The Original Claw-Foot Bath

8 x 10 acrylic on canvas

     This began as a scribble in one of my sketchbooks – a child in a claw foot tub with way more of the lion present than just its feet. Here it is, innocent enough:

     I worked on a better rendering and ended up with a disturbing image of a lion with a giant hole carved into his back so that a child could bathe there. Ugh! Who wants to see that? Maybe you did, so I apologize. It was digital and I tossed it into cyber trash. I ended up changing it to a WHOLE lion who simply allows a child, a cave-child, to bathe upon him. (Lions were much more docile thousands of years ago.)

     Also, originally, the child’s head was just tipped back with a look of bliss. That changed too. Six days ago I started, as I had done in 2012, to do a sketch-a-day. I am going to do a small sketch each morning while I have my coffee. I own a book full of nothing but facial expressions, so for the time being, I’m practicing from that. Here’s the first 4 days. The top two are direct copies from the book and the bottom two my own attempts at a more cartoon version:

And there it was on June 19th! The expression I wanted on the kid taking his bath.  Isn’t it awesome how things just fall into place once in a while?

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