What is it about wild animals? Why do we love them so much? Or, at least, pictures of them. They’re one of my favorite things to paint, whether realistically or nursery murals.
This lion family painting in a baby boy nursery is one of my all time favorites. It’s fairly realistic, but with muted colors.
This was one of my very first jungle murals – which actually makes me cringe a little bit. It’s hard to tell how large this is. It is in the corner of a toddler’s room. Can you see the ceiling joints where I continued the foliage on to the ceiling?
I love this lazy leopard mural. You can see the line of the ceiling more clearly in this. Can I just say, thank goodness for digital cameras? These last two jungle murals were painted before digital and I could never get good pics of my work.
I can’t even remember why I did this baby lion painting. I still have him. It’s a wall hanging that I’m selling in my Art Garage Sale.
There’s a story behind this lion. I’ve told you before that I’m completely self-taught, so back in the ‘old’ days I’d take For-Ever with paintings.
I had no idea how to do this lion. I worked and worked and worked on his face. My studio at the time was in an open family room where anyone could see me paint.
As my son would walk past he’d say, “That looks good!” Then the next time he’d walk by, the lion’s face would be all whited out. This guy must have four or five layers of paint before I finally left him alone!
Years later, I was able to still get a realistic look, but in over half the time.
But even simple lion paintings have their charm!
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