Salamanca Market, September 24, 2022

Winter isn’t finished with us yet. Mt Wellington/kunanyi had a dusting of snow on it this morning. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/places/hobart-and-south/mount-wellington/ It was a cold and wet day, on top of it being the AFL Grand Final Day that a large proportion of the Australian population watch.

A family, from Sydney, that love magpies bought a “Maggie” print. A lady, also from Sydney, bought “The Three Amigos II” for her grandfather, who loves kookaburras. His farmhouse is called The Kookaburra, he has kookaburra stained-glass windows and heaps of kookaburra themed ornaments and pictures. She bought a “Maggie” print for herself.

A family with a bird theme in their house purchased a “The Bun” cushion cover.

A lady visiting from Brisbane purchased a “Lazy Days” print and pouch.

Lazy Days

A man visiting Tasmania for the weekend chose “Leafy Decorum” to take back to Sydney tomorrow.

A family were drawn into the stall to buy some cards and were looking for a special one for their grandmother/great grandmother, living in the UK, who is turning 99 years old. They chose a wombat themed card to send her.

Two ladies from Sydney chose “Meet Me at the Gate”.

A man, visiting Tasmania from Adelaide to attend his auntie’s 70th birthday tonight, purchased a “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” print.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins
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I didn’t have a good night’s sleep so by the close of the market, I was so tired. It took me longer to pack up and I haven’t unpacked the car when I got home. A job for tomorrow morning.

Art thought for the week:

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” ― Oscar Wilde

Wishing you a creative week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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Painting Birds

I’m working on a new painting that has quite a few different birds congregating on the same branch.

Tasmania has twelve species of bird which are only found in Tasmania and a number of other species which are endemic at the subspecies level, such as the threatened wedge-tail eagle.

“Regal” – the wedge-tailed eagle
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The Tasmanian nativehen and the yellow-throated honeyeater are endemic to Tasmania. The Tasmanian nativehen are a common sight along roadways. Luckily, they seem to be road savvy. I love their comical running style.

The Tasmanian nativehen
The yellow-throated honeyeater

There are also breeding endemics that breed only in Tasmania, such as the brightly coloured, endangered orange-bellied parrot.

The orange-bellied parrot

The tawny frogmouth is a species native to the Australian mainland and Tasmania and the Australian little penguin are only found in southern Australia and New Zealand .

The tawny frogmouth
The little penguin

The musk lorikeet, flame robin and beautiful firetail are endemic to south-eastern Australia. The flame robin does range to the Queensland border and into Tasmania, and the Beautiful firetail ranges to Newcastle, NSW, to Kangaroo Island, SA, but is most common in Tasmania.

The musk-lorikeet
The flame robin and beautiful firetail in the centre

An enchanted forest scene

Now how did a wombat sneak in!? They are endemic to Australia, including Tasmania, unlike the kookaburra, who are now found on plenty of branches in Tasmania having a good old laugh. They were introduced from the mainland of Australia by humans to try to reduce snake numbers. The first recorded release was in 1902.

I hope today delivers you some laughs.

Take care of yourself and keep an eye for the birds around you.

Cheers from Patricia (PJ)

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Salamanca Market, September 3, 2022

You can feel that spring is coming when you step out of the house at 5:50am. It’s not as inky black and the air isn’t as crisp.

My first customer of the day purchased an A-3 sized print of “Café Paris”.

Café Paris
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There seemed to be a lot of locals at the market, or maybe I just had a lot of locals stop by. I had a lady, who lives in Hobart, buy a “Lazy Days” tote bag, and another lady from Hobart bought a “Salamanca Fresh” bag.

A Lazy Days tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags
A Salamanca Fresh tote bag available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/bags

Another lady, also living in Hobart, bought a “Bunk Beds” print. As a child, she had a very, well-loved wombat plush toy that she took everywhere. print. A family from Launceston, Tasmania, bought an “Enchanted Forest” print.

Bunk Beds
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Parents from Adelaide bought “Iconic Aussies” and “The Bun” for their daughter’s bedroom. She has just got a galah, the live type, not a paper one.

Iconic Aussies quality archival prints of Iconic Aussies are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds

A couple from Singapore bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” tote bag for an unwell friend. A lady, attending a Geoscape Conference (www.geoscape.com.au) in Hobart, purchased “Entanglement”, “Lazy Days” and “Southern Flow” prints.

Southern Flow

A family from Brisbane and another family from Roma, both places in Queensland, https://www.outbackqueensland.com.au/town/roma/ visited the stall several hours apart, and both bought “Scarlet robins” and “Fairy wrens” prints.

Parents, living in Adelaide, and a son living in Sydney, on holidays together bought “Glamour Girls”.

And before you know, it’s time to pack up, thankful that the weather was so mild and that soon you will be able to put your feet up and enjoy a relaxing cup of tea. 🙂

Art thought for the week:

The best artists know what to leave out. Charles de Lint

Wishing you an inspirational upcoming week.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Friendly Encounters in Tasmania

I enjoy unexpected friendly encounters. With Hobart being such a small capital city of approximately 250,000, this is a fairly common occurrence when you are out and about.

I’ve painted two watercolour paintings of some friendly Tasmanian encounters:

A Tasmanian nativehen encounters a wombat
A wombat and Fairy penguin encounter

Wishing you a week full of friendly encounters.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

Quality prints of my artwork is available at http://www.pjpaintings. com

Commission works

I’m currently working on several commissions. This one involves painting a bunch of Australian animals and birds. One of the most often posed question I am asked is “how long did it take you to paint it?”. Discounting the drawing and all the decision-making time around composition, it is taking me between 2 to 3 hours per individual animal.

Australian scene

Here are some of the birds that have been painted in the above painting.

Musk Lorikeet
Fairy penguin
Yellow-throated honeyeaters

This is another commission painting that I’m working on. It is for a little girl’s birthday. The brief was to do something with an emu and wombat. Here’s what I came up with.

birthday painting in progress

Hopefully, I will be able to share the finished products with you soon.

Talk soon, Patricia (PJ)

Salamanca Market August 13, 2022

It was a mild day and it rained off and on basically all day.

My first customer of the day was a couple from Brisbane, Queensland. They arrived yesterday for a nine-day Tasmanian holiday. They bought two zip pouches: “Lazy Days” and “Salamanca Fresh”. Another couple from Brisbane, here for the weekend to celebrate their 19year wedding anniversary, purchased ”Spotty”, “Scarlet Robin Rescue” and an original winter scene painting, which I seem to have forgotten to take a photo of it.

Spotty quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
“Scarlet Robin Rescue” quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus

A couple from Port Macquarie, NSW, https://www.britannica.com/place/Port-Macquarie bought a “Dinner for Five???” print. He did his Computer Science university degree at the University of Tasmania about 30 years ago.

“Dinner for Five???”
Are these five going to share one ant!?
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A lady bought “Silent Disco” for her shack on Penguin’s Head Road in Culburra, NSW, and her daughters bought Enchanted Forest I and II prints. https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/culburra-beach-nsw

Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco
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A sister bought a “Family Outing” zip pouch for her 17-year-old sister. A fellow from Adelaide bought four prints: three to hang either in his bedroom or the wall going up the stairs and “Bonnie & Me” for his friend.

“Bonnie & Me!”

A couple from the Hunter Valley, NSW, are taking home two tote bags: “Scarlet Robins” and “Hanging Out”. A couple, visiting from Singapore, are taking home four tote bags for their friends: “What the Devil?!?” “Lazy Days”, “Hammock Life” and “Salamanca Saturdays”.

Hanging Out
Lazy Days
Salamanca Saturdays
Scarlet Robins

A couple visiting from Sydney, bought “Iconic Aussies”, “Motherly Emutions” and “Piggyback” for their 34-year-old daughter living in Squamish, BC, Canada.

Iconic Aussies
Motherly Emutions
Piggyback

The rain really started coming down just when I arrived home. That’s a nice change! Lol

Art thought for the week:

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. Light and colour, peace and hope, will keep them company to the end of the day.
— Winston Churchill.

Wishing everybody a happy and creative upcoming week. Cheers, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Salamanca Market August 6, 2022

It rained off and on, all day long. At the end, I didn’t bother putting the pouches and bags out. They would be hanging up only for a few minutes before I had to bring them back in under cover. The novelty of this wore thin.

My first customer of the day was a couple from Gladstone, Queensland https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/gladstone-qld They purchased an A-3 size of “Outback Glamping”.

“Outback Glamping”
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A lady from Port Macquarie, NSW, bought a “Salamanca Saturdays’ tote bag and said that it will be a nice souvenir of Tasmania. https://www.planetware.com/australia/top-rated-attractions-things-to-do-in-port-macquarie-australia-aus-1-94.htm  A young couple, also from Port Macquarie, purchased a “Maggie & Maggie” print for their father who has a family of magpies that have nested in his yard, and he feeds them daily. It started with him noticing a magpie struggling because it had some string wrapped around its leg. He caught it with a net, removed the string and then released it. It has thanked him by sticking around and befriending his rescuer. They also purchased a “Dinner for Five???” print.

Maggie & Maggie
Dinner for Five??? (are they going to share an ant!?)
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A couple from Townsville purchased “The Supremes” and “Hanging Out” prints. Another couple bought a “Hanging Out” print for their four-month-old niece that lives in a bush setting outside of Melbourne. Her bedroom has an Australian native animals’ theme.

Hanging Out quality prints available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats
The Supremes

A couple from Canberra, looking for a house in Tasmania because they plan on moving here, purchased a “Maggie” print.

“Maggie”
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An online primary school teacher from Maitland, NSW purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” and a “Meet Me at the Gate” print.

Salamanca Saturdays
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“Meet Me at the Gate”

A small group of young university exchange students from Norway, who are doing one semester of studies at the University of Tasmania, stopped by and bought some greeting cards and an A-5 sized print of “Salamanca Saturdays”.

When I got home, I hung up the sides from the gazebo, the awning, the tablecloths, and so on, to dry and made myself a hot cup of tea. It was nice to escape the rain and wind and watch it from an inside vantage.

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”
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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.
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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
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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