I started this painting with the idea of capturing a sketch I did earlier. When I sketch I use ink pens, rarely pencils. I find that sketching is almost like going into a trance for me. I'm sure if I was hooked up to some kind of monitoring device, it would show that as I sketch, my breathing slows down, my heart rate, blood pressure decrease and probably my shoulders are a greater distance from my ears. So my idea was to have a lot of the line work that was part of my sketch really show prominently in the painting. I wasn't sure how to accomplish this, but decided just to start and see where it would take me. Sometimes it can be quite daunting to take a large canvas and just start sketching on it with ink..... but I just went for it.
The result, is this painting called "Freedom". I chose this name because I really felt free to just explore with this one.... to start, and see where it led me. That is a wonderful freedom..... just seeing where a painting leads you.
I'm thrilled with this one, and may just keep it for myself.
Well this bear was certainly a learning experience for me. I made so many changes from what I started with. There are things I really like about the painting and some things I am still just not sure of. I really like the bear... I think he is pretty good for my first attempt at painting a bear. I also really love the foreground... the daisies and lupines. I'm just not entirely sure they fit together well. I have posted my progress with this painting each day on Facebook and it is interesting to see the comments and people's preferences. Sometimes, the painting I am the least happy with.... is the one that someone will absolutely love. I think that is a great thing about art. It speaks to you or it doesn't.
If course, now my mind is swirling with a lot more bears... especially bears with swirls in their hair.
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.