I said I'd post several guesses at once, later, to the question of what I'm searching for this year, but this guess from Linda of Quotidian Curiosities deserves its very own spotlight:
Well -- off to Hawaii to search for something that you might also find
in Paris makes me think maybe monkeys ... but then to someplace that is
but isn't exactly like Hawaii so I guess Alaska ... but they don't have
MONKEYS in Alaska (except for the elusive great white tundra monkey
which is totally un-domesticatable). Hmmm. So I wonder if you're
after whales but I don't think they stock whales in Paris, and besides
I doubt you already-have-but-don't-have one. Maybe it's the Caribbean
rather than Alaska and you're after a foreign lover, but then I doubt
your husband would be in on the act. Likewise, it could be the
Philippines where you are hooking up with Imelda Marcos, and together
you are on the search for SHOES, but if your husband is like mine, he
would be more supportive of a foreign lover than any more shoes.
Therefore, since he IS in on the act, and we've basically ruled out
monkeys and whales and lovers and shoes .... my guess is a vacation
Quite the leap and monkeys would probably be cheaper.
Well, Linda, that whole hilarious thing is 'quite the leap,' and it's kept me laughing for several days now! I, therefore, dedicate the first image to you and to those Elusive Great White Tundra Monkeys, wherever they may be! Once I'd painted him, I couldn't stop---monkey faces are fascinating, so close to ours, yet not .
Monkey one: Schmincke watercolor and gouache and gray ink on cold press paper.
Monkey two: Schmincke watercolor and Mars 8B Lumograph on hot press paper.
Yes, they're going into my 101 Faces group and no, no one has guessed correctly, no one is even warm!