As usual, I began the coloring phase with the background. Then the surrounding elements, namely the flowers. Then I painted Circe, and finally, the lion. I have many cats at home and am a huge fan of long hair, fluffy cats in particular, so once I got started on the lion, I had so much fun with him. After laying down the foundation colors and some shadows/darks, I went over putting down the individual strand of long fur in lighter colors. As his mane grew fluffier, I felt happy -- the same simple joy I feel when I'm brushing my long hair cats. XD After painting this piece, I'm even more tempted than ever before to give one of my orange and white Maine Coon mix a 'lion cut'. (I probably never will out of respect for the cat, but I'd love to see him with that haircut just once... maybe in the peak heat of summer. XD)
*A closeup view of the main figures
After painting some Christmas fluff, it was nice to get back in the groove of theme prompts at Enchanted Visions Project. I really enjoy the gold and brown, earthy, color schemes. I think I've made more pieces in this color scheme this year than ever before. ^_^
I must also say that I am looking forward to getting started on the "Dragon Lore" theme. Mine will be a bit on the dark side and I will be depicting the serpentine Asian dragon, if all goes as planned.