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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