Port Credit Polar Bear Blues

Polar bear painting copyright Christine Montague

Blue Bears At Arts on the Credit, Port Credit

Above is a detail of my latest large polar bear oil painting, entitled "Blue Bear".  This is just one of the polar bear oil paintings I will have on show & for sale at the Arts on the Credit Art Fair, 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, April 12th & 13th, 2014, Waterside Inn, 15 Stavebank Rd S., Port Credit, Mississauga, Ontario.  See the map here

Why Blue Bears?

The model for the polar bear portrait painting above is  Inukshuk, the adult male polar bear at the Toronto Zoo. He's a handsome guy, and this Toronto Zoo favourite is anything but "blue" in his behaviour. But Blue Bear and the other of my Polar Bear Dreams Series oil paintings that will be at Arts on the Credit April 12 & 13th, symbolize more than animal or wildlife portraiture.

Blue is a universally loved colour (it's #1!), perfect to symbolize the wonderful ursus maritimus, a universally loved bear. Blue is a colour strongly associated with nature and dark blue symbolizes dignity, intelligence, and authority (polar bears are the top arctic mammal).  I used the dark Prussian Blue in many of these paintings to create a dreamlike, mystical night setting, one where the bear exists somewhere between this world and the next. The glowing white of the bears I paint (I know. They are not really white.) symbolizes hope against the darkness of their precarious future.

In Canada (and the U.S.A., too)  the term "blue" symbolizes depression or sadness. Now, won't we be more than blue if the polar bear population disappears by 2050 as some predict?

Would You Like Complimentary Tickets?

Arts on The Credit is a juried, invitational fine art and fine crafts show, successfully in its third year. It is the only art fair in the Western Greater Toronto Area!  It is held in the ballroom of the pristine Waterside Inn in Port Credit, Mississauga.  Admission is $5.  However, if you would like complimentary tickets to the show, please contact me through my Guestbook at www.ChristineMontague.com   or contact me through the comment box below. I will gladly email you a complimentary ticket that you can print out. Enjoy the show, and be sure to drop by and say hello!

You may also enjoy these other links about some of the polar bear paintings I will have in the show. Also, if you would like to learn more about polar bears, please visit the links in Curious about Polar Bears?  in the column the right.