Watrecolour in progress. As you can see I am making use of a wonderful colour pigment here, Quinacridone gold. Winsor and newton artists’ watercolour, as you can tell it is like a yellow ochre/ burnt sienna mix but with a bit of gold, perfect for this little chaps fur!
The golden snub-nosed monkey is endangered due to habitat loss. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of central and Southwest China. These monkeys live in highly seasonal forests in Hubei, Shaanxi, Gansu, and Sichuan. The monkeys experience severe winters with snow cover for up to 4 months of the year. They endure the lowest average temperature of any non-human primate in the world. That lovely golden fur is nice and thick, so keeps them warm. To fight against heat loss at night they sleep in sleeping clusters in the low canopy of the trees.
This primate is found in a number of protected areas, including Baihe Nature Reserve, Foping Nature Reserve, Shennongjia Nature Reserve and Wanglang Nature Reserve. The golden snub-nosed monkey is also listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meaning that international trade in this species is prohibited.
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In a Bulgarian legend The sun and the moon were planning to get married and have a large family. All the animals were invited to the wedding. But just as the ceremony was about to start, the Sun noticed his great friend the hedgehog wasn't there. He couldn't imagine why he would miss the occasion. Concerned, the Sun went to look his friend.
I have a thing about hares! lots of mythology about them and they are fast! Thsi oen is nearly finished. I wanted to get something of the weather into this one. Also you'll notice my continued love affair with water is still alive and well!