Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Lions Forest of Handmade Flowers

Luscious Lair of Lucas the Lion

This is a 11 x 14 canvas - upside down with a cedar frame. The final piece is 14 x 16".



Come - if you dare - into the Luscious Lair of Lucas the Lion.  He loves his home because he has filled it with magical flowers created by Joi at the Ranch  In fact, truth be known, Joi also created Lucas - but, of course, he doesn't tell all his secrets!!!!!!!!!!!

His story begins last fall when the creation of the magical flowers began.  It seems in the evenings, after a long day, Joi would accidentally fall asleep in her chair long before bedtime.  So she decided to work on cutting out flowers from a roll  of wrapping paper.  Hour after hours the flowers and leaves were cut - one at a time - and stacked in a box.

Then one evening, with a bit of mystical glue and creativity, the cuttings came to life. Each night the little shoe maker (OOPS wrong tale)... the little flower maker worked on another flower until there was enough to make a luscious forest hideaway.

Several months later, in the middle of the night (while supposedly sleeping) Joi had clarity as to the grooming of Lucas the Lion.  It began with the painting of the eyes on canvas... and Lucas came to life.  He gave his first roar on January 4th!

Lucas prowled around the ranch for awhile but he begged every day for a home of his own and a magical flower forest.  He said that the woods at the ranch were very nice but they just were not a forest... and his heart was longing for a forest of his own.  So, although sad to see Lucas leave the ranch, Joi agreed to create him a Luscious Magical Flower Forest to call home.

Lucas is now VERY happy at home.  He has lots of playmates in his forest - his best friend being Gaudy Geoko. All of his friends posed for the picture too - Hooper the Hummer, SJ the Deer, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Butterfly and Baby, Dragonfly Trio, Wispy the Wasp, Sneaky Snake, Temperance Turtle, Waverly Wolf,  Rigo Eagle and family, Sonshine the Lady Bug, Kevin the Camelian, Locky the Lark, and Mom and Pops Owl watching over their new egg.  Lucas insisted that he hide behind the magical flowers.  For afterall, the magical flowers were what grew first in this luscious forest!

Can you find Lucas?  He hopes that you can't see him at all.  He is a people watcher!!!

There you have it... the cute little tale of Lucas the Lion with his friends in the Magical Forest of Handmade Flowers!  Hope you enjoy the picture they posed for... it was quite the ordeal to get all of his friends to hold still long enough for you to meet them!  They are living happily ever after. 

This roll of wrapping paper is how it all started!!


Here is some of the flowers and leaves that were cut out. 

This is what the canvas looked like when it was started... after I added some paint over the top.

And of course, as usual - all the wood, acorns, pecans, and even the real blue egg... came from the nature on the ranch. 

Thanks bunches for spending time with Lucas the Lion and Joi at the Ranch!!!  


This creation was entered for the following challenges: 

Artist Trading Post - Handmade Flowers

Mixed Media | Art Journaling

The stamps used were:

Hot Off The Press HOTP 1151 - Hummingbird
I stamped him in silver so when I painted him - he lost some of the shape. 
I am just learning all the techniques of stamping... by watching all of you!!  

Stampin' Up - Winter Minis - for the silver leaves on the canvas and around the border 
(but they are hard to see in the pictures - pretty in person!!)


Anything But A Card Challenge - Friendship

Snag Our Badge!

Lucas invited his best friends and all of his other friends to live with him 
in his new home - The Luscious Lair of Lucas the Lion! 


ART JOURNAL JOURNEY - Bird, Beasts and Humans Challenge

Click on the Link Below to see:

Art Journal Journey


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Heheheh - I am sooo excited by this challenge.  I just love to sing!!!

I bet you can already guess what song this represents - can't you???  
I was singing it the entire time.  Hubby and I were laughing, remembering back to the time in our lives when this WONDERFUL song was popular.  Here it is: 
 Sing it... In the Jungle, the might Jungle the lion plays today.... 
(My lion is playing right now - not sleeping!!!)
"Wimba Way" or "Awimbawe" or "Wimoweh"



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