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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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.
In the year 1500 BC, the Israelites who had settled in Egypt had significantly grown in numbers. So much so that the Pharaoh at the time grew fearful of them: paranoid that they would eventually take over. Forgetting that it was actually an Israelite by the name of Joseph - yes, the guy with the groovy coat - who had guided the Egyptian people away from famine a few hundred years earlier, the Pharaoh made all the Israelites slaves. Things then took a most heinous turn when the Pharaoh ordered the midwives to drown all male Hebrew babies at birth.