This is a watercolour painting of a mother ring-tailed lemur and baby, a small painting at approx. 10" x 8", I started it probably about a month or so ago. Unlike other painting mediums, watercolour doesn't give you many 'second chances' if you place a brushstroke wrong. Therefore it does involve a lot of concentration and a steady hand. You may have noticed that I don't usually include background work into my paintings, this is mainly because I like the animal to be the main focus and for viewers to use their imagination and interpret the painting how they wish to. However, on this occasion I wanted to give the lemurs placement. They are such fun to watch and have such a quirky way of moving, you simply can't watch one without it making you smile :)
I've decided on a bright refreshing mixture of greens with bluey inserts to represent a leafy tree with the bright blue skies shining through the gaps. Here is the painting before I started the background and the point at which I'm starting from today, both lemurs are incomplete but you can see the overall desired composition of the piece.