I haven't been feeling well the last few days, but still pushing forward with the Brown Bear commission. I'm still in the process of shaping the totem and getting the undertones in as I go. These all have to be done before i can begin developing the wood grain which is predominant in this totem. The forms in West Coast Totems are such that you just need to keep tweaking the image on the canvas to that they are exact to the style of the carver and Nation/Family it represents.
I have a few scheduling conflicts this coming week, and I'll be in Vancouver this coming weekend to do a presentation and workshop, so I'll get the painting as far as I can. I want to have this painting completed as soon as possible.
Now that I was some firewood, thanks to a dear friend, and heat in the studio has been restored, I am able to return to painting. I had started a 4ft x 4ft canvas of the Brown Bear for art show submissions, but I received a commission request for a 3ft x 3ft painting of the same subject. So that explains the canvas sitting on the floor in the background.
Andre Prevost, began his work in theatre in the late 70s after completing his studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and in his iconography in 1980, and having a large body of work in each. He has since been based in Western Canada; North Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and now back on the West Coast.