Monday, February 9, 2009

Lion On Alert

"On Alert"
Pastel on ColourFix
Jan Gibson

I think I must have cats on the brain or something as this is the second lion I've done and I've been eyeing a couple of cat reference photos too! I started this lion soon after I finished the first one located HERE. By the way, I ended up with a title of "Intense Pride" for that lion at the insistence of Martina who felt the word "pride" should be in the title somewhere!

Anyway, I put a first wash onto the Zoey painting and decided to finish this while the wash was drying. Most of the time I like to work something from start to finish as I sometimes get sidetracked but since this lion was nearly finished, I decided to go ahead and finish it.

It's on a 9x12 inch, dark blue ColourFix sheet and I'm not sure I like ColourFix for pastels. It ends up being very messy plus, I think I've worn the fingerprint off my index finger trying to blend it! I like ColourFix for colored pencil but it really makes a mess with pastels. I still think my favorite pastel support is the Ampersand PastelBord. It just seems to have the right amount of grittiness to hold the pastel without being overly abrasive.

I think I'll buy stock in Ampersand as I like it for just about every media I use!


Teresa said...

This is wonderful, Jan! He certainly does look regal and "intensely proud"!

Christine said...

I love the series you have going Jan! Great stuff!

Teresa Mallen said...

I really like the colours you have used in the fur in both of these cats. Very nice!

~Barbara~ said...

These lions are really great looking paintings. Of course, I like cats and these big ones aren't to be sneezed at.
Good work....

Jan said...

Thanks to all of you. I have been covered up here lately and I apologize for not responding to your kind comments. My DH was out of town and I was taking care of all the animals and trying to keep up with everything here.

Anyway, I do appreciate you stopping by and commenting!