Early Exit at Salamanca Market, December 2, 2022

I was bitten by a jack jumper ant, yesterday afternoon (Friday). My foot wasn’t too bad when I headed off to the market in the morning but as the day progressed, my foot ballooned and blistered. The market’s ambulance personnel recommended that I get it treated as we were unable to get the swelling down. So, the stall was packed up by various helping hands (a big thank you to all those that helped!) and I was ushered out. I have been referred to the jack jumper clinic. I didn’t know that there was such a place, but apparently there are so many people allergic to jack jumper bites that there is a clinic in Tasmania. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/australian-jack-jumper-ants.htm Has anyone else experienced a jack jumper bite? What was it like for you?

My first customer of the day was a couple from Singapore. They purchased “All Ears”, “Kookaburra Rescue”, “Scarlet Robin Rescue” and “Duck Crossing” from my Cheer ’em Up series.

All Ears
Kookaburra Rescue
Scarlet Robin Rescue
Cuck Crossing

They also purchased “Salamanca Fresh” and “Beach Date”.

Salamanca Fresh
Beach Date archival prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/beach-date

A couple visiting Tasmania from Scotland purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Maggie & Maggie”.

A couple, with a bush property in NSW, purchased “Sitting on the Fence”. They regularly have kookaburra visits.

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

A couple from the UK, who have been in Australia for 2 years and have another 18 months before heading back home, purchased “Devilish Siesta”, “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Hanging Out”.

A couple from Germany, visiting Tassie, bought a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” print to take back home with them.

Friendship Refreshes the Soul

A Tasmanian couple bought a “Birdwatching” greeting card for their New Zealand friend’s 80th  birthday.

Bird watching

Art thought for the day:

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” – Stella Adler

My foot is at home now, feeling better elevated and ice packed, and I hope that you are also feeling better, wherever you are.

Wishing you lots of time to rejuvenate and create, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

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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

Salamanca Market, October 15, 2022

There was sun and rain today, and guess when the rain decided to come??? Correct, at packing-up time.

The first customers of the day were visiting from Central Queensland. They were on a bus tour. They purchased “Glamour Girls” and “Bunk Beds” prints.

Glamour Girls

A wildlife volunteer from Dubbo bought a “Bunk Beds” and “Devilish Siesta” print. She told me one of her best experiences was bottle feeding baby wombats, that they snuggle right in and wrap their fingers around your finger.

Bunk Beds
Devilish Siesta

A young lady, from Paris, France, in Tasmania for a research conference with her employment, bought two greeting cards. She’s here for two weeks.

An Irish man, residing in Melbourne, Victoria, bought a “Hammock Life” cushion cover. He was wearing a cool hoodie with a “gym + coffee” logo on the sleeve. He said it was an Irish brand.

A lady, originally from El Salvador, now living in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, purchased a “Hammock Life” and “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” tote bags to take to South America when she visits. She said that there is a creek in Maleny, close to where she lives, that she walks along every day, and she sees platypus there about three times a week. How awesome is that! https://oursc.com.au/lifestyle/adventure-sunshine-coast/adventure-sunshine-coast-maleny-boardwalk-platypus-walk

Friendship Refreshes the Soul

Two ladies from Argentina, speaking Spanish, with one translating in English, purchased a “The Bun” print. They laughed about the story behind the painting. I told them that the yellow-tailed black cockatoo has the shortest crown out of all the black cockatoos, so when the others are flaunting their crowns, they can hold their heads high and say ‘well, la-de-da, look at my hair-do’.

The Bun

A man that drove down from Sydney, purchased “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Silent Disco” prints. He’s hoping that he can still get on the Spirit of Tasmania despite the flooding in Devonport.

Salamanca Saturdays
Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

Two ladies visiting from Perth, WA, bought “Bunk Beds”, “Bunk Beds Trio”, Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Afternoon Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta”, and “Taking it Easy” prints, and a “Lazy Days tote bag.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Taking it Easy

Art thought for the day:

“If I close my eyes, I see things better than with my eyes open.” Henri Matisse

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Salamanca Market, October 1, 2022

Yay, we had a sunny Salamanca Market Day, today! It started with a cool 3 degrees Celsius but it warmed up quickly.

The first purchase of the day were some 5-card Christmas packs by a lady visiting the south of the island from Launceston, Tasmania. Christmas wombat card packs are available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards/products/greeting-card-set-christmas-tassie-native-animals

A family also from the north of the state, Turners Beach, with a point from a young grandson to decide between two prints, purchased “Glamour Girls II”. https://www.ourtasmania.com.au/northwest/turners-beach.html

Glamour Girls II
This comical quality print is available at
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-ii-1

A mother and daughter purchased “Be Whooo You Are” for her son/brother. The sister was keen on getting something for her brother. I commented on how nice that was and the mother said that she is always getting things for her brother. She looked like she was about 10 years old.

Be Whooo You Are

A man bought a small original painting of gum leaves. He was visiting his son and family that lives in Brisbane, Queensland, and they were all holidaying together in Tasmania for two weeks. They were finishing their Tassie holiday tomorrow and he will be spending two more weeks in Brisbane before he returns to the UK.

Original painting of gum leaves

A couple from Orange, NSW, purchased “Afternoons Siesta”, “Devilish Siesta” and “Double Date V”.

Afternoon Siesta
Devilish Siesta
Double Date V

A couple from Sydney bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

Salamanca Saturdays
Quality prints available at:
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world/products/salamanca-saturdays

A lady, from the UK, visiting her daughter and soon to be attending her grandson’s wedding in Adelaide, purchased a “Maggie & Maggie” print to go with my “Double Date V” print that she purchased at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, Tasmania. https://www.peppercorngallery.com.au/

Art thought for the week:

“Art is a line around your thoughts.” – Gustav Klimt

Wishing you a wonderful and creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

A lonely, little Island

Salamanca Market, August 27, 2022

I felt like a lonely, little island with both my Salamanca Market neighbour stall holders, on either side, missing, one due to sickness, the other was at AgFest https://www.agfest.com.au/

My first customer of the day was somebody from the Gold Coast, who bought a “Me at the Gate” print. She told me that fairy wrens often visit her garden.

Meet Me at the Gate
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

Parents of 7-month-old Eleanor, visiting from Melbourne, purchased prints for Eleanor’s bedroom. Her parents bought “Spiky Bunk Beds” and her grandmother bought her “Dinner for Five???”.

Spiky Bunk Beds
Dinner for Five???

A young couple from Melbourne bought a small urban sketch I did of one of Arthur Circus’ historical cottages and a few greeting cards.

historical cottage in Arthur Circus, Battery Point, Tasmania

A lady from Perth, WA purchased “House Sharing”. She really liked the wombat’s feet.

House Sharing
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A local bought “Enchanted Forest I” and “Enchanted Forest II” for one of her daughters in London, UK. The older daughter got married a few months ago and while the younger daughter went over to attend the wedding, she secured work and now she has both daughters living on the other side of the earth.

Enchanted Forest I
Enchanted Forest II

Another local bought a “Sitting on the Fence” print for her daughter because her house has a lot of blue in it. Her daughter is marrying a Canadian. The wedding is taking place in Los Angeles, in two months (they had to postpone it because of COVID) and they will be living in Toronto, Canada.

Sitting on the Fence
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A family visiting from Durban, South Africa purchased “Meet Me at the Gate” and “Glamour Girls”. The mother was originally from Tasmania, but they are now living in South Africa.

Glamour Girls
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A couple purchased “Devilish Siesta”, “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Afternoon Siesta” for their child’s bedroom. They have been renting a house in New Town, Tasmania while their house in Sydney is being renovated.

Devilish Siesta
Spiky Bunk Beds
Afternoon Siesta

The day passed quickly and soon it was all finished. All good things must come to an end.

Art thought for the week:

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman

Wishing everybody a good weekend and upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Salamanca Market August 20, 2022

The weather wasn’t great today, but it wasn’t horrible either. It was windy, with short bursts of rain and there was even hail around noon, but the last two hours of the market had blue sky, which allowed things to dry out before they were packed up. Hooray!

My first customer of the day was a local who bought six greeting cards followed by a lady from Missouri, USA, who bought “A Spotty Rest Stop” greeting card. The idea for A Spotty Rest Stop came from an Inktober Challenge prompt word. https://brushwarriors.com/what-is-inktober/ The prompt word was poisonous.

A Spotty Rest Stop

Then a Brisbane couple purchased “Bunk Beds” and “Unwinding” prints.

“Bunk Beds” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
“Unwinding” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats

A family from Perth purchased a “Meet Me at the Gate” print. There were quite a few people from Perth at the market today. This painting is proving to be popular and people like the title.

“Meet Me at the Gate”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A couple from Victoria, with their baby girl named Lucy, bought a “Sleepyhead” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” print for Lucy’s bedroom.

“Sleepyhead” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
Spiky Bunk Beds quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

A lady, on her way back home today, after spending 10 days in Tasmania, purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover.

“Salamanca Fresh” cushion cover, available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards

A couple from Sydney bought a “Family Outing” print for their 11-year-old son, who is into emus right now, and loves red cars. Nailed it with this print!

“Family Outing”
quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A young lady from Canberra bought an “Under My Red Umbrella” tote bag. She loved the brightness and humour of it.

Tote bags, Australian made, with images that I’ve painted are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Two young couples travelling together from Singapore, bought a “Silent Disco” and a “Dinner for Five??” print.

Fairy Penguins enjoying a “Silent Disco”.
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds
“Dinner for Five???” Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

Two ladies, with suitcase in tow, from Malaysia, bought an original painting that I titled “Friends in High Places”. Unfortunately, I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of it. It is similar to this painting.

A painting similar to “Friends in High Places”, an original that sold today.

Art thought for the week:

As I work at my drawings, day after day, what seemed unattainable before is now gradually becoming possible. Slowly, I’m learning to observe and measure. I don’t stand quite so helpless before nature any longer.
Vincent van Gogh

Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade      

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

Salamanca Market March 12, 2022

Today was perfect market weather, and it was a long weekend in Tasmania, Eight Hours Day, known as Labour Day in the other states of Australia.

My very first visitor purchased a “Salamanca Fresh” print, and my second visitor, both from Melbourne, bought a “Hammock Life” and a “Thunder” print. Thunder is for her sister, who loves elephants.

“Thunder”
Quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/realistic-animals

A couple from Adelaide purchased “Salamanca Saturdays”. They are returning home tomorrow but not before going to MONA in the afternoon. https://culturalattractionsofaustralia.com/attractions/mona-museum-of-old-and-new-art/

“Hair Accessories”

Two ladies from Canberra bought “Hair Accessories”. They love black cockatoos and they told me that since the fires a lot more have moved into their neighbourhood. Another two ladies, from Sydney, bought “The Bun” for their mother, who also loves black cockatoos.

“The Bun”

A lady from Brisbane purchased “The Three Amigos II” print and a little original painting of a rather messy looking echidna that I painted.

The Three Amigos II

A young lady from Sydney, who works at a bird rescue centre and has 17 birds at home that she is currently caring for (she showed me photos of her latest rescued birds, a pigeon and lots of young magpies), purchased the very first “Morning Melody” A-4 sized print. She also bought “Enchanted Forest I” and “Enchanted Forest II” prints.

“Enchanted Forest I”
“Enchanted Forest II”

A lady from Brisbane, bought a “What the Devil?!” tote bag for her daughter-in-law, who volunteers fortnightly at an animal rescue shelter.

“What the Devil!?!”

A nurse from the UK, who is working in Australia for six months and then returning to the UK, purchased “House Sharing”.

“House Sharing”

A couple from Sydney purchased “Spanish Eyes (Red)” and “Family Outing”.

Family Outing

At the end of the day, two women, who both love magpies, purchased “Maggie” and “Morning Melody” each. One has the magpie birdsong as her ring tone on her phone. She played it for me to hear. It sounds so pretty.

Maggie
Morning Melody

I didn’t have any prints of my tomato birds at the market. ☹

Tomato Birds from my vegie patch

Thanks for visiting and I hope that your weekend is going well.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

at site 30 at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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

Salamanca Market January 22, 2022

Wonderful blue skies, sun and heat was served up for today’s market.

It was a day for selling tote bags and pouches. Early in the morning, a couple from northern Queensland, Townsville, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag.

Bright and colourful “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bags, made in Australia with image on both sides, available at Salamanca Market and https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Then a nicely bronzed young couple purchased a “Lazy Days” tote bag. She was exuberant about my wombats in hammocks paintings. They were from Melbourne, which surprised me. I thought that they would be from Queensland with their golden suntans. They explained that they have spent a week at Freycinet and a lot of time at the beach. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/national-parks-and-wilderness/freycinet-national-park-wineglass-bay

“Lazy Days” tote bag also available at either Salamanca Market or https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

A couple with a large, black assistive dog, that was seeking shade and laying down at every opportunity, purchased “Hanging Out” tote bag. She has a wombat collection, showing me her wombat earrings that she was wearing. They live on the south coast of NSW and have many wild wombats on their property. Their dog is so used to them that he just looks at them now.

“Hanging Out” tote bag
Blackie the assistive dog

A couple spending their last day in Tassie, purchased two wombat prints: “Hanging Out” and “Bunk beds”. They live on a property north-west of Sydney that also has many wombats visit their property and dig plenty of holes/burrows.

A mother bought a “Lazy Days” tote bag for her daughter’s birthday. She’s a wombat rescue carer. A sweet brother, and first-time-uncle-to-be, bought a “Hanging Out” print for his sister, who is having a baby girl in three months. A couple bought two prints. She chose “Hanging Out” and he chose “Suspended”. He said he, “had a thing for whales, my name is Jonah”.

A family visited the stall, and the mother bought her teenage son an “Emu can Fly” print. She said her son’s nick name is “Emu”. I asked him if he likes this nick name, and he does, which was good to hear.

 

An apprehensive pillion emu – “Emus can Fly!”

I sold three original paintings today. Two urban sketches and an echidna digging up a bit of a mess.

First urban sketch sold was this one of a house in New Town. She said she couldn’t put it down, so she had to buy it. She appreciated that it is more difficult to omit areas to paint than to paint the entire picture. Omissions involves many more decisions.
The next one to sell was this urban sketch of the Elizabeth Street Post Office, Hobart, drawn and painted sitting in the middle of Franklin Square, behind the fountain and monument.
The third original painting to sell was this painting. It’s hard not to be messy when you’re an echidna and need to dig in old, rotting fallen trees to find ants for dinner

Late in the day, a mother and young son visited the stall and young Fynn chose a “What the Devil?!” pouch…. and then packing-up-time soon snuck up and that’s exactly what I did, packed up, went home, then unpacked and then finally sat down and put my feet up.

‘What the Devil!?’ pouch available at Salamanca Market and https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Thank you for visiting. I wish you a great weekend and upcoming week.

Salamanca Market January 15, 2022

Salamanca Market January 15, 2021

The Ashes test series started yesterday at Blundstone Oval, Bellerive, Tasmania, and it will continue for four days. https://www.premier.tas.gov.au/site_resources_2015/additional_releases/tasmania_ready_to_shine_as_global_media_attention_turns_to_hobart_for_historic_ashes_test A man from Melbourne, working at the cricket venue, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” limited edition print.

My painting of Salamanca Market titled, “Salamanca Saturdays. I inconspicuously snuck my stall into the painting. Available at: https://pjpaintings.com/collections/the-world

An original painting on Khadi Mill paper, made from recycled cotton rags, titled “A Flair for Fashion” was purchased by a lady, who said it looked just like her sister (let’s hope she doesn’t mind the associated resemblance!). Her sister is returning to London tomorrow, so she’s giving it to her tonight.

“A Flair for Fashion”

Two young ladies from Canberra visited the stall. One bought an A-3 sized print of “Scarlet Robins” for her parent’s 25th wedding anniversary and said that they’re still like lovebirds.

Scarlet Robins

A lady, who is doing done the Three Capes Walk tomorrow, https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/, told me that the airline lost her backpack, and it won’t arrive in time for the walk. That is going to make the walk an even greater challenge. She purchased some greeting cards.

A couple, who bought some of my artwork at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, purchased a “Lazy Days” tote bag.

“Lazy Days” tote bag

A group of young people, from Brisbane, bought “Bunk Beds’ and “Devilish Siesta” prints.

“Devilish Siesta”

A young lady visiting from Victoria purchased a “Hanging Out” print and a mother, from Beaumaris, Victoria, purchased “Enchanted Forest I and II” for her child’s bedroom. During this purchase, a blanket of darkness came over, the heavens opened, and it bucketed down for about 10 minutes. A stream of water quickly formed and flowed through my stall site. This sudden storm basically instigated a mass stallholders packing-up event, but it was packing-up time, it just brought it into motion with an urgent fervour.

I wish everybody a good week with time etched out for creative pursuits.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

http://www.pjpaintings.com