#72 Dusk on the Floodplain

painting of pride of lions lying on a grass plain under the sunset

Oil on canvas 120 cm x 60cm                                Available

The inspiration for this painting was a beautiful photograph of a single lion on an Okavango flood plain, taken by Stephen Stockhill.

The African sky seems massive when seen from the flood plains, and sunset floods in gorgeous colour across the sky. The pride of lions have been sleeping away the day and are just beginning to wake up as the sun sets and the temperature falls. They are intensely social animals, and like to lie close together often touching or resting against each other. They are relaxed, but starting to think about moving off for an evening hunt.

Thanks to Chris Dorough for the lion photographs.