100 People Challenge

The drawing 100 people in five days challenge has come and gone. I have come close to drawing 100 people in the past but have never quite got over the line. Last year, I didn’t even attempt it and the same almost happened this year. But I attended the Summer Salt Music Festival, in Hobart, Tasmania’s Botanical Gardens https://summersaltmusic.com.au/past-events/hobart/ on Friday, March 12th that coincided with the 100 people challenge. So, while standing in line, I pushed myself to start drawing people. I drew 22 people and then it just got too dark to see. Also, once seated, there were mainly backs of heads to draw, which didn’t inspire me very much.

I won’t bore you with all 22 drawings because frankly most of them are pretty ordinary. I’ve chosen what I think are the best of the lot.

This gothic young woman was sitting fairly close to us. I found her a great person to sketch with her thick, dark long eyelashes, nose ring, lip stud, lacy black top, black skirt and black hat.

At the music festival with the very strict COVID no dancing rule being enforced

I drew her again when she was holding onto her bare foot. Her friend beside her was eating slices of salami,

At the Summer Salt Festival, Hobart, Tasmania
Enjoying the music

The live music was awesome as I hope the start of your week has been.

Many thanks for stopping by and visiting.

Cheers, Patricia (www.pjpaintings.com)

An Eventful 36 Hours

The events started yesterday, when I was packing the car for Salamanca Market. A jack jumper had decided to climb onto a box that I picked up to put in the car. Of course it bit me and my hand swelled up overnight. I wish I had thought to take my ring off immediately because now I definitely can’t! Here’s a link if you’d like to read more about this rather aggressive insect that has a nasty bite https://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/Documents/jackjumperfactsheet.pdf

annoyingly swollen hand due to ant bite

After the car was packed, I headed off to the Summer Salt Music Festival held in the Botanical Gardens. It was awesome but it made it a short night with the 5 am wake up for the market the next day.

The stage at Hobart’s Botanical Gardens

The line up was Emily Wurramara, Boy & Bear, John Butler, The Teskey Brothers and finishing off with The Cat Empire. There was a strictly no dancing rule.

No Dancing

but… when The Cat Empire came on and started playing, everybody was up and dancing. The officials definitely had their work cut out trying to get people to only chair-dance.

Then it was up at the crack of dawn and setting up the stall in the dark.

my stall at site 30

It was a very busy day with people from various places from the mainland and backpackers from overseas visiting. I had caravaners from Queensland that are touring around Tasmania for 7 weeks buy “Afternoon Siesta” and “Spiky Siesta” prints. I had French backpackers, who are here for another 6 months also purchase an “Afternoon Siesta” print. A couple from Melbourne stopped in. She told me she had to get “Two to Tango” because she was from Argentina. It’s her fourth time visiting Tasmania but her first time to Salamanca Market.

Two to Tango with collage of treble clefs applied to her seductive dress

A kindergarten teacher from Queensland bought “Story time”.

Story time

Another couple from Queensland purchased three prints: “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania”, “Joyride” and “Glamour Girls”. Backpackers from Chile bought an A-5 sized print of a wombat in a hammock and a couple bought an original of a platypus I painted to go with a children’s platypus book. They’re sending both to their 3 year old nephew living in Switzerland.

Afternoon Siesta

While a bunch of people were in my stall, a man told me that a lady just took one of my prints (Double Date IV”) without paying for it. I caught up with her and asked if she wanted to pay for my print and she said that she put it back on the rack. I asked her, “why is it in your bag then?” It was poking out of her bag and I could clearly see it, so I showed it to her. Then she said she got it from around the corner and started telling me that it was selling everywhere. She said she was going to report me and then started getting aggressive with the people who saw her take it. Eventually she moved on but it does leave you a little shaken.

Double Date IV

My credit card gadget worked for about 2 hours and then it just wouldn’t connect so the tapping mechanism didn’t work, leaving me with the only option to enter everything in manually, which was a pain. Then the rains came, just 20 minutes or so before we packed up. Not long enough to let things dry off, so things are drying in all sorts of places in my house.

Time for a cup of tea… and process the events of the past 36 hours. I hope that your day is going great.

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade (all the images shown are available on my website at http://www.pjpaintings.com)

Three Days of Mofoing

It can not be underestimated what David Walsh, creator and owner of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), has done for Tasmania.  He has single-handedly put Tasmania on the map and boosted tourism with his events, ingenuity and creativity.  I attended the Hobart part of the three-day MONA Mofo music festival.  The festival hosted a range of performances, ones I would classify as eccentric and strange to awesome and memorable.

On site, there was ‘mobile music’.  They played at various spots around MONA and while they were moving to a new location.

mobile band DWalshandwife
Music-on-the-go with David Walsh, wearing green pants, and his wife, wearing a jean skirt. 

One of the first performances I went to was Breadwoman.  She moved in very slow motion (sort of leavening and de-leavening (this is my interpretation.  There was an hour artist talk scheduled about this performance the next day, but alas, I missed it because I had to  work)) while the co-performer made quite cool cracking, stretching and similar noises using everyday sorts of items.

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Breadwoman with her baguette

bread woman
Breadwoman revealing her face

I then listened to the Brian Jackson & the Southern Gospel Choir, which, for me, wasn’t a stand-out performance.  I thought it would be more engaging and moving.

Brian Jackson southern Gospel Choir
Brain Jackson & the Southern Gospel Choir

One of my favourite performances was Filastine & Nova, from Indonesia and Spain.  They were awesome!!  I love it when people play an instrument in an unconventional way.  For example, usually when the triangle is played, it a well-timed ‘ping’ here and there, well she played the triangle at a manic speed.  They also played unconventional ‘instruments’.  He played the ‘shopping trolley’, also very energetically.  The visuals behind on the big screen were stunning, moving and tastefully delivered very powerful environmental and refugee messages.

I enjoyed the all-girl, improvisational six piece band, Philomath.


I felt particularly moved and proud to hear Ajak Kwai’s performance.  She is a former TAFE student that I taught.

Ajak Kwai
Ajak Kwai

Karim Wasfi’s cello performance was as amazing as the setting of the Nolan Gallery.

Karim Wasli
A stunning cello performance by Karim Wasfi

I couldn’t get in to hear and see Vocal Womb.  Fortunately, my friend, Sarah, was able to.  Eve Klein, inserts a laryngoscope into her nose and down, so that the audience can see the workings of the voice from inside a singer’s body.  It is a multimedia opera performance.

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Eve Klein’s progression to her next performance

I loved Kardajala Kirridarra’s music.  Their harmonies were beautiful.  At one point, the local rooster cock-a-doodled-doo, and it seemed to be in key and at the right point of song to do it.


Kardajala Kirridarra

The MONA rooster

The Chakam Ensemble played.

Chakam Ensemble

Then the mesmerizing performance of Emel Mathlouthi took place.  She said not to underestimate the strength of the bare-naked voice, and you could NOT underestimate hers when she sang without any instrumental support.  Her voice totally captivated the audience, even though it was sung in a language that most of the audience didn’t understand.

Emel Mathlouthi

The final band on Sunday evening was the heavy metal band, Mayhem, from Norway.

mayhem norway heavy metal

David Walsh hosted a pre-Mofo event in Launceston where onesies were given away.  Those who wore the onesies to the Hobart Mofo event, were given free entry. So, you saw quite a few onesies around.

Heaps of people got into the spirit of the event by wearing weird and wonderful outfits.  Here is a small fraction of them.

Mofo ended for me last night when I saw the Violent Femmes and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, hosted by MONA, at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall.  That was a stunning performance.

Well, that’s another MONA Mofo done and dusted.  It is a unique festival and so much fun.  The wild outfits, venues, food and performances make it an awesome event.

Thanks for visiting and I hope the rest of the week goes well for you.