You may Have seen these little chaps on television wildlife documentaries, these are the monkey’s that lounge around in hot tubs all day long! Mind you, the snow monkey lives in areas where snow covers the ground for months each year, so wouldn’t you do the same!
They live in Japan, in the Mountains. The Japanese Macaque (to give it it’s proper name) is the most northern living of all the primate’s apart from humans. In the Jigokudani Monkey Park, the Macaques are notable for visiting the hot springs in the winter to warm up.
The Macaques are very human like, and that is probably why the capture our imagination. Their social behaviour can be very playful and fun, for instance they roll snowballs and have snowball fights!
This watercolour as you can see is in progress. I have used masking fluid to outline the fur and the snowdrops, then put a wash of cerulean blue, burnt sienna and paynes grey over the background area, that way the snow and the monkeys fur will stand out white.
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One of the most recognisable songbirds in the garden is the plucky Robin. Being a member of the thrush family, it’s not only cousin to the song thrush and blackbird, but also to the nightingale, so it’s no surprise that the robin has a beautiful voice as well.
The earliest depictions of the use of the heart symbol is believed to derive from the ancient culture of Cyrene, a North African city which was founded by the Greeks in 631 BC, and then later ruled by the Romans.
There’s a lot of ancient mythical beasts which seem pretty isolated, unique to a country’s culture, or even to a specific region. Others, like mermaids, dragons, and giants, are intercultural, being known by many. The Phoenix is one of these mythical superstars, and was known by the Greeks, the Romans, the Egyptians, and even by the Chinese.