Thursday, 25 April 2013

Monkey Business...

lion tailed macaque nics earth
'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 1

Session 2

Session 3

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.

44 comments:

  1. This is such a worthy cause and a great charity. I've been veggie (nearly vegan) for over thirty years, I wish I had known about it I would have happily donated a painting although I rarely paint anomals, and when I do they are no where as beautiful as yours. Fabulous painting!

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  2. Lovely painting, he does have a sad look in the eyes.
    Merle....

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  3. they are soooo lucky to be receiving this and I am sure that your big heart and amazing painting will win you a lot of new fans... wonderful work...xx

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  4. You always capture the look, and the feeling in the soul of the animal. xxxx

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  5. Oh how wonderful to be asked and what a gorgeous painting. A worthy cause indeed and how lucky whoever gets this painting of yours will be. Thanks for showing us how you did the eyes. Really love it.

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  6. WOW! I love his and the texture of his fur that you achieved on this piece you donated to the auction. Blessings and happy PPF!

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  7. Beautiful painting for a good cause! Valerie

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  8. What a fantastic piece. Your monkey's eyes are full of life and his fur is amazing. Congratulations on being chosen!

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  9. What a great idea! It really is fantastic Nic!
    And I love your recent WIP posts - my favorite kind :0)

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  10. That hair!! How on earth do you do that? So beautiful, as are the eyes. Wonderful work, and for such a good cause too! So great that they are starting to find you and recognize your talent. Way to go girl!

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  11. How exciting Nic! I love your monkey painting and I am sure it will raise a lot of money for such a great cause

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  12. What a wonderful painting for a great cause! He definitely looks sad and longing to be somewhere else. But I'm sure he'll make a big contribution to helping other monkeys to have a better fate.

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  13. Marvelous monkey and wonderful how he/she wraps the canvas......quite striking. Happy PPF. xox

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  14. Nic -INCREDIBLE!!

    First - congratulations for being findable, and found - that organization sounds like it shares all your values and that you, as an artist and person, are perfect for them.

    I love your monkey. He is hauntingly sensitive. I hope he raises lots of money for that cause.

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  15. Wow Nic..your art blows me away! The magnificent light reflecting in the eyes is outstanding....the gentle face and hair/fur looks so illuminated by the sheen of the sun..brilliant!!..there is a powerful presence you have captured in this precious soul..peaceful and wise..emotional too! Such a wonderful cause..very touching you are donating to it..awesome!
    Victoria

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  16. Wow, beautiful, Nic! The organization will be thrilled with your contribution! Too bad you can't attend the event - another time.

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  17. Fabulous piece for the auction, they are going to love it! HPPF!

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  18. Wonderful piece and cause. I am sure they will be very happy with it. Thnose eyes are so sad, and that hair is amazing.

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  19. Hi Nic. Hope you are doing well. Wow! What a beautiful piece you have here and how lucky who ever ends up with it. He looks very gentle and his eyes do tell his story of being far away from home. It's very generous of you and for a worthy cause. Thanks for sharing, love your steps and thanks for that.

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  20. Fantastic painting! congrats on being selected, too! happy PPF!

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  21. Brilliant Painting Nic for a great cause too! Love it and appreciate your efforts for such a worthy cause. Happy PPF!

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  22. So gorgeous, Nic!
    Yes, that limited palette really emphasizes the eyes and texture of the fur!!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  23. your love for animals emanates through your beautiful work. happy ppf.

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  24. Oh wonderful! Such a cute monkey so beautifully painted! Thanks for sharing your work :) Hugs and Happy Paint Party Friday!

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  25. Those eyes are so compelling and beautiful. You have such insight on how to portray animal emotions. I so enjoy your blog and portraits. This one is amazing. Thanks for sharing all you do.

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  26. oh wow, wonderful piece for a good cause.

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  27. I don't know what to say Nic except that your artistic talent just blows me away and what a GREAT cause to support too!!! Happy PPF!

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  28. He is amazing and the title is beyond perfect! Thank you for supporting this cause. Your truly are a gifted and big hearted gal!

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  29. OMG you have captured his expression of far away! Amazing! I can't go to zoos and refused to take my child. However my ex has... it's way to upsetting for me! Good for you donating to this wonderful project!!
    This beautiful painting is just too special and beautiful for words!!
    Thank you for being such a good friend to animals!

    Hugs Giggles

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  30. Beautiful painting. Thank you for sharing stages of creating. Very inspiring!

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  31. You have absolutely captured this intriguing creature. How beautiful. I so admire people who can paint animals as I find them very difficult. Happy PPF and thank you for your kind words on my blog!

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  32. You are one incredible artist! The auction will be great with your addition. I am endeavoring to follow a vegan eating style and so far am feeling good about it!

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  33. Beautiful portrait, so skillfully done and she really does have a dreamy, far away look in her eyes! Wonderful of you to donate to a good cause! <3

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  34. Oh my gosh, it's always a fun surprise over here! That monkey is amazing. His eyes are captivating. What a wonderful donation. :)

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  35. Beautiful work, as always, and I love how his eyes speak. The title is fitting in many ways. I also like how you took us through the stages it went through. I would've left mine at stage one and felt a sense of accomplishment...had I been able to get to your stage one, that is. :)

    Best of luck with all your upcoming exhibitions! You are an amazing artist, amiga!

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  36. How beautiful to donate this for a good cause - I hope it gets a lot of bits. It is a beautiful painting, and I like that you showed us the steps of your process.

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  37. OMG this is phenomenal. Wonderful to see its progress. Thanks and Happy PPF.

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  38. Congratulations on being asked to contribute - and your painting is stunning, some one will be very lucky to own it! Your monkey has such a whistful look in his eyes, so well done x

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  39. Wow! Just love your paintings of animals, Nicola!

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  40. Kudos !! I absolutely love your painting!!

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  41. Such a wonderful monkey and lovely blog. I've become your latest follower. :)

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