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sveldstra
01-31-2010, 12:03 PM
I was very privileged this year to come into contact with a talented amateur photographer who is also a zoo keeper at the Toronto Zoo. She recently traveled up North and took an amazing collection of photos of polar bears in the summer tundra, which she has given me permission to use for reference material for paintings.
This is just the first of many to come this year of polar bears. It is a weird sized canvas, about 27.5X35.5 if I remember right (it was on sale probably because it is metric sizing), so it is quite large. It took up most of my painting time for the month of January. I hope you like it, and would appreciate any feed back you might have.
Thanks
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/31-Jan-2010/151124-resized_bear_crop.jpg

Raymo
01-31-2010, 12:17 PM
Ohhhh, me likey ! http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Love/wink-kiss-034.gif

Lady Carol
01-31-2010, 12:33 PM
I like it too. I think you have done a terrific job. One suggestion is to have a bit more of the ground colour reflected in the bears coat on the belly area. I think this will help to ground the bear better.

eyepaint
01-31-2010, 12:38 PM
Ooooh!

Zena
01-31-2010, 01:29 PM
WOWEE!! You have done a fantastic job on this! I LOVE it,great job! Hugz,Jan

sveldstra
01-31-2010, 01:39 PM
Thanks Ray, EP, Carol, and Jan. I'm really excited to be unveiling this one tomorrow at a solo show that runs for the month.
Carol, I think you are right, but the varnish is on and no more time for adjustments on this one, but I will keep the suggestion in mind for the next ones. There will be at least three or four more.

idylbrush
01-31-2010, 02:34 PM
Very nice. Very, very nice.

natureartist1
01-31-2010, 02:59 PM
Really nice love the background on this allot :clap:

noodle1
01-31-2010, 03:11 PM
Yay Sharon so gooood to see your work again, fantastic!!
Elaine

aspenman
01-31-2010, 07:49 PM
Wonderful work - BRAVO!!

AirTodd
01-31-2010, 07:59 PM
Nice looking painting.

gaykir
01-31-2010, 09:31 PM
I really like this but I do agree with Carol that the bear seems a bit under developed in this one. I was so surprised - perhaps it was haste for the show.

OkeeKat
01-31-2010, 10:57 PM
Simply Brilliant!!
I just love the background and the bears coat is Fabulous!!
Awesome depth and color to this, very realistic!!
LOVE IT!

nithya_swamy
02-01-2010, 06:37 AM
Awesome work. I am not sure if its the photo, but the bear's furriness doesn't come across. I'd like to see some more shine in the fur, which I think will be taken care of with Carol's suggestion.

The background is spectacular. Brilliant job!

sveldstra
02-01-2010, 09:33 AM
Thank you everyone, I'm already looking forward to starting the next one. Thanks again for the suggestions. I probably was too rushed finishing this one, and with out a dead line on the next maybe even better results.

susme48
02-01-2010, 02:49 PM
Wonderful, Sharon!!! So amazing!!

RPut
02-01-2010, 09:57 PM
I think this is wonderful as well Sharon!! Only thing for me is that with this time of the season of a wet mucky tundra, I would think he would be a bit dirtier.
Still, think this is brilliant!

lodestar
02-01-2010, 11:38 PM
Kudos and Congrats! I like alot. And also think you could have pushed the bear a little further. But you have achieved a satisfying end result. So what else is there?:thumbsup: :music: :wink2:

LavenderFrost
02-02-2010, 12:35 PM
Beautiful!