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 28, 2023

It was a warm and busy Salamanca Market. My first customers of the day were a couple from Melbourne. They bought a “Fairy wrens” print to send to her mother living in Rockhampton, Queensland. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/rockhampton-qld

Fairy wrens

“House Sharing” is going to Victoria, but first it will be travelling to Bicheno and around Tasmania, all part of its new owner’s bucket list. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/house-sharing-a-wombat-and-fairy-wrens-house-sharing  

House Sharing

A family visiting from Brisbane bought a “Richmond Bridge” and “Glamour Girls” print. Then they went to Tiger ina Papera Gallery https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraftsalamancagallery/ in Salamanca Place and bought “Salamanca Fresh”, “Beach Date” and “Two to Tango”. Then they came back to my stall and bought more prints: “Spanish Eyes (Yellow) and I can’t remember the others. They love my emus and it was so lovely to see people enthusiastically connect with the art.

Richmond Bridge, Tasmania
Spanish Eyes (Yellow)

A lady from Penrith, Sydney purchased a “What the Devil!?!” and “Maggie” print. She told me that they leave a dish of water for their regular magpie visitor. On a hot 40-degree Celsius day, the maggie came and found the water dish empty, and looked at them with head turned sideways. They added water, it had a drink, sang a shorter rendition of its song for them and flew away. Another lady from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland also bought “Maggie”. She said that there was a magpie at her workplace that used to come in and eat bits from the pot plants in the foyer. She used to be able to get really close and have conversations with it. It never swooped at her. Magpies have very good memories and remember those that help them.

What the Devil?!?

A young lady, who has recently moved to Hobart from Newcastle, NSW, purchased a “Bunk Beds” print. She has started work at the hospital two weeks ago.

A family of sleepy wombats

A young man from Denmark, discussing his purchase via Facetime with his partner, purchased “Bunk Beds”, “Hammock Life” and “Salamanca Saturdays” prints to take back to Europe. “Bunk Beds” is also going to Berlin, Germany with a woman who is visiting her cousin living here.

Three paediatrician speech pathologists bought a “Glamour Girls” print to hang in the office that they share in Melbourne. A water colourist from Sydney, purchased a “Taking it Easy” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul print”. She works fulltime and the last painting she did was about a year ago. Her new year resolution is to make time to paint.

Taking it Easy

“Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” is going to Ireland. She told me that she is going to frame it and it will remind her of her Tasmanian holiday.

Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania

A woman, who lives in Vancouver, but her father is from here but moved to Vancouver, Canada, hence her being born in Vancouver, bought a “Lost Worlds” and “Fairy wrens” print. Her brother lives in North Vancouver, where I grew up.

Lost Worlds

Then, I met another person who has a connection with Vancouver. He’s originally from Iran, living in the Netherlands, visiting Tasmania to visit his roommate he had in Iran. His partner, also from Iran, immigrated to Vancouver, Canada. She is currently in Vancouver visiting her family, where he is going to join her, before they both head back to their home in the Netherlands. He purchased “Blossoming Friendship” and “The Three Amigos”.

Blossoming Friendship

Packing up went smoothly, so I arrived home a little earlier than usual.

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 world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Email happiness

Sometimes emails that make you feel happy for days land in your inbox. Have you had one of those?

Yesterday, I received an email from Javier from Toronto, Canada, that I met at Salamanca Market in November 2022. He sent me some photos of his young daughter’s, Alexandra, really impressive artwork and a photo of his ‘bird corner’, where he hung up my “Leafy Decorum” print. Thank you, Javier for the awesome email. 🙂

Alexandra’s vibrant and happy drawing
A bright and lively Christmas cat by Alexandra
Leafy Decorum hanging up in Javier’s bird corner

Leafy Sea Dragons are probably the most ornately camouflaged animals on this earth. They have leaf shaped appendages attached to their entire bodies to superbly camouflage themselves among the seaweed and kelp they live amongst. They are endemic to Tasmania. Leafy Decorum is available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

Leafy Decorum

I hope that a happy email lands in your inbox this week, too.

Warm regards, Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Hooting Along

I sold my last two strutting emus.
Yay, I can start painting more of them again. I love doing them and designing their outfits. So much fun.

Here’s the first one, titled “Hooting Along”.

Hooting Along!
She’s wearing very funky shoes!

I hope that you’re having a hoot.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Owl pattern on skirt

Salamanca Market, January 21, 2023

It was a busy day at the market with two cruise ships in, summer school holidays and sunny weather, that is until it was packing-up time. It rained just long enough for everything to get wet so it had to be hung out to dry at home.

My first customers of the day were a mother and daughter. The daughter was from north of Brisbane and the mother was from further north, a town called Gympie. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/gympie-qld The Aboriginal name gympie-gympie means stinging tree. The Gympie-Gympie stinging tree will leave you in agonising pain even from the gentlest touch. https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2014/02/factsheet-gympie-gympie/  They purchased “Lost Worlds” and “Sleepyhead” prints.

Lost Worlds
High Quality Archival prints available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling/products/lost-worlds
Sleepyhead
High Quality Archival prints available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/wombat-sleepyhead

Then a man bought “Meet Me at the Gate” for his wife who loves Superb Fairy-wrens. They have fairy-wrens all over the house, he told me. “Meet Me at the Gate” also sold to a lady from South Australia who said she has many walls to fill, and a mother from Cressy https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/cressy-tas I said that judging by how many bags she was carrying that she was having a successful day at the market. She said she’s having a kids-free day and decided to come to Salamanca Market. She had bought a lot of gifts for her young children.

Meet Me at the Gate is so popular that I thought I would make “Meet Me at the Gate” available on tote bags too. It’s available in small, medium and large sizes on my website. It’s also available as a cushion cover. https://pjpaintings.com/…/tote-bag-meet-me-at-the-gate

A woman from Florida, USA, who works at a wildlife sanctuary and just loves birds, bought “Maggie & Maggie” for herself and “The Three Amigos II” for her daughter living in Michigan, USA.

I sold a record number of original paintings today, no less than nine! I sold Late for Pilates, There’s a Hole in My Stocking, dear Liza, dear Liza, Bird Migration, Off to the Beach, Mix ‘n Match, Platypus Frolic, Lindisfarne cottage, Cosy Place, and Beach Day.

Original Painting, Late for Pilates SOLD
Original Painting, There’s a Hole in My Stocking, dear Liza, dear Liza SOLD
Original Painting, Bird Migration SOLD
Original painting, Off to the Beach SOLD
Original painting, Platypus Frolic SOLD
An on-location urban sketch of a cottage on Park Street, Lindisfarne, Tasmania
Original painting titled, Cosy Place SOLD
Original painting titled, Beach Day SOLD

A family from Kingston, Tasmania, bought a “Maggie” print to add to their “The Three Amigos” and “Afternoon Siesta” prints that are framed and hanging up.

A lady from Port Fairy, Victoria bought “Maggie & Maggie”. A younger lady bought the same print. She was from Norway and will be spending 5 months in Australia. Another lady, from Kansas, USA, bought three prints: “Hammock Life”, “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Afternoon Siesta”.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Afternoon Siesta

A brother bought his sister, who is expecting a baby in March, bought “Bunk Beds” to hang above the baby’s cot.

Bunk Beds: A family of sleepy wombats

A young couple purchased a “Hanging Out” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” print. They have been in Australia for a month and are returning to the UK tomorrow.

Hanging Out

An emergency doctor, working for a month in Launceston, Tasmania’s hospital, purchased a “Southern Flow” print.

“Southern Flow” Archival, quality prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/whales

The rain put an abrupt end to the market but at least it was a motivating factor to try to pack quickly so things didn’t get too 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:

“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” – Andy Warhol

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, January 7, 2023

Happy New Year!

I crept out of the house at 5:30 am and made my way to Salamanca Market. My next-door-neighbour stallholder’s boot of her car closed on her when she was unloading. Not to worry, I rescued her, and we both managed to set up our stalls without further incident.

My first customer of the day was from the Gold Coast, and she bought an original painting of a little wombat enamoured with feathers, titled, “Feather Spotting” and a print titled “Entanglement”.

Feather Spotting
Entanglement. See what a beautiful pattern the word “unfurl” makes. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/unfurling/products/entanglement

A visitor from Coffs Harbour https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/coffs-harbour-nsw purchased a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” print to take back with her.

A family that has moved from Sydney to Tranmere, Tasmania purchased three prints to hang in their new home: “Devilish Siesta”, “Hanging Out” and “Dinner for Five???”. She works remotely so she was able to bring her job with her.

Hanging Out
Dinner for Five??? Are they going to have to share an ant?! Have a couple legs each.

I met a Flemish couple from Belgium. They bought a greeting card for friends that are getting married and a Bunk Beds card for a friend that is expecting her 5th child. A “Bunk Beds” print was purchased by a student from Columbia, South America, studying in Sydney.

Three Belgians
Bunk Beds

A lady visiting from Sydney purchased “Afternoon Siesta” print. She saw a wombat in the wild at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. She said her friend is taking up yoga to de-stress and that she tells her to just be a wombat, they have no stress.

Afternoon Siesta

“Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Lazy Days” prints are going to the UK and another “Lazy Days” print is going to Spain.

Spiky Bunk Beds

A lady purchased an urban sketch that I did on location of Bellerive Beach, Tasmania and a “Maggie” and “The Three Amigos II” print.

It was nice that Hobart turned on the sun for all the visitors, international and local today.

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

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, December 24, 2022

I left at around 5:30 in the morning to Salamanca Market. The morning was still and warm.

My first customer of the day was a man from the north of the island, Launceston. He’s been in Hobart doing insurance work and he’s heading home today with a “Southern Flow” print and a “Salamanca Saturdays“ cushion cover. I accidentally pulled out an imperfect cushion cover and asked him if he wanted an imperfect or a perfect one. He asked for the perfect one, which we both laughed. It just seemed funny asking for a perfect one, our sense of humour aligned, and we both laughed aloud, simultaneously.

“Southern Flow” Archival, quality prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/whales
This 40 x 40 cm cushion cover, made in Australia, with my painting printed on both sides is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A family from the docked P&O cruise ship bought an original painting, titled “Glow worm”.

“Glow worm” original painting SOLD

The cruise ship went to Kangaroo Island and Port Arthur and is starting its return journey to Melbourne tomorrow. Another cruise ship passenger purchased a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” and “Hammock Life” print.

Two other families from the cruise ship stopped by. One boy bought “Bunk Beds” for his dad and another boy bought “The Three Amigos II” for his mother.

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

A lady from Newcastle, NSW bought a “Double Date” cushion cover and a “Two to Tango” tote bag. Another lady, from the north island of New Zealand, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Weightless” print.

Superb Blue Fairy wrens enjoying a social moment.
Eyes are locked in love while doing the dance of passion.

A family purchased an original 20 x 20 cm watercolour painting, painted on Khadi Mill paper made from recycled cotton rags, titled “Garden Meditation”.

Original painting SOLD

A mother, visiting from Germany, bought for her daughters’ bedrooms a “Devilish Siesta” and a “Lazy Days” prints.

A lady from Colorado, USA purchased a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” and a “Glamour Girls” print. A mother from Florida, USA bought three prints for each of her daughters: “Sitting on the Fence”, “Scarlet Robins” and “Fairy Wrens”.

“Glamour Girls” Quality prints of Glamour Girls are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-1
“Sitting on the Fence” prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/sitting-on-the-fence
Fairy Wrens

A young lady bought a large “Thunder” tote bag to put all her purchases in and another lady from Singapore did the same, except that she chose a “Scarlet Robins” bag.

A bright and colourful Australian bag.

At the very end of the market, while I was packing up, a couple bought an original painting titled, “Holding Hands” and a painting of emus at Salamanca Market.

Holding Hands SOLD

Art thought for the day:

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

Wishing everybody a wonderful festive season that is overflowing with joy and happiness.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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