Lioness Asleep Field Sketch © Alison Nicholls 2015

African Wildlife Sketch #9 – Lioness Asleep by Alison Nicholls

Lions, being large predators, are able to sleep mostly where they like (usually a shady spot) and for as long as they like (usually all day). They may be disturbed by elephants or buffalo, but most things don’t bother them. So they make for great sketch subjects. And this lioness had chosen a scenic spot, with mokolane palms in the background. Perfect!

Lioness Asleep Field Sketch © Alison Nicholls 2015

Lioness Asleep Field Sketch, watercolor by Alison Nicholls

These field sketches were created during my Aug/Sept 2015 African trip. All my field sketches, are created in Africa directly from life, or sketched back at camp purely from my memory of sightings. They are completely finished in Africa and I use no photos or video reference at any time in their creation. It is always tempting to add finishing touches back in the studio, but I avoid this to ensure that my field sketches really are field sketches. 

This Original Field Sketch is watercolor and pencil on watercolor paper, 10×8″ and priced at US$180. Limited Edition Giclées are also available, priced at US$70 each. Only 10 copies are available, printed using archival inks on watercolor paper, 10×8″, all signed and numbered by me.

A donation will be made to African conservation from every sale.

Until Nov 22, I will be sharing 1 of my new African field sketches every day. The new sketches are shown to my newsletter readers a full day before they are shown here. Click here to Join my Mailing List and see the sketches as soon as they are released, or see them here 1 day later.

Wherever and whenever you see them, I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Tomorrow’s sketch is of painted dogs (African wild dogs) playing after a successful hunt.
Until then…

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