Salamanca Market March 5, 2022

I navigated the stairs out of my house in darkness to make the short drive to Salamanca Market. Rain was forecasted but thankfully none eventuated.

My first visitors to the stall were locals and they purchased a “Lazy Days” print, followed by two sisters who bought “Leafy Decorum” and “Glamour Girls” for their mother, just because they love her. Their mother loves black cockatoos.

Lazy Days
Leafy Decorum
Glamour Girls

Some of the under-18 girls Australian Football Rules (AFL) state team, Tasmania Devils, stopped by before playing their Victoria competitors in Hobart. https://tasdevils.com.au/ (unfortunately, they lost their game).

A “Sitting on the Fence” print is heading to Melbourne.

“Sitting on the Fence” Prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A “Sea Life” print is going to the Gold Coast to adorn a nursery. The couple are expecting their first baby. Water came close to their house but thankfully receded before it reached the house.

A newly married couple bought a “Double Date” print. A lady, visiting from South Australia, purchased a “Bunk Beds” print. She’s travelling around Tasmania before she heads home. Three ladies bought three small “Salamanca Fresh” pouches to remind them of their time here. A man bought a “Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover to take back to Melbourne. My paintings printed on square cushion covers, made in Australia, are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A young man from France purchased some Tasmanian bird images for a souvenir. He’s been travelling for 2.5 years, firstly visiting New Caledonia.

Two original paintings sold today, a painting of platypus and elephants. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of both paintings.

The painting that sold was similar to this one

It took me quadruple the time to drive home because there was a car accident before the Tasman Bridge. It was good to get home and put my feet up. 😊

Thanks for visiting and I hope that the upcoming week is a gentle one for you.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

High quality prints available at www.pjpaintings.com

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Salamanca Market January 29, 2022

Well, the weather turned out to be ideal market-day weather, a gentle breeze, not too windy or hot.

A group of ladies, from Bathurst, back from doing the Three Capes Walk, https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/ bought a “Double Date IV” print and a lady from Sydney, traveling from Tasmania to celebrate a friend’s 60th birthday bought a card for the occasion.

Double Date IV
Quality prints of this image is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A lady, from Newcastle, NSW, learning water colour painting herself by watching YouTube videos, purchased one of my small original platypus paintings and the series of my embellished black cockatoos: “Hair Accessories”, “The Bun” and “Leafy Decorum”.

original platypus painting on Khadi Mill paper

A couple bought ten prints for their house they have purchased in Zeehan, on the west coast of Tasmania. https://westcoasttas.com.au/field-guide/zeehan

Diane, who commissioned me several years ago to paint “Joy ride” and has the original, stopped by and purchased a “Hanging Out” print and would like another motorcycle painting. They have a few apparently. She is a wombat rescuer, so she would like a wombat integrated into the painting. I suggested having the wombat in a backpack.

Joy ride

A young lady from the UK, in Australia for a working holiday, living and working in Brisbane at a Dog Day Care business, purchased “Motherly Emutions” to post to her mother in the UK.

Motherly Emutions

I wish everybody a happy and creative week.

Cheers and thanks for visiting, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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 Update, April 24, 2021

I left the house when it was still dark and lightly raining. Lucky for us the skies cleared, and it ended up being a mild day. Also, lucky for us, is that we’re a COVID-free state of Australia (I say this while knocking on wood – where does that saying come from?? https://www.history.com/news/why-do-people-knock-on-wood-for-luck), visitors from interstate were out and about enjoying the wonderful Salamanca Market. 

Two ladies, visiting from Queensland, purchased two tote bags, “Salamanca Fresh” and “Lazy Days”, an A-3 sized print of “Tu-whit & Tu whoo”, “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Off to the Races!” for one of their girlfriend’s birthday.

Lacy Days tote bag – Made in Australia and washable
Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
Off to the Races II

Three prints are going to decorate baby girl Charli’s bedroom in Sydney: “Four Iconic Aussies”, “House Sharing” and I can’t remember what the third print was.

Four Iconic Aussies
House Sharing

A man, living near Ballarat, said that they bought a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” print a few years ago and his wife has colour co-ordinated the whole bedroom around the print, the walls and curtains!

One lady visited my stall and said she’d come back and when she did, she said, “your stall is my favourite”. Aww, now that warms the heart!

A grandmother, from Melbourne, keen to decorate her granddaughters’ bedroom, chose “Lazy Days” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” prints. One to hang above each bed.

A visitor from Bendigo, purchased “Kookaburra Rescue”. She hasn’t painted for years but when she did, she said that she liked putting smiles on faces too.

A gentleman, in his thirties, bought “The Bun” and “Hair Accessories” for his friend’s mother’s birthday. His friend’s mother must have been good to him over the years! She loves black cockatoos.

A young Brisbane couple are taking back an A-4 sized print, called “Suspended”.

A couple from Adelaide, he was telling me how much he loved Adelaide, whereas the woman was not speaking as glowingly about the city. It was funny hearing opposite opinions from them. They bought a bunch of greeting cards. Two young ladies from Sydney browsed, left, and then came back and bought some greeting cards. A lot of cards were sold today, including Christmas cards. I totally sold out of them. I will have to bring more when I go back in a fortnight.

Until then, take good care of yourselves during this challenging time of living with a pandemic.

From PJ Paintings

Day light robbery

Today at Salamanca Market was a mixed bag, weather-wise and event wise. A sudden downpour of rain damaged three frames and caused chaos for me to trying to secure and quickly move things undercover. Then I had a visit from the police, a shoplifter had been reported, and she had items from several stall holders, including two PJ Paintings prints. I didn’t know or see her take anything. Later in the day two more prints were stolen. They weren’t returned. It’s near impossible to be doing credit card transactions, bagging or wrapping frames, and watching hands handling prints. The spirit of giving is unanimous with Christmas but I suppose that it also gives rise to the spirit of stealing. It’s disappointing because as a stall holder you want to be able relax, enjoy meeting and conversing with people. I like giving eye contact, not having to watch what people behind the ones you’re serving, are doing.

Has anyone else had artwork stolen? How did you feel about it?

I sold some “Tassie Christmas” greeting cards to a couple visiting from Germany.

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Tassie Christmas

A “Bunk beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” print is being posted to two little Australian girls living in the UK.

The original “Christmas Siesta” painting was purchased and will be journeying to California, USA.

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Christmas Siesta

Her friend bought two prints that are also U.S. bound, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky bunk beds.”

Two young ladies from Germany, living and studying at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, bought a “Bunk beds” print. A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought “Hair Accessories” and “The Bun”. A framed “The Bun” had sold earlier in the day too.

A lady from Bendigo bought my small original painting of a Galah. It is going to hang in her toilet room beside a picture of nasturtiums, I was told.

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Galah

A three year old boy is going to receive a small framed “Family Outing” for his birthday. She was going to buy him a T-shirt but when she saw the framed print, she changed her mind.

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Family Outing IV

I didn’t quite escape a late burst of rain with a short peppering of hail at the end of the day when I was half way through packing up. I was glad to get home, have a cup of tea with my feet up after bringing everything in and hanging things to dry in various places all around the inside of the house.

The most popular prints today were the wombats from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “Our primary function is to create an emotion and our secondary function is to sustain that emotions”. Alfred Hitchcock

Wishing you an awesome and creative upcoming week,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Sept 7, 2019

It was a challenging and difficult day at Salamanca Market, battling wind and rain for most of the day. I definitely deserved my cup of tea at the end of the day, today.

The day started with a mother buying a “Taking a Dip” greeting card for her son’s wedding in November. A couple from Canberra bought a “Hair Accessories” print to go with their humorous Magpie print. A teacher from Melbourne, who was nursing a broken arm, bought “Bunk beds” and two small prints of owls.

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Taking a Dip

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Hair Accessories

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Bunk beds

A young lady, visiting from Canberra and soon moving to Singapore to join her partner who works for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, will be taking a “Hanging Out” print with her. A “Glamour Girls” print is going back to Hong Kong and an “Off to the Races” is accompanying its new owner to Arizona, USA. A couple going to USA, visiting his sister in San Diego, bought some gifts to take along with them: two “Afternoon Siesta” prints and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

A family from Melbourne, purchased a framed “Yellow Poppy Fields”, an “Afternoon Siesta” print and “White Faced Scops Owls II” and “Be Whoooo You Are”.

The table cloths and the sides of the gazebo are hanging inside to dry and bags & boxes are in front of the heater.

The most popular prints today was a tie between the owls and wombats.

A thought to ponder: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. ” Emile Zola.

Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, Aug 24, 2019

Salamanca Market Aug 24, 2019

It was a rather mild day with a few scary wind gusts but things thankfully stayed intact. Today, “The Bun”, “Hair Extensions” and “Hair Accessories” debuted, and they did well but not as well as the Sleepy Head series.

“Hair Extensions” and “The Bun”

There were heaps of people dressed in the Kangaroo and Demon colours. They were doing the market before the AFL game at Blundstone Oval, Bellerive.

A couple from Melbourne, to celebrate her birthday, flew to Tasmania for the day, not even spending one night here. She purchased “Devilish Siesta” and “Afternoon Siesta”.

Two girlfriends, one from Cairns, the other from Townsville, both wearing the same plum coloured beanies with a beige pom-pom, bought “Spanish Eyes (Red)”, “Hayride”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Spiky Bunk beds”.

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Hayride

A lady, from Melbourne, having a weekender on her own, bought, and started using, a “Sleepy head” tote bag. A couple from Western Australia, purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” pouch for her to use at university.

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Salamanca Fresh small pouch

 

I met the sister, from Adelaide, who travelled to Tasmania with her family, to celebrate her sister’s 40th birthday.  Her sister is doing psychology/weather thesis, which involves visiting Antarctica.

I met a family, living in a small Western Australia town. She’s originally from Seattle, USA. They bought a wombat and “Double Date III” print.

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Double Date III

A group of young people from Hong Kong bought a variety of prints from the Sleepy Head series. Two ladies, visiting from Melbourne, bought a kookaburra print. Another couple from Melbourne bought a “Helping Hands” pouch. She said that she has so many tote bags that it was nice to be able to get something a little different that also can serve as a souvenir.

The most popular prints today were the Sleepy Head series, featuring Wombats, Echidnas and the Tassie Devils.

A thought to ponder: “It doesn’t matter how the paint is put on, as long as something is said.” – Jackson Pollock

Wishing you a week full of emu antics and joy,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

P.S. Prints and tote bags are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Giving the eye

I’ve read and generally follow the advice that when painting an animal, paint their eye first.  If you don’t get the eye right, give up and start again because no matter matter how good the rest of the painting is, the totality of the painting is going to leave you feeling disappointed.

Seahorses

I like painting the eye first for this reason but also because with the eye painted, I feel an immediate emotional connection developing with what I’m painting.  With that connection there is also the difficult to explain or describe feelings that I want to finish the painting to ‘give it life’ and welcome it to the world, even though it’s a life on a two-dimensional piece of paper. But to me it is more than just the life on a piece of paper, paintings go on to inspire, cheer, awe, provoke thoughts or consciences, ignite imaginations, memories and dreams, and more.

Seahorse

I gave this one the eye and will be bringing it to full life but not until after I return from my urban sketching holiday, which I hope you will be able to share with me via my blog posts.

Until then, take care, Pj Paintings

Finds & Gifts

A friend, who works in the Deja Vu Books shop across from Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, while trimming a Banksia serrata, found an empty nest in it and thought I might like it as a drawing source.  Bird’s nests are stunning.  This bird used some Banksia leaves, feathers and seeded stems to build their home.

Another friend, while walking on the beach, found this intact little fellow and thought I might also like it for a drawing resource.  And they were correct!

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Now I feel dizzy, my head is swimming with creative painting ideas!  How about you?  Have these images started sparking your creative juices?

Wishing you a great week. Cheers for now.