Be the Lion
Liberties were taken with this painting - it's in my own style, with my own interpretation of strength and resilience scraped and layered and scratched into it. It is every one of us who has faced a lion even when terrified - even when we couldn't see our own courage. I look at this piece and feel doubly resolved to live from my own core as I find my way in the world. I hope she inspires you as well, dear reader. She is you and me.
About the art: beginning with a canvas covered in black gesso, creating a rough sketch with white charcoal. Slowly adding in layers, following the paint where it meanders away from the inspiration photo to let texture and nuance form where it might not have been before. Liberal use of a sprayer bottle and rubber wedge. Scratching into wet paint with colored pencils to add texture and movement. Resisting the urge to overly define. Stepping away when her gaze told me the lion was in the room.
3/14/2022 01:56:03 pm
As always Jen you marry together a stunning painting with some wisdom we can all use. Thanks for sharing with us all.
3/17/2022 04:27:43 pm
Carl! Thank you! Your comment means so much to me!
3/14/2022 02:13:21 pm
March comes in like a lion. And here she is. No doubt, she is leaving as a lion as well. Something about that flyaway bit of mane says it all, invites me to track my inner courage.
3/17/2022 04:28:29 pm
Dotty! I completely forgot about the March lion thing! WOW! You made my day. Thank you!! xoxoxoxoxo Lola
3/26/2022 01:43:33 am
When we find our inner fear, we will be the lion!
3/30/2022 04:23:41 pm
Carol! OMG yes yes YES!
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