I started this painting with the hopes of showing a father lion and his cub. I painted the two several times, and never felt good about it. The last time, I was pleased and felt like moving on to something new. But, I kept looking at it with a sense of despair and unfulfillment. So, I decided to put it back up on the easel. After starring at this painting for weeks, I suddenly had this crazy, surreal feeling come over me. I wasn’t looking at a father and cub, I was looking at myself. I started to tear up. I new then exactly what I needed to do. The grown lion needed to go. I loaded my hands with titanium white, and started to “erase” him. I felt sad, scared, and tearful. Not because I was losing all the hard work i put in, but because I new this painting was about me. I couldn’t keep trying to make him perfect. I needed to let that go. And what’s left, is a cub, who only has an aura of his past remaining.
When I look at this piece now, I don’t see a blank canvas and lion cub. I see myself, what I want to leave behind, and what possibility there is moving forward.
This is the original painting, created using oil paint on canvas. It measures 36x36in. Please contact me if you have any questions about purchasing this original painting.