Oil painting Lion cub

Lion cub 22″×28″

This lion cub is actually a test trial for size 22″×28″ canvas. As I mentioned before, 22″×28″ is proportioned to 11″×14″. So I drew the sketch with a 11″×14″ piece of paper and enlarged it onto a 22″×28″ canvas. But once I completed the pencil drawing, my toddler messed it up with crayons. So I had to clean it, let it dry and redrew some of the lines. It took a while. Then I said to myself I had to finish it so my parents couldn’t say that I always gave up halfway (long story).

The color layers slowly built up together, especially for background. I leave the brush strokes so the background is not totally blurry. I am not against blurry background. It just doesn’t fit my brush stroke habit.

After I finished this painting I installed it into a black floater frame.

It is now ready to hang. You can find this piece in my store.

I hope you enjoy this little lion cub. 😀

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My paintings are an outlet to express the imagination I have inside my head that I can not put into words. After trying many mediums, I always find myself coming back to paint and brushes. In my current artistic practice, I use oil paint and mainly create portraits of mythical creatures and animals transfixed in the shifting colours of seascapes and landscapes. There is a natural spirit and magic to these creatures and their energy draws me in. Choosing to paint these creatures as real living wildlife rather than abstractions, I use bold and vivid colours to express the imaginary intertwined with reality, finding magic between the seams. Using a saturated colour palette, I create bold and striking imagery, contrasted between foreground and background, subject and landscape, and light and darkness. Weaving their bodies and the surface of the landscape into each other through organic forms and flowing brush strokes, I find beauty, strength and innocence in these creatures that reflect my inner world.