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9 x 12"
Acrylic on Canvas Board

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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Jereic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Reminds me of The Beatles song by the same name . . . so sleepy. . . so serene.…
EveeLover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
I love how happy he looks
TheLostTargaryen Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just adore the look of blissful contentment on his face... absolutely fantastic job :heart:
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Thank you very much! "Sun King" remains one of my favorite lions for that very reason :)
Chamaeleonidas Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
Feels like sunshine :)
ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
What a wonderful compliment--thank you!
Chamaeleonidas Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
What a wonderful creation--thank you :D
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
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
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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