"Polar Bear Portrait 1" is an 8" x 8" head on portrait of Inukshuk, the male polar bear at the Toronto Zoo.
It is the first of four studies in my new miniature oil paintings series of polar bear portraits. By painting this little canvases, I' ve improved my understanding of the polar bear face and head.
Polar bear eyes are brown, close-set and face forward. I've learned that their eyesight is similar to our own, and that they are fortunate to have a protective membrane over their eyes may shield them from ultraviolet light. No snow blindness for them.
The polar bear 's rounded ears lie flat against his head when underwater.
And the polar bear does not, as I believed , hide that terrific black nose,with either his left paw (or the right one) when hunting. You can learn more about polar bear myths and misconceptions at this Polar Bears International page.
Don't you just love the mighty Inukshuk's great big, handsome, snuggly toy of a face? Don't you just want to hug him? But I'm not fooled. I know in Inukshuk's eyes, I'm just a Tim Hortons timbit in waiting. Better make that a Boston Creme.
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- Canada has put Polar Bears on a “Special Concern” list. Here is the Toronto Star article http://bit.ly/s9FZGu