Original painting of lion cubs and lioness

Up To Mischief?

54 x 40cm

A lioness checks her naughty cubs in this adorable original watercolour painting


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Original painting of lion cubs and lioness


Original painting of lion cubs and lioness. Cubs Lioness Original Painting.

Rosettes and spots are characteristic of young cubs and females often retain these on their underparts.

Female lions do not have a mane.

One to four cubs is born. Cubs start eating meat after ten weeks. Females suckle their own and one another’s cubs for up to six months. After giving birth, cubs are hidden for six weeks. The young lion cubs remain dependant on the organizational success of the pride for up to three years.

The composition of Sue Dickinson’s paintings is critical. It’s based upon the law of proportion known as the “Golden Mean” which is an aesthetic principle used by the ancient Greeks. This is because Sue’s focus is the animal itself.


Her experience has taught her that “what you leave out is just as important as what you put in”. As a result, her stark, clean images concentrate exclusively on the animal as well as conveying the wide-open spaces of Africa.


Sue Dickinson’s preferred painting medium is watercolour. This much under-rated medium is widely acknowledged by artists to be the most difficult. “There is no room for error with watercolour – because once it’s on the paper, it is almost impossible to remove. Consequently, I work carefully and accurately. I’m not attempting to reproduce reality, therefore I want to work fairly loosely too.


It is important for the viewer to be able to see the mark of the artist, and also the journey I have taken on the page. Certainly I don’t want a slick look.”

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