Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's all happening at ... the Zoo in Emmen, Netherlands ~ drawing on a very hot day.

And I do mean a very hot day ...  Friday of last week.

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"Hamadrayas ('Mantle') Baboons at The Emmen Zoo"
watercolors, pen & ink in 'unknown' 8.5"h x 6"w sketchbook
September, 2013 ~ Emmen, Netherlands

Despite the somewhat intense heat of the day (it was rather humid as well), we spent 4 hours at the Emmen Zoo - albeit with a lot of stopping to rest, drink water and wipe the sweat from our brows. Dierenpark Emmen/Emmen Zoo is located in the city of Emmen, which is in the beautiful province of Drenthe, Netherlands.  

OK, "so why go on such a hot day?” you might wonder. Well, we had free tickets for that day only! Zoos are pretty expensive places, so when you have a free ticket, you go ... no matter the weather. :o) I do highly recommend a visit to the Emmen  Zoo, if you live in the Netherlands or are just visiting here. The zoo is quite nicely laid out with a fairly easy plan to follow and the majority of the animals are in open-air, naturalistic, enclosures. I particularly liked the African section, the American West section and the Butterfly House although that was very, very humid inside, as it should be of course. Suffice it to say, we really enjoyed our day at the zoo.

After visiting most of the areas in the zoo, we sat for awhile and watched the large community of Mantle Baboons/Hamadrayas Baboons doing their mating rituals which involved the entire community/ group running around & around their enclosure as a single group. This rapid promenade of mating baboons, plus little ones scampering about, lasted for at least 25 minutes; it was fascinating. Finally, they all stopped when the head baboon ‘signaled’ it was time for a rest. I say 'signaled', but I really have no idea - when the head dude stopped running around, the rest did too. Only a few of the baby baboons were still goofing about, a bit. With the 'head male' sitting on the highest rock in the enclosure, the group sat facing the same direction, sort of west towards the setting sun. It was almost closing time at the zoo, so maybe they were waiting for their dinner to arrive. I have no clue. :o))))

The drawing above:
I rarely, if ever, draw animals. It's not that I don't like animals, I do, but drawing or painting them (and that includes the human species as well) has never been a huge interest of mine ... ever. I truly applaud those who do it well, so I'm happy to leave it up to them to do. However, on occasion, I step out of my 'comfort zone' of inanimate objects or flowers and give it a go - not always successful, but if you don't try, you never learn. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" ... as the saying goes.

I took an 'unknown' sketchbook with me this trip, because it was actually lighter than my small moleskine. I figured I probably wouldn't be drawing anything anyway and didn't want to add more weight to my already heavy shoulder bag (had a botle of water with me). I say 'unknown sketchbook’, because I have no idea who made the sketchbook, can't remember where I bought it, or found it, or if someone gave it to me. I have too many sketchbooks. LOL! The paper is just plain white sketchbook paper, not very heavy-weight, on the more smooth side of texture. It was OK for this purpose.

Tools used for the drawing:
Winsor & Newton watercolors (pans)
Sakura Pigma Micron Archival Ink Pens: .005, .01, & .04
Sakura Pigma Micro Brush pen
Unknown sketchbook

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