Two girls and an elephant - Monkey in tree

Monkey Mayhem

The very scary leopard image

High alert!

Good art is supposed to elicit emotion. We now know that our latest oil on canvas creation is good; too good as far as our resident troupe of monkeys is concerned.

I was planning to photograph our painting “Just Hangin'”, an image of a leopard lounging in a tree. I leaned the painting against the wall outside and went in to get my camera. Suddenly the piercing alarm call of monkeys filled the air. I rushed out to see eight little faces peering out of the trees, screaming at the top of their lungs. I didn’t make the connection, and looked around to see if there was a snake that was upsetting them, but my very clever husband knew immediately.  “Turn your painting around to face the wall” he said.  I did, and the monkeys went quiet. They stayed around for awhile, unsure of where the leopard had gone. Eventually they decided the threat had passed and they resumed their usual monkey business.

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