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

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Clock, Weak, Angular & Swollen

I’ve been busy drawing my little fingers off trying to keep up with the #Inktober2018 Challenge. I have fallen behind with posting but soon I’ll be caught up!

Inktober Day 14’s prompt word was “clock”.  I chose to draw the iconic Cat & Fiddle clock in downtown Hobart, Tasmania, which has been playing its animated rhyme since 1962, on the hour, seven days a week. (My drawing doesn’t do it justice). I did a quick sketch of it, with ink and pencil, and as you can see from the drawing, I was privy to viewing the nursery rhyme antics.  The cow, dog, dish and spoon made its appearance.

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The next prompt word was “weak”.  Even the strong can feel weak when their heart is broken.

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The next Inktober prompt word was “angular”.  I re-submitted my ‘star’ picture for this. I have now painted it, so it looks quite different than when it was just presented as an ink drawing.  The scene features a sugar glider, Tasmanian Devil, wombat and Tasmanian Quoll helping an emu family decorate their Christmas tree with gum nuts, Sturt’s Desert peas, Grevilleas and Waratahs, and of course a shiny star.  I’ve made it into a Christmas card, which is available on Redbubble. You need to enter “pjpaintings greeting cards” to find it. It will also soon be available at Salamanca Market, stall #30.

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Tassie Christmas

Today’s prompt word is “swollen”.  I chose to draw a beaver perched on its dam.  Few other animals can change their environment as a beaver can.  A small stream can soon become a delta when a beaver moves into the area.

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Beaver Dam

I’m up to date with the Inktober Challenge and blog posting.  I hope you’re enjoying the journey as much as I am.

Thanks for stopping by. 🙂