My drawing and painting for Week Two’s prompt word, “Puppet”, for #inktober52.


I spent significant time and care drawing the fur in with an Artline pen. I usually just draw outlines and do my details in the painting part of the process. I accidentally deleted the drawing photo from my phone. Quite frustrating.

Wishing you an ‘unfrustrating’ week.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)



Salamanca Market, February 18, 2023

It was 37 degrees Celsius in Hobart yesterday. Thankfully it was cooler today, although the rain arriving at packing up time wasn’t great, but we can’t complain.

It was a busy day, and I sold A LOT of tote bags. I couldn’t keep track of what and how many bags passed through my hands. I think putting in a big tote bag order is on my to-do list for this week.

My first visitor was from Queensland, and she purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag for a friend who is looking after her dog while she’s holidaying in Tassie.

A father and daughter from the UK stopped by. The daughter is living in Sydney, and this is her father’s third visit to see her. Neither have been to Tasmania, so they organised a holiday to Tassie, inside his holiday to Sydney. They purchased an “Enchanted Forest II” and a “The Three Amigos II” print.

Another holidayer from Sydney, who bought two cushion covers from me in August 2022, bought two more cushion covers. She chose “Silent Disco” and “Sitting on the Fence”. Her brother lives here and she dog sits for him when he goes on holidays. I asked her who takes care of her house, while she’s here. She has a 30-year-old daughter who lives with her, so that answers that puzzle nicely.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
“Sitting on the Fence” cushion cover

A couple from Canberra purchased an original platypus painting, and a “Spotty”, “Maggie & Maggie” and “Bunk Beds” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour

Maggie & Maggie

A couple decided celebrating her 40th birthday holidaying in Tassie was a special way to enjoy the milestone occasion. As a souvenir, they purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays   

Salamanca Saturdays

A Tasmanian, who married an American and has been living in Michigan, USA, for 9 years, is making a short 10 day visit back home, on her own. She has three children, the youngest is five years old. She’s thoroughly enjoying visiting her family, being back in Tasmania and the novelty of being on her own for a week. She told me that they have a large “Salamanca Fresh” print framed and hanging up in their house and that it gets so many compliments. Now she’s going to add a “Bunk Beds” and a  “The Three Amigos II” print.

A family of sleepy wombats

A mother and daughter visiting from Brisbane, Queensland purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” print and a “Suspended” print. I sold out of “Meet Me at the Gate” prints today. They were a popular choice. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/meet-me-at-the-gate

Meet Me at the Gate

“Taking it Easy” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” are going to make their home in Germany. She’s been here working as a volunteer at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. https://www.bonorong.com.au/ This is where I’ve taken many of my photos of animals and birds for my paintings. It’s a wonderful spot.

Taking it Easy

I tried to pack up the stall as fast as I could to beat the rain. I wasn’t quite fast enough, but it was a good effort because only a few things got wet.

Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

“An artist is not paid for his labour but for his vision.” — James McNeill Whistler

Tickle My Toes


I hope you’re all well in the lead-up to the festive season commencements.

Yesterday, we had the coldest December day in 50 years! Tasmania is experiencing cold Antarctic blasts for a few days. We’re supposed to be experiencing summer weather, not wintery conditions.

Lucky its summery weather where this little wombat decided to jump on a swing. I’ve named this painting “Tickle My Toes”

Tickle My Toes

Enjoy your weekend!

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)


Cosy Place

Hello everybody,

I hope that your Wednesday is travelling well.

Back to the Wombatober Challenge. I’m zig-zagging from the Inktober to the Wombatober Challenge. Day 3’s prompt word for the Wombatober Challenge is “Cosy Place”.

This little fellow is feeling sleepy and cosy under its wombat quilt.

Feeling Cosy

I hope you are feeling cosy too!

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade


Hello everybody,

Here’s my latest painting of another little wombat. I think I drew its feet a little big, hence titling this painting “Bigfoot”.


This “Bigfoot” title brought back a memory from long ago and the birth of my daughter. Just after being informed that I gave birth to a girl, the nurse said, “wow, she has big feet!” Indeed she did, but now as an adult she has tiny feet, size 5, which I think is size 35-36 European ladies shoe size and size 6 in USA. So, maybe this little wombat will grow into its big feet and then need a name change to “Littlefoot”.

I hope everybody is enjoying their week on healthy feet, no matter what size they are.

Cheers, from Patricia at PJ Paintings

P.S. “Bigfoot”, a cute little wombat, not a sasquatch https://www.livescience.com/24598-bigfoot.html, will be for sale at Salamanca Market.


Tiger and I

I love drawing and painting strutting emus. You can let your imagination go and draw all sorts of imaginary scenes, like this one of an emu and tiger going for a walk in happier times. Unfortunately, both the Tasmanian emu and thylacine suffered the same fate.

Tiger and I

This painting is painted on Khadi Mill paper that is made from recycled cotton rags. It is approximately 20 x 20 cm. The “Tiger and I” original paintings is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/original-paintings

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is as relaxing and joyful as the Tiger and I scene.