Not long ago I met Davy Liu on one of my Wednesday (very early) business meetings.
You may not recognize his name, but you will know the films! He worked for Disney Animation on Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Mulan, and the Lion King. Also worked for Warner Brothers animation and of George Lucas on Star Wars.
He started working on his own animation films, when he realized that "most of the kids knew more about the Lion King than "the King of Kings." He left Disney for that reason and came out with "The Giant Leaf" (animal's perspective of Noah's Ark), Fire Fish (the fish' view on the Red Sea), the animal's perspective of The Cross in Jordan's Guest, and the lions's perspective of the book of Daniel in The Royal Feast. These picture books can already be purchased in major bookstores. (if you like to know more, visit www.Thegiantleaf.com).
A few weeks later, I planned to paint for a Sunday audience, and had in mind on painting on something I had already started on in the past. I took two canvases with me.
Since 1997 I have not touched the acrylic medium. But last year a painter gave me samples of the Golden Acrylics. This type of acrylic is very compatible with water colors because of their transparency. When this Spring some bigger paintings were sold I bought a bunch of colors of the Golden series.
Back to that Sunday...I chose the Golden Acrylics on the canvas with the outline of the Lion and the Lamb. Whoa, my eyes popped open wide, because of the brilliance of these colors.
It was like they were giving off light!
The Lion and the Lamb, 24 x 30 Acrylic, St.Germain
Very unlike my usual style with muted oil colors...but I had started and didn't want to go back! Okay, so it looks like a children's painting...but they need paintings too! Also, felt okay about it because I had just met Davy Liu.
Afterward I and hubby went out for lunch with a couple where she is from the UK and he is from South Africa. She told me that I just had painted the opening line of her book about animals. I was stunned.
One of the first lines goes on to say that an animal remarked that the lion "had such majestic paws."
Isn't it remarkable how some things come together like this?