Salamanca Market July 27, 2019

Fingertips and toes were cold this morning but by winter standards, the day warmed up quite nicely. It is summer holidays in the northern hemisphere and many international visitors have chosen Tasmania and Salamanca Market as their holiday destination, including the Travel Guides film crew. There’s also a Australian Football League (AFL) game being played tomorrow (Hawthorn vs Brisbane Lions) in Launceston so there were a few people at the market sporting their teams’ colours.

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Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

The first visitors to the Pj Paintings were two ladies from Hong Kong. They purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag each. Then a framed “Hanging Out” print on display drew in a mother and adult daughter. The mother said that when she has grandchildren, she would buy it for the baby’s room. The daughter said in that case she’ll try to comply because she loves it and wants the print. They ended up buying it, and without a child being produced on demand. (lol)

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Hanging Out

A Scarlet Robins greeting card was purchased for a mother’s 90th birthday. An original small platypus painting, “Devilish Siesta” and “Bunk beds” prints were purchased by a family from Mexico. I gave them a discount because they had come from so far away and she very unexpectedly gave me a Mexican key ring. I was quite moved by the gesture.

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Mexican Aztec symbol key ring

A family from Switzerland purchased “Afternoon Siesta”, a family from India purchased “Bunk beds” and “Spiky Bunk beds”, a family from Brisbane bought “Devilish Siesta”, “Weightless”, “Hanging Out” and “Bunk beds”, and a family from Denver, USA purchased “Devilish Siesta” and “Glamour Girls” prints.

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Spiky Bunk beds

A local family bought a “Scarlet Robins”, “Fairy Wrens” “Entanglement” and “Lost Worlds” prints. They are redecorating their house and were looking for fresh, new art.

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Lost Worlds

A “The Three Amigos” greeting card was chosen to post to an exchange student in Italy and a “Sleepyhead” print for a three year old nephew was purchased.

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Sleepy head

 

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

A thought to ponder: “The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.” Keith Haring

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 www.pjpaintings.com

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 15, 2019

Hobart is red and festivating. After Salamanca Market, I went to see Anna Calvi, a Dark Mofo concert. What a show! She was stunning. The energy from this virtuoso guitarist, at times playing the electric guitar on the floor and dragging her feet along the neck, was unbelievable and left you feeling awe struck.  Her voice range, power and songs were so good.

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Anna Calvi 

Thankfully, we had another Saturday of quite mild weather. Next week we have the shortest daylight day and the temperatures’ long-term forecasts are looking grimmer. In the meantime, I had the sun streaming into my site for a few hours and I debuted ‘Square’ to take credit card payments. It worked well, quickly and easily.

I had an adult daughter and mother from Launceston, Tasmania stop at Pj Paintings and the daughter had a difficult time deciding whether to buy an A-4 sized print of ‘Suspended’ and an original echidna painting.  She really liked how the ants were hiding from the echidna.  In the end, she bought an A-3 size print of ‘Suspended’.  Later on in the day, I had a lady in her mid-to-late 20s stop in.  She said that she knows it’s a bit of an OCD request, but did I have a print of ‘Suspended’ that is centred. I provided a short explanation on composition and the rules of thirds, that if the focal point is centred, the painting just doesn’t really work. It must have placated her uneasiness about having the whale in the top third of the picture because she decided to purchase ‘Suspended’.

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Suspended

A Sydney-sider, whose house looks out on Ku-ring-gai National Park, is taking a ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ and ‘Hanging Out’ print back home with her. Another Sydney-sider bought every Christmas card I had: ‘Christmas Siesta’, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Emu’, ‘Snowbirds’, ‘Tassie Christmas’, ‘Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas’ and ‘Santa’s Helpers’. I have painted other Christmas scenes.  There are more Christmas cards on the http://www.pjpaintings.com website, under the Cards tab.

A lady bought ‘Devilish Siesta’ for a wedding present for a Canadian that is getting married in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was neighbours with him, when he was about 2 years old, for 12 months when both families were living about 60 km outside of Winnipeg.  Twenty three years later, he visited and stayed with them in Tasmania and they also visited and stayed with him in the city of Winnipeg. So, spoiler-alert, one of his wedding gifts is a Huon pine bread board and a Tassie Devil print.

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Devilish Siesta

Today’s most popular prints were the whales and wombats.

A thought to ponder from the artist, Christina Rossetti: Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.

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

Lost World

I’ve been living in Hobart, Tasmania for about 22 years and have never walked one of the many Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) tracks.  I’ve taken visitors many times up to the top of the mountain and back down but haven’t explored the mountain beyond that, until now, and it was magical and awesome.  I was really keen to see Lost World as I have painted this scene with Tasmanian Tigers (Thylacines) integrated into the foreground.

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Lost worlds

The walk started on Hunters Track, then along Old Hobartian Track and finally the Lost World Track, which was uphill, climbing over boulders all the way up.  Do not let the 45 minutes suggested time fool you, it is full on, constant rock climbing and took closer to 1.5 hours but well worth the effort, not to mention, fun clambering over rocks like a mountain goat (well not quite as nimble :-)).

While climbing over boulder after boulder, I couldn’t help think how much my brother and sister-in-law would enjoy this climb, the scenery along the way and the view.  Next time they visit, I won’t just take them to the top of the mountain.

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Stepping over a fern
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I spotted a bumble bee on one of the many healthy Banksia Marginata growing on the mountain

And then we entered the breath-taking Lost World.

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Lost World, the rocks are a lot more angular than I painted them

The view from Lost World.

On our way out…

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This was rock and tree was beautiful

It was an amazing day on the mountain, warm, windless and beauty everywhere.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

P.S. Prints of my Lost worlds painting are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 2, 2019

For most of this week, Hobart has been shrouded in smoke as fires rage. Thankfully we had some light rain on Thursday, which helped clear the air a little, and the oil rig that that made itself at home in the Derwent River for three months! It’s like it snuck out undercover, that is under-smoke-cover in the wee hours of the morning.
 
At today’s market, we saw some rather tall sports women, who are playing AFL this weekend. Tasmania is hosting their first AFL Women’s game. North Melbourne vs Carlton is playing at the North Hobart Oval.
 
In the morning, a young couple from the Netherlands, on a six week Australian holiday, bought a ‘Bunk beds’ print.
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Bunk beds
 
A lady, who said that she left her heart in Africa, bought a ‘Thunder’ tote bag. In a few weeks, she is going back for a visit to Botswana, South Africa and surrounds.
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Thunder! small tote bag
 
A family from Victoria, bought a print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ with Mt Wellington/kunyani in the background. They were in Tassie to scatter her mother’s ashes on the mountain on Tuesday. That was her mother’s wishes. Another lady, who also bought ‘Salamanca Saturdays’, had travelled here to say goodbye to her 98 year old mother. She passed away two days before she arrived in Tasmania. She said that she had had many recent conversations and visits with her, and that she was well loved and taken care of.
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Salamanca Saturdays
 
A couple bought a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print to go with an emu painting that they bought in Lightning Ridge, which I think might be John Murray’s artwork.
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Who, Who, Who are You? II
 
The most popular prints this weekend was: Bunk beds
 
A thought to ponder: “Finish the work, otherwise an unfinished work will finish you”, Amit Kalantri
 
Good advice!
 
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 26, 2019

Hobart welcomed the cool change after a smoky, roasting hot Friday of 38 degrees Celsius and about 50 fires burning in Tasmania. The fires are still burning. We need rain.

A big cruise ship came in today and there was a rather large ‘Change the Date’ rally on the parliament lawns, next to Salamanca Market, with key speakers Bob Brown and Nick McKim.

In the morning, I met Ashley, who is working on Macquarie Island. She works for the Weather Bureau, tracking the ozone layer among other things. She’s also taken up watercolour painting and it sounds like she’s having rather good success with it. She’s finding the same things difficult that I do, painting backgrounds and shadows.

Three ladies, from Los Angeles, USA, travelling together, stopped at the stall and each of them bought something with the ‘Salamanca Saturday’ image. One bought a tote bag, another a print and another a pouch.

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Salamanca Saturdays

A couple from the Gold Coast, that have been holidaying and house sitting in Tassie for 2 months, purchased ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Story time’ (if my memory serves me well). Their son has moved to Tasmania. They didn’t want to overstay their welcome at their son’s house, so they have been house sitting.

A couple purchased two A-3 sized prints of ‘The Three Amigos’ to take to Europe with them for gifts. ‘The Three Amigos’ limited edition print run is quickly nearing its expiration number.

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The Three Amigos

‘Bunk beds’ debut went very well today. It was love at first sight for a young lady from Sydney.

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Bunk beds

A young Spanish and English couple, living in Ireland, but working six months in Melbourne, and now having a short holiday in Tasmania, bought a ‘Sea Life’ print.

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Sea Life

Another young couple, this couple is from Scotland, bought a small ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print and some greeting cards. He said that his dad loves emus. In Scotland, they commissioned an artist to paint an emu with an owl, and the artist painted an ostrich with an owl. To say the least, they were not impressed. It’s a very common error. Despite ostriches being native to Africa, and emus are native to Australia, I am regularly asked if my emus are ostriches. Obviously when children are learning their alphabets, O for Ostrich, must be drummed in beyond saturation, and the poor E for Emu has little-to-no representation.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple, from the Czechoslovakia Republic, with a young baby, bought a small Koala and Tasmanian Devil print.

The most popular prints this weekend were: The Three Amigos and Bunk beds

A thought to ponder: “Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day.” Paul Gauguin

Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Wearing Art

I tend to follow fashion from a distance and not spend a lot of time figuring out outfits, layers or combinations that would go well together.  Although, when I used to sew as a teenager, I would often deviate from patterns, change or add something, and create pleasing end-products.  So, there must be a flair for fashion somewhere lingering in the creative crevices of the Pj mind and soul.

Circumstances have somewhat changed my fashion flair and questionable stylishness to practicability.  The temperature on the thermometer doesn’t always reflect the intensity of the heat in Tasmania, but maybe because of the lack of ozone layer, the sun has a real bite here.  Sometimes it feels like a sauna under my dark blue-lined gazebo on market days.  Forget fashion, wearing something cool is what is of paramount importance.

Lucky me, I’ve found something cool and cool to wear.  ‘Cool’, as in – not warm, and ‘cool’, as in – hip, trendy and groovy.

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Wearing ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ at my stall at Salamanca Market

This sleeveless blouse has my ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ painting on the front.  It’s made in Australia by Redbubble, which is an online site for artists to sell their art (www.redbubble.com).  The most direct way to get to my art on the site is to type my full name in the search box (apologies in advance for its length!): Patricia Hopwood-Wade (or copy and paste my name).

I usually wear Small but this is a Medium and it fits well.  It has a little bit of a stretch and has done fine in the washing machine.  Redbubble regularly has 20% off sales, so keep your eye out for those and they are really good with exchanges, refunds and/or vouchers.

What’s your style?  Do your wear art?

During the summer months, I will be wearing my art often.

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Another view of the stall and blouse.  Mt Wellington/kunyani is clearer in this photo

Cheers for now.

Thanks for visiting and take care, Pj

P.S. This image is also available as a print, tote bag or pouch on http://www.pjpaintings.com under the Music, Emus and Bags tabs.

 

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market December 22, 2018

Salamanca Market operated under sunny skies today. The first people that stopped at the stall were a couple laden with bouquets of flowers. They were doing what they called a ‘graveyard run’ (visiting relatives’ graves). They bought a ‘Thunder’ print as she loves elephants and apparently has quite a collection of elephant things.

‘Double Date’ and ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bags are going to Hong Kong, and a ‘Helping Hands’ tote bag is going to Singapore. Two ‘Lost Worlds’ prints are going to Singapore. The families are not travelling together. One of the adult daughters said that it was going to be hung in her bedroom. They also bought an A-3 sized print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’, and later in the day, they returned and bought another one.

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Helping Hands small tote bag
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Salamanca Saturdays

Parents purchased a ‘Family Outing’ print for baby Lauchlan’s bedroom in Auckland, New Zealand.

A mother and daughter, visiting from the UK, stopped at the stall. The teenaged daughter loved ‘Rising Above It’. Her uncle snuck back to the stall later in the day and bought it for her, along with ‘Bonnie & Me’ because he has a Triumph Bonneville motorbike.

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Rising Above It

A family, with two young boys, visiting from the UK, purchased a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. Somebody else from the UK, who visited the Pj paintings stall 4.5 years ago, bought a ‘Story time’ print as a gift for his wife.

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Story time

A lady from Sweden, is taking a ‘Glamour Girls’ print back with her.

A couple from Newcastle, NSW, who are caravanning around Tasmania, purchased three framed prints: ‘The Three Amigos’, ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ and ‘Black & White + One’. They said that they live in a grand old house and haven’t bought art for years because they haven’t seen art that they like, so that was pretty special.

A lady bought a little original painting of two platypuses for her Austrian au pair.

The most popular print this weekend was: ‘Lost Worlds’

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Lost Worlds

A thought to ponder: “The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint.” Keith Haring

Wishing everybody an awesome and peaceful festive season,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Prints, tote bags and pouches displayed are available at www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market October 6, 2018

It was a rather slow start in the morning and then it got busy. The sun was shining and the wind behaved itself. Around packing-up time, wind gusts started making their presence felt and they strengthened as the sun set.
 
Water polo competitors, from the 16 & Under National Club Championships, were browsing the market. Hobart is also hosting Hockey Australia’s (grass hockey) Under 13 Girls & Boys Australian Carnival this weekend.
 
A lady from Melbourne, who does ballroom dancing, purchased ‘Two to Tango’ and ‘Spanish Eyes (Yellow)’. A couple, from Brisbane, bought a ‘Two to Tango’ print for a wedding gift. Two young ladies visiting from Melbourne also bought a ‘Two to Tango’ and a ‘Spanish Eyes (Red)’ print and an original platypus painting.
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Two to Tango
 
A couple visiting from New York, USA bought a ‘Who says emus can’t fly!’ print. They have five motorcycles!
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Who says emus can’t fly!?!
 
A son and father, from Port Lincoln, South Australia, bought an A-4 sized print of ‘G’Day’, ‘Helping Hands’ and ‘Double Date III’ for his wife because she likes Fairy wrens. She has a nice surprise coming her way. 
 
A mother and her daughters, down from Launceston, are taking back ‘Lost Worlds’ and ‘Scarlet Robins’ prints with them.
A ‘Serenity’ print is heading to New Zealand and another whale print, for a teenager’s birthday, is going to Melbourne.
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Serenity
‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print is going home with a local Tasmanian from Carlton, who hasn’t been to the market for about 10 years he said. He came because his granddaughter wanted to. Another ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ is going to Sydney.
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Who, Who, Who are You? II
 
‘Hayride’ is travelling to Horsham, South Australia. The couple used to farm emus. They said that their grandchildren are fascinated with their red tractor.
 
The most popular prints this weekend were: Who, Who, Who are You? II, Lost Worlds, Two to Tango and the whales.
 
A thought to ponder: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola
 
Thanks for stopping by. I like this quote, so I think I will sign off with it,
“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market September 8, 2018

My fingertips were cold setting up the gazebo while a noisy and raucous group of Yellow crested cockatoos circled overhead. The sky was bright blue and then the sunshine arrived and it felt beautiful.

A couple from Brisbane bought a ‘Two to Tango’ print as an engagement present for “a couple that has everything”. They were really pleased to find something unique and that they think the couple will love.

A lady from Brisbane purchased ‘Lost Worlds’. It was her first time visiting Tassie and her first piece of art from Tasmania. She said that she tries to buy a piece of art from the places that she travels to.

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Lost Worlds

A couple from Hong Kong purchased ‘Sea Life’. A tourist from Minnesota, USA, will be adorning her desk with a 4”x6” ‘Who, Who, Who are You?’ print. A young couple bought an A-4 sized print of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ to post to her sister living in the UK.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II

A man, who has purchased a hotel on Macquarie Street in Hobart, Tasmania, bought several framed prints to brighten some of the rooms. A daughter, from Melbourne, bought a ‘Double Date III’ tote bag and pouch for her mother’s 70th birthday. Her mother loves Superb-fairy wrens.

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Double Date III

A young couple from Sydney, back from doing the Overland Track, where they were lucky enough to avoid rain and see snow, purchased a ‘Scarlet Robins’ print. An Ohio, USA, student purchased an extra small ‘Suspended’ print. She’s attending university in Sydney.

A couple from Perth will be taking back with them a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. They love Cary Lewincamp and have all of his CDs including the one with the cover that I illustrated.

Grandparents that bought a White Faced Scops Owls print for their very unwell newborn granddaughter 3 years ago re-visited the stall. She was born with her intestines on the outside. She locked eyes with the owls and smiled. That was little Olivia’s first smile. It brought tears to the grandmother’s eyes just telling me the story again. She had emailed me with the moving story, which was so nice to read. Three years on and Olivia is doing great they said.

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White Faced Scops Owls that brought a smile to Olivia’s face

The whale and the Tango prints (Two to Tango and Taking a Dip) were the most popular this weekend.

A thought to ponder: “A picture is a poem without words” – Horace

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a creative and happy week,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.