'Goldilocks, a stumptail monkey', watercolours, 8 by 10 ins., paper.
I painted this portrait to try out my hand-made vermilion watercolour paint, and also to become familiar with the shape of the stumptail muzzle.
I was pleased with the performance of the paint, which turned out to be very smooth and rich. I can see a few things in my painting that I'd like to do differently but I will leave that for the next attempt.
These lovely stumptail monkeys are found in India, Thailand and China. Last century, they were kept in captivity as zoo and laboratory animals because -compared to other macaque species- they are a friendly, docile, monkey. People used to keep them as pets too.
Stumptails have a very small tail which is often hidden in the fur, hence the name: stumptail, or bear macaque. They prefer to walk about on the ground rather than climb about in the trees...perhaps this is easier for them as they are stocky and fairly heavy weight. They are about the size of a cocker spaniel. The adults have bright red faces which darken down with age. Their fur can range from silver, through orange, to brown, to almost black.
They are currently listed as vulnerable in the endangered list because their forest habitat is being destroyed.
Nowadays, there is international monitoring of these monkeys to regulate and protect them.
It is a sign that we are improving our attitude.
Susie, what's up there?
Bye for now....