Originally, I was going to do this one in the broad daylight colors that it was in. Then, I saw a sunset photo of giraffes, and I loved the colors, so I created my own background, and used some of the sunset colors, and having tall grass just seemed like a fun idea. Of course, that took some working to get the colors and the feel to be just right.
I used a few different photos for this mother/child pair. They were so much fun to watch in the Zoo, and just as much fun to watch personality take form as I was painting them. I have such a heart for wildlife... and some day, I will get to see the fierceness and the tenderness of Africa with my own eyes!! Some day!!