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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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 January 1, 2021

Happy New Year and may 2022 be a good year in all ways for you and your families.

Tasmania’s borders opened December 15th, therefore, there were more tourists from all around Australia at the market. Omicron has also come along with the opened borders, but I don’t see how it was possible to avoid that.

My first visitor to the stall was a lady from Perth, who went to Victoria for her granddaughter’s first birthday and then has spent 15 days in Tasmania to be hopefully allowed back into her state. States have changing and different rules. She is taking back with her, possibly back to Victoria if she’s not allowed back to her state, a “Home Among the Gum Trees” print.

Home Among the Gum Trees
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A couple, who had just done the Three Capes Walk https://www.threecapestrack.com.au/, purchased “Hair Acessories” and “The Bun”. They told me that on the first day of the walk they were greeted by a pair of Yellow-tailed black cockatoos. She said it was magical and they were able to watch them at a close range for a few minutes before they flew away.

Hair Accessories
The Bun

A couple from Sydney purchased a “Bunk Beds”, Hammock Life” and “Spiky Bunk Beds” prints. “Enchanted Forest I and II” are going to Brisbane to be framed and hung up in their 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom.

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Enchanted Forest II

A young lady bought A-5 sized prints of “Lazy Days” and “Weightless” to hang up in her bunk area to make it more cheerful she said. She lives on a sailboat.

Weightless

Two sisters, who saw my art at Peppercorn Gallery, Richmond, purchased a “Scarlet Robins” and “Lazy Days” tote bags, and “Spanish Eyes”, “Bunk Beds” and “Story time” prints.

Lazy Days tote bag

A lady bought a “Garden Roses” print for her Mum. I cut some these roses from my only rose bush in my garden, brought it inside and thought, hmm, I think I will try to paint these. I particularly liked the challenge and the light on the rose hips.

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A young teenager bought herself a small, framed “Southern Flow” print. Later in the afternoon, a lady returned to the stall to buy the same framed print and was met with disappointment as it wasn’t there anymore.

Southern Flow

Thank you for reading, following, and supporting my art journey throughout the months/years, and 2021. I hope that 2022 provides you with good health and treats you well.

from PJ Paintings

at site 30, Salamanca Market, Tasmania

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Enchanted Forest II

I painted an Australian forest scene that was purchased when I posted the painting on my Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/hopwoodwade/).

One of the birds featured in the painting is the Golden-shouldered parrot that I wrote about in an earlier blog post: https://wordpress.com/post/theunfurlingartist.wordpress.com/6302

Another bird that is seriously struggling that is included in this painting is the Orange-bellied parrot, one of only a few migratory parrot species in the world and it is listed as critically endangered. The parrots breed in Melaleuca, on the west coast of Tasmania, feeding on button grass seeds and fly to the south east of mainland Australia in the winter. https://www.zoo.org.au/fighting-extinction/local-threatened-species/orange-bellied-parrot/ and https://birdlife.org.au/projects/orange-bellied-parrot-recovery

Another species facing an upward struggle, and also is listed as endangered, is the Tasmanian devil. https://www.zoo.org.au/fighting-extinction/local-threatened-species/tasmanian-devil/ and https://www.bushheritage.org.au/species/tassie-devils. European settlers named them Tasmanian devils because of their skin-crawling, night-time howling. Tasmanian devils are smallish in size but look quite menacing when they open their large mouths and bare their teeth. Their strong jaws enable them to munch through bones with ease.

Enchanted Forest II

Birds from top left to right are a: Gouldian finch, Yellow-throated honeyeater, Boobook owl, Magpie, Wattle bird, Orange-bellied parrot, Sugar glider, Golden-shouldered parrot, New Holland honeyeater, Spotted-tail quoll and Tasmanian devil.

I hope that you are able to enjoy time in an enchanted forest near to wherever you are living and that efforts to save species are achieving successes.

Take care, Patricia (PJ) Hopwood-Wade