A Very Blue Prince ( A Polar Bear Tale)

Meet The Blue Prince, a  30" x 40" polar bear oil painting.  Why have I titled this painting, The Blue Prince?

Well, aside from the fact this mighty polar bear painting is created in dramatic shades of blue, this is a portrait of arctic royalty,  and polar bears, highly intelligent, and the largest and mightiest arctic predator, are often referred to as the Lords of the North.  

The Blue Prince, the Spanish, French and Italian reference for Prince Charming. And despite his ferociousness, the polar bear is extremely charming.  Intelligent, handsome, strong, and playful, too.

The Blue Prince. Copyright Christine Montague. Original oil painting 30" x 40"

The Blue Prince. Copyright Christine Montague. Original oil painting 30" x 40"

 

Blue symbolizes intelligence, dignity, trust, and authority. Light blue is spiritual. Oh, and did you know that Blue is the no. 1 favourite color in the world? How appropriate for this well loved polar animal.  

In Korea, blue is the colour of mourning, and in North America, if sad, we have "the blues". I would most certainly mourn and have the blues at the serious decline of this magnicent species

An example of how The Blue Prince looks in a room setting. 

An example of how The Blue Prince looks in a room setting. 

Now the real question is, is The Blue Prince portrayed in this dramatic painting simply majestically posing for our enjoyment, or does he sense something behind him, out there in the inky blue darkness.

In paintings, a face looking to the right is looking to the future, and looking to the left is towards the past. This bear is standing solidly in place - headed to the past and to the future. 

Hopefully, the future ahead for this possibly endangered animal is not to be simply the stuff or folklore, (you know, once upon a time there was this great white bear) and that the polar landscapepolar animals, and the rest of the planet will have a fairy tale ending. 

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New Polar Bear Cub Painting Study 4

Polar bear cub painting by Christine Montague www.ChristineMontague.com

New Oil Painting Study in the Sink/ Swim Series

The polar bear cub in Polar Bear Cub 4 , a 6" x 12" oil painting study on canvas, is the latest study off my easel  for the Sink/Swim Series.  Once again, as with the oil paintings posted in  New Painting – Shrodinger’s Cat, er, Bear and Polar Bear Cub Painting for International Polar Bear Day , a polar bear cub is depicted mid-swim, beneath the water's surface. This polar bear cub, is a solid little bear, isn't he?

The Sink/Swim Series

My polar bear Sink/Swim series of oil paintings offers commentry on the effect vanishing polar ice has on the survival of the polar bears. The delay in the formation of the sea ice, leaves the baby polar bear more vulnerable to attack by hungry male polar bears. The increased open water means the distance a mother polar bear must travel, polar bear cub(s) on back, before ice is found to rest on or hunt seal from,  increases the odds the polar bear bear cub(s), and even the mother, will make it safely ice top.

The sink or swim aspect can apply to the bigger picture of our planet as well. The decrease in the polar bear population is but one of the many consequences of increased global warming, and the resulting polar and glacial ice loss. Less ice means more dark water. Read more about that cycle on my previous post. As polar caps melt, sea water rises, and as a good part of our population lives near the water's edge, well, we could all be swimming for it.

Anecdotal stories state that human babies will sometimes play as they drown, not realizing they are in danger.  With this chilling fact in mind, I wondered if polar bear cubs are aware they are in danger as they drown. I hope not.

Some may think of these polar bear cub paintings as "cute", not exactly a word a fine artist loves to hear. But, the fact is, it is difficult to paint around and escape the cute factor of a polar bear cub. I hope that the affection, admiration and concern I feel for these wonderful bears is evident, and that they evoke similar emotions in you, too. The thought that in the next 50 years these polar bears may cease to exist, is the furthest from polar bear cute I can imagine.

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Polar Bear Cub Painting for International Polar Bear Day

   

Polar bear cub painting by Christine Montague comments on sea ice loss www.ChristineMontague.com

New Polar Bear Cub Painting Series

The polar bear cub painting above,  is the very first study for my new series of polar bear oil paintings, commenting on sea ice loss and its effect on polar bears. I am launching this series today, as it is  International Polar Bear Day, a day to celebrate, learn, and raise awareness about these magnificent bears.

You may have heard the stories of mother polar bears, polar bear cub(s) atop their back, must swim greater distances in search of land and food, thanks to the increase of sea ice loss due to global warming. The greater distances, and greater sea ice loss, means these trips, are not always successful, as determined and powerful as these great bears are. Polar bear cubs just simply vanish along the route, and sometimes the mothers do, too.

Apparently,  some human babies continue to play as they sink to the bottom of the swimming pool, unaware of the danger. With this in mind,in this series of oil paintings,  I show the polar bear cub at eye level, under water, but not necessarily in distress. It is up to you to decide the innocence or tragedy of the scene. Who is the viewer? The mother bear, another bear cub or undersea animal, or one of us?  What happens next?

For my online gallery of  polar bear art - paintings and portraits, please visit ChristineMontague.com

For everything polar bear, please visit Polar Bears International, the not for profit organization noted for their research and advocacy roles re: sea ice loss and effect on polar bear life.