved wombat plush toy that she took everywhere. print. A family from Launceston, Tasmania, bought an “Enchanted Forest” print.

Bunk Beds
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Parents from Adelaide bought “Iconic Aussies” and “The Bun” for their daughter’s bedroom. She has just got a galah, the live type, not a paper one.

Iconic Aussies quality archival prints of Iconic Aussies are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A couple from Singapore bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” tote bag for an unwell friend. A lady, attending a Geoscape Conference (www.geoscape.com.au) in Hobart, purchased “Entanglement”, “Lazy Days” and “Southern Flow” prints.

Southern Flow

A family from Brisbane and another family from Roma, both places in Queensland, https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au/town/roma/ visited the stall several hours apart, and both bought “Scarlet robins” and “Fairy wrens” prints.

Parents, living in Adelaide, and a son living in Sydney, on holidays together bought “Glamour Girls”.

And before you know, it’s time to pack up, thankful that the weather was so mild and that soon you will be able to put your feet up and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea. 🙂

Art thought for the week:

The best artists know what to leave out. Charles de Lint

Wishing you an inspirational upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

www.pjpaintings.com

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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 August 13, 2022

It was a mild day and it rained off and on basically all day.

My first customer of the day was a couple from Brisbane, Queensland. They arrived yesterday for a nine-day Tasmanian holiday. They bought two zip pouches: “Lazy Days” and “Salamanca Fresh”. Another couple from Brisbane, here for the weekend to celebrate their 19year wedding anniversary, purchased ”Spotty”, “Scarlet Robin Rescue” and an original winter scene painting, which I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of it.

Spotty quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
“Scarlet Robin Rescue” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A couple from Port Macquarie, NSW, https://www.britannica.com/place/Port-Macquarie bought a “Dinner for Five???” print. He did his Computer Science university degree at the University of Tasmania about 30 years ago.

“Dinner for Five???”
Are these five going to share one ant!?
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A lady bought “Silent Disco” for her shack on Penguin’s Head Road in Culburra, NSW, and her daughters bought Enchanted Forest I and II prints. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/culburra-beach-nsw

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
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A sister bought a “Family Outing” zip pouch for her 17-year-old sister. A fellow from Adelaide bought four prints: three to hang either in his bedroom or the wall going up the stairs and “Bonnie & Me” for his friend.

“Bonnie & Me!”

A couple from the Hunter Valley, NSW, are taking home two tote bags: “Scarlet Robins” and “Hanging Out”. A couple, visiting from Singapore, are taking home four tote bags for their friends: “What the Devil?!?” “Lazy Days”, “Hammock Life” and “Salamanca Saturdays”.

Hanging Out
Lazy Days
Salamanca Saturdays
Scarlet Robins

A couple visiting from Sydney, bought “Iconic Aussies”, “Motherly Emutions” and “Piggyback” for their 34-year-old daughter living in Squamish, BC, Canada.

Iconic Aussies
Motherly Emutions
Piggyback

The rain really started coming down just when I arrived home. That’s a nice change! Lol

Art thought for the week:

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.
— Winston Churchill.

Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week. Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market July 30, 2022

It was a bit chilly today but there was no rain or wind, so there are no complaints from me. 😊

A couple from Melbourne visited my stall very early in the morning and purchased two original paintings: “Off with the Owls” and a platypus painting. Later in the day, they returned, and bought a framed “Family Outing” print and four A-5 sized prints.

An original painting, titled “Off with the Owls”

Then a Salamanca Market volunteer bought an original “Holding Hands” painting. She wanted to buy one a few weeks ago, but when she returned to buy it, somebody had bought it while she was away. She asked me to paint another one.

An original painting, titled, “Holding Hands”

A young couple from Sydney received instructions from his mother to visit my stall and buy her an A-3 sized print of “Iconic Aussies”, which he did.

“Iconic Aussie”
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An expectant couple, from Melbourne, bought three A-3 sized prints for their nursery for their first baby

An expectant couple, from Melbourne, bought three A-3 sized prints for their nursery for their first baby . They purchased Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Hammock Life”, and “Devilish Siesta”.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Hammock Life
Devilish Siesta

A lady, wearing flared pants, bought the original painting titled, “Flower Girl”, who is also wearing flared pants.

the original of “Flower Girl” was purchased today.
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Another lady bought an original painting of an emu enjoying the snow.

Snow time

A lady from Sydney bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print and then returned with her friend, who bought two “Salamanca Saturdays” print, one an A-3 size, the other an A-4 size.

A Sydney family, exploring Tasmania for two weeks, purchased a “Hanging Out” print. Two girlfriends visited the stall, and one bought a framed “Unwinding” print. Both are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

Hanging Out
Unwinding

A family from New Zealand bought “The Three Amigos II”, “White Face Scops Owls” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print. A family visiting from Western Australia also bought a “The Three Amigos II” print.

The Three Amigos II
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Once again, as fun as it is interacting with such a diverse crowd and hearing interesting stories, it is always good to get home and put my feet up.

I hope that the upcoming week goes well for you and that you are able to make time for your creative outlet. 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 May 21, 2022

I stepped outside into 5 degrees Celsius blackness, as it takes me about two hours to set up my stall, so I leave my house before 6 am. As we move deeper into winter, my layers of clothing increases. Today, I wore leggings and pants (2 layers). Eventually, it becomes four layers. My toes were a little cold in the morning, unlike my stallholder a few stalls up from me, who showed me his electric socks. It’s like an electric blanket with three different heating settings. It is battery run. I never knew that such a thing existed!

My first visitor was a lady from Western Australia, who told me that every time she comes to Tassie, she buys something of mine. (She wants to move to Tasmania). She has “Two to Tango” and it always generates comments, she said. Today, she purchased a “There’s a Hole in My Stocking, dear Liza, dear Liza”.  

“There’s a Hole in My Stocking, dear Liza, dear Liza”
I love her oozing confidence. This print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus?page=2

A couple from Melbourne purchased “Enchanted Forest II”.  Another person from Melbourne bought a “Bonnie & Me” pouch for her sister to use in her travels.

My last edition of the A-4 sized print of “Double Date IV” sold today. She bought “The Three Amigos II” to have a pair. Double Date V is on its way.

The Three Amigos II

A couple visiting from the highlands of NSW purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag. They said that wombats and emus are a common sight where they live, hence they chose the market scene. https://www.mumpacktravel.com/where-to-see-wombats-in-nsw/

“Salamanca Saturdays” below kunanyi

A couple from Queensland, after much deliberation, chose a “Bunk Bed Trio” print and another couple from Brisbane, chose “Iconic Aussies”.

Bunk Bed Trio
Iconic Aussies

Two girlfriends purchased three original paintings: Fungi Girl, Having a Hoot and Bubble-walking and a “Rising Above It” print. I also received the good news that my large humpback whale, original watercolour painting titled, Gentle Giant, sold at Tiger Ina Papera Unique Woodcraft Salamanca Gallery. Obviously today is the day to sell original paintings! 😊

Rising Above It
Fungi Girl
Bubble-walking
Having a Hoot
Gentle Giant

The market was a little slower today but that may be because today is election day. It is mandatory in Australia, so people were no doubt doing their civic duty and soon we will find out who our prime minister is. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-61517667

Take care, from Patricia (PJ) 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