Friendly Encounters in Tasmania

I enjoy unexpected friendly encounters. With Hobart being such a small capital city of approximately 250,000, this is a fairly common occurrence when you are out and about.

I’ve painted two watercolour paintings of some friendly Tasmanian encounters:

A Tasmanian nativehen encounters a wombat
A wombat and Fairy penguin encounter

Wishing you a week full of friendly encounters.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

Quality prints of my artwork is available at http://www.pjpaintings. com

Clip-ons

I finished my commissioned watercolour painting, titled “Clip-ons II”.

Clip-ons II (clip-on earrings are probably antiques now!)

I was commissioned to paint this watercolour painting after the person saw my larger Clip-ons painting with a blue background.

“Clip-ons” original is for sale at Tiger ina Papera Unique Woodcraft Salamanca Gallery, Salamanca Place, Tasmania https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraftsalamancagallery/

She wanted an A-4 sized painting of my Yellow-tailed black cockatoo adorned by Christmas Island crabs, on a white background.

Starting the painting after the drawing process, which took longer than anticipated. I had to erase a lot of it because I wasn’t happy with the composition.
Starting to come to life, especially with the all-important eye more in focus.
Cip-ons II picked up from the framers. I hope she loves it.

I hope your week is travelling along well.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market February 5, 2022

It doesn’t take long until I’m leaving for the market in semi-darkness again. Thankfully blue skies and sunshine soon made their presence.

The first visitors to the stall were a young couple from Brisbane. They saw several echidnas while exploring Tasmania and said they had a soft spot for them. Therefore, “Spiky Bunk Beds” was their chosen print.

Spiky Bunk Beds prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A couple visiting from Hervey Bay, Queensland, the whale capital of Australia he told me, bought an A-3 sized print of “Who, Who, Who are You? II”. Another couple from Adelaide and Sydney bought “Who, Who, Who are You? II” also. There are not many prints of this size left of this painting and the A-4 size limited edition print run ran out over a year ago. https://www.visitfrasercoast.com/why-hervey-bay-is-australias-whale-watching-capital/

Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple from Sydney bought three prints “Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Hanging Out” and “House Sharing”. Another visitor from Sydney purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print and a lady also from Sydney purchased my original painting of a Flame Robin.

House Sharing
Flame Robin

A gallery that is representing me phoned me during the market to tell me that they sold the original painting of “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”. When they were visiting Tasmania, she bought a print of “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and when she got back to Sydney, she decided she just had to have the original painting. So, Goldilocks the Wombat, is going to make its home in Sydney.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a great upcoming week.

Cheers from PJ Paintings

 at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market January 1, 2021

Happy New Year and may 2022 be a good year in all ways for you and your families.

Tasmania’s borders opened December 15th, therefore, there were more tourists from all around Australia at the market. Omicron has also come along with the opened borders, but I don’t see how it was possible to avoid that.

My first visitor to the stall was a lady from Perth, who went to Victoria for her granddaughter’s first birthday and then has spent 15 days in Tasmania to be hopefully allowed back into her state. States have changing and different rules. She is taking back with her, possibly back to Victoria if she’s not allowed back to her state, a “Home Among the Gum Trees” print.

Home Among the Gum Trees
available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A couple, who had just done the Three Capes Walk https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/, purchased “Hair Acessories” and “The Bun”. They told me that on the first day of the walk they were greeted by a pair of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos. She said it was magical and they were able to watch them at a close range for a few minutes before they flew away.

Hair Accessories
The Bun

A couple from Sydney purchased a “Bunk Beds”, Hammock Life” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” prints. “Enchanted Forest I and II” are going to Brisbane to be framed and hung up in their 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

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

A young lady bought A-5 sized prints of “Lazy Days” and “Weightless” to hang up in her bunk area to make it more cheerful she said. She lives on a sailboat.

Weightless

Two sisters, who saw my art at Peppercorn Gallery, Richmond, purchased a “Scarlet Robins” and “Lazy Days” tote bags, and “Spanish Eyes”, “Bunk Beds” and “Story time” prints.

Lazy Days tote bag

A lady bought a “Garden Roses” print for her Mum. I cut some these roses from my only rose bush in my garden, brought it inside and thought, hmm, I think I will try to paint these. I particularly liked the challenge and the light on the rose hips.

Garden Roses prints are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling

A young teenager bought herself a small, framed “Southern Flow” print. Later in the afternoon, a lady returned to the stall to buy the same framed print and was met with disappointment as it wasn’t there anymore.

Southern Flow

Thank you for reading, following, and supporting my art journey throughout the months/years, and 2021. I hope that 2022 provides you with good health and treats you well.

from PJ Paintings

at site 30, Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market, November 20, 2021

It was a drizzly Saturday and a wet set-up. With The Tasmanian Made Market at the newly refurbished Derwent Entertainment Centre https://www.stadia-magazine.com/news/renovation-refurbishment/tasmanias-derwent-entertainment-centre-renovation-to-feature-digital-first-fan-experience.html and protests in front of the Parliament House, Salamanca Market felt quieter.

The first couple visiting my stall purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and a “Double Date IV” print. They told me that they have many visitors to their birdfeeder at the Sunshine Coast and that they started taking drawing & painting classes together. They were impressed with my Yellow-tailed black cockatoo in my “Iconic Aussies” print. They had to paint this bird in one of their classes and said that this has helped them gain a greater appreciation for bird paintings. They returned later in the afternoon and up-sized their prints and added “Iconic Aussies” to their purchase.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
Double Date IV

A lady from Adelaide purchased “Hanging Out”, “Spiky bunk beds” and “Iconic Aussies”. Another lady purchased “Spiky bunk beds” and “Taking it Easy”. I was glad to see this because people have asked me to paint something that more closely matches with Spiky bunk beds’ hammocks, so I painted Taking it Easy, but so far, people haven’t been matching them together, until today. I commented that they were a pair and she immediately acknowledged the same coloured hammocks. It was nice to receive the reinforcement.

An A-3 sized “Weightless” print is heading to Brisbane and “The Three Amigos II” to Toowoomba. She is visiting Tasmania with friends from the Sunshine Coast, Qld.

Weightless
The Three Amigos II

And on cue, it started raining again when it was packing-up time. On the way home, just before the Tasman Bridge, I saw a stall holder pulled over on the side of the road changing a flat tire. They had all their crates, gazebo, shelving and the like, on the ground, to be able to get their reserve tire out. I felt very sorry for them and so grateful to be able to get home, get wet things airing and make myself a cup of tea!

Wishing you a flat tire-free week!

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

P.S. quality PJ Paintings prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Sold

The final original painting, titled “Afternoon Siesta”, of my Sleepy head series has sold. A young lady, from Sydney, visiting Tasmania, saw my artwork at Artefacts Inc Gallery https://www.salarts.org.au/portfolio/residents/artefacts_inc/ She bought three prints, including Afternoon Siesta, and returned home.

Artefacts Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania

About a week later, she phoned me because she couldn’t get Afternoon Siesta out of her head. She was so excited about making the decision to buy it. It’s her first original art purchase. She’s originally from Norway, and has lived in Belgium and France too and now she’s living in Sydney, Australia.

Afternoon Siesta

We agreed that this wombat is the most relaxed looking of the wombats that I have painted. I can’t help but feel more relaxed whenever I look at this painting. It looks like every single bit of stress has dripped out of its paws. Now, it’s on its way to its new owner.

High quality prints of Afternoon Siesta are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/sleepy-head-series-afternoon-siesta-a-print-of-a-wombat

I hope that your day and week has been feeling pretty relaxing too.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

16 then 17

I painted the 15th and 16th penguins. Four more to go!

The newest additions – 15 and 16
…and there they are with their penguin family members, and just as surprised as the rest of them to find a wombat lounging in their sleeping quarters!!

Then I have managed to maintain the momentum and paint number 17 penguin. I’ve started drawing more of the nest too. It feels a bit like Doodle Art. That was all the rage when I was a teenager. I’d save up my money to buy the Doodle Art that came in a tube with coloured textas (felt pens). They were themed posters to colour. They are “vintage” now. I’ve coloured in THE SEA and BUTTERFLIES. They are long gone now.

Anyways, the nest reminded me of doodle art days.

can you spot number 17 penguin?

Hope you’re well and can enjoy a spell of mindless and relaxing doodling today.

Thanks for visiting,

Patricia (www.pjpaintings.com)

Fairy Penguin

It’s almost three years ago now that I sketched an idea for a painting of fairy penguins. I feel excited that I finally have started it today.

My first little fairy penguin painted

The fairy penguins are the smallest of all the penguins. They breed in Australia, including Tasmania and Bruny Island. I’ve visited Bruny Island several times and seen them come onto shore. They are just gorgeous and it is such a privilege to see their cute, waddling selves.

I hope that you have a chance to visit magical Bruny Island and see these little fellows in real life too. But, if not, there’s a two-dimensional large colony coming on shore and heading up to their nests and here are some fairy penguins in Victoria, Australia.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market April 20, 2019

A long weekend with a forecast of 23 degrees Celsius, and not much else is needed to have people venturing into the city for a Salamanca Market experience.
Early in the morning, at the Pj Paintings stall, a father let his son choose a print. He chose ‘Who says emus can’t fly!?’ and he quite correctly pointed out that the emus’ legs are bending the wrong way. Lucky artists have artistic license.

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Who says emus can’t fly!?

When emus sit, their feet go out in front of them. It looks like their knees are bending forward, but actually their knees are higher up, under the feathers where they can’t be seen. The visible part that bends forward are the bird’s ankles.

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A seated emu photo by Getty Images

A couple bought a small original painting of a Red-tailed black cockatoo for their son, who married a Canadian lady, and are living in Chilliwack, B.C., where my sister lives.
 
Two ladies from Brisbane, Queensland, stopped in and bought a small original painting of platypus. They saw my painting of a dog and that started a dog photo exchange, as they have two cocker spaniels, named Poppy and Winston. Of course I had to show them photos of my Charli, an American cocker spaniel.
A boy, wearing a Calgary Flames cap, visited the stall with his mother. He was born in Pittsburgh, USA, lived two years in Calgary, Canada and now they’re living in Brisbane. He looked like he was around seven years old. They purchased an A-4 size ‘Lost Worlds’ print.

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Lost Worlds

Two young ladies from France, on a six month holiday in Australia, bought some greeting cards to post to friends in France and a couple bought an A-5 ‘Glamour Girls’ sized print for their sister-in-law, who’s a hairdresser, and moving back to the USA.

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Glamour Girls

 
The time flew by and suddenly it was packing up time. I won’t be setting up and packing up for four weeks now, as I’m off to do an urban sketching course. My prints and greeting cards will still be available at Salamanca but only in the Salamanca Arts Centre at Artefacts Inc Gallery for the next few weeks, rather than at site 30, but I will be back!
 
There doesn’t seem to be a most popular print today as there was an even spread purchased.
 
A thought to ponder: “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist”, Albert Einstein.
 
Happy Easter!
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com