Aug. 10, 2014:
Got started on the largest totem painting yet - 36"x36". The impact of a large white canvas is something else. Got the the design worked out and getting some undertones put in. Let's see where this journey takes me.
Aug. 11, 2014:
Well, it is taking shape. My finger tips feel like they are rug burnt. ;-) Surprised I have any finger prints left.
I have to get back to the icon and get it completed as it needs to get to Calgary soon. Then I can get back to the totem without distraction.
Aug. 14, 2014:
With the icon completed, it is good to be back to the Bear. Really interesting working on a larger scale.
Aug. 20, 2014:
Progress pic on the Bear Totem. A ways to go yet.
This is another totem painting that is a jump forward (or sideways depending on which perspective one uses) and a change in my style and discovery process. The earlier Frog Totem was such a painting as well. I remain open to each image and where it leads me.
The Bear has been completed.
The following text is from plaque at the totem pole display in Vancouver's Capilano Suspension Bridge Park:
" Poles are carved out of one tree and are accented with pieces of copper, shells, or, in this case, real human hair. 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 descendents became known as the Bear Clan."
Andre Prevost, began his work in theatre in the late 70s and in iconography in 1980 and has a large body of work in each. He has been based in Western Canada; North Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and now back in North Vancouver. He is also currently working on a series of acrylic paintings 'Journeying with the Totems' which will be featured in 2 exhibitions in 2015.