Salamanca Market, February 4, 2023

Good soaking rain, the kind that gardens love, not Salamanca market stallholders, greeted us this morning. Because my stall is on a slope, I had to build bridges with the lids of my crates, with an edge on the curb and the other side on the pavement, to put my bags of tote bags and the like on, so that the stream of water ran underneath the lids. The kookaburras seemed to be enjoying the steady rain. Thankfully, we did get some breaks from the rain, but it kept reappearing.

My first customer appeared wearing shorts. I didn’t notice because I can’t see people’s legs very easily from over the prints, but he was bemoaning wearing shorts. He just arrived from Brisbane where it is hot and humid, so he had a good excuse. He bought a “Hammock Life” cushion cover.

Hammock Life 40 x 40 cm cushion covers, made in Australia, are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/copy-of-cushion-cover-of-a-platypus

A family visiting from Munich, Germany, purchased “Silent Disco”. They liked the fairy penguins that come to Tasmania’s shores.

A couple from Brisbane bought “Bunk Beds” for themselves. She loves wombats.

A family of sleepy wombats. Quality prints of Bunk Beds are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour

Two brothers from Melbourne purchased “Sitting on the Fence” for their Nanny’s 60th birthday. She brought them to Tassie to celebrate her birthday.

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

A couple, from the cruise ship docked in Hobart, purchased an original ink and watercolour painting of chickens to hang in their kitchen in Brisbane, Queensland (Qld).

Chickens!!

Another original sold today. I titled it, “Mesmerising”. The couple that bought it had bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” print several years ago. She described that they had it framed in an antique frame, how good it looks, the joy it brings and how much they love it. Stories like that are always so nice to hear.

Mesmerising

Two sisters, one living here, who moved from New Zealand with her husband and children, the other from NSW, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print for their Mum.

Salamanca Saturdays

One of many working on the Iron Man event https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/Events-and-activities/Upcoming-events/IRONMAN-70.3-Tasmania purchased a “Maggie & Maggie” print. She calls Noosa, Queensland home.

Maggie & Maggie – a print of my original painting

Somebody from the cruise ship, from Cairns, Qld, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairns loved and purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag.

such a cheery and colourful tote bag

A “Glamour Girls” print is travelling to Montreal, Canada and “Devilish Siesta” is going to Newcastle, NSW, with a student studying Occupational Therapy.

“Glamour Girls”
Quality prints of Glamour Girls are available at:
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-1

At the end of the day, I packed my soggy things into the car and then unpacked them to air out and dry.

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:

“The source of genius is imagination alone, the refinement of the senses that sees what others do not see, or sees them differently.” -Eugène Delacroix  

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Salamanca Market, January 14, 2023

Once again, it was a fun day at the market. My first customer of the day was from Sydney, and she was heading home today, with a “Three Amigos II” print. She finished the Three Capes walk yesterday and had spectacular weather for it.

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

A mum and son, also from Sydney, purchased a “Spiky Bunk Beds” print. I painted the spikes poking through the two bottom hammocks. The son’s favourite part of his holiday was watching the Hobart Hurricanes play a Big Bash League game at the Blundstone Oval in Bellerive, on the eastern shore of Hobart.

Spiky Bunk Beds

A couple from Bannockburn, Victoria, https://www.victorianplaces.com.au/bannockburn purchased “Hayride”, “Dinner for Five???”, “Regal”, “Who says emus can’t fly!?” and a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag. Later in the day, they returned and bought more prints.

Hayride
Regal
Who Says Emus Can’t Fly?!?
Salamanca Fresh

A lady bought “Silent Disco”. She loves penguins and saw them coming ashore in Burnie, Tasmania.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

“Meet Me at the Gate” is going to London and “Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Salamanca Fresh” is going to Somerset, England.

Meet Me at the Gate
quality archival prints available at
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/meet-me-at-the-gate

A couple from Dallas, Texas, asked me if I had any prints of a ‘bin chicken’ (an Australian ibis). I showed them the original I had, which they purchased, along with “Iconic Aussies”, “The Three Amigos II” and “Morning Melodies” prints. Then a couple from Queensland, asked me if I had any bin chickens!! I haven’t had anybody ask me about bin chickens for years and then two in one day!

“So you’re the one giving us a bad name” said the chicken.

A young woman bought the original painting of an urban sketch I did of a grand house in Hobart.

Queensgrade, 15 Aberdeen Street, Hobart. Drawn and painted from the opposite side of the street.

Then a lady, from Israel, involved with the Hobart International Tennis Tournament, https://www.hobartinternational.com.au/ purchased “Bunk Beds” and “Salamanca Saturdays” prints.

Bunk Beds, a family of sleepy wombats
Salamanca Saturdays

A couple from Atlanta, Georgia, USA are returning with “Enchanted Forest II” and “Dinner for Five???” prints.  A mother visiting from Switzerland, bought “A Spot of Happiness” and “Piggyback” prints. She’s flying back on Tuesday with a baby who has just started walking.

It was a busy and hot day, so it was nice to get home and put my feet up.

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:

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Salamanca Market, December 24, 2022

It rained during the night then Hobart turned on a brilliant summer’s day with a high of 26 degrees Celsius.

My first customer of the day were two ladies from south of Wollongong. They purchased A-3 sized prints of “Meet Me at the Gate”, “Afternoon Siesta”, and “Hammock life”.

Afternoon Siesta
Hammock Life

A lady from Adelaide bought “Maggie & Maggie” and “Meet Me at the Gate” prints. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/maggie-maggie-prints-of-a-magpie-watercolour-painting and https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/meet-me-at-the-gate

Maggie & Maggie
Meet Me at the Gate

A music teacher bought “All Ears” to hang in her music studio. She used to teach music in the schools but now she’s going to just teach privately. She had some difficulty choosing between “All Ears’ and “Silent Disco”. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/all-ears and https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/dancing-penguins

All Ears
Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

A lady bought an original painting of cottages that I drew on location in North Hobart, Tasmania. It is going to be a gift for her friend that lives in Auckland, New Zealand. My original painting of a wombat balancing on a red ball also sold today. The lady made an emotional connection with it. I love it too. It’s so cute.

Cottages on Lochner Street, North Hobart, Tasmania

A man visiting from New Caledonia https://www.newcaledonia.travel/au purchased “Lost Worlds” and “Glamour Girls” prints. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling/products/lost-worlds

Lost Worlds

A lady from Germany purchased a “Hanging Out” tote bag, and another lady from Ireland purchased a “Hanging Out” print and so did a lady from Townsville. She said that she liked it because it is very different to the art they have in Townsville.

Hanging Out tote bag
Hanging Out

A sister bought “Bonnie & Me!” for her brother that is living in Finland.

Bonnie & Me!

A family from London, UK, purchased an “Enchanted Forest I” and “Hanging Out” print and a “Lazy Days” tote bag. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags/products/tote-bag-lazy-days-1

Enchanted Forest I

A mother bought a “Lazy Days” tote bag for her future daughter-in-law. She is Columbian and the wedding is in Columbia.

A couple bought an Enchanted Forest tote bag for their golfing buddy that they golf with once a year in Bendigo, Victoria.

Art thought for the day:

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced” – Vincent Van Gogh

I wish everybody a safe and very happy New Year’s Eve and 2023.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Salamanca Market, October 29, 2022

There was very little rain today, which was a welcome change.

My first customer of the day was visiting from Ballarat, Victoria. https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/ballarat/  She purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays and a “Maggie” print. A sister and brother travelling together from Sydney stopped by. She sells crystals and sometimes sells them at markets too. Her brother bought her a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

My next customers were a lovely couple from Geelong, Victoria. They’ll be returning home with a “Family Outing”, “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Story time” print.

A lady from the Gold Coast, Queensland, purchased a medium sized “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag for an elderly friend. She thought medium was a good size because she can’t carry too much at once anymore.

A doctor, who has her practice in Hobart, stopped in and bought some greeting cards. She told me that she has a print of “White Faced Scops Owls” hanging in her practice and that she gets lots of comments from children and adults alike. She said she tells them “Salamanca Market”. A man from Perth, WA, came in just after she left and bought the same print to give as a Christmas gift to his mother-in-law that loves owls.

White Faced Scops Owls

A family, originally from Nepal visited. The son wanted to buy “Piggyback” to give to his teacher, so his mother obliged. Her brother has an art gallery for many years in Nepal. She showed me photos of his artwork. (Quality prints of “Piggyback” are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals).

An Australian lady, who married a Canadian and has been living in Whistler, B.C. for 40 years, bought a “Double Date V” print.

A Sydney family bought an A-3 sized print of “Who, Who, Who are You? II”. A father from Sydney bought a “Bonnie & Me!” print for his daughter. He told me that she often jumps on the back of his bike for a ride.

Who, Who, Who are You? II

Art thought for the day:

“Creativity is magic. Don’t examine it too closely.” – Edward Albee


Wishing you happy times being creative,  Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Salamanca Market, October 22, 2022

There’s no other way to describe today other than wet. My feet started squelching in my shoes at around noon.

My first customers of the day were visiting from Brisbane, Queensland. They purchased some A-5 sized wombat themed prints.

My next customers were a lovely couple from Newcastle, NSW. They’ll be returning home with a Sea Life print and the original painting, titled, “Swinging Wombat” is going to its forever home.

Swinging Wombat SOLD today

A couple visiting from Sydney, NSW, purchased “Silent Disco” and “Bunk Beds”. They were so happy to find my art because their son and daughter-in-law live in USA and send them quirky art from the US. They said that they were having trouble finding quirky art to reciprocate with.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
Bunk Beds

A young lady, from Sydney, travelling with girlfriends, bought a “Garden Roses” and “Scarlet Robins” print. Another group of ladies were travelling together from Perth. One bought three “Bunk Beds” prints and a “The Three Amigos II” print. She gave her two girlfriends a “Bunk Beds” print each. They were quite moved by her gesture, which was met by hugs and thank-you’s.

Scarlet Robins
Garden Roses
The Three Amigos II

A couple from Boston, USA, purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Enchanted Forest II”. They asked if they could have a photo with the artist.

Meet me at the Gate quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/meet-me-at-the-gate
Enchanted Forest II

A lady from Brazil, with the help of a friend, settled on an A-3 sized print of “Dinner for Five???” She thought my story that they may have to share an ant funny. She plans to hang it in her bathroom with the pen drawing of the Sydney Opera House that is already adorning one wall in her bathroom.

Dinner for Five???

A couple wanted a souvenir to take back to their home in Namibia https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/namibia . They settled on a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Salamanca Saturdays

A young French couple stopped by. They’re visiting Australia for six weeks. He is an electrician, and she does bar work in France. They purchased an “Iconic Aussies” and “Suspended” print.

Iconic Aussies

A couple from Gisborne, Victoria, https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/gisborne-vic purchased an original painting, titled “Swing High” for their first grandchild.

Swing High

Art thought for the day:

“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique”. Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wishing you happy creating-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Salamanca Market, October 15, 2022

There was sun and rain today, and guess when the rain decided to come??? Correct, at packing-up time.

The first customers of the day were visiting from Central Queensland. They were on a bus tour. They purchased “Glamour Girls” and “Bunk Beds” prints.

Glamour Girls

A wildlife volunteer from Dubbo bought a “Bunk Beds” and “Devilish Siesta” print. She told me one of her best experiences was bottle feeding baby wombats, that they snuggle right in and wrap their fingers around your finger.

Bunk Beds
Devilish Siesta

A young lady, from Paris, France, in Tasmania for a research conference with her employment, bought two greeting cards. She’s here for two weeks.

An Irish man, residing in Melbourne, Victoria, bought a “Hammock Life” cushion cover. He was wearing a cool hoodie with a “gym + coffee” logo on the sleeve. He said it was an Irish brand.

A lady, originally from El Salvador, now living in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, purchased a “Hammock Life” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” tote bags to take to South America when she visits. She said that there is a creek in Maleny, close to where she lives, that she walks along every day, and she sees platypus there about three times a week. How awesome is that! https://oursc.com.au/lifestyle/adventure-sunshine-coast/adventure-sunshine-coast-maleny-boardwalk-platypus-walk

Friendship Refreshes the Soul

Two ladies from Argentina, speaking Spanish, with one translating in English, purchased a “The Bun” print. They laughed about the story behind the painting. I told them that the yellow-tailed black cockatoo has the shortest crown out of all the black cockatoos, so when the others are flaunting their crowns, they can hold their heads high and say ‘well, la-de-da, look at my hair-do’.

The Bun

A man that drove down from Sydney, purchased “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Silent Disco” prints. He’s hoping that he can still get on the Spirit of Tasmania despite the flooding in Devonport.

Salamanca Saturdays
Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

Two ladies visiting from Perth, WA, bought “Bunk Beds”, “Bunk Beds Trio”, Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta”, and “Taking it Easy” prints, and a “Lazy Days tote bag.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Taking it Easy

Art thought for the day:

“If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open.” Henri Matisse

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Salamanca Market, September 24, 2022

Winter isn’t finished with us yet. Mt Wellington/kunanyi had a dusting of snow on it this morning. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/places/hobart-and-south/mount-wellington/ It was a cold and wet day, on top of it being the AFL Grand Final Day that a large proportion of the Australian population watch.

A family, from Sydney, that love magpies bought a “Maggie” print. A lady, also from Sydney, bought “The Three Amigos II” for her grandfather, who loves kookaburras. His farmhouse is called The Kookaburra, he has kookaburra stained-glass windows and heaps of kookaburra themed ornaments and pictures. She bought a “Maggie” print for herself.

A family with a bird theme in their house purchased a “The Bun” cushion cover.

A lady visiting from Brisbane purchased a “Lazy Days” print and pouch.

Lazy Days

A man visiting Tasmania for the weekend chose “Leafy Decorum” to take back to Sydney tomorrow.

A family were drawn into the stall to buy some cards and were looking for a special one for their grandmother/great grandmother, living in the UK, who is turning 99 years old. They chose a wombat themed card to send her.

Two ladies from Sydney chose “Meet Me at the Gate”.

A man, visiting Tasmania from Adelaide to attend his auntie’s 70th birthday tonight, purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” print.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

I didn’t have a good night’s sleep so by the close of the market, I was so tired. It took me longer to pack up and I haven’t unpacked the car when I got home. A job for tomorrow morning.

Art thought for the week:

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” ― Oscar Wilde

Wishing you a creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Salamanca Market, September 17, 2022

It was nice stepping out this morning to an orchestra of chirping birds, despite it being before 6 am. Spring has definitely arrived.

There is a Childcare Conference taking place at the Grande Chancellor Hotel this weekend and several participants stopped at the stall. One attendee, who is giving a presentation in the afternoon, bought “Iconic Aussies” and another attendee, from Mornington, Victoria, originally from Peru, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Iconic Aussies
quality, archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/iconic-aussies
Salamanca Saturdays
quality, archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays

A couple, from Brisbane, purchased “Double Date V” and “Suspended”. A lady from Kitsilano, Vancouver, also purchased a “Suspended” print. I remember Kitsilano Beach well. If you didn’t arrive before 10 am, it was difficult to find a spot to put your towel down on the beach! https://theculturetrip.com/north-america/canada/vancouver/articles/the-top-7-things-to-do-and-see-in-kits-beach-vancouver/ She said she was an East Vancouver girl. That’s where she grew up.

A grandmother from the Sunshine Coast bought a “Lazy Days” cushion cover and a “All Ears” print for her granddaughter. A lady from Wellington, New Zealand purchased a “Lazy Days” print. An original painting of a wombat was purchased for a nephew living in North Carolina, USA. He is hoping to meet him before he is walking.

Lazy Days
high quality prints of Lazy Days are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/sleepy-head-series-wombat-lazy-days
All Ears
quality prints of All Ears are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/all-ears

A lady from Newcastle, NSW purchased a “House Sharing” and “Home Among the Gum Trees”. A young lady, from San Francisco, USA, bought a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”, “Bunk Beds” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
This quality print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A mother and daughter stopped in and purchased “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Home Among the Gum Trees”. The daughter has been working at Whistler, Canada for four years and much to the mother’s chagrin, she was leaving to go back to Whistler on Wednesday. I also know Whistler well, as one of my best friends has a cabin there. https://www.whistler.com/au/

Spiky Bunk Beds
This quality print of my original painting is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/sleepy-head-series-spiky-bunk-beds-echidnas
Home Among the Gum Trees
Quality prints of this image is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/home-among-the-gum-trees-a-platypus-in-a-hammock

A couple that arrived from Singapore in the morning, purchased “Dinner for Five???” and “Sitting on the Fence”.

Dinner for Five???

A couple visiting from the Gold Coast bought three originals, a pair of platypuses and some gum leaf paintings.

We enjoyed a mild and clear day and it looked like people were really enjoying their Salamanca Market experience.

Art thought for the week:

“He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.“― Saint Francis of Assisi

Wishing you a creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

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

Salamanca Market August 20, 2022

The weather wasn’t great today, but it wasn’t horrible either. It was windy, with short bursts of rain and there was even hail around noon, but the last two hours of the market had blue sky, which allowed things to dry out before they were packed up. Hooray!

My first customer of the day was a local who bought six greeting cards followed by a lady from Missouri, USA, who bought “A Spotty Rest Stop” greeting card. The idea for A Spotty Rest Stop came from an Inktober Challenge prompt word. https://brushwarriors.com/what-is-inktober/ The prompt word was poisonous.

A Spotty Rest Stop

Then a Brisbane couple purchased “Bunk Beds” and “Unwinding” prints.

“Bunk Beds” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
“Unwinding” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A family from Perth purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” print. There were quite a few people from Perth at the market today. This painting is proving to be popular and people like the title.

“Meet Me at the Gate”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A couple from Victoria, with their baby girl named Lucy, bought a “Sleepyhead” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print for Lucy’s bedroom.

“Sleepyhead” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
Spiky Bunk Beds quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

A lady, on her way back home today, after spending 10 days in Tasmania, purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover.

“Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover, available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A couple from Sydney bought a “Family Outing” print for their 11-year-old son, who is into emus right now, and loves red cars. Nailed it with this print!

“Family Outing”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A young lady from Canberra bought an “Under My Red Umbrella” tote bag. She loved the brightness and humour of it.

Tote bags, Australian made, with images that I’ve painted are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Two young couples travelling together from Singapore, bought a “Silent Disco” and a “Dinner for Five??” print.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a “Silent Disco”.
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds
“Dinner for Five???” Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

Two ladies, with suitcase in tow, from Malaysia, bought an original painting that I titled “Friends in High Places”. Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of it. It is similar to this painting.

A painting similar to “Friends in High Places”, an original that sold today.

Art thought for the week:

As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer.
Vincent van Gogh

Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade