Fires & Wombats

Tasmania is burning.  There are over 50 fires burning and about 30 of them are out of control. Hobart is shrouded with smoke from fires in the Derwent Valley extending to the inland lakes in central Tasmania, fires south of Huonville and more.

As a consequence, I’ve been called upon to do extra gallery duties at Artefacts Inc Gallery in the Salamanca Arts Centre, while those that are living in the Geeveston area are on ‘watch and act’ status.   Gallery visitors were few and far between today, so I was able to pass the time drawing another wombat.  I am going to draw in more leaves but this is what I did this morning at the gallery.

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in progress

I’m thinking that I may just paint the wombat and leave the rest in its ink-only state??

I’ve finished my family of wombats enjoying an afternoon siesta under the cool shade of a gum tree but there’s always one who isn’t feeling sleepy! The prints of this painting, titled “Bunk beds”, are making their debut at Salamanca Market tomorrow (they are also available on my website: http://www.pjpaintings.com under the ‘Animals’ tab and ‘wombats’).

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I’ve seen and photographed wombats many times in Tasmania’s wilderness.  There’s nothing cuter than seeing a baby wombat running! They’re so cute. They are gentle animals and I try to capture that gentleness and calmness in my paintings of wombats.

Wombats are marsupials native to Tasmania and the mainland of Australia. They are herbivores. Female wombats give birth to a single young in the spring and the young leave the pouch after about six months.  They can run fast for short distances.  I hope they are managing to escape the Tasmania’s thousands of burning square kilometers.

Stay safe and take care.

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