This watercolor was done from a photograph of a Sea Lion taken at the Denver Zoo. I do a lot of on-the-spot sketching and also take photos. I certainly have mixed feelings about animals in captivity but zoos present a marvelous opportunity to draw animals up close. I am fascinated by water and the way light bounces off of and passes through it. I like this vignette style of painting. Leaving only that which is important to tell the story. Or maybe I'm just lazy.