Afternoon Encounter ~ Bella Coola Grizzly

Afternoon Encounter ~
5″ x 7″ oil on 1/8″ hardboard panel
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A memory of an afternoon swimming with my family at the Atnarko river. The water is this rich green colour, from the algae that on the bottom, but also from the reflections of the lush greenery all around. Bears are abundant in our beautiful valley, and encounters like this are not at all uncommon. Generally the bears are shy and go their own way, but we did have a poor hitchhiker get attacked this summer! He was near a salmon bearing creek, and it is assumed it was a momma with cubs on the other side of the road. 

My newest painting…done! Finally:) I’ve been dreaming a lot of grizzlies lately…I guess they’re all people want to see in Bella Coola right now. 
11″ x 14″ oil on 1 1/2″ profile cradled panel.
$600.00. Contact me to purchase.

Once upon a time, there was a hungry bear…

So…I should have known better…really…I’m a Taurus, and I’m not sure if this has anything to do with it or not, but…Ever since I was little, every time someone has tried to make me do something, whether I may have possibly wanted to do it or not, I dig in my heels and resist. The more they push me, the more I definitely DO NOT want to do it. Even if I may have started out kind of wanting to…
Anyways, my point is, I told myself…”You are going to paint 100 paintings in 100 days”, and myself, in typical Tahirih fashion (although, I might add, I kinda wanted to) dug in her heels and decided that anything else would be better than painting 100 paintings in 100 days!

The first week went fine, I was enjoying myself, squinting away quite happily, and then something happened. Inspiration.

But it had nothing to do with painting from life. In fact, it had nothing to do with painting from a photograph.
Like I said, I should have known! My grown-up me says “you’re going to paint real things, from life!” and my child me says “No way…I want to paint…from my IMAGINATION!” Add a little foot stomp there for emphasis, lol! I don’t really know why this is happening. I don’t generally get inspired by my imagination…I’m usually moaning about my lack of it, and drooling over everyone elses beautiful, imaginary scenes. Anyways, here is the result. I put it on a black background so you could see the edge of the paper…BTW, I promise I’ll get back to my 100 paintings soon!

Grizzly Bear portrait and painting demonstration

Too Close and Very Afraid ~ 16″ x 20″ oil on canvas

It’s bear season once again! They’ll soon be lumbering down the mountain from their chilly dens to eat the newly blossoming skunk cabbage that is finally starting to bloom. I have yet to see one awake this year, but the sunshine and the promise of a beautiful summer filled with our exotic wildlife inspired me to paint this guy. Here’s your chance to have your very own “too close for comfort” encounter with one of the world’s most impressive creatures!