Cushion Cover of Platypus Frolicking
I painted two platypus enjoying swimming in clear Tasmanian waters.
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.
This watercolour painting is painted on Khadi Mill paper, made from recycled cotton rags. The textured paper is captured in the background of the cushion cover.
These sturdy cushion covers, with the "Platypus Frolic" image printed on both sides, are Made in Australia and are 100% polyester, meaning they wash up a treat. Put them in a lingerie bag for extra protection and cold machine wash. They come in one size, approximately 40 x 40 cm.
All images are my ideas and my original artwork, and therefore copyrighted. They are not available for reproduction in any manner without authorisation from the artist, Patricia Hopwood-Wade (email@example.com).