Salamanca Market July 30, 2022

It was a bit chilly today but there was no rain or wind, so there are no complaints from me. 😊

A couple from Melbourne visited my stall very early in the morning and purchased two original paintings: “Off with the Owls” and a platypus painting. Later in the day, they returned, and bought a framed “Family Outing” print and four A-5 sized prints.

An original painting, titled “Off with the Owls”

Then a Salamanca Market volunteer bought an original “Holding Hands” painting. She wanted to buy one a few weeks ago, but when she returned to buy it, somebody had bought it while she was away. She asked me to paint another one.

An original painting, titled, “Holding Hands”

A young couple from Sydney received instructions from his mother to visit my stall and buy her an A-3 sized print of “Iconic Aussies”, which he did.

“Iconic Aussie”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

An expectant couple, from Melbourne, bought three A-3 sized prints for their nursery for their first baby

An expectant couple, from Melbourne, bought three A-3 sized prints for their nursery for their first baby . They purchased Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Hammock Life”, and “Devilish Siesta”.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Hammock Life
Devilish Siesta

A lady, wearing flared pants, bought the original painting titled, “Flower Girl”, who is also wearing flared pants.

the original of “Flower Girl” was purchased today.
Quality prints of Flower Girl are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

Another lady bought an original painting of an emu enjoying the snow.

Snow time

A lady from Sydney bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print and then returned with her friend, who bought two “Salamanca Saturdays” print, one an A-3 size, the other an A-4 size.

A Sydney family, exploring Tasmania for two weeks, purchased a “Hanging Out” print. Two girlfriends visited the stall, and one bought a framed “Unwinding” print. Both are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

Hanging Out
Unwinding

A family from New Zealand bought “The Three Amigos II”, “White Face Scops Owls” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print. A family visiting from Western Australia also bought a “The Three Amigos II” print.

The Three Amigos II
high quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/the-three-amigos

Once again, as fun as it is interacting with such a diverse crowd and hearing interesting stories, it is always good to get home and put my feet up.

I hope that the upcoming week goes well for you and that you are able to make time for your creative outlet. Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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Why it IS a big deal!

In other parts of the world, snow probably isn’t a big deal but here in Australia it is and it makes front page news. There are many who have never seen snow. We have Queenslanders (pre-COVID) visit Tasmania for that very reason, to see snow for the first time in their lives.

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I’ve been told that there used to be snow on kunanyi/Mt Wellington for months at a time during the winter.

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kunanyi, Tasmania, August 7, 2020

Nowadays, snow is only there for a few days before it all melts away and disappears, just like the Tasmanian emus, which were hunted to extinction about 150 years ago. But, I have recently discovered that my emus are not the only honorary Tasmanian snow-loving emus around! Chook Chook, an adopted mainland emu, a Tasmanian resident, living in Kaoota, is also a snow-loving, honorary Tasmanian emu.

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Snow-emu

Chook Chook is 19 years old! Their life expectancy is 20 years and he is still going strong. Chook Chook was advertised in the Tasmanian Mercury when he was a chick for $10. The wet or snow doesn’t worry Chook Chook at all. When the garden hose comes out, he comes running to be sprayed. Emus are actually good swimmers and seek out water to cool themselves in the hot outback of Australia.

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Tasmanian resident – Chook Chook

Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe.

P.S. Prints and original paintings are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

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view of kunanyi taken in Sandy Bay, Hobart, August 7, 2020

 

With a Little Help from my Friends

Sometimes I paint something that no matter how hard I rack my brain, I can’t think of a title. I know you can go with the title “Untitled” but I’d rather not.

A good friend of mine, from the northern end of Tasmania, asked me if I could paint an ice skating emu so that she could get a print of the painting to give to her daughter, who LOVES ice skating. She regularly travels to Hobart for that very purpose – to ice skate.

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Thinking of a title turned out to be more difficult than drawing and painting the picture. Has anyone else had this problem?? Some of the titles I came up with were:

  • Spin- ster
  • Going for a Spin
  • Ice Queen
  • Ice Princess

Unhappy with all of the above, I decided it was time to elicit some help from my Facebook friends. Ideas were proposed and I narrowed it down to “Emu Icecapades”. I think this is an awesome title for the painting.

Thank you friends for helping me name this painting!

Prints are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Gallery Duty

I did gallery duty today (Sunday) at Artefacts Gallery located in the Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania. After cleaning shelves, changing displays and pricing art work, I settled down behind the desk and got my paints out. There were very few people about, so painting some of my Inktober drawings seemed like it would be a good use of my time.

A couple from the mainland of Australia came in and he, in particular, was curious and asked me questions about my prints and then about what I was painting. I explained the Inktober Challenge to him, where we receive a prompt word for each day of the month.  I was painting the drawings for Day #10 “pattern” and Day #11 “snow”. He said he really liked “pattern” and asked me if he could buy it? “But, I haven’t finished painting it”, I said. He didn’t want anymore paint added to it. He liked it as it was. “Would you like me to paint the hat?” “No,” was his reply. “The boots?” “Nope”. So, it was pronounced – SOLD after I took a quick photo of it.

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finished or unfinished “pattern”

Has anyone else ever sold a painting before they consider it finished???

He left and returned a few minutes later asking if I could paint “snow” and they would come back in two hours for it. So, in between serving customers I painted. When they returned, they both said “wow” when they saw it and commented on how much difference colour made. Another Inktober drawing pronounced, SOLD. That’s six Inktober paintings in two days.

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Painting for the prompt word “snow”

Thanks for stopping by. Hope the upcoming week goes well for everyone. PJ Paintings

Snowing patterns

‘Pattern’ and ‘snow’ are the prompt words for Day 10 and 11 of the #Inktober2019 Challenge.

I have drawn this emu strutting confidently wearing her patterned coat.

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The Coat of Pattern

For the prompt word ‘snow’ I have taken my inspiration from childhood memories of making snow people. I grew up on the north shore of Vancouver on Seymour Mountain where winter brought snow. In Australia, snow is a novelty and many people have never seen or touched snow but if emus were to experience snow, I’m sure that they would build some snow people.

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Snow!!

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Thanks for visiting, PJ Paintings

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PjPaintings at Salamanca Market June 15, 2019

Hobart is red and festivating. After Salamanca Market, I went to see Anna Calvi, a Dark Mofo concert. What a show! She was stunning. The energy from this virtuoso guitarist, at times playing the electric guitar on the floor and dragging her feet along the neck, was unbelievable and left you feeling awe struck.  Her voice range, power and songs were so good.

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Anna Calvi 

Thankfully, we had another Saturday of quite mild weather. Next week we have the shortest daylight day and the temperatures’ long-term forecasts are looking grimmer. In the meantime, I had the sun streaming into my site for a few hours and I debuted ‘Square’ to take credit card payments. It worked well, quickly and easily.

I had an adult daughter and mother from Launceston, Tasmania stop at Pj Paintings and the daughter had a difficult time deciding whether to buy an A-4 sized print of ‘Suspended’ and an original echidna painting.  She really liked how the ants were hiding from the echidna.  In the end, she bought an A-3 size print of ‘Suspended’.  Later on in the day, I had a lady in her mid-to-late 20s stop in.  She said that she knows it’s a bit of an OCD request, but did I have a print of ‘Suspended’ that is centred. I provided a short explanation on composition and the rules of thirds, that if the focal point is centred, the painting just doesn’t really work. It must have placated her uneasiness about having the whale in the top third of the picture because she decided to purchase ‘Suspended’.

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Suspended

A Sydney-sider, whose house looks out on Ku-ring-gai National Park, is taking a ‘White Faced Scops Owls’ and ‘Hanging Out’ print back home with her. Another Sydney-sider bought every Christmas card I had: ‘Christmas Siesta’, ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Emu’, ‘Snowbirds’, ‘Tassie Christmas’, ‘Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Merry Christmas’ and ‘Santa’s Helpers’. I have painted other Christmas scenes.  There are more Christmas cards on the http://www.pjpaintings.com website, under the Cards tab.

A lady bought ‘Devilish Siesta’ for a wedding present for a Canadian that is getting married in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was neighbours with him, when he was about 2 years old, for 12 months when both families were living about 60 km outside of Winnipeg.  Twenty three years later, he visited and stayed with them in Tasmania and they also visited and stayed with him in the city of Winnipeg. So, spoiler-alert, one of his wedding gifts is a Huon pine bread board and a Tassie Devil print.

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Devilish Siesta

Today’s most popular prints were the whales and wombats.

A thought to ponder from the artist, Christina Rossetti: Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun.

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

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 12, 2019

Girlfriends that went to school together in Alberta, Canada, stopped by and purchased a ‘Poppy Fields’ print. They live in Edmonton. Both of the only children, of their children that have children, live on the other side of the earth to them. (What a sentence!) One has grandchildren in Tasmania and the other in New Zealand, so they are spending time in both beautiful places.

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Poppy Fields

Another Canadian, travelling with her husband, stopped in and bought a very small ‘All Ears’ print to sit on the piano in their music room. They’ve left behind the snowy and wintry landscapes of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia for six weeks in Australia and nine weeks in New Zealand.

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All Ears

A family from Melbourne bought ‘Sleepyhead’, which debuted today, along with a ‘Poppy Fields’ print and an original small painting of a turtle and platypus meeting. Sleepyhead is one of the paintings in my new wombat series, and there is more to come! Three are on my website www.pjpaintings.com under the Animals tab.

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Sleepyhead

A group of four young ladies from Brisbane bought an A-4 size print of ‘Poppy Fields’.

A couple bought a small framed print of ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ as a gift for their animals/house sitter.

A ‘Glamour Girls’ and ‘The Three Amigos’ print is going to South Korea. A couple going to the UK and Netherlands bought a ‘The Three Amigos’ tote bag to give as a gift for one of their hosts.

A young couple bought the ‘Slip Sliding Away’ original painting. I told them that Prince Frederick, when he went to a local café that was exhibiting my art, had a very close look at Slip Sliding Away and my two other emu winter scene paintings. From their non-verbal language and finding out that they were from Boston, USA, I don’t think that they knew the Danish Prince Frederick and Tasmanian connection.

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Slip Sliding Away

The most popular print this weekend was: Poppy Fields

A thought to ponder: “Life is creation – self and circumstances, the raw material.” Dorothy Richardson

Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market November 3, 2018

Today’s market was approached with trepidation with the weather forecast announcing rain, hail and wind, with wind gusts up to 90 kmph.  I think we received and felt the full force of 90 kmph wind gusts. Thankfully there were only two of them.  When they hit, they were accompanied by screams and crashing sounds.  I had a couple in my stall when the first wind gust hit and the lady screamed.  I think she must have thought my gazebo was going to collapse as one pole dropped a notch, the awning flew off, prints went everywhere and frames moved to diagonal positions. The nerves were frayed but I managed to survive without any real damage.

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On my way to the market, I took this photo of snowy Mt.Wellington/kunyani.  Salamanca Market is held at the base of the mountain.

A lot of small pouches with my artwork printed on them went today.  I think so many sold today because their approximately 10 x 15 cm (4.5” x 6.8”) size makes them a great Christmas stocking stuffer.  An American ornithologist, who has been visiting Tasmania annually for many years, bought three small originals: Spotty Rest Stop, an Echidna and a painting of a Cassowary.  A “Double Date” tote bag is going back with a couple from Florida, USA.  She does a lot of guiding in the Florida area.  A couple from Los Angeles, USA chose a “Salamanca Saturdays” print as their Tasmanian souvenir.

A framed “The Three Amigos” print of three kookaburras was purchased to hang at a guest house called the ‘Kookaburra Lodge’ The couple house Ph.D. Monash University students at their lodge.  A framed “Scarlet Robins Rescue” is going to be a gift for a daughter that has moved to Hong Kong.

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Scarlet Robins in a frame

A man, who bought four prints from my stall two years ago, returned and bought five more, four dancing emu prints and “The Supremes”.

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The Supremes.  I tore and pasted treble clefs on their dresses and then applied watercolour

A girl, about eight years of age, carefully chose a “Helping Hands” medium sized pouch.  Her dad gave her the money to pay for it.  She was very happy with her purchase and her beaming smile was so lovely to see.

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pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

The most popular prints this weekend were: Weightless and Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas” ~Donatella Versace

Thanks for stopping by,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

Salamanca Market July 1, 2017

At 1 degree Celsius, it was a cold start at Salamanca Market. My toes are still unthawing! 🙂 Despite the cold, people were out and about. The Festival of Voices has started and the Australian Society of Micro Biologists is having a conference in Hobart this weekend.

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Feeling rather chilly at the Pjpaintings stall, Salamanca Market.

I chatted with a couple living on the mainland of Australia, but the man had lived about 10 years in Canada. Most of that time he lived in Nova Scotia, but he lived a few months in the Northwest Territories. They moved there in the winter! That would be a shock to the system. Despite temperatures well below zero, he said he thought winter was better than the summer because the warm weather brought a relentless and enormous amount of mosquitoes and black flies. He left Australia with an Australian accent, picked up the Canadian accent, but when he returned to Australia at 15 years of age, the Australian accent slipped back effortlessly.
I told him that both my boys had Canadian accents until they started school, when in a matter of a couple of weeks, they were speaking with an Australian accent. People used to be quite bewildered when they heard one speaking with an Australian accent and the other with a Canadian accent, when the youngest hadn’t started school yet. This seems like an appropriate place to wish the Canadians a Happy Canada Day, celebrating all the wonders of the special place that Canada is.
I met two young ladies from San Francisco. They described the emus as adorable. A couple bought “Spanish Eyes (Red)” to send to a friend living in the U.K., and a lady, down for the weekend, is taking back to “Burnie Surfing Clifton Beach, Tasmania” and “Beauty Queens”. Another original platypus picture, painted with Quink Ink went, along with some little 3×5” Cheer ‘em Up postcards.

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Spanish Eyes II (Red) with treble clef collage work on Mr Emu’s waistcoat and the top of Ms Emu’s dress.

My new friend from the Devonport Dental Surgery visited the stall again. She has “Duck Crossing” and “Helping Hands” hanging up in her surgery. It helps put smiles on faces and make the experience of going to the dentist a little more light hearted and pleasant. This time she bought “Snowbirds”. She wants to keep changing things around so that there are new images to help bring smiles to people’s faces.

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This print is titled “Snowbirds” and is also a greeting card. Both are available online, at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A gentleman, carrying a rather large box of fresh vegetables, stopped by and bought “Rising Above It” and told me that he volunteers somewhere where counselling is available. I can’t remember where. Nevertheless, he told me that “Thunder” (the print of the two elephants) is hanging up in the counselling room and that the counsellor refers to it to help convey the idea of individuality and being yourself or something along that line. So, my art is also serving as a counselling device.

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Print titled Thunder! available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

There was a four way tie for today’s best sellers: The Three Amigos, Thunder!, White Faced Scops Owls and Who, Who, Who are You? II
A thought to ponder: “Art is literacy of the heart” ~Elliot Eisner
Wishing you many happy, creative moments, from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market