I went to the Melbourne Zoo recently and was inspired by the Lions that I saw there for this oil painting.

It's a work in progress at the moment, and its still in the under painting stage.
I will be updating this painting with more images as I progress.

Lions at the Melbourne Zoo Original Oil Painting by Garry Purcell

  • Artwork Name: Lions at the Melbourne Zoo
  • Artist: Garry Purcell
  • Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
  • Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
  • Canvas Size: 24"x36" or (60.9cmx 90.4 cm)


The photo above is the start of my grisaille under-painting for the Lions.

 This is basically a grey scale painting that sets the tonal depth of the finished painting, so it is im[portant to spend some time to get it right. 


African Lion painting progress

This is the second and final under painting, Its still too wet to continue at this stage.

I'll leave it for a few days before I start playing with the colour washes.

African Lion painting progress

As you can see from the above photo, I have basically painted a finished greyscale black and white painting.
Once the under painting is finished, you then are ready to start the glazing with the transparent oil paints.


African Lion painting update

I've been pretty busy these last few days, finishing a few paintings here and there.
The lions have there first glaze colour layer added.

African Lion painting update

A very thin first layer of glaze has been applied to the Lions
As you can see from the image above I have just started applying very thin coats of transparent paint.


 4th Stage of the Lion oil painting

As you can see, I've added another glaze, and worked on the eyes, ears, etc.
There is still one layer of paint to be applied, the muzzle needs to be darkened and whiskers added etc.

I'll post the update when I'm done.

4th installment of the Lion oil painting

The glazes are starting to look good, and the oil painting is starting to come to life.


 Close up showing some brush stroke detail

I though I'd post a close up, showing some of the detail around one of the lions eyes.

A close up showing some of the detail around one of the lions eyes.
A close up showing some of the detail around one of the lions eyes.

 The close up shows just how important the under painting is in achieving that 3D effect in my paintings.


The nearly completed African Lions oil painting

Here I'm not far from completing the Melbourne Zoo African Lions painting.

The completed African Lion oil painting
Still a few more layers to do with the African Lions oil painting

I will be increasing the effect of depth by applying even more glazes to get the depth I'm looking for in my painting.
  • Artwork Name: Lions at the Melbourne Zoo
  • Artist: Garry Purcell
  • Medium Used: Artist Grade Oil Paint
  • Support Type: Gallery Wrap Stretched Canvas (Staples are on the back of the frame.)
  • Canvas Size: 24"x36" or (60.9cmx 90.4 cm)