Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brown Bear

This week I am working on a commission for a couple of bear "portraits." Honestly, I don't really think of myself as a wildlife painter, but I just love doing them (and do many of them). Who doesn't love a cuddly teddy bear?
If you ever, ever, ever
meet a grizzly bear,
You must never, never, never
ask him where
He is going,
Or what he is doing;
For if you ever, ever dare
To stop a grizzly bear,
You will never
Meet another grizzly bear.
Mary Austin


Dan Finnegan said...

I'm not sure that your bear is looking for a cuddle...more like a meal. You've captured his bear-ness completely!

ariel freeman said...

Thank you Dan :-)

Elizabeth said...

Really wonderful Ariel!!! you do these portraits so very well! I still love the Buffalo best!!

Bonnie said...

That's a wonderful likeness.

Is it pastel? I like the border. Is that how it will be framed?

ariel freeman said...

The bear is in pastel on watercolor paper prepared with absorbant ground for pastel to give the paper more texture and tooth.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Awesome work, Ariel!

Nice mention on PotomacArtworks!

Anna said...

Your pastel work is so amazing! Wait till my Mom sees this one! Really well done. (He looks to me like he just left the river after a fishing expedition!)