Salamanca Market Dec 28, 2019

Hobart is buzzing today. While writing, I looked out my window, and what did I see??… none other than three Sydney to Hobart yachts coming in.
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Yachts racing the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race coming into the Derwent River late in the afternoon on Dec 28th.
Comanche claimed the 2019 line honours at 7:30 this morning, in the 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race, for the third time in five years.
 
The week-long event of the Taste of Tasmania opened its doors today, the Marion Bay Falls Festival starts tomorrow and a cruise ship is coming in tomorrow. On Monday, the temperature is forecasted to reach 40 degrees Celsius. That is crazy! I’m glad to hear that there will be free drink stations and misting tents at the Falls Festival to try to help people not fall victim to heat stroke.
 
It was hot and busy at the Pj Paintings stall today. A “Lazy Days” pouch, the size of a pencil case, is going to Hong Kong. A young lady from Canberra is taking back with her A-4 sized prints: “Hair Accessories”, “The Bun” and “Poppy Fields”.
 
A couple from Canada, living outside of Toronto, will be returning with “Hanging Out” and “Christmas Siesta” prints. They have a collection of Christmas pictures that come out each year for Christmas and Christmas Siesta is going to join this yearly tradition.
 
A family visiting from the UK, bought an original painting of a platypus, painted on paper made 100% with recycled cotton rags, to give to their 30 something year old daughter, living in the UK, who visited Tasmania about five years ago.
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Proud grandparents, from Perth, bought an A-3 sized “Duck Crossing” print for their first grandchild. A mother and daughter, whose husband is sailing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, expected to arrive tomorrow morning at approximately 9 am, bought an A-3 sized print of “The Three Amigos”.
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The Three Amigos
 
“Scarlet robins” and “Lazy Days” tote bags are going back to Arizona, USA. They’ve been caravanning all over the USA. They’re leaving Australia in a few weeks to return to Arizona and when the summer months arrive they are driving to Oregon.
A visitor from China bought an “All Ears” print for her four year old daughter who sings. She wants to encourage her to keep singing and she thinks that “All Ears” will help. I didn’t bring enough “All Ears” prints to the market because they all sold! Later in the day, somebody asked for an A-4 size and I couldn’t accommodate their request because they have been too popular today.
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All Ears
 
A lady visiting from Singapore, bought a framed print titled, “DefendConserveProtect”. It was painted for 2018’s Sea Shepherd’s fund raising event. I’ve written the words Defend, Conserve and Protect into this painting.
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DefendConserveProtect
 
A couple from Western Australia bought two originals; one untitled and the named original “Ancient”. I forgot to take a photo of “Ancient” after I painted it!
 
The most popular prints today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series. Prints from the Cheer ‘em Up series, “Family Outing”, “The Bun” & “Hair Accessories” and the whales were popular today too.
 
I better start unpacking the car now. Groan…
 
A thought to ponder: “The best artists know what to leave out” ― Charles de Lint. How true! and a lot easier to say than do. It is a skill most artists strive for.
 
Wishing everybody a Happy New Year,
from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania
P.S. Tote bags, pouches & prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Dec 7, 2019

There was wind and rain today but this time I battened down the hatches in advance and I was able to ride it through fairly unscathed. It was a busy day with six framed pieces, four prints and two originals, plus three other unframed originals, and absolutely heaps of A-5 sized prints trotting off to various locations. There seemed to be many Europeans heading home and these were the perfect size and souvenir for them.

Originals “Legend” and “Orca” are heading to China with the sister and parents of a son who is studying Information Technology at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). He’s almost finished, one more semester to go.

A young boy, between the age of 10 – 12 years is my guess, from central Queensland, bought a framed print of “Bunk beds”, with his own money.

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Bunk beds

A group of six German students, here on a gap year, doing volunteer work at Hobart’s Friends School (a private school), bought lots of A-5 prints for family and friends. Two of them were flying back in two weeks. One said she was going back to commence her Medicine university degree.

A lady from Ireland bought “Devilish Siesta”, “Hanging Out” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” to take back with her as her souvenir from Tasmania. A couple from Boston, USA, bought a “Hanging Out” greeting card as their souvenir. They drove their Recreational Vehicle (RV) to Florida and then flew to Tasmania. They do extensive RV travelling. Last year, they drove up to Vancouver Island, Canada.

A couple from Hong Kong bought the print “Who, Who, Who are You? II” and the original painting titled “Enchanted”. Melbourne and Sudanese friends bought a “Bunk Beds” print.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A group of young men from the University of Melbourne, studying a variety of disciplines, purchased “Helping Hands” from the Cheer ‘em Up series, “Sleepy head”, “Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Bunk beds” and “Fairy wrens”.

A lady from Montreal, Canada is going back with “Fairy wrens” and “Afternoon Siesta”, and sisters from Devonport, Tas, here for a wedding, bought “Be whooo you are” and “Bunk beds”. A young lady from California, USA, who has been living in Cairns for three months, and is visiting Tasmania before returning home, bought an “Afternoon Siesta” as her Tasmanian souvenir.

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Be Whooo You Are

Then I met some French ladies, working at UTAS, one as an oceanography researcher. She’s returning to France in Jan 2020. She purchased a “Lazy Days’ pouch and her friend a “Sleepy head” print.

An extended family of grandmother, mother and more bought a bunch of A-5 sized prints. They were visiting Emily Mifsud, who plays for the Tasmanian Hurricanes (cricket) and who is hoping to be selected for the Australian side. Go, Emily, Go!

The most popular prints and tote bags today were the ones that featured images from the Sleepy head series.

A thought to ponder: “The power of nature is such that it’s what all art strives to be. The more we can get in tune with the harmony of the planet, the more our art can benefit from that relationship.”  Rick Rubin

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 http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market Oct 26, 2019

Thankfully the stormy weather held off until after stall holders were packed up.

Today, I debuted my sister’s, Nadine, adorable and quirky art.

The first visitor to the PJ Paintings stall was an adult son and mother. The mother bought a “Who, Who, Who are You?” tote bag for her sister who lives in South Africa and loves owls. She thought she’d like the quirkiness of the emu in the image. She’s visiting her next year.

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Who, Who, Who are You?II tote bag available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A couple, visiting from Melbourne, stopped by and told me that their Mum has quite a few of my prints hanging in her house. They bought her one more: “Family Outing”.

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Family Outing

A young couple from Germany, their second day of their two month stay in Australia, debated whether or not to buy “Afternoon Siesta”. They didn’t want to buy too much too soon otherwise they will definitely go over their luggages’ weight allowance. In the end, they couldn’t resist the totally relaxed look of the wombat and made the purchase.

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Afternoon Siesta

A lady bought a large “Salamanca Saturdays” zip pouch to store her small camping coffee machine. A couple from Oregan, USA, bought some motorbike riding and dancing emu prints.

 

Zora, from Germany, who has finished a stint of working on a sheep farm in Tasmania and is now going to be a tourist before working again, in Sydney, bought a “Christmas Siesta” greeting card. She wants to buy a card from each city she visits because they’re affordable and portable souvenirs. Her Australia trip is an 18th birthday present from her grandparents.

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Christmas Siesta

Then I met a New Zealander, who’s playing in the finals of the Ladies Badminton tournament being held in South Hobart. I wished her good luck despite she is playing against a Tasmanian pair. She purchased “Who, Who, Who are You?II” and “Outback Glamping”.

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Cool badminton competition shirts

The most popular print today was “Who, Who, Who are You? II”.

A thought to ponder: “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it”, Pablo Picasso.

Wishing you an awesome upcoming week and until next week, I’ll be trying to keep up with the demands of the Inktober2019 Challenge. I’m posting my drawings at www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com and www.instagram.com/hopwoodwade

from Pj Paintings, stall #30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

P.S. Tote bags & pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

A Yoga Aid

I gave an “Afternoon Siesta” print to a work mate as a retirement gift with a card saying that I hope she is able to have frequent afternoon siestas, now that she’s leaving the workforce.  She loved it and was quite visibly moved by it.

She dropped into work last week and told me that she locked her eyes on “Afternoon Siesta” and it helped her relax through her yoga session. She told me again how much she loves it. So, “Afternoon Siesta” is not only much loved in a baby’s nursery, but also in retirement and in the yoga room!

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Afternoon Siesta – prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Hope everybody has a restful and peaceful sleep tonight. Cheers.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 8, 2019

It was another mild winter’s day at Salamanca Market. It was busier than last weekend with things ramping up for Dark Mofo and other activities taking place this weekend, for example, the Australia School’s Sailing Competition. The manager and organiser, from Adelaide, was very excited to lay her eyes on “Family Outing”. She bought it to give to her friend for her birthday.  She said that the only one in her group of friends at university that had a car, was her girlfriend, who had a red mini.  They used to all pile into her car to go to parties. This friend is turning 60 this year and has ordered a red mini (a real one) as a birthday present for herself and is having a big number “60” painted on it.

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A return visitor, who bought a “Richmond Bridge” and “Suspended” print a few years ago, (she gave Suspended to her grandson, who loved it she told me), purchased more prints. This time, she bought: “Bunk beds”, “Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” and “Hayride”.

A couple, celebrating their 22nd anniversary, visiting from Adelaide, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag and small pouch. They moved to Adelaide four years ago from California, USA.  Their daughter married an Australia so they followed her to Australia.

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A Salamanca Market Tote bag, made in Australia, 100% polyester and washable

 

A young lady, here from Perth, doing some work with Dark Mofo, bought “Bunk beds”.  She said that she’s going to hang it where her stairs are so it makes her smile each day when she goes down the stairs in the morning.

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Taking a Dip

A lovely lady from Sydney, going to Melbourne via a stop-over in Tasmania, visited the stall twice.  She wished that her sister, who also lives in Sydney, had joined her for a sisterly holiday. She’s taking back with her “Bunk beds”, for her sister, “Taking a Dip” for herself, “Duck Crossing”, “Beachside Chatter”, “Who, Who, Who are You II” and “Hanging Out”.

Another conservationist working on the Orange-bellied parrot breeding program at the captive breeding facility at Five Mile Beach, Hobart, stopped by and chatted.  She’d like me to paint the Wedge-tailed eagle, Frogmouth and the Orange-bellied parrot. They are on my bucket list… J

Today’s most popular prints were the wombats: “Afternoon Siesta” and “Bunk beds”.

A thought to ponder from the artist, Bob Ross: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.”

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

A Wombat Visit

I unexpectedly had to do gallery duty this morning at Artefacts Gallery, Salamanca Place in Hobart, Tasmania.  There were two big cruise ships in so it was busy.

A young lady came into the gallery and quickly honed in on the images from my Sleepy head series.

She pulled out of her knapsack her travel companion, that she never travels without.  It was a gorgeous, well-loved wombat! I could not resist giving it a cuddle. It’s sooooo cute!

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Bunk beds and Sleepy head going with a wombat fan

These arrived in the post today and will be making their debut at Salamanca  Market, stall #30, tomorrow among heaps of other cards, prints, tote bags and pouches. I hope you can drop by to say hello.

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Bunk beds greeting card

Wishing everybody a lovely weekend.

Expect the unexpected

I didn’t expect to see a “looking for artist” sign at Artefacts, or to be accepted, as I had applied unsuccessfully several times before. But, accepted I was, so four weeks ago, I joined an art co-op, Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania.  One month on and I’m reflecting on the whirlwind experience it has been so far.

Expect the unexpected, is the theme.  Firstly, we are supposed to do a gallery sitting from 9 am – 5 pm three times over a two week period.  With one member living in an area that has been threatened by fires for weeks, another that was unwell for a few weeks and being short one member, I have been doing gallery duty above this quota, (an unexpected) in addition to working three days a week and running a market stall on Saturdays.  It hasn’t left me with any time to paint at home but thankfully there are times at the gallery where I am able to draw.

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I drew this sleepy nap-time wombat over two gallery sittings

While on gallery duty there has been a good mix of time spent drawing and attending to gallery visitors.  It is mainly tourists visiting the gallery.  I enjoy the company and it’s always interesting meeting the wide range of tourists, ages and nationalities. The nature of being on duty dictates that I mainly draw, but I can paint things that don’t require me painting washes, large areas or wet-in-wet.  Painting bobbles are perfect gallery-duty-painting items.

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Another sleepy wombat, resting after decorating his hammock.

Another unexpected is that more of my art is selling than I had anticipated!  I’m re-stocking far more than I thought I would be.

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Introducing a sleepy Tasmanian Devil that will soon be added to the Sleepy head series.

Artefacts is located in an arts centre and it has been really nice to get to know those around me, (another unexpected) especially the staff from Deja Vu Books and Inka Gallery.  On Mondays, a fellow Belgian (a big unexpected!) is usually on gallery duty at Inka Gallery.  We communicate in French and my rusty old French is becoming a little more lubricated each week.  The chap that works at Deja Vu is a bird photographer.  He has given me some of his awesome photos that that I can use as a resource to paint from.  How good is that!?!

All in all, the first month has been great, but tiring.  Hopefully the full Artefacts’ team is back up soon so those picking up extra shifts can have a well deserved rest.

I’ll be doing gallery duty on Sunday Feb 10th and Monday Feb 11th.  We are open on public holidays.  It would be lovely if you could stop in, have a chat and browse.

Until then, take care, Pj Paintings

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 26, 2019

Hobart welcomed the cool change after a smoky, roasting hot Friday of 38 degrees Celsius and about 50 fires burning in Tasmania. The fires are still burning. We need rain.

A big cruise ship came in today and there was a rather large ‘Change the Date’ rally on the parliament lawns, next to Salamanca Market, with key speakers Bob Brown and Nick McKim.

In the morning, I met Ashley, who is working on Macquarie Island. She works for the Weather Bureau, tracking the ozone layer among other things. She’s also taken up watercolour painting and it sounds like she’s having rather good success with it. She’s finding the same things difficult that I do, painting backgrounds and shadows.

Three ladies, from Los Angeles, USA, travelling together, stopped at the stall and each of them bought something with the ‘Salamanca Saturday’ image. One bought a tote bag, another a print and another a pouch.

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Salamanca Saturdays

A couple from the Gold Coast, that have been holidaying and house sitting in Tassie for 2 months, purchased ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘Story time’ (if my memory serves me well). Their son has moved to Tasmania. They didn’t want to overstay their welcome at their son’s house, so they have been house sitting.

A couple purchased two A-3 sized prints of ‘The Three Amigos’ to take to Europe with them for gifts. ‘The Three Amigos’ limited edition print run is quickly nearing its expiration number.

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The Three Amigos

‘Bunk beds’ debut went very well today. It was love at first sight for a young lady from Sydney.

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Bunk beds

A young Spanish and English couple, living in Ireland, but working six months in Melbourne, and now having a short holiday in Tasmania, bought a ‘Sea Life’ print.

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Sea Life

Another young couple, this couple is from Scotland, bought a small ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print and some greeting cards. He said that his dad loves emus. In Scotland, they commissioned an artist to paint an emu with an owl, and the artist painted an ostrich with an owl. To say the least, they were not impressed. It’s a very common error. Despite ostriches being native to Africa, and emus are native to Australia, I am regularly asked if my emus are ostriches. Obviously when children are learning their alphabets, O for Ostrich, must be drummed in beyond saturation, and the poor E for Emu has little-to-no representation.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple, from the Czechoslovakia Republic, with a young baby, bought a small Koala and Tasmanian Devil print.

The most popular prints this weekend were: The Three Amigos and Bunk beds

A thought to ponder: “Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day.” Paul Gauguin

Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Fires & Wombats

Tasmania is burning.  There are over 50 fires burning and about 30 of them are out of control. Hobart is shrouded with smoke from fires in the Derwent Valley extending to the inland lakes in central Tasmania, fires south of Huonville and more.

As a consequence, I’ve been called upon to do extra gallery duties at Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, while those that are living in the Geeveston area are on ‘watch and act’ status.   Gallery visitors were few and far between today, so I was able to pass the time drawing another wombat.  I am going to draw in more leaves but this is what I did this morning at the gallery.

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in progress

I’m thinking that I may just paint the wombat and leave the rest in its ink-only state??

I’ve finished my family of wombats enjoying an afternoon siesta under the cool shade of a gum tree but there’s always one who isn’t feeling sleepy! The prints of this painting, titled “Bunk beds”, are making their debut at Salamanca Market tomorrow (they are also available on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com under the ‘Animals’ tab and ‘wombats’).

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I’ve seen and photographed wombats many times in Tasmania’s wilderness.  There’s nothing cuter than seeing a baby wombat running! They’re so cute. They are gentle animals and I try to capture that gentleness and calmness in my paintings of wombats.

Wombats are marsupials native to Tasmania and the mainland of Australia. They are herbivores. Female wombats give birth to a single young in the spring and the young leave the pouch after about six months.  They can run fast for short distances.  I hope they are managing to escape the Tasmania’s thousands of burning square kilometers.

Stay safe and take care.