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9 x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas Board
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Thank you ahead of time for any favorites and comments!

This idea came about courtesy of Ellygator's [link] Totems and Mysterious Objects contest. I'm no Leo, but lions have become something of my artistic totem as of late. Their faces are capable of so much expression, leaving them at once intimidating and entrancing. The sun/light in general is often a god in mythology--Helios, Ra, etc.--and is certainly an artist's friend.

The color scheme is thanks to my beloved pirate, who's been teasing me about always using blue. A slight bit crept into the shading with the purple, but still, I think I answered his request admirably:)

My thanks to Sooper-Deviant [link] for his excellent collection of lion photographs.

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:iconjereic:
Jereic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Reminds me of The Beatles song by the same name . . . so sleepy. . . so serene.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMPwd3…
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EveeLover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I love how happy he looks
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:iconthelosttargaryen:
TheLostTargaryen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I just adore the look of blissful contentment on his face... absolutely fantastic job :heart:
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you very much! "Sun King" remains one of my favorite lions for that very reason :)
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:iconchamaeleonidas:
Chamaeleonidas Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Feels like sunshine :)
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
What a wonderful compliment--thank you!
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:iconchamaeleonidas:
Chamaeleonidas Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
What a wonderful creation--thank you :D
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:iconchamaeleonidas:
Chamaeleonidas Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Forgive me for being so hasty, what I really meant to say is, "this feels like a road sign to Nirvana" :D
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:iconcharismaticchaos93:
CharismaticChaos93 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love the brilliant colors, and the expression. He looks happy :) It's a stunning painting. I wish I could paint this good. <3
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thank you! "Sun King" was one of my first lions, and he remains one of the best because he is just so happy.
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:iconcharismaticchaos93:
CharismaticChaos93 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it! It's absolutely stunning. Took my breath away with all the color and emotion <3
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:iconjvel4073:
jvel4073 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is Unbelievable Work, Just really very Beautiful. :heart: Love it.
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Thank you very much!
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:iconjvel4073:
jvel4073 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're Art Is Really Very Beautiful, I love Your Lions.:heart: Them.
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Thank you so much! I'm glad to have you watching my work :)
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:iconjvel4073:
jvel4073 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, very Beautiful work.
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:iconjunealea:
Junealea Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good at blending colors, and capturing its charistics. It looks indeed happy!
The background is astonishing, as well!
Keep up the good work~
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
Thank you very much! "Sun King" was one of my first lions and remains one of my best.
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:iconjunealea:
Junealea Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, and impressive!
Considering you claim as your best, but one of the first. :)

I hope to see more!!
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V-ChristsW3apon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Student
This makes the opening song from The Lion King 2 pop into my head! :3 He Lives In You :3 Just as exuburating and relaxing as the song itself ^.^
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
Thank you kindly! :) "Sun King" is one of my personal favorites.
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:iconmonaco29:
Monaco29 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
Great work!
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
Thank you! :)
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:iconmonaco29:
Monaco29 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
welcome!
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:iconancientdragoness:
AncientDragoness Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My word.
I just... I really like this piece. For whatever reason, it makes me feel happy. The colours, his expression, whatever it is! It's very uplifting.
Too bad I've no money, else this print would be on my wall in a heartbeat.
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Thank you so much for your compliments! "Sun King" remains one of my favorite lions in part because he makes everyone so happy.
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:iconancientdragoness:
AncientDragoness Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are well deserving. :)
It's good, something that we need!
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:iconana--thema:
Ana--Thema Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
Featured ^_^
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011
Thank you very much!
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:icondreamarian:
dreamarian Featured By Owner May 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
:iconblueheartplz: You've been featured in my news article! :iconblueheartplz:
[link]
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner May 1, 2011
Thank you muchly!
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Gette1Glance Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a beautiful face of bliss. I love all your lion works. :+fav:
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Thank you! "Sun King" remains one of my personal favorites.
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Gette1Glance Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
did you take the title from the Beatles song?
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
No, I didn't even know they had a song titled that at the time. When this lion was complete, "Sun King" was the first thought that came to mind.
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indigo-sparks-fly Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
i love how you used so many colors in the light and the lion's mane. it gives an amazing effect. i also love the lion's expression! so calm and peaceful...
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
"Sun King" is definitely one of my favorites, thanks to his warm colors and expression. Sometimes, real magic can happen in the studio!
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:iconindigo-sparks-fly:
indigo-sparks-fly Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
agreed!
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:iconangex99:
angex99 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
kitten :D:D:D
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Stunning image! The expression is fantastic!
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
Thank you! He is one of my favorites, thanks to that warm smile.
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:icondracomalfloy:
dracomalfloy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student General Artist
your work is amazing!
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Thank you!
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:iconrose-ann-mary-k:
Rose-Ann-Mary-K Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I love the way he smiles :D
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
Thank you--so do I :)
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:iconcaradecunha:
caradecunha Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE IT :D
I like specially how he looks like a God/King XD
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
He does look very regal! :)
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:iconcaradecunha:
caradecunha Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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danuta50 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
so beautiful!
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:iconardenellennixon:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
Thank you!
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