Winter Night – My First Polar Bear!

There is a myth here in Norway, that tourists come to us expecting to see polar bears walking around in the streets.

I assume the myth is quite exaggerated, but it’s a fun one.

We don’t have polar bears on the mainland, to be clear, but you can find them on the island Svalbard.

Needless to say, they take a few more precautions there when heading out the door.

Well, to get back on track here, I realized that I’ve never drawn nor painted a polar bear before.

So I needed to do something about that.

And this became the result:

I like how this painting ended up, with it’s kind of fabricky look.

The colours are quite strong.

But the rough strokes tone it down a bit.

And the polar bear didn’t end up looking to bad either.

I’m a bit unsure about how this situation will end.

And why the ship ended up in such a state.

But how fun it is to contemplate!

19 thoughts on “Winter Night – My First Polar Bear!

    1. Thank you so much, Carsten! That makes me very glad 🙂 I think you might have inspired me to paint/draw more ships. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time now, and I remember how much I liked yours 🙂

    1. Maybe there is, Kitty 🙂 I find both fear and hope, good and evil in it. Unfortunately, a lot of times, I don’t quite understand why I paint or draw the things I do. They just come so natural that I don’t really reflect on them before getting to work 🙂

  1. I love this. And very excited by it – I’ve planned a trip to Svalbard next May so I’m like a sponge soaking up all references to it.
    I like how the bear contrasts so cleanly against the rest of the painting. Great narrative! J

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