Salamanca Market February 26, 2022

With huge rainfalls and floods in Queensland, and the forecasted week of rain for Hobart, Tasmania, we gratefully accepted the perfect market weather of the day.

My first visitor to the stall bought an “Emu Charleston” and “Family Outing” print for her new house in Newcastle, NSW. She moved in over a year ago and she still has bare walls, which she intends to rectify with these prints.

Emu Charleston

A lady, from Melbourne, visited the stall in the morning and returned in the afternoon. She bought a framed print titled “Who Says Emus Can’t Fly!?” for her son and A-3 sized prints “Supportive Nestworks” and “Salamanca Fresh” for herself. She bought the final limited edition of Salamanca Fresh. There are no A-4s or A-3s left of this image, although there are still a few A-2s limited edition prints.

“Salamanca Fresh”
now only available in A-2 or A-1 sizes https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world
“Supportive Nestworks” a wombat networking with an endangered Forty-spotted pardalote while resting on a supported nest https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A young man bought “Glamour Girls” for his mother. He thought she would really like it. His partner chose “The Bun”, “Hair Accessories” and “Enchanted Forest” prints. Another young couple came into the stall and said that they want three cards of threes. They found one with three owls, three emus and three kookaburras. Her triplet brothers’ birthdays are in March. Let me guess, you’re the firstborn, I asked? Correct.

The Bun
Hair Accessories

A couple from Mountain River, Tasmania, bought five prints. They bought some PJ Paintings prints a couple of years ago for their first grandchild. A couple from the Gold Coast bought “Unwinding”, “The Bun”, “Hair Accessories”, “Bunk beds” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul”. A man from Cairns also purchased “Hair Accessories” and “Bunk Beds”.

Unwinding

A lady with her adult daughter stopped buy and purchased a “Sea Life” print. It’s the first Saturday she’s had off in two years. She’s a butcher. She has a shop in South Hobart. They’ve been out for breakfast, then the markets and then a show tonight.

Sea Life

Fourteen-year-old, Dorothy, was an unusual market visitor. I was told that she is an African grey. https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/species/african-grey-parrot/

Parrot at market

Some small original paintings were sold today too: a spotted quoll, my urban sketches of Claremont House https://hobartandbeyond.com.au/place/claremont-house/ (now permanently closed, unfortunately) and the view from Lindisfarne Bay with the Tasman Bridge https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/hobart/tasman-bridge.html in the backdrop, and Funky Jeans.

Claremont House
View from Lindisfarne Bay. I painted on site on a windy and cold day. I drew and painted it in about an hour. I really like the looseness and energy of this painting.
“Funky Jeans”

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

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

Quality prints are available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

Lindisfarne Bay, Tasmania

Hobart’s urban sketching group met today at Lindisfarne Bay. Despite it being on the chilly side today, and that there was the sporadic burst of wind, we had an enjoyable and productive time.

I have always wanted to sketch the Tasman Bridge, which is a significant land mark of Hobart, especially with the history attached to it, the tragedy of a boat running into it and the loss of lives as a consequence of it being broken. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-05/memory-of-tasman-bridge-collapse-lingers/10684234

This is the view I decided that I would attempt to draw. Note the Cormorant standing on the rock near the shore and the pelican in the middle-ground approaching.

view from Lindisfarne Bay on the Eastern Shore of Hobart
Here’s my plein air sketch of the scene

There was some drama on the water while sketching. A pelican made a b-line for a Cormorant standing on a rock, minding its own business. It had to make a quick exit along with the seagulls! I thought the pelican was going to try to eat it!

An annoyed pelican that the birds on the rock didn’t stay put
I wanted to eat you Mr Cormorant!

There was a very friendly magpie on the scene too.

an exceptionally friendly magpie

I hope everybody has also had an enjoyable Sunday and that the upcoming week goes well for all.

Cheers, from Patricia Hopwood-Wade

Our Mountain

I love wandering on our mountain, Mt Wellington/kunanyi in Hobart, Tasmania. It’s always different and so inspiring. This time I actually saw two animals. We had to stop the car to let the cutest little echidna cross the road, and on the track, a padymelon stopped us in our tracks.

a padymelon on kunanyi

The Organ Pipe track to the kunanyi’s organ pipes.

on our way down the mountain we had to keep an eye on our step

The organ pipes look quite different close up. They are very dramatic. There were several rock climbers climbing the organ pipes. We encountered some climbers on our way down and asked them how their climb was? They answered that it was awesome. They were absolutely beaming with happiness. Here’s a link for more information about climbing the organ pipes on kunanyi. kunanyi https://www.wellingtonpark.org.au/rock-climbing/

the majestic organ pipes close up
the organ pipes viewed from Sandy Bay, Hobart
organ pipes view from the kunanyi track

I found this fern striking. It’s one plant with different coloured frons. It reminded me of the punnet of lettuce seedlings I recently purchased.

multi-coloured fern
multi-coloured lettuce
We passed by moss covered boulders
striking moss covered boulders on kunanyi
it’s not the season for waratahs to be flowering but there were a few strange looking flowers around. I don’t know if this is the remnants of a former full waratah flower?

As usual, on the way up the mountain, the lichen on the rocks totally inspired me.

I love the green and black lichen
A limited pallet of lichen

This one looks like an outer space scene to me.

such a fabulous set of lichen!

I would love to paint a section of the lichen on a large piece of paper. I think that they are so awesome. I LOVE the patterns. It certainly resembles Aboriginal dot painting to me. But, first I want to paint this picture that I’ve drawn up about three months ago. It’s a continuation of my Bunk beds series. Limited edition prints of “Bunk beds” are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour.

A wombat family relaxing under the shade of a gum tree – This painting is titled “Bunk beds”
extending the “Bunkbeds” series with “Bunk bed trio”. I’m not sure about what to title this picture? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Thanks for visiting. I hope that COVID is under control where you are living so that you are able to enjoy the nature around you. Take care, from Patricia (PJ).

PjPaintings at Salamanca Market February 17, 2018

Wow, it’s hard to know where to start.  I met so many people today.  The day started with a lady from Northern Rivers, NSW, who had just done the Overland Track.  She was disappointed that she didn’t see a Pink robin on her trek.  They are an elusive little bird but she was going to Binalong, on the east coast of Tasmania, and that is where I saw a Pink robin, Scarlet robins and many Superb Fairy wrens.  Hopefully, they’ll make a presence for her too.

A couple from Townsville, that saw my prints hanging up at Saltshakers in Swansea, Tasmania, purchased a Spanish Eyes (Red) print.  There are very few of these left before its availability ends when it reaches 100/100 sold.

PjPaintings limited edition print A-4 and A-3
Spanish Eyes (Red)

Last night, I framed “All Ears”, “Duck Crossing” and “Helping Hands” and displayed them today.  They certainly caught people’s eye.  A frame really does help set off a print.

Cheeremup

A couple from MacKay bought a small “Duck Crossing” print.  She said that in MacKay, the council put a ‘Beware of Wild Animals’ sign where ducks frequently cross the road.  She found that quite funny. A family from China, visiting Tasmania, also purchased a “Duck Crossing” print and an “All Ears” print to make a pair.  Another “Duck Crossing” print went to Perth.

The new owners of emus riding a Triumph motorcycle “Bonnie & Me!” are taking the print home to England.  An ex-Tasmanian, now living in Los Angeles, running a mobile bicycle rental company at Venice Beach, bought a “Family Outing” print.

A young man, originally from Illinois, USA, now living in Washington, USA, bought a 5” x 7” sized “Who says emus can’t fly?!” print.  He said that his mother was really into Harleys when he was young and that she used to sew a lot of appliqué motorcycle scenes. My painting reminded him of her creations.

Who says emus can't fly!
Who says emus can’t fly?!

I met a lovely young lady from Switzerland.  She was doing volunteer work on an organic farm, organised through WWOOF.  She bought a “Motherly Emutions” greeting card to send to her father.  We had a lovely conversation.  I also met some French young travellers.  They have been travelling around Australia for a year and fruit picking along the way to earn an income.

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Motherly Emutions

I met a zoologist from Melbourne.  She loves Red-tailed black cockatoos but ended up buying a Yellow-tailed black and Sulphur-crested cockatoo because those were the ones that she connected with, which she was a little surprised about.  She said that she has a very large painting of a Red-tailed cockatoo at home. She sporadically sells at a local market near her.  She said that she frames and sells things she finds, feathers, sea urchins, shells and the like.

A young couple visiting from Melbourne bought Spanish Eyes (Yellow) to post to his Italian mother, living in Italy.  A group of six young women travelling together from Taiwan bought a small whale print and a postcard size print of “Duck Crossing” and “Helping Hands”. A family from Singapore, with extended family members, purchased a small original painting of three emus reading a book. A couple from Laurieton on the NSW’s coast, a small town of a population just under 2000 in the 2011 census, purchased a “Story time” and “Who, Who, Who are You? II” print.

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Story time

This week’s most popular print is: Salamanca Saturdays

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Salamanca Saturdays

A thought to ponder:  “When my students are stuck I say, ‘take the first step, there will be something better on the other side.’” ~Susan Edison

Have fun and good luck to those doing Hobart’s ‘Run the Bridge’ tomorrow.

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Hobart’s Tasman Bridge

Take care and have fun pursuing your creative outlet,

from the Pjpaintings stall #30 at Salamanca Market.