Salamanca Market, November 19, 2022

The sky was a glowing orange-red when I left the house for Salamanca Market this morning.

My first customer of the day was somebody from Sydney visiting Tasmania. She’s looking forward to doing her three-day acrylic class that she enrolled in. She purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” cushion cover to remember her Tasmanian visit.

Salamanca Saturdays cushion cover available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/cushion-cover-of-salamanca-market
Salamanca Saturdays colourful cushion covers are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/cushion-cover-of-salamanca-market

A family of four were drawn into the PJ Paintings stall by the 9-year-old son. A “Sitting on the Fence” print. I gave him a hefty discount. They used to live in Tasmania and now they live in Melbourne. They are here for their Nan’s 80th birthday, along with her other 18 grandchildren that live all over Australia and have also made the journey for this milestone birthday.

“Sitting on the Fence” prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/sitting-on-the-fence

A grandmother bought an “Unwinding” print for her 4-year-old grandson and a teacher working across two primary schools bought four emu prints to display in both her offices. She wanted the emus because she thinks that the children will engage with them. She purchased “Family Outing”, “Glamour Girls”, “Story time” and “Joy ride”.

“Family Outing” This quality print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/family-outing
“Glamour Girls” Quality prints of Glamour Girls are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-1
“Story time” prints of my original painting is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/story-time
“Joy ride”. Prints of emus riding a Ducati motorcycle are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/joy-ride

A visitor from Byron Bay bought a “Spanish Eyes (Red)” print and another visitor living in between Sydney and Brisbane on the coast, Bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Spanish Eyes (Red) This humorous and vibrant print is available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/musical/products/copy-of-all-ears

Evelyn, from Netherlands, who has relatives living in Australia, is visiting Australia five weeks. She paints water colour landscapes. She purchased a “The Three Amigos” print.

“The Three Amigos II” Prints of these kookaburras are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/the-three-amigos

A lady, living approximately 80km from Melbourne, in regional Victoria, bought a “Christmas Siesta” print. She has a wombat that lives on her property, and she has recently spotted an echidna! I forgot to ask her if she has named her wombat.

This wombat has given its hammock a rather Christmas festive appeal. Prints of my original painting are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/christmas/products/christmas-christmas-siesta

Art thought for the day:

Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” – Theodore Dreiser.

Wishing you lots of rejuvenating, creative, honey-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

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Salamanca Market July 9, 2022

I got absolutely saturated setting my stall up during the early hours of this morning. Thankfully the rain did stop by the afternoon. It felt like there weren’t as many people at the market today.

My first sale was a small original painting of a wombat with helpful lady bugs. It’s similar to this one, below.

Not Feeling Blue IV

Parents and their son, from Allandale, NSW, http://www.australias.guide/nsw/location/allandale/ purchased an “Emu Boogie” greeting card for their son’s piano teacher and a large “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag for themselves.

Emu Boogie
Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

Parents and their adult daughter stopped at the stall. The daughter really liked the original titled, “Holding Hands”. They left and the father came back and bought it to give to her for her upcoming birthday. Later in the day, a lady who been eyeing the same painting, came back to buy it and was disappointed to discover it had sold.

Holding Hands

A mother and daughter, from Poland, bought “The Three Amigos II” and a “Suspended” print. The kookaburra print is going back to Poland but Suspended is going with the daughter to New Zealand where she has done one year of high school. She’s going to do one more year of high school and then start her university degree in New Zealand.

The Three Amigos II available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds
Suspended

A son and mother purchased A-3 sized prints of “Enchanted Forest I” and “Enchanted Forest II” for their renovated house in Newcastle, NSW.

Enchanted Forest I available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds
Enchanted Forest II

A young lady, who has just moved to Hobart to start her university degree in media and marketing, bought “Lost Worlds” and “Poppy Fields” to brighten her room in her share house.  

Lost Worlds

“Piggyback” is going to the Central Coast, NSW, and a “Hanging Out” tote bag’s destination is going further than NSW.  It is a gift for the person taking care of their house in Texas, USA while they are holidaying and travelling the world.

Hanging Out tote bag

It was good to get home, hang up the wet things and have a hot, slow-cooked, curry dinner.

Take care.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade      

Salamanca Market June 4, 2022

It was inky black when I left this morning, but I didn’t feel cold wearing my thermals and pure wool, thick socks.

My first visitor were two women, who had already purchased my some of my art at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond https://www.peppercorngallery.com.au/ . They bought a framed print of “Lazy Days”, and a “Double Date” and “Bunk Beds” tote bags.

Lazy Days
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

I met a Canadian couple from Calgary. He was wearing a Canadian rugby hoodie. Apparently, rugby is becoming a popular sport in Canada. They purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag.

Salamanca Saturdays tote bag
also available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

A young couple from Melbourne visited the stall. As she was looking more closely and perusing my art, she said that my gum leaves look familiar and that she thinks she has bought some of my art. It turned out that she had bought two small original paintings from my stall about six years ago. She has them framed and loves them she told me. They left with four prints.

Another visitor bought “The Bun” and “Bunk Beds” prints for her friend, who loves cockatoos and wombats.

The Bun
Bunk Beds

A Swan supporter, (an AFL team, the Sydney Swans) dressed in the red and white footy shirt, purchased “Graduation Siesta” and “Share House” for her partner who is graduating soon.

Graduation Siesta
“Share House” The Tawny Frogmouths are not it total agreement with this definition of “share” (lol)

A lady, who lives in Townsville, purchased three “Glamour Girls” prints for herself and two girlfriends. They went to school together in Townsville and are catching up in Tassie. One now lives in Dubai and the other in Toowoomba, Queensland. https://www.tr.qld.gov.au/ar2017/our-region/52-toowoomba-region-overview-2

Glamour Girls

A family visiting from New Zealand, purchased a “Lost Worlds” print. The mother grew up in Tasmania and walked the Lost World Track on kunanyi when she was in high school. It was an outdoor adventure excursion. You can’t actually ‘walk’ the Lost World track as it is mainly scrambling over boulders and trying to spot the next orange triangle to find which boulder you have to climb next. Several hours later, you reach this amazing open space, surrounded by the mountain’s glorious organ pipe rock formation.

Lost Worlds
Quality prints of Lost Worlds are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling

See you next week. I hope your week goes well.

Take care, from Patricia (PJ) www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market March 26, 2022

It was a beautiful summer’s day today.

My very first visitors to the stall purchased a “Suspended” (a humpback whale) and “Afternoon Siesta” print, followed by a young couple from Sydney, buying a “Hanging Out” print.  

“Afternoon Siesta”

A couple, who came to Tasmania from Geelong via the ferry, chose a “Bunk Beds” print. Another person chose “Lost Worlds” for herself and “Bunk Beds” for a work colleague who cared for an orphaned wombat that spent its days at the office and was allowed to run around early in the morning before they were open to the public. The wombat’s name was Nigel.

Bunk Beds
Lost Worlds, which has the Tasmanian thylacines, lost to our world but their presence still felt, embedded in the foreground of the painting.

A young man, visiting Tasmania from about 2 hours drive south of Sydney, bought a print of the oldest convict-built bridge in Australia titled “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania”. https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/hobart/richmond-bridge.html

Richmond Bridge, Tasmania

An expectant mother from Sydney, purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” for her grandmother who loves Superb Fairy-wrens and an Enchanted Forest greeting card for her mother.

Meet Me at the Gate

A lady from Geelong, NSW, bought a “Hammock Life” print. Her son and her used to watch platypus in the river close to their house. He passed away and she said now she’s obsessive about platypus. She told me that she’s going to hang “Hammock Life” in her kitchen.

Hammock Life

The original painting titled “A Flair for Strutting” was purchased by a man from Moonah, Hobart.  I have actually recently sold five original strutting emu paintings: “Earthy” and another one at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, two website orders: “Taking the Fish for a Walk” and “Tiger and I”,  (www.pjpaintings.com) and now at Salamanca Market, “A Flair for Strutting”.

A Flair for Strutting

A couple, she was originally from Turkey and has been in Australia for two years and got married here, now living on the Central Coast, NSW, purchased “Poppy Fields (Yellow)” and “Leafy Decorum” prints. They had already bought some of my prints from Tiger ina Papera Gallery https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraftsalamancagallery/ during the week. They want to move to Tasmania. He’s an electrician and she’s a yoga teacher. They are travelling to the north of the state to help them decide where in Tasmania they want to move to.

Yellow Poppy Fields

A lady bought a large “Helping Hands” zip pouch for her friend’s 50th birthday, who is also a quirky artist she told me.

Helping Hands pouch available at the market and http://www.pjpaintings.com

Another lady bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh” cushion covers to post to the USA… and then it was packing up and a cup of tea time.

Salamanca Saturdays cushion cover
Salamanca Fresh cushion cover

Thanks for visiting and I hope that the upcoming week goes well for you.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

Quality prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market December 18, 2021

Wind gusts of up to 50 kmph were predicted, so all the gazebo sides went up today. With a blue roof and little air circulation, the sauna-like conditions and the pollen from the large tree made it difficult to not sneeze. Thankfully, the 50 kmph didn’t eventuate.

The first couple that visited the stall were from Tamworth, NSW. https://www.destinationtamworth.com.au/   They purchased a “Bunk beds” print and then noticed my Poppy Fields print. They said that they had this print. Her sister, who has bought a lot of art, moved overseas, and couldn’t take it with her, so she gave them her art, which Poppy Fields was among her collection.

Bunk beds
Poppy Fields, which received the People’s Choice award

A young couple, her originally from Italy and him from Brazil, now living in Brisbane, purchased a “Scarlet Robins” zipper pouch.  

Scarlet Robins pouch

A lady, originally from Lithuania, now living in Sydney, bought a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag for her girlfriend. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17536867

Salamanca Fresh tote bag

A couple bought a small, framed print of “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” for their eight-year-old niece in Sydney. She loves art, birds and animals, a perfect gift for her. 😊

Friendship Refreshes the Soul

A dad and his daughter, from Brisbane, bought “Iconic Aussies” and “The Three Amigos II” prints.

The Three Amigos II

A lady from Brisbane, saw a man carrying a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag and told me it looked so good that she wanted to buy one too. So, she did. It is a bright and colourful bag, washable and made in Australia.

Salamanca Saturdays tote bag

A family bought the original painting titled “Off to the Footy”. There are prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/off-to-the-footy . They also bought a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag and a “Hammock Life” print.

Off to the Footy!

Wishing everybody a joyful and fun festive season, from PJ Paintings,

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

Quality prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market October 9, 2021

Today felt like a mixed-up day. We couldn’t park in our close-by usual spots, rain arrived at packing up time, with my car out of reach, and my Square app stopped working at 2 pm, but I’m happy that it didn’t stop earlier in the day, and all-in-all, I can’t complain. It was a good day, with many happy interactions.

A couple from the Gold Coast, who have travelled around a lot of Tasmania, including Stanley and Bruny Island, bought a “Double Date IV” print. Two ladies from Perth, spending two weeks in Tassie, bought the same print.

A lady bought a small “Lazy Days” pouch for her 3-year-old granddaughter and another grandmother bought “Motherly Emutions” for her son. Another lady bought “Kiss Me Please” https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals/products/kiss-me-please-1 for her mother. She said her mother will absolutely love it. I didn’t get a chance to ask her what her mother’s connection is with frogs.

There was a lot of birthday-present-buying being done today. A young lady bought a “DefendConserveProtect” tote bag for her mother-in-law’s birthday, which is today. Another lady bought a large “Lost Worlds” print for her friend’s birthday.

Lost Worlds – A view from the Lost World track on kunanyi with Tasmanian Tigers and their continually felt presence

A couple from Adelaide bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” and a “Salamanca Fresh” print. A couple from Perth, WA, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” cushion cover. A lady, who during the week bought a “Hanging Out” print from Tiger ina Papera https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraft/ was so pleased to discover my stall and that she could buy a matching cushion cover, which she did.

Salamanca Fresh

A grandmother bought “Silent Disco” for her granddaughter that likes to dance, “Emus Can Fly!” for her grandson that likes cars and motorbikes, and “Entanglement” for herself. Another lady bought “Rising Above It” for a 12-year-old girl.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
Rising Above It

A couple, who wanted to buy a gift for her sister, wanted three A-3 sized prints, each featuring three emus. I wasn’t sure if I could fulfill this request, but we did achieve success. They purchased “Salamanca Fresh”, “Glamour Girls” and “The Supremes”.

Wishing one and all a great rest of the weekend and upcoming week.

Take care, Patricia (PJ)

Salamanca Market Update, March 27, 2021

Rain at 6 am, 7 am and at 3 pm was forecasted and unfortunately, I must report, that the weather was predicted correctly. Rain book-ended the market, wet setting up and wet taking down.

I met many visitors from the mainland of Australia today. A couple who took the ferry from Victoria, and she experienced sea sickness for the first time, purchased an A-3 sized print of “Joyride”.

Salamanca Saturdays was purchased as a souvenir by a couple visiting from Brisbane.

Another couple bought a penguin card for their Venezuelan son-in-law who is fanatical about penguins.

A couple, who bought one of my prints a few years ago, for their former Argentinian exchange student’s first child, has come back to buy a print for their second child. They’ll be posting to Switzerland, where the family is now living, a “Duck Crossing” print for the second child and a Duck Crossing pencil case filled with crayons and the like for the older sibling . The older sibling has one of my prints hanging in her bedroom and now the younger sibling will have Duck Crossing in their bedroom.

A mother visiting from Canberra bought “Graduation Siesta” for her daughter who has just graduated and now has a Medical Radiation Science degree.

Two international students, studying at the University of Tasmania, accounting and engineering, bought some cards and small A-5 sized prints. A group visiting from Taiwan, only spending four days in Tassie, bought “Hanging Out”. They liked that the gum leaves and gum nuts make sort of the same shape as Tasmania.

A lady, visiting from Sydney, chose an “Emu Ice Capades” greeting card. I remarked that it was unusual for somebody to choose an ice-skating card. She said that she and all her children ice skate. Now that’s unusual!! In Tasmania, there is only one ice skating rink for the whole island and the owners have recently retired, so I’m not sure if we still have an ice rink. Tasmanians may have to go to the mainland to have an ice-skating experience now! https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-13/tasmania-only-ice-skating-rink-for-sale-glenorchy/12869448

Are you from the northern hemisphere, I asked? She was born in Australia, and they just spoke German at home, and then they moved to Germany when she was 5 years old. Then they moved back to Australia when she was eight and she couldn’t speak any English when she started school in Australia. Then the family moved back to Germany when she was twelve and then back to Australia when she was sixteen. Needless to say, she’s had an interesting childhood and is fluent in both German and English.

I started packing up early, so that some of the things that had dried, like the sides of the gazebo and table cloths, wouldn’t get wet again.

Time to put my feet up and enjoy a cup of tea.

Wishing you an awesome weekend and I’ll be back at the market next week, April 3rd.  

Fitzroy Gardens

The Hobart Sketchers Group met at Fitzroy Gardens in South Hobart, Tasmania, today on this Day for Valentines. We had a nice group of ten gather at the beautiful and green gardens, including an urban sketcher from Launceston. kunanyi’s organ pipes were really well-marked and distinctive from this viewpoint. This mountain looks over Hobart and is a feature from many different angles depending which suburb you are viewing it from. The organ pipes could be so clearly seen from here.

our view of kunanyi

I decided to sketch a house on Fitzroy Crescent, number 43. I had a clear view of the house until a car parked in front of me.

and I really liked their street-light arrangement of the bins at the front of the house!!
The house with car parking in front of me. Ahhh, my bins are out of view now!!

Then the owner of the house wandered across the street to have a bit of a sticky beak and was so enthusiastic about what we were doing and our drawings that he moved the car, rubbish bins and even offered to make us a cup of coffee!

He saw my drawing at this stage

Then he offered to take a photo of me drawing. I think it is quite a cool shot with the house so clearly in view. He’s got a photographer’s eye!

Drawing 43 Fitzroy Crescent

I mucked up the bay windows. I didn’t draw them big enough. Next time…..

Finished sketch, with the rubbish bins!

Thanks for visiting and I hope that you make time to draw, drawing outdoors, indoors looking out or indoors looking in.

Take care, from Patricia (PJ Paintings)

Our Mountain

I love wandering on our mountain, Mt Wellington/kunanyi in Hobart, Tasmania. It’s always different and so inspiring. This time I actually saw two animals. We had to stop the car to let the cutest little echidna cross the road, and on the track, a padymelon stopped us in our tracks.

a padymelon on kunanyi

The Organ Pipe track to the kunanyi’s organ pipes.

on our way down the mountain we had to keep an eye on our step

The organ pipes look quite different close up. They are very dramatic. There were several rock climbers climbing the organ pipes. We encountered some climbers on our way down and asked them how their climb was? They answered that it was awesome. They were absolutely beaming with happiness. Here’s a link for more information about climbing the organ pipes on kunanyi. kunanyi https://www.wellingtonpark.org.au/rock-climbing/

the majestic organ pipes close up
the organ pipes viewed from Sandy Bay, Hobart
organ pipes view from the kunanyi track

I found this fern striking. It’s one plant with different coloured frons. It reminded me of the punnet of lettuce seedlings I recently purchased.

multi-coloured fern
multi-coloured lettuce
We passed by moss covered boulders
striking moss covered boulders on kunanyi
it’s not the season for waratahs to be flowering but there were a few strange looking flowers around. I don’t know if this is the remnants of a former full waratah flower?

As usual, on the way up the mountain, the lichen on the rocks totally inspired me.

I love the green and black lichen
A limited pallet of lichen

This one looks like an outer space scene to me.

such a fabulous set of lichen!

I would love to paint a section of the lichen on a large piece of paper. I think that they are so awesome. I LOVE the patterns. It certainly resembles Aboriginal dot painting to me. But, first I want to paint this picture that I’ve drawn up about three months ago. It’s a continuation of my Bunk beds series. Limited edition prints of “Bunk beds” are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour.

A wombat family relaxing under the shade of a gum tree – This painting is titled “Bunk beds”
extending the “Bunkbeds” series with “Bunk bed trio”. I’m not sure about what to title this picture? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Thanks for visiting. I hope that COVID is under control where you are living so that you are able to enjoy the nature around you. Take care, from Patricia (PJ).

Why it IS a big deal!

In other parts of the world, snow probably isn’t a big deal but here in Australia it is and it makes front page news. There are many who have never seen snow. We have Queenslanders (pre-COVID) visit Tasmania for that very reason, to see snow for the first time in their lives.

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I’ve been told that there used to be snow on kunanyi/Mt Wellington for months at a time during the winter.

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kunanyi, Tasmania, August 7, 2020

Nowadays, snow is only there for a few days before it all melts away and disappears, just like the Tasmanian emus, which were hunted to extinction about 150 years ago. But, I have recently discovered that my emus are not the only honorary Tasmanian snow-loving emus around! Chook Chook, an adopted mainland emu, a Tasmanian resident, living in Kaoota, is also a snow-loving, honorary Tasmanian emu.

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Snow-emu

Chook Chook is 19 years old! Their life expectancy is 20 years and he is still going strong. Chook Chook was advertised in the Tasmanian Mercury when he was a chick for $10. The wet or snow doesn’t worry Chook Chook at all. When the garden hose comes out, he comes running to be sprayed. Emus are actually good swimmers and seek out water to cool themselves in the hot outback of Australia.

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Tasmanian resident – Chook Chook

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe.

P.S. Prints and original paintings are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

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view of kunanyi taken in Sandy Bay, Hobart, August 7, 2020