Salamanca Market, November 20, 2021

It was a drizzly Saturday and a wet set-up. With The Tasmanian Made Market at the newly refurbished Derwent Entertainment Centre https://www.stadia-magazine.com/news/renovation-refurbishment/tasmanias-derwent-entertainment-centre-renovation-to-feature-digital-first-fan-experience.html and protests in front of the Parliament House, Salamanca Market felt quieter.

The first couple visiting my stall purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and a “Double Date IV” print. They told me that they have many visitors to their birdfeeder at the Sunshine Coast and that they started taking drawing & painting classes together. They were impressed with my Yellow-tailed black cockatoo in my “Iconic Aussies” print. They had to paint this bird in one of their classes and said that this has helped them gain a greater appreciation for bird paintings. They returned later in the afternoon and up-sized their prints and added “Iconic Aussies” to their purchase.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
Double Date IV

A lady from Adelaide purchased “Hanging Out”, “Spiky bunk beds” and “Iconic Aussies”. Another lady purchased “Spiky bunk beds” and “Taking it Easy”. I was glad to see this because people have asked me to paint something that more closely matches with Spiky bunk beds’ hammocks, so I painted Taking it Easy, but so far, people haven’t been matching them together, until today. I commented that they were a pair and she immediately acknowledged the same coloured hammocks. It was nice to receive the reinforcement.

An A-3 sized “Weightless” print is heading to Brisbane and “The Three Amigos II” to Toowoomba. She is visiting Tasmania with friends from the Sunshine Coast, Qld.

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The Three Amigos II

And on cue, it started raining again when it was packing-up time. On the way home, just before the Tasman Bridge, I saw a stall holder pulled over on the side of the road changing a flat tire. They had all their crates, gazebo, shelving and the like, on the ground, to be able to get their reserve tire out. I felt very sorry for them and so grateful to be able to get home, get wet things airing and make myself a cup of tea!

Wishing you a flat tire-free week!

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

P.S. quality PJ Paintings prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market October 9, 2021

Today felt like a mixed-up day. We couldn’t park in our close-by usual spots, rain arrived at packing up time, with my car out of reach, and my Square app stopped working at 2 pm, but I’m happy that it didn’t stop earlier in the day, and all-in-all, I can’t complain. It was a good day, with many happy interactions.

A couple from the Gold Coast, who have travelled around a lot of Tasmania, including Stanley and Bruny Island, bought a “Double Date IV” print. Two ladies from Perth, spending two weeks in Tassie, bought the same print.

A lady bought a small “Lazy Days” pouch for her 3-year-old granddaughter and another grandmother bought “Motherly Emutions” for her son. Another lady bought “Kiss Me Please” https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals/products/kiss-me-please-1 for her mother. She said her mother will absolutely love it. I didn’t get a chance to ask her what her mother’s connection is with frogs.

There was a lot of birthday-present-buying being done today. A young lady bought a “DefendConserveProtect” tote bag for her mother-in-law’s birthday, which is today. Another lady bought a large “Lost Worlds” print for her friend’s birthday.

Lost Worlds – A view from the Lost World track on kunanyi with Tasmanian Tigers and their continually felt presence

A couple from Adelaide bought a “Richmond Bridge, Tasmania” and a “Salamanca Fresh” print. A couple from Perth, WA, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” cushion cover. A lady, who during the week bought a “Hanging Out” print from Tiger ina Papera https://www.facebook.com/TigerInaPaperaUniqueWoodcraft/ was so pleased to discover my stall and that she could buy a matching cushion cover, which she did.

Salamanca Fresh

A grandmother bought “Silent Disco” for her granddaughter that likes to dance, “Emus Can Fly!” for her grandson that likes cars and motorbikes, and “Entanglement” for herself. Another lady bought “Rising Above It” for a 12-year-old girl.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
Rising Above It

A couple, who wanted to buy a gift for her sister, wanted three A-3 sized prints, each featuring three emus. I wasn’t sure if I could fulfill this request, but we did achieve success. They purchased “Salamanca Fresh”, “Glamour Girls” and “The Supremes”.

Wishing one and all a great rest of the weekend and upcoming week.

Take care, Patricia (PJ)

Salamanca Market July 3, 2021

Thankfully it was a mild winter’s day today and the 40% chance of forecasted rain decided to opt on the 60% side of the equation. The Melbournian lockdown status has just lifted and there were quite a few people that took advantage of it. One family, her being originally from Tassie, came to visit family. They purchased a “Sea Life” print.

Sea Life

A first time visitor to Tassie, returning to Melbourne tonight, purchased An A-3 sized print of “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “The Bun”. She said that she loves Tasmania. 🙂

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins. This was a popular print today as I sold out of the A-3 size. I should have packed more!!
“The Bun”

The Yellow-tailed black cockatoo has a short crown and when the others are flaunting their long, lush crowns, it takes it can take a toll on their self-esteem. I’ve helped them out by giving them hairdos that turns heads.

Another couple that were leaving tonight, were from Invermay, NSW. They purchased “Who, Who, Who are You? II and so did a lady at the very end of the day, while I was packing up, she ordered an A-2 size of the same print to go to Geelong, Victoria. The A-3 sized prints of Who, Who, Who are You? II is getting close to the end of its Limited Edition print run.

Who, Who, Who are You? II

A couple from Lake Macquarie or Awaba in New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake, https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/lake-macquarie-nsw, where I have lived for a few years, bought A-3 sized prints of “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh”.

Salamanca Fresh

A mother from Cairns, and daughter from Brisbane, bought a “Silent Disco” print. They were on their way to Bicheno specifically to see the Fairy penguins come ashore.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

A young couple bought a fairy wren greeting card for his mother that lives in Kettering, Tasmania. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/kettering-tas . The driveway is getting too steep for her so she is moving. She gets heaps of wrens, cockatoos and eagles where she lives and will miss the birds terribly.

Double Date IV

I met a lady from Bellingen, NSW. Silk and Cotton, in Bellingen, sell my greeting cards in their lovely shop. https://silkandcotton.com.au/

The Festival of Voices is on during the upcoming week. I enjoyed an evening at the Vinyl Lounge last night and next Friday I will be enjoying another musical event at the Theatre Royal.

Until then, take good care of yourselves.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)

P.S. all the prints featured in this blog post are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

An #Inktober Flurry

The prompt word for day 13 is “dune”. I drew some emus having a gleeful time driving a dune buggy. There’s not a sign of apprehension on their faces, despite steering with their feet due having wingless bodies. They know how to ignore potential limitations and experience adventures.

Adventuring emus

Day 14’s prompt word is “armor”. I drew a male fairy wren sitting on an abandoned helmet. The Superb fairy-wren was voted Australia’s favourite bird, which is no surprise being such a lovely shaped, little bird with a bright turquoise crown. https://birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/superb-fairy-wren

a watchful dad

I combined day 15 and 16’s prompt words: “outpost” and “rocket”.

An outpost house sad to see its only resident go

Day 17 and the prompt word is “storm”. This emu is hurrying to get inside before she gets caught in a storm.

Avoiding the oncoming storm

I’m all caught up. Hooray!

Thanks for stopping by. Take care, from Pj Paintings http://www.pjpaintings.com

Share houses

It is a little too squishy for three tawny frogmouths and a baby wombat to share a nest, so the frogmouths have generously given the best room in the house to their guest, while they try to get some shut-eye on the outside premises.

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Share house

It’s a tight squeeze but this little wombat has managed to get comfy in this share house (wombats have such cute, gnarly feet!). Luckily wombats and Superb fairy-wrens are such gentle souls.

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House sharing

Prints of my “Share house” and “House sharing” paintings are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com under the Animals tab.

I hope that you are keeping well and safe.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 2, 2019

For most of this week, Hobart has been shrouded in smoke as fires rage. Thankfully we had some light rain on Thursday, which helped clear the air a little, and the oil rig that that made itself at home in the Derwent River for three months! It’s like it snuck out undercover, that is under-smoke-cover in the wee hours of the morning.
 
At today’s market, we saw some rather tall sports women, who are playing AFL this weekend. Tasmania is hosting their first AFL Women’s game. North Melbourne vs Carlton is playing at the North Hobart Oval.
 
In the morning, a young couple from the Netherlands, on a six week Australian holiday, bought a ‘Bunk beds’ print.

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Bunk beds

 
A lady, who said that she left her heart in Africa, bought a ‘Thunder’ tote bag. In a few weeks, she is going back for a visit to Botswana, South Africa and surrounds.

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Thunder! small tote bag

 
A family from Victoria, bought a print of ‘Salamanca Saturdays’ with Mt Wellington/kunyani in the background. They were in Tassie to scatter her mother’s ashes on the mountain on Tuesday. That was her mother’s wishes. Another lady, who also bought ‘Salamanca Saturdays’, had travelled here to say goodbye to her 98 year old mother. She passed away two days before she arrived in Tasmania. She said that she had had many recent conversations and visits with her, and that she was well loved and taken care of.

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Salamanca Saturdays

 
A couple bought a ‘Who, Who, Who are You? II’ print to go with an emu painting that they bought in Lightning Ridge, which I think might be John Murray’s artwork.

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Who, Who, Who are You? II

 
The most popular prints this weekend was: Bunk beds
 
A thought to ponder: “Finish the work, otherwise an unfinished work will finish you”, Amit Kalantri
 
Good advice!
 
Thanks for stopping by,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Pj Paintings’ prints, tote bags and pouches are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Decisions and changes

Composition and coming up with a title for my painting was almost as challenging as painting the male and female Superb Fairywren.

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the initial sketch

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Male Superb Fairywren painted

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Then I decided to change the drawing – I changed the gate, instead of painting two males and females, I painted one of each and drew the female on a branch.

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More work done on the female bird and I started the gate.

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More progress

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…and then I ran into difficulty making decisions about the composition.  I painted and cut out leaves and placed them in various positions to help me decide my next step.

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Finished painting.  I decided to name it “Meet Me at the Gate”.  What do you think? Do you like the title and composition?

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

The painting is on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market March 3, 2018

A cruise ship from Sydney was in Hobart today. I had conversations with quite a few of the passengers. One, who saw my “Duck Crossing” print in the Made in Tasmania shop, and when she saw it at my stall, said that she wanted to buy it for her 5 year old daughter because she loves ducklings. While perusing the stall, she spotted “All Ears” and decided she was buying an A-3 sized print of “All Ears” for herself instead.
Another cruise ship passenger came at the end of the day and bought herself a “Scarlet Robins” print to cheer herself up she told me. Another passenger bought three dancing emu prints to put in her office. She said that her clients like to see different and engaging art.

A couple touring Tasmania on a motorbike bought “Joy ride!”. They’re riding a similar Italian framed Ducati motorcycle. She said that it will be sitting on their piano in Cronulla, Sydney.

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Joy ride!

A lovely couple re-visited my stall. They told me that they had bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” print for their cousin’s granddaughter, 8 year old Holly, living in Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. Holly loves owls. A large stuffed owl also accompanied the print. Needless to say, Holly was a very happy girl when these arrived. I collected postage stamps when I was a child and I remember that Guernsey in particular had stunning stamps.

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White Faced Scops Owls

A grandfather, 76 years old, daughter 46, son 44 and 12 year old grandson were back from doing The Three Capes walk. The grandfather had been training to improve his fitness so that he could do the walk. He was pretty pleased. It’s now a lovely memory for the three generations. The “Double Date IV” print will also serve as a lovely Salamanca Market memory.

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Double Date IV

A lady, living locally, bought an A-3 sized print of Yellow Poppy Fields. She said that her lounge room is the same orange as the orange highlights in the painting. It will pop on an orange wall.

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Yellow Poppy Fields

A young couple, living in Canberra, bought “G’day”. A couple, who are 7 months into their world trip, bought an original small framed platypus painting to give to their Tasmanian host. They are on their way to Bali, Singapore, the Philippines and then back to the UK. An x-Canadian, from Toronto, who is living in Brisbane, Queensland for the past three years, purchased “Sea Life”. A lady visiting from United States bought five greeting cards to take back with her and a couple from Adelaide bought ten Christmas greeting cards. The cards made them chuckle aloud.

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Sea Life

This week’s most popular print is: Thunder!

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Thunder!

A thought to ponder: “If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes” ― Pablo Picasso. This rings so true for me when I am urban sketching. My brain so often convinces and tricks me into believing that an angle couldn’t possibly be that severe. Listening to it, rather than trusting what my eye sees, is a frequent source of frustration.
On Monday, the OneWeek100People challenge commences. Good luck to all those taking up the challenge. I will be. I plan to post some of my drawings on Facebook and on my blog:www.theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com
P.S. My website is still down because it has been hacked. It should be back up in a few weeks. Please feel free to contact me through Facebook, blog or email: pjpaintings@gmail.com
Take care and have fun taking a line for a walk,
from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market January 20, 2018

I started at Salamanca Market rather sleepily after spending Friday, Day 1 at MONA Mofo. I’m writing this week’s update on Sunday because after the market on Saturday, I attended Day 2 of MONA Mofo. Day 2 ended with the most awesome band. Their visuals on the big screen behind them, music and message were amazing. I will write a blog post about my three days at MONA later but for now, I will focus on yesterday at the market, do next week’s order and then head back out to MONA.
The “Fairy wrens” and “Scarlet Robins” prints were incredibly popular yesterday. Two are going to Salt Lake City, Utah. Another one was purchased by a couple that had done Tasmania’s Three Capes walk and saw lots of Superb Fairy wrens along their way. She was from Brisbane, Queensland and he was from South Africa. Another one was purchased by a lecturer at the College of Nursing in Bozeman, Montana, USA. I can’t remember were the others were heading off to.
Three generations, a father, daughter and grandson, originally from France visited the stall. The daughter now lives in Melbourne and her father lives in Frontiere, a town on the French/Belgian border. She bought “Who, Who, Who are You? II” to take back home. Another family of three generations visited the stall, this one originally from Italy and the daughter moved to Tasmania only a year and a half ago. She was at the stall with her teenage son and mother-in-law. She bought a “Scarlet Robins” print and an original painting of platypus and a platypus visitor.

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Platypus visitor

“Poppy Fields” is going to a bush property in Rihanna, Gippsland. “All ears” and “Kookaburra Rescue” is going to be posted to nieces living in England. “Glamour Girls” I, II and III were bought for herself and two girlfriends. The three of them are great friends and she wanted all of them to have a print of ‘them’ at the hairdressers.
A lady, from Brisbane, Queensland, who attended a Native Plant Conference in Tasmania, bought a card. She raved about the conference. There were five days of lectures and then five days outdoors examining nature. She inspected plants at Cradle Mountain and on the west coast of Tasmania. She said that she was so impressed with the depth of expertise and knowledge in Tasmania, especially that it is drawn from a fairly small population, hovering around 500,000.
A couple from Sydney, who came to Tasmania specifically to escape the 47 degrees Celsius heat that they were having in their suburb in Liverpool, Sydney, purchased “Double Date”, “The Three Amigos” and “Kiss me please”. Many regions on the mainland are getting temperatures in the high 30s and into the 40 degrees Celsius range this week.

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Kiss me please

“Barn Owls” and “Tu-whit & Tu-Whoo” are going to the USA and “Thunder” is going to New Zealand. “Suspended” and “Sea Life” will be residing in Perth, Western Australia.

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Thunder!

This week’s most popular prints were the whale, Fairy wrens and Scarlet Robins prints.
A thought to ponder: “Every artist was first an amateur” — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Warm wishes of creativity from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.
Thanks for visiting. 🙂