The seventh in the series of little polar bear portrait oil paintings joins the fifth and sixth portraits of polar bears in the moonlight. The Toronto Zoo's male polar bear “Inukshuk” is the model.
By painting these little portraits I am familiarizing myself with the shape of the polar bear's head and the structure of his eyes, snout and ears.
The eyes , although intelligent, are so small, I have to ignore my natural inclination is to paint them larger. I love painting his thick, rounded fuzzy ears - the only thing "teddy bear" about him. But I'm not fooled. In Portrait 8, which I also finished this week, I painted Inukshuk's very large teeth.