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Old 01-31-2010, 11:03 AM
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First of the 2010 Polar Bear Series

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.
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:17 AM
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Ohhhh, me likey !
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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.
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WOWEE!! You have done a fantastic job on this! I LOVE it,great job! Hugz,Jan
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Re: First of the 2010 Polar Bear Series

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.
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Very nice. Very, very nice.
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Re: First of the 2010 Polar Bear Series

Really nice love the background on this allot
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Yay Sharon so gooood to see your work again, fantastic!!
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Wonderful work - BRAVO!!
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Nice looking painting.
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Re: First of the 2010 Polar Bear Series

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.
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Re: First of the 2010 Polar Bear Series

Simply Brilliant!!
I just love the background and the bears coat is Fabulous!!
Awesome depth and color to this, very realistic!!
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Re: First of the 2010 Polar Bear Series

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!
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Re: First of the 2010 Polar Bear Series

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.
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