Lochner Street

My sketch of cottages on Lochner Street, North Hobart, Tasmania.

I situated myself on the other side of the street to draw these.

Hobart is lucky to have so many gorgeous cottages to sketch.

I hope that you have a chance to enjoy quaint houses, picket fences and gardens.

Warmest regards, from Patricia (PJ)

http://www.pjpaintings.com

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Salamanca Market, November 19, 2022

The sky was a glowing orange-red when I left the house for Salamanca Market this morning.

My first customer of the day was somebody from Sydney visiting Tasmania. She’s looking forward to doing her three-day acrylic class that she enrolled in. She purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” cushion cover to remember her Tasmanian visit.

Salamanca Saturdays cushion cover available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/cushion-cover-of-salamanca-market
Salamanca Saturdays colourful cushion covers are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/cushion-cover-of-salamanca-market

A family of four were drawn into the PJ Paintings stall by the 9-year-old son. A “Sitting on the Fence” print. I gave him a hefty discount. They used to live in Tasmania and now they live in Melbourne. They are here for their Nan’s 80th birthday, along with her other 18 grandchildren that live all over Australia and have also made the journey for this milestone birthday.

“Sitting on the Fence” prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/sitting-on-the-fence

A grandmother bought an “Unwinding” print for her 4-year-old grandson and a teacher working across two primary schools bought four emu prints to display in both her offices. She wanted the emus because she thinks that the children will engage with them. She purchased “Family Outing”, “Glamour Girls”, “Story time” and “Joy ride”.

“Family Outing” This quality print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/family-outing
“Glamour Girls” Quality prints of Glamour Girls are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-1
“Story time” prints of my original painting is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/story-time
“Joy ride”. Prints of emus riding a Ducati motorcycle are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/joy-ride

A visitor from Byron Bay bought a “Spanish Eyes (Red)” print and another visitor living in between Sydney and Brisbane on the coast, Bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Spanish Eyes (Red) This humorous and vibrant print is available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/musical/products/copy-of-all-ears

Evelyn, from Netherlands, who has relatives living in Australia, is visiting Australia five weeks. She paints water colour landscapes. She purchased a “The Three Amigos” print.

“The Three Amigos II” Prints of these kookaburras are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/the-three-amigos

A lady, living approximately 80km from Melbourne, in regional Victoria, bought a “Christmas Siesta” print. She has a wombat that lives on her property, and she has recently spotted an echidna! I forgot to ask her if she has named her wombat.

This wombat has given its hammock a rather Christmas festive appeal. Prints of my original painting are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/christmas/products/christmas-christmas-siesta

Art thought for the day:

Art is the stored honey of the human soul.” – Theodore Dreiser.

Wishing you lots of rejuvenating, creative, honey-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Drawing Challenges

Greetings. I hope all is well with you.

I wasn’t able to do Salamanca Market today, so I thought I would write a re-cap of October’s drawings.

October is a busy month with the annual Inktober Challenge taking place. During this month, there is a prompt word for each day to produce a drawing from.

This is challenging enough but then I stumbled across Wombatober, which has a list of prompt words for the month of October too. I didn’t produce 62 drawings. I wish I had! But doing two paintings a day is a bit much when you are running a business, doing gallery duty, Salamanca Market and life in general. I’m glad I took up the challenges and produced what I did.

Here are my favourites:

Inktober –  Day 7 – Prompt Word “Trip”

Wombatober – Day 13 – Prompt Word “Dress Up”

Inktober – Day 16 – Prompt Word “Fowl”

The Australian Ibis is a native Australian bird. It has the unenviable “Bin Chicken’ nickname. Many of the ibis have moved into mainland Australian cities and they love to go through the rubbish bins. “Sooooo, you’re the one giving us a bad name!”, says the chicken.

Wombatober – Day 14 – Prompt Word “Toy”

“I want to join the circus when I grow up”.

Inktober – Day 24 – “Fairy”

Wombatober – Day 26 – Prompt Word “Swinging”

Inktober – Day 14 – “Empty”

The feeling you get when you arrive at the beach and it is empty, which is not a rare occurrence on island Tasmania with its just over 500,000 population.

Wombatober – Day 27 – Prompt Word “Warm Drink”

Some of these original paintings are for sale on my website. Most are approximately 20 x 20 cm, painted on Khadi Mill paper made from recycled cotton rags. www.pjpaintings.com/collections/originals

What have you been up to during the month of October?

Wishing you a great month with prompts that result in satisfying accomplishments and a day of pampering.

Wombatober – Day 18 – Prompt Word “Pamper Day”

Cheers for now, Patricia Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market, November 5, 2022

It’s daylight now when I step out the door at 6 am to go to site 30 at Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania.

My first customer of the day was Havier from Toronto, Canada, here on his annual business trip. He’s flying back to Canada, today. It’s a tough, long flight. He’s originally from Chile, South America. His wife was born in Chile and raised in Canada. They had their daughter in Chile, and their son in Canada, where they now reside. During the COVID lock-down, they pushed their 12-year-old daughter to do something constructive and she started drawing and writing comic strips, which she has kept up doing for 2.5 years. She has created a lot of comics! I’m impressed with it all and especially that she can think of so many funny things! Havier bought an “All Ears” and a “Leafy Decorum” print.

When a lady saw a “Leafy sea dragon” greeting card, she said you must be a diver. I’m not, but she is. She is a biologist and has done a lot of diving, including in the Caribbean, where she met her Australian husband-to-be and ended up settling in Sheffield, Tasmania.

A “Fairy wrens” and “Scarlet Robins” print is going to be housed on a property in Queensland rainforest.

A lady from Canberra, on her way to go bush walking in Mt Field, Tasmania, https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/…/mount-field…/ bought an “Afternoon Siesta” print. She said that she didn’t want to buy anything at the market but couldn’t pass by this irresistibly relaxed wombat. Another lady, who couldn’t resist “Afternoon Siesta” was from North Carolina, USA, is visiting her brother, who lives in Australia. Another lady, visiting from Tokyo, Japan, chose the same print.

A couple from Maui, USA, purchased a large “Suspended” print. They’re heading home tomorrow. They’ve been in Australia for three weeks, visiting Sydney, Adelaide and Tasmania.

I had two German couples visit the stall today. Firstly, an older couple, who bought a “Bonnie & Me” print. They have this bike they told me, a Bonneville, Triumph. Then a young German couple arrived. They are spending 12 months in Australia, travelling around in a van. They have 10 months left. They purchased a “Dinner for Five???” print.

Art thought for the day:

“Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happiness.” ~ Anni Albers

Wishing you lots of rejuvenating, creative-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Warm Drink

Good evening,

I trust that you are well.

I painted this for Day 27 of the Wombatober Challenge. The prompt word is “Warm Drink”.

Home Sweet, Cosy, Home

I love painting cosy, warm interiors. I think it must link back to my favourite book when I was a young child called “Bonne Nuit Petit Ours”. I loved the illustrations of the different rooms of the house.

one page from the book “Bonne Nuit Petit Ours”

I hope that you are cosy and enjoying a warm drink.

Have a good week.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

http://www.pjpaintings.com

Salamanca Market, October 29, 2022

There was very little rain today, which was a welcome change.

My first customer of the day was visiting from Ballarat, Victoria. https://www.travelvictoria.com.au/ballarat/  She purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays and a “Maggie” print. A sister and brother travelling together from Sydney stopped by. She sells crystals and sometimes sells them at markets too. Her brother bought her a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

My next customers were a lovely couple from Geelong, Victoria. They’ll be returning home with a “Family Outing”, “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Story time” print.

A lady from the Gold Coast, Queensland, purchased a medium sized “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag for an elderly friend. She thought medium was a good size because she can’t carry too much at once anymore.

A doctor, who has her practice in Hobart, stopped in and bought some greeting cards. She told me that she has a print of “White Faced Scops Owls” hanging in her practice and that she gets lots of comments from children and adults alike. She said she tells them “Salamanca Market”. A man from Perth, WA, came in just after she left and bought the same print to give as a Christmas gift to his mother-in-law that loves owls.

White Faced Scops Owls

A family, originally from Nepal visited. The son wanted to buy “Piggyback” to give to his teacher, so his mother obliged. Her brother has an art gallery for many years in Nepal. She showed me photos of his artwork. (Quality prints of “Piggyback” are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals).

An Australian lady, who married a Canadian and has been living in Whistler, B.C. for 40 years, bought a “Double Date V” print.

A Sydney family bought an A-3 sized print of “Who, Who, Who are You? II”. A father from Sydney bought a “Bonnie & Me!” print for his daughter. He told me that she often jumps on the back of his bike for a ride.

Who, Who, Who are You? II

Art thought for the day:

“Creativity is magic. Don’t examine it too closely.” – Edward Albee


Wishing you happy times being creative,  Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com

Ponytail Bouquet

Hello everybody,

I hope that all is good in your world.

I’m falling behind with my posting for the two drawing challenges I’m participating in this month!

Here’s my drawing for the Inktober Challenge’s Day 6 and 18. The prompt word for Day 6 is “bouquet” and for Day 18 the prompt word is “ponytail”.

Off to the Party!

original painting is available at
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/original-paintings

Now, I need to find myself a funky, purple jumpsuit! Probably not. lol

Hope you’re having a cheery day.

From, Patricia (PJ)

Round Toy

Hello everybody,

I hope that you are having a well-balanced day.

For Day 14 (prompt word: Toy) and Day 20 (prompt word: Round) of the Wombatober Challenge, I painted this. I don’t have a title for it yet.

Maybe this little fellow has big dreams of joining the circus???

untitled

Wishing you a great week.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade
www.pjpaintings.com

P.S. This painting will be available for purchase at Salamanca Market, Tasmania.

Fairy

Day 24 of the Inktober Challenge. Prompt word 24 is “fairy”.

A wish from the Emu Fairy. You may have not known that emu fairies existed but here is proof that they do. 🙂

may all your dreams come true

The “May All Your Dreams Come True” painting was first drawn with an Artline pen and then watercolour paint was added. I painted it on 310gsm watercolour paper, approximately 21 x 26 cm, and it has my full name and signature on the back.

Initial Artline pen drawing

The original painting is available at:
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/original-paintings/products/may-all-your-dreams-come-true-an-original-watercolour-PJ

Thank you for visiting and I send you good wishes for dreams coming true.


Salamanca Market, October 22, 2022

There’s no other way to describe today other than wet. My feet started squelching in my shoes at around noon.

My first customers of the day were visiting from Brisbane, Queensland. They purchased some A-5 sized wombat themed prints.

My next customers were a lovely couple from Newcastle, NSW. They’ll be returning home with a Sea Life print and the original painting, titled, “Swinging Wombat” is going to its forever home.

Swinging Wombat SOLD today

A couple visiting from Sydney, NSW, purchased “Silent Disco” and “Bunk Beds”. They were so happy to find my art because their son and daughter-in-law live in USA and send them quirky art from the US. They said that they were having trouble finding quirky art to reciprocate with.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
Bunk Beds

A young lady, from Sydney, travelling with girlfriends, bought a “Garden Roses” and “Scarlet Robins” print. Another group of ladies were travelling together from Perth. One bought three “Bunk Beds” prints and a “The Three Amigos II” print. She gave her two girlfriends a “Bunk Beds” print each. They were quite moved by her gesture, which was met by hugs and thank-you’s.

Scarlet Robins
Garden Roses
The Three Amigos II

A couple from Boston, USA, purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Enchanted Forest II”. They asked if they could have a photo with the artist.

Meet me at the Gate quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/meet-me-at-the-gate
Enchanted Forest II

A lady from Brazil, with the help of a friend, settled on an A-3 sized print of “Dinner for Five???” She thought my story that they may have to share an ant funny. She plans to hang it in her bathroom with the pen drawing of the Sydney Opera House that is already adorning one wall in her bathroom.

Dinner for Five???

A couple wanted a souvenir to take back to their home in Namibia https://www.dfat.gov.au/geo/namibia . They settled on a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Salamanca Saturdays

A young French couple stopped by. They’re visiting Australia for six weeks. He is an electrician, and she does bar work in France. They purchased an “Iconic Aussies” and “Suspended” print.

Iconic Aussies

A couple from Gisborne, Victoria, https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/gisborne-vic purchased an original painting, titled “Swing High” for their first grandchild.

Swing High

Art thought for the day:

“The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique”. Isaac Bashevis Singer

Wishing you happy creating-time, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Quality prints of my art are available at www.pjpaintings.com