hang'n monkey gift

A life long friend of mine recently had a little cutie poop kiddo!! what  a good excuse for me to paint one of my favorite things for them.A MONKEY!! i need to remember to stop glossing my work before i scan it because the scanner ended up reflecting allot of texture noise and other little bits .I think the human eye is quite forgiving of art in person.
    I'm pretty happy with this piece as far as process went .Did an under coat wash of warm browns added some rough sky and leaf color and then just continued to tighten up from there .i think this went well but i stayed in my comfort zone .I'm going to try and start employing more real life lighting scenarios into my work  and do some (shudder) scenery painting studies for next piece will be employing allot more challenges:)