|'Miles Away' - acrylic on canvas 30cm x 25cm|
Last Friday I got an email from the Animal Rehabilitator Manager of the Vervet Monkey Foundation who found me via the VIVA UK! Art for Animals project. They are holding an art auction on 18 May to promote animal and vegan artists. The Director and Founder of VIVA UK!(a charity promoting a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle and campaigning against all sorts of animal cruelty issues) will also be giving two presentations at the event.
All funds raised from the art auction will go directly towards helping the plight of the monkeys in South Africa and enabling the Foundation to continue educating people about a vegan lifestyle and how it's kinder to the planet.
I was invited to attend but it's way down the south of England so a tad too far for a night out. However, while I can't attend the event, I could certainly donate a piece of art.
As the pieces I've been working on recently are all ear-marked for upcoming exhibitions (and I didn't suppose anyone would want to auction my self-portrait!)I said that I would be happy to donate a painting that I would do especially for the auction.
I didn't have to think too hard about what I was going to paint. I have a beautiful photo I took of a lion tailed macaque from our unfortunate visit to Belfast Zoo last year. I'd been planning on painting it for a while. I know it's not a vervet monkey but hopefully they won't mind that.
I've entitled this piece 'Miles Away' because of the wistful, far-away look in his eyes (and the fact that his true habitat is many miles away from Belfast Zoo).
Here are the stages it went through:
|Session 4 - final piece|
I'm linking up, as always, with Paint Party Friday, and will endeavour to visit as many folk as I can. Thank you to everyone who pops by here - I really do appreciate your feedback.