Finishing “Not Feeling Blue” series

I think I’ve finished this series, but who knows, inspiration may hit me again, and I may not be able to resist adding to this series. 🙂

Not Feeling Blue IV
Not Feeling Blue V
Not Feeling Blue VI
Not Feeling Blue III

Which one is your favourite?

Hope you have had a lovely weekend and that your upcoming week goes well.

Thanks for visiting, Patricia (PJ)

Not Feeling Blue

In between serving customers at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, I started drawing and painting a little wombat taking shelter from the rain under its raincoat.

The start of my “Not Feeling Blue II” painting

I finished the painting the painting at home.

“Not Feeling Blue II”

I wish you a “not feeling blue” week.

Cheers, from PJ Paintings

Messy Hair Day

I brought my original painting titled “Messy Hair Day” to display at Peppercorn Gallery in Richmond, Tasmania, and it sold! 🙂

Mum and baby wombat

Wishing you a safe week and wonderful Easter weekend.

Cheers, Patricia (PJ)

Magpies Have Landed

Greetings. I hope that you have been well and safe in this unpredictable world.

I’ve been venturing out of my comfort zone and have tried to paint a new bird, magpies. They have been voted Australians’ second favourite bird. There are many who have regular magpie visitors that arrive for their feed or have them as full-time pets.

When I was walking in my neighbourhood, I spotted a magpie sitting on a fence. I started photographing it and taking a step closer after each photo.

Photo taken at a distance

It was very obliging. It posed to the side, back and frontwards.

Back pose

Soon I was about a metre and a half in front of it and it was looking straight at me with piercing eyes. A sudden nervous feeling arose as I considered, “yikes, what if it flies straight into my face” but it didn’t, it continued to be placid and cooperative.

Getting closer for photographing

This encounter gave me some great magpie resource photos for future paintings.

quality prints of ‘Maggie’ are available at

Magpies are polarising birds. I love the Australian magpie’s melodic birdsong. It is relaxing, calming, and beautiful to hear while lying in bed, a very Australian sound.

Unfortunately, this seemingly gentle bird is not loved by all mainly due to dive-bombing people during nesting season. There’s also the Collingwood Magpies, an Australian Football League (AFL) team that is huge in Australia that people seem to either love or hate. Collingwood is rarely chosen as a second favourite team. So, unfortunately, the poor magpie has a strong association link with this team, through no fault of its own.

“Morning Melody”
quality prints of ‘Morning Melody’ are available at
The original painting is for sale at Tiger ina Papera Unique Woodcraft Salamanca Gallery, 7/81Salamanca Place, Battery Point, Tasmania

Sam Bloom wrote a story about an odd little Magpie that saved her family. The photos are beautiful and heart melting, and this has definitely helped to endear more people to magpies.

I hope that you and your family are well, and that the birds around you give you a moment of joy.

Cheers, from Patricia (PJ)


On Wombat Wednesday, I painted “Piggyback”. This is a whimsical scene of a wombat piggybacking on a Tasmanian Thylacine. With the current world scene, I like letting my imagination go to heart-warming escapism, a dreamy and calming place, where natural foes are friends, enjoy each other’s company and help one another.


The original painting is available at There are no prints made of this painting.

Thank you for visiting.

I hope your day is going well.

Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade

Tiger and I

I love drawing and painting strutting emus. You can let your imagination go and draw all sorts of imaginary scenes, like this one of an emu and tiger going for a walk in happier times. Unfortunately, both the Tasmanian emu and thylacine suffered the same fate.

Tiger and I

This painting is painted on Khadi Mill paper that is made from recycled cotton rags. It is approximately 20 x 20 cm. The “Tiger and I” original paintings is available at

Thanks for visiting and I hope your day is as relaxing and joyful as the Tiger and I scene.

Walking Fish

There are some rare, extremely critically threatened fish that look like they are walking on their hands that live in the Derwent River in Tasmania (I can see the river from my house). There are 14 species of the Tasmanian Handfish. They are tiny and a little grumpy looking but awfully cute at the same time.

The Spotted Handfish Photo credit CSIRO
Red Handfish Photo credit Antonia Cooper

I love drawing and painting strutting emus! I have so much fun creating personalities, designing outfits and imaginary scenes. This emu has decided that the fish need some fresh air.

My painting titled “Taking the Fish for a Walk”

This painting is painted on Khadi Mill paper that is made from recycled cotton rags. It is approximately 20 x 20 cm and the original painting is for sale at:

Painting Magpies

I have never painted magpies, except for tiny ones, so I needed to push myself to step out of my comfort zone and take the risk. Sometimes that is harder than the actual painting of a new subject! I drew three different pictures of magpies to better my odds of achieving at least one success.

Here’s the first Australian Magpie I painted:

Then I moved onto the second one:

There’s a little more work to be done on the second one but I moved onto to painting the chain link fence. I’m not sure if that is the best choice -composition wise- but I went ahead because I wanted to keep moving with the painting. Sometimes I can spend too much time trying to make painting-decisions. It would be nice to have on-call your own personal mentor to discuss and get second opinions, but this is a luxury I don’t have (and frankly, I don’t know how many others would have this luxury??).

In progress

Hopefully, I’ll be able to show you the finished product soon. In the meantime, take good care of yourselves.

Cheers, Patricia Hopwood-Wade