The Brown Bear painting has been completed. It is 36" x 36" on exhibition canvas. It will be travelling to its home in Ottawa.
From the Bear Pole at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
The pole tells the story of an abandoned blind man saved from starvation by a bear who brought him fish to eat. The blind man's descendants became known as the Bear Clan.
My work in iconography and the series on the West Coast totems are both based on being true to the traditions and originals. They all come from the same place within me, as do the recent First Nations icons of the Coast Salish St. Paul and the Siksika Sacred Heart. To know me in the one is to know me in the other(s).
I thought this would be a good time to present my body of work within 'Journeying With The Totems' in relation to the originals that each were based on. Some colours vary slightly depending on the colours within other reference photographs or the 11"x17" colour copies that I get made to guide the process. I need lots of reference information in the images I use, in order to paint the level of detail that I work within.
I've prepared a series of jpegs which present the painting and the reference picture of the original.