6" x 8" oil on canvas on board
Due to rains, I was not able to finish this piece. I set up and put away twice and decided it was just not meant to be. So, I may finish it from the photo, or leave this one and do a new one from the photo. That's all part of the joy of plein air painting! (Especially in the rain forest.)
While I was painting, this agouti strolled through the grass and just sat down right near me. I wish there was something in the photo to show his actual size, but he was pretty big, about the size of a cat. Agoutis are in the rodent family and look like a tall, large, long legged guinea pig. In some parts of Costa Rica they are becoming extremely rare as they've become pray to wild animals, but we saw them everyday in Monteverde. Apparently they scare easily (although he wasn't scared of me) and when they get scared, they run while emitting a high pitched bark.
The Reserve of Monteverde is called the Biological Cloud Forest Reserve. And, deservedly so. This is the dry season, and we had rain and/or clouds everyday. Although, not the downpours of the rainy season.