Title: Monkey Takes A Trip
Name: Matthew Baldwin
I started this one as a project for my kids. but in the end the piece has as much to do with my childhood as anything else.
We had an old Fisher-Price toy train, the HuffyPuffy 999, that made it’s way through four older brothers to me and my twin brother. Those old wooden toys could take a lot of lovin’ abuse!
We also had a pet monkey. Jimmy stuck around for a few years before excaping into an excruciatingly beautiful spring day, never to be seen by us again–though the Wibel’s discovered it hiding out in their barn later that summer. Unable to coaxed into their farmhouse, he ran off into the fields.
Minnesota is a long way from South America, and I don’t give good odds to a Squirrel Monkey making it through midwestern winters. Though growing up, I half-hoped to discover some tiny log cabin in the woods. Real tiny. monkey sized.
Jimmy, wherever you are, God bless.
I’m a sucker for long, landscape formats. So the preview might be a little small. I’ve included a few close ups to pad out this post! The left side of the composition is fairly empty. I wanted to convey a sense of open possibilities. I’d love to get feedback, so have at it.