Platypuses, along with echidnas, are the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. In warmer environments, such as Queensland, platypus are smaller, with Tasmanian platypuses often much bigger.
Platypuses close their eyes, ears and nose when underwater. The only sensory system they use when foraging for small water animals such as insect larvae, freshwater shrimps, and crayfish, is touch. They have touch receptors in their bills.
You are more likely to see a platypus going for a walk in Tasmania than anywhere else because there is a lack of natural predators here. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-27/platypus-walk-filmed-tasmania/12275336
This platypus has walked and climbed into a cosy hammock and is enjoying some daydreaming time.
I’ve made my painting, titled “Hammock Life” into Limited Edition prints, available at https://pjpaintings.com/collections/wombats/products/daydreaming-a-platypus-in-a-hammock They are printed on William Turner 310gsm print version textured water colour paper, which retains the look and feel of water colour paintings. No wonder I have so many people ask me if the print is an original painting!
This platypus has also walked and climbed into a cosy hammock and is enjoying some daydreaming time. It has a real flair for home décor as evidenced by its wonderfully decorated hammock!
This painting, titled, “Daydreaming” is not available as a print but the original painting is for sale at Wooby Lane Gallery, Salamanca Place, Tasmania.
I hope that you are finding time to daydream and relax too.
Cheers, from Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade
3 thoughts on “Cute Platypus”
He’s so cute! What is your drawing process does the hammock come first the animal or the leaves?
Thank you, Kim! I usually paint the eye and beak first. If that works, then I proceed, if it doesn’t turn out, it goes to the scrap heap. If, it works, I alternate between platypus and leaves. I paint the undercoat on the platypus and while it is drying I paint a few leaves and then go back to the platypus, the shells of the gum flowers, let that dry, the one colour of the flowers, drying, then the next colour and so on. The hammock is the last to be painted. I hope you are well and thank you for your interest and feedback. It is appreciated so much. 🙂
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That is so cool! I’m just a sketcher, so the painting process is foreign to me. Thanks for sharing!