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Art Show: Lions & Lambs

Lion Painted Rock

by Patience

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Art: Lion Painted Rock by Artist Patience

I found this rock a number of years ago and recognised immediately what  looked to me like the face of a lion in its natural form and shapely contours.  The nose, the ears, the shape of the face, plus a very sumptuous and well-defined  mane -- all was there already naturally sculpted into the rock.   I made several attempts over the years to bring the lion out with paint, but was never really satisfied with my efforts.  That is until this past month when I really studied the rock and all its lumps and bumps in detail, working with them instead of trying to force it. It also helped that I stopped being lazy and actually looked up photographic reference material instead of just trying to 'wing it'.  In any case, figurative rocks are pretty rare, I so consider this rock a very special find.  The following is my usual blurb about my approach to painting rocks:

Typically, a rock... is just a rock. But sometimes, when luck smiles upon me, very special ones reveal themselves. Then I 'see' Rock People, little figures hidden within the naturally formed bumps, corners and crevices of ordinary stones -- Nature's very own sculpture. With the help of a bit of paint, I enjoy 'liberating' these unique wee folk for others to enjoy as well..... 

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