Friday, October 17, 2008

A West Yellowstone Grizzly Bear - Original Pastel

In June I went to West Yellowstone for an art workshop and at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center there is a pair of sibling grizzly bears living together there. It's unfortunate they have to live in confinement but it is actually a pretty nice place and given the alternative they have it pretty good.

I was able to take quite a few pictures of both of them. They were usually wrestling and playing bear games but I had a couple of shots of this one bear looking directly at me. It wasn't really threatening - just made me aware that he was aware that he knew I was there looking at him. I went there several days, one day it was even snowing. Each day though the bear would look directly at me.

The Stare
5" x 7" (12.7cm x 17.8cm)
Pastel on Velour
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12 comments:

Marsha Robinett said...

You really captured the emotions going on here. He doesn't seem to happy with you observing him. Nicely done. "puts the fear in me"

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Marsha! Thanks - it was such a "knowing" stare - something I didn't expect. Can't say it scared me but then I was safely outside his enclosure. I felt like I was being sized up but don't think it was for lunch though ;-)

Dianne Mize said...
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Dianne Mize said...

Did you ever nail that bearish expression!!! Bravo!! And what a beautiful job you've done with the painting.

P.S. I was the one who deleted. I had a terrible spelling error that had to be gone.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Dianne! Thank you! I'm glad you like it.

PS. LOL - I wished they would make spellcheck for the comments section - don't you?

Toni said...

I was just looking at your art on flickr. Awesome work and I love the rooster!!.

Karen Hargett said...

Hey Toni - thanks so much for dropping by. I love that rooster too - he's hanging in my dining room :-)

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Barbara Pask said...

Hi Karen, Really nice job on this bear. Great look on his face and you can almost feel the fur.

Karen Hargett said...

Thank you Barb! Not sure I'd want get that close to this guy - but glad the texture has come across.

Dean H. said...

The eyes sure tell me the bear isn't afraid. The darkness around the eyes helps to accentuate this.
Great job.

Karen Hargett said...

Hi Dean! Thanks!

No he definitely wasn't afraid - and didn't really show aggression it was just a strange "knowing" that this was his place and he knew I was there. His direct eye contact also made me very aware it was his place. Like he allowed me to visit or something.