My drawing and painting for Week Two’s prompt word, “Puppet”, for #inktober52.


I spent significant time and care drawing the fur in with an Artline pen. I usually just draw outlines and do my details in the painting part of the process. I accidentally deleted the drawing photo from my phone. Quite frustrating.

Wishing you an ‘unfrustrating’ week.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)



Salamanca Market, May 27, 2023

It was a much warmer day today with the cloud cover over Hobart.

My first customer used to live in Tasmania but moved to Melbourne. She was here for work. She asked if I had prints of my original painting, titled “Balancing Act”, of a want-to-join-a-circus wombat practicing balancing on a ball. I asked her if she was here for a conference and she said no, she’s part of a circus. I wished I had asked her what her act was!! It’s not often you meet a circus performer! She purchased a “Maggie” print.

A Tasmanian bought two cushion covers (Salamanca Saturdays and Fairy wrens) for a friend who doesn’t want any gifts that need dusting or hanging. was from Brisbane.

This 40 x 40 cm cushion cover, made in Australia, with my painting printed on both sides is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards
Fairy wrens cushion cover

A couple from the Central Coast, NSW, bought an Enchanted Forest III print. It’s their first time to Tassie.

Enchanted Forest III
Different sized prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/enchanted-forest-iii

“Salamanca Saturdays” and “Lazy Days” tote bags were purchased for friends she made a long time ago on a cruise. One is going to Calgary and the other Vancouver, Canada.

A “Bunk Beds” print was bought for newly born Oscar. She visited the stall last week but didn’t want to buy it until her grandchild was born. She was on her way to cuddle her less than one week old grandson. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour

A young couple from Sydney were captivated by the “Two to Tango” print and purchased it. They didn’t tango. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/musical/products/two-to-tango

Two to Tango

Another young couple, this time from Adelaide, SA, bought my original painting of two platypus, a “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Afternoon Tea” print. She said she has afternoon tea with her sister fortnightly. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/afternoon-tea

Spiky Bunk Beds
Afternoon Tea

Then I think I met my first person from the Canary Islands, which is part of Spain. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody from there before??! She purchased a “Visiting Friends” and “Piggyback” greeting cards.

Immediately afterwards, a Canadian Newfoundlander entered the stall. She extended her holiday, so she has spent 3 months in Australia, one month in Tasmania. She’s seen many similarities between the two, with both island states/province’s small populations, landscapes and more. I asked if she lived near the town that hosted all the passengers from the airplanes that diverted to Newfoundland during 9/11 but she lives about an hour’s drive from there. She’s returning home in a few days with “Iconic Aussies”.

Iconic Aussies

A young couple, that arrived from Singapore yesterday, bought a “Scarlet Robins” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/scarlet-robins

Scarlet Robins

Another young couple, whose Mum told them that she loves my emus, purchased a “Who says emus can’t fly?!” print for her birthday. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/who-says-emus-cant-fly

Who says emus can’t fly?!

Then I met two travelling friends from Argentina and Columbia, South America. They purchased “Supportive Nestworks” and “Hair Accessories”.

The wind really started picking up so it was great to be able to pack up before prints were getting blown off tables or worse.

Until next week, take care.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Salamanca Market, May 20, 2023

It was a cool start (4 degrees Celsius) but it warmed up and I even had sunshine in my stall for part of the day.

My first customer was from Brisbane. She purchased a “Bunk Beds” and “Silent Disco” print. The next visitor was from Denmark, Western Australia https://www.rainbowcoast.com.au/areas/denmark/denmark-town.htm.

Bunk Beds
a family of sleepy wombats
Fairy Penguins enjoying a Silent Disco

She purchased a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/tu-whit-tu-whoo

Tu-whit & Tu-whoo

A family from Blackman Bay, Tasmania, let their three children pick a print each. The boys chose “Bunk Beds” and “The Three Amigos II” and the daughter chose “Piggyback”. Another “Bunk Beds” print is heading to San Francisco, USA, after she attends a Rotary conference in Melbourne. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour

A visitor from Melbourne asked if I had any prints of frogs or llamas. https://seaworld.org/animals/facts/mammals/llama/ She left with a “Kiss Me Please” print.

A couple from Newcastle, NSW, chose a “Tu-whit & Tu-whoo”, “Red Ute”, and “Hayride” print.

“Wombat Adventurer” was purchased for her one-and-a-half-year-old nephew living in Brisbane. His auntie thinks it will look really good in his bright and colourful bedroom.

A young couple from Cairns, Qld, bought two framed original paintings and a “Bunk Beds” print.

A visitor from Batemans Bay, NSW, https://www.australiantraveller.com/nsw/things-to-do-batemans-bay/, who has a boat named “Blue Emu”, and obviously loves emus, purchased “Hot Couple II” and “Family Outing”. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/family-outing

Hot Couple II
Family Outing

A “Salamanca Saturday” print will be adorning a home office in Toowoomba, Qld. The head office is in Canberra.

Salamanca Saturdays

A “Glamour Girls” print is going to Singapore.

Glamour Girls

Two cushion covers, “Salamanca Saturdays” and “Salamanca Fresh”, are going to Brisbane, Qld. Her and her husband moved there from Tasmania. Their children gave them framed photos of the Tasman Bridge and Hobart. The cushions will go in the same room.

This 40 x 40 cm cushion cover, made in Australia, with my painting printed on both sides is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/cards
Salamanca Fresh

It was great to have the car packed before it started raining.

Until next week, take care.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

“Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?” – Pablo Picasso

Salamanca Market, May 13, 2023

It was a lovely, sunny day, so my toes stayed toasty-warm. There weren’t many people buying gifts, for Mother’s Day tomorrow, but there were plenty of grandparents buying for their grandchildren today!

My first customer was a couple from Melbourne that bought a “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” print. Next, were two women from Malaysia that went their way with their new “Lazy Days” tote bag.

A couple from Sydney, expecting their first baby, bought an original painting, titled “Wombat Adventurer” and a “Hanging Out” print for the baby’s room.

Original watercolour painting, titled, “Wombat Adventurer”

Another couple arrived and bought a “Lazy Days” print for their one-year-old Theodore. He gave me plenty of gorgeous smiles and waved bye as he was being wheeled away.

A Port Adelaide supporter, from Port Adelaide, South Australia, visiting Tassie to watch today’s AFL game at Blundstone Oval, against the Kangaroos, bought a “Bunk Beds” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour

A family of sleepy wombats

Grandparents from Brisbane purchased “Supportive Nestworks” and “Dinner for Five???” for their one-year-old grandson. A few minutes later another set of grandparents bought “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” and “Dinner for Five???” prints for their granddaughter and their soon-to-arrive grandson, which they are calling ‘boyby’ right now.

Supportive Nestworks
Dinner for Five???

I met three young people visiting from Columbia, South America. They bought some greeting cards. I practised my French speaking to a nurse, who is French but currently working in New Caledonia. She’s taking a 3-week holiday in Australia. One week in Sydney and two weeks in Tasmania. She wasn’t too impressed with Sydney but loved the Blue Mountains and is loving Tasmania. She purchased two small prints.

A grandmother, who has seven granddaughters, bought nine A-5 sized prints for her granddaughters, son and herself. She chose “Family Outing” for her son.

“Family Outing” This quality print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/family-outing

While I was packing up, a man asked for a large sized “Bunk Beds” tote bag. He told me his wife was eyeing that one. Maybe this is a Mother’s Day gift??

Bunk Beds tote bag, available in three sizes

Until next week, take care.

Happy Mother’s Day, and if this is a difficult day for you, I hope it is as gentle as possible.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Thought for the day:

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them.”- Phyllis Diller

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
Sea Life

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

Salamanca Market, April 29, 2023

It was a much cooler start today than previous weeks. We are definitely moving into winter. I wore my fingerless gloves and despite wearing my winter woollen socks, my toes remained cold throughout the day.

My first customer was from New Zealand. She’s a nurse and working eight weeks in Burnie, in the northern Tasmania. https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/places/north-west/burnie/ She purchased a “Hammock Life” print.

A couple visiting from Singapore purchased a “Hammock Life” print.

A couple from the Gold Coast bought ten greeting cards and my original painting titled, “Tickle My Toes”. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/tickle-my-toes

Tickle My Toes

A traveller from Paris, France, working in Melbourne’s metro office, bought a “Enchanted Forest II” and “Hanging Out” print. It was fun to have a short conversation in French.

Enchanted Forest II
Hanging Out

A couple from Sydney purchased “Sitting on the Fence” and another couple from Sydney, originally from Brazil, purchased a “Spiky Bunk Beds” and a “Bunk Beds” print for baby Sophia’s bedroom.

A couple from New Zealand, visiting their daughter in Melbourne, purchased a “Salamanca Saturdays” print. A young man, also from New Zealand, bought an “Afternoon Siesta” print for his sister last year. He told me that she loved it so much that she brought it to a framer the very next day! He wanted to buy another print to go with it and decided on “Hammock Life”. What a lovely brother! He bought his mother “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins”.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins

A local man from Kingston, where Neil the Seal has turned up, bought a “Sea Life” print. https://pulsehobart.com.au/news/neil-the-seal-evicted-from-hobarts-kingston-beach/

Sea life

While I was packing up, one of the UK sisters I met last week, revisited my stall. She bought two prints: “Bunk Beds” and “Share House” and a card. Then she returned about 10 minutes later and bought a “Scarlet Robins” print and then she returned again and bought another “Scarlet Robins” print. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/scarlet-robins

The sisters are off to Melbourne on Monday and then to Cairns for two weeks. Then one is going back to the UK, and the other is going to stay and work. She would like to work in Hobart because she really likes it here.

Packing up was finished later than usual but there was no mad rush, so all good.

Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

“The object of art is not to reproduce reality, but to create a reality of the same intensity.” — Alberto Giacometti

Salamanca Market, April 22, 2023

It was the usual start early this morning: lifting crates, heaving the gazebo open, bustling around, chatting and the like to set up for the day.

My first customer purchased “The Three Amigos II”. She’s visiting from Victoria. I think this was her first time in Hobart. They usually stay in the north of the state because they own land in St Mary’s, a small town on the east coast of Tasmania https://www.eastcoasttasmania.com/discover/town/st-marys/ . They came to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry.

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

A mother bought “Family Outing” for her daughter living in Toronto, Canada. Her son-in-law and daughter travel a lot with a stuffed emu accompanying them everywhere and it especially likes to photobomb their travel photos.  

“Family Outing” This quality print is available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/family-outing

A very excited visitor from One Tree Hill, South Australia, purchased “Storytime”. She’s starting a new job in a newly built, beautiful school library. The library’s windows look out on bush and she’s so happy and excited to have this new workplace. https://playfordspast.recollect.net.au/nodes/view/180

Story time
Quality prints of Story time are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/story-time

A visitor from Germany purchased a print of her favourite bird, “Sitting on the Fence” and her Italian friend, who lives in Sydney, bought “Family Outing” to send to her nephew in Italy.

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

A father from The Philippines visiting his daughter living in Adelaide, both in Tassie for a holiday, bought a “Bonnie and Me!” and a “Salamanca Saturdays” print.

A visitor from York, UK, bought a wombat, echidna and a Tassie Devil souvenir. Three travelling together from Taiwan, purchased, “Sea Life”, “Tickle My Toes” and “Flowerpot”.

Another visitor, from Brisbane, bought a “Maggie” print. It’s her 13th time holidaying in Tasmania. She said it’s her second home. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/birds/products/maggie-a-print-of-a-watercolour-painting-of-a-australian-magpie

A wife bought a cushion cover for her husband’s birthday. She bought a “Maggie” cushion cover for her Collingwood Magpie AFL husband. He just got a t-shirt with a magpie on the front of it. Her name is Maggie, short for Margaret. Sometimes in jest, he tells her how much he loves his Maggie….long pause… football team.

A Glamour Girls print is going to live in New York, USA  https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/glamour-girls-1 and a boy with a broken hand chose “The Bun” print to take home with him.

And then it was packing up time.

Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” – Twyla Tharp

Salamanca Market, March 25, 2023

More perfect weather for Salamanca Market was delivered today.

My first customer was travelling from North Carolina, USA, with her two boys. They chose a school that ran 9 weeks, 3 weeks off, so that they could travel. The reason they chose to visit Tasmania was because her boys love wildlife. Her sons chose a “Spiky Bunk Beds”, “Devilish Siesta”, “Bunk Beds”, and “Hanging Out” print.

A couple from Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA purchased a “Fairy wrens” print. They are visiting Australia for a month. They’ve been to Sydney and Melbourne. After Tasmania, they are going to Kangaroo Island, Cairns, and Adelaide.

A group of eight ladies did the Overland Track. Two from Newcastle, NSW visited the stall and purchased a “Spiky Bunk Beds” and “Hammock Life” print.

Hammock Life

A couple, originally from Hungary, in Australia for over 30 years, now living in Hobart, was looking for Two to Tango, which they purchased earlier and posted to Hungary. I didn’t have any left so they purchased Spanish Eyes (Yellow) and Spanish Eyes II (Red). https://pjpaintings.com/collections/musical

A mother, from Ballarat, Victoria, who has three daughters, Emma, Lucy and I can’t remember the name of the third daughter, and loves kookaburra bought a “The Three Amigos II” print. She said it is her three noisy girls.

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

A couple visiting from Adelaide are staying in a Sandy Bay accommodation that has a big “Salamanca Fresh” framed print. They wanted one too as a souvenir of their Tasmanian holiday.

Salamanca Fresh

A young geologist, from Santiago, South America, bought a “Unwinding” print. She attended a geology conference and decided to take time off from work to explore this country before returning. She’s visited Sydney, Melbourne, Byron Bay and now Tassie. She’s going home next week.


Another visitor, from Woy Woy, NSW (https://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/info/towns/woy-woy/ ) purchased a “Bunk Beds” print to take with her to Germany. It is for a family member that is having a baby. https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-sleepy-head-series-bunk-beds-wombat-watercolour

A family of sleepy wombats

I met the person has my “Musicassso” original painting that I painted for a Picasso themed exhibition. When she saw it at an exhibition at the Lady Franklin Gallery, she said that is what she wanted for her Mother’s Day present, and her family obliged. She plays the piano, Emma, her daughter, plays the clarinet and the rest of the family play musical instruments too. It was so nice to meet the family who has the painting and hear how much they love it.


I met a young traveller from Ottawa, Canada. She’s been in Australia for four years, travelling and working to explore Australia. She’s done fruit picking, bar and café work and now she’s doing sewing work. She purchased a “Bunk Beds Trio” print to send to her mother. Her mother has three girls.

Bunk Bed Trio

A Czechoslovakian purchased a “What the Devil!?!” zip pouch for his cousin and a “Regal” print for himself.

Small ‘What the Devil!?’ pouch available at Salamanca Market and http://www.pjpaiintings.com

Then it was time to pack up and attend a meeting about the Hobart City Council’s plan to increase our stall site rents much, much, much more than the CPI rate.

Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

I started painting as a hobby when I was little. I didn’t know I had any talent. I believe talent is just a pursued interest.  ― Bob Ross

Salamanca Market, March 18, 2023

More perfect weather for Salamanca Market was delivered today.

My first customer purchased a “Maggie” tote bag. She hand raised a baby magpie. She saw the bag and instantly decided to buy it. I debuted the “Maggie” tote bag today and sold out in the first hour of the market. Everyone that bought one had a story about feeding their magpie/s. They visit at a regular time and tap on the window or somehow alert their humans to the feeding time.

I also debuted “Hot Couple II” and “Tickle my Toes” prints today. A couple, the husband originally from Venezuela, purchased “Hot Couple”. He loved it. Another couple, visiting from Japan, purchased “Tickle my Toes”.

Hot Couple II
Prints are available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/emus/products/copy-of-afternoon-tea-emu-watercolour-prints Tote bags and cushion covers of “Hot Couple II” are also available at http://www.pjpaintings.com

A couple visiting from Sydney, NSW is touring around Tasmania. They’ve been up to Stanley, which is one of my favourite Tasmanian towns. We shared stories about the quaintness of Stanley. They bought a “White Faced Scops Owls” print. Another visitor from Sydney purchased two tote bags: “Maggie” and the the vibrantly colourful “Hair Accessories”, and three zip pouches.

A couple visiting from Sydney, NSW, bought an “Afternoon Siesta” print for their baby’s room.

Another couple, visiting from Toronto, Canada, purchased a “Maggie” cushion cover. They told me it is going on their couch.

A visitor from Denmark bought a “Double Date V” print. A woman from California, USA purchased three prints: “Devilish Siesta”, “Friendship Refreshes the Soul” and “Spiky Bunk Beds”. I asked her what brought her to Tasmania, and she replied that she came here to do the Overland Track. Apparently, you can do it in five days, but she’s added two days so that it isn’t as gruelling. You have to carry all your gear.

I met a Finnish visitor. She’s staying in Australia for a year. She bought two cards, “Visiting Friends” and “Bunk Beds”, one to send to her mother, the other to her grandmother.

Visiting Friends

I ended the day with a couple visiting from China. They purchased a “Bunk Beds” and “Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins” print. They asked if they could see the other limited edition prints I had because they didn’t like 46 out of 500 too much. They were much happier with 30 out of 500.

Goldilocks and the 20 Penguins Prints are available at
https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/copy-of-house-sharing-a-wombat-and-fairy-wrens-house-sharing This image is also available as a tote bag and cushion cover.

The threat of rain helped put stall holders into turbo chook speed with packing up. Thankfully the rain didn’t eventuate.

Until next week, take care and have fun being creative.

Warmest regards, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

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

Art thought for the day:

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau