I was pleasantly surprised by the animals I discovered for the letter Q art challenge.
Aside from Quail I’d not heard of the others and will hopefully remember them as useful scrabble words!
- There are the cute Quokka, one of the smallest Wallaby species in the world and found in Australia. They are a bit like small kangaroos.
- Then there is Quoll, a marsupial found in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tasmania. It’s a nocturnal animal hunting at night, although unlike most nocturnal mammals it likes to rest in the sun during the day, rather than hiding somewhere dark. Apparently known as a ‘native cat’, with what I think is a vaguely similar resemblance!
- Lastly there are Quetzals. These are beautiful birds found in the tropical rain forests of Central America. The male is the most striking with a tail that can grow to 1 meter in length! The females don’t have such a long tail and are slightly duller in colour. They nest in tree holes, carving the hole out themselves.
I’ve chosen to paint the Quetzal on a storage jar, including both male and female.
He needs some more work. Having photographed it I think the male looks like he’s reading a red book!
Have a lovely weekend and see you next week for the letter R. As always I’m open to suggestions on what you’d like me to paint.