Picture Profile: 0903 Plum-tuckered, Kool-Kat Lion Cub

0903 Plum-tuckered, Kool-Kat Lion Cub

0903 Plum-tuckered, Kool-Kat Lion Cub

FOR SALE: Artist Code: 0903. Completed August 2009. Original. Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% hot pressed cotton rag paper. Unframed size 12” x 16”.

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This painting was selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) 2010; and in September 2013 it was featured on the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society Website Gallery (MIWAS).
My friend and fellow artist, Juliet Gorman (potter: www.smoke-fired.biz) regularly travels to exotic places. I am usually invited to browse her magnificent photographs and, after a trip to Kenya and the Masai Mara Game Park in 2006, Juliet showed me a photograph of a pride of wild lions. I did not really notice the big family felines, as my attention was immediately drawn to this little chap, tuckered out under the sun-speckled foliage. He is so cute, I just had to paint him. (See Juliet’s photograph below.)

Poem:

On scratching stick he rests a paw,
To droop his eyelids is the law.
He rests in leaves amongst the shade,
At hot of day is idly laid.
The lion’s realm is dead of night—
A real kool-kat knows when to fight!

This is the lovely photograph which inspired me to paint this lion cub.

This is the lovely photograph which inspired me to paint this lion cub.