Salamanca Market, May 6, 2023

Layering started today. With 3 degrees Celsius forecasted, I wore my thermals.

My first customer was a daughter and mother. The daughter was attending a 4-day rheumatology conference hosted at the Grande Chancellor Hotel in Hobart and suggested that her mother, from Townsville, join her, and explore Tasmania during her conferencing time. The mother purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” tote bag. Another mother and daughter travelling together, purchased a “Fashion af-Flair” print. They were from Sydney, NSW.

A couple from Melbourne bought a “Double Date V” and a “Sitting on the Fence” print. Kookaburras are his favourite bird.

A husband bought a “Double Date III” cushion cover and a “Meet Me at the Gate” print for his wife’s upcoming birthday. Superb fairy wrens are her favourite bird.

An original small painting of a platypus, similar to this one, was purchased by a visitor from Victor Harbour, South Australia. https://visitvictorharbor.com/explore/victor-harbor/

A couple from Sydney purchased a “Bunk Beds” print. A student from France, who studied at the University of Tasmania, now an employee there, bought an “Enchanted Forest II” print to take back to Brittany, France.

A mother from Sydney bought a “The Three Amigos II” print for three-month-old, Teddy’s nursery. Another mother bought a print (Spanish Eyes (Red) for a much older son than Teddy, who started taking salsa dancing lessons with his girlfriend in Sydney.

A young man, from Launceston, who purchased a “Southern Flow” print for his girlfriend a few weeks ago, re-visited my stall. She framed it and he said it looks awesome. She moved to Launceston and rented a place for 6 months to live closer to him. Now he’s moved to Hobart to be closer to her. Initially, he thought he would rent but instead he bought a house in Kingston. No mean feat, I told him, which he agreed and accepted my hearty congratulations. He wanted to buy another whale for her and had troubles deciding, so he decisively decided to buy all three remaining A-3 sized whale prints: “Suspended”, “Sea Life” and “Weightless”.

“Southern Flow” Archival, quality prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/whales
Suspended
Sea Life
Weightless

A visitor from London, UK, purchased several prints to take home with her: “Spanish Eyes (Red)”, “Two to Tango”, “What the Devil!?!”, “Beachside Chatter” and “Glamour Girls”.

Two visitors from Taiwan, after much deliberation, bought five greeting cards. Another visitor, from New Zealand, will be returning with a “Salamanca Fresh” tote bag and an “Afternoon Siesta” print.

Then I met a couple, with a very cute baby girl, who are getting married in St David’s Park, which is adjacent to Salamanca Market, in February 2024, https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Community/Parks-reserves-and-sporting-facilities/Find-a-park-or-sportsground/St-Davids-Park . They purchased an “Afternoon Siesta” print. She has a very clear idea of what she wants for her wedding dress. She wants gum leaves, gumnuts and flowers, like my “Fairy wrens” painting, embroidered on her wedding dress and then somebody to make it.

Even though it wasn’t warm today, I was glad that we had blue sky and sun for the entire day and that there were a lot of visitors at the market despite Agfest happening this weekend.  https://www.agfest.com.au/things-to-see-and-do

Until next week, take care and I hope that you are able to carve out some time to be creative.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live only as you can.” – Neil Gaiman

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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

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

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

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.

Bigfoot

Hello everybody,

Here’s my latest painting of another little wombat. I think I drew its feet a little big, hence titling this painting “Bigfoot”.

Bigfoot

This “Bigfoot” title brought back a memory from long ago and the birth of my daughter. Just after being informed that I gave birth to a girl, the nurse said, “wow, she has big feet!” Indeed she did, but now as an adult she has tiny feet, size 5, which I think is size 35-36 European ladies shoe size and size 6 in USA. So, maybe this little wombat will grow into its big feet and then need a name change to “Littlefoot”.

I hope everybody is enjoying their week on healthy feet, no matter what size they are.

Cheers, from Patricia at PJ Paintings

P.S. “Bigfoot”, a cute little wombat, not a sasquatch https://www.livescience.com/24598-bigfoot.html, will be for sale at Salamanca Market.

http://www.pjpaintings.com

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