"Leo Spirit" - acrylic on mat board, 12" square. SOLD. Reprints available here.
It is the season of Leo...that big-hearted, fiercely loyal, fiery energy lion of the cosmos. There are two Leos in our house. Yet it take the both of us to match the energy of the Gemini head of our household. :)
This piece, inspired by my leonine son, consists of many layers of acrylic paint and gesso on mat board. Letting the under layers peek through while preserving an overall neutral color theme. My favorite sumi-e brush and some black gesso added the leo symbol. Once again, the mat board proves tough under many layers of paint and sprays of water. I continue to be amazed by its resilience.
The Chinese Buddhists believe lions safeguard humans from ghosts and spirits, so your big cat spirit animal may be protecting you from unseen negative influences.
If you are trying to reclaim your space in the world or in your social circle, the lion is the right power animal for you to call upon. Both lion and lioness are fierce protectors of space and of freedom. Those with a lion spirit animal are often devoted protectors of religious freedoms and the right to make personal choices.
The message of the lion is one of prudence...not to overdo things, to balance and weigh activities. (oh boy oh boy! is this message for ME?) They are the protectors of hearth and home, which includes de-stressing and relaxing.
Let's spend a few minutes with the lions...the only social cat group (the others are solitary), as one researcher asks "are lions lazy? Or just really patient?"