18×27 pastel on sanded paper (an excellent base for the use of pastels). Original available.

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The polar bear(Ursus maritimus) is a bear native largely within the Arctic Circle encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses. It is the world’s largest land carnivore and also the largest bear, together with the omnivorous Kodiak Bear, which is approximately the same size. A boar (adult male) weighs around 350–680 kg (770–1,500 lb), while a sow (adult female) is about half that size. Although it is closely related to the brown bear, it has evolved to occupy a narrower ecological niche, with many body characteristics adapted for cold temperatures, for moving across snow, ice, and open water, and for hunting the seals which make up most of its diet. Although most polar bears are born on land, they spend most of their time at sea. Their scientific name means “maritime bear”, and derives from this fact. Polar bears can hunt their preferred food of seals from the edge of sea ice, often living off fat reserves when no sea ice is present.
The polar bear is classified as a vulnerable species, with eight of the nineteen polar bear subpopulations in decline. For decades, large scale hunting raised international concern for the future of the species but populations rebounded after controls and quotas began to take effect. For thousands of years, the polar bear has been a key figure in the material, spiritual, and cultural life of Arctic indigenous peoples, and polar bears remain important in their cultures (info from Wikipedia).

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I love what I do and I do what I love.. been drawing for over 60 years now – I hope I’ve got it right.

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  • Norah Jones
    Norah Jonesabout 2 years ago

    How do you do it ? It takes me forever to paint one! Just beautiful work.

  • Actually, I work more than one at the same time. I get bored (or stuck) with one, I reach for another. There’s about 20 up there now.. waiting for me to get around to them… but thanks.. always helps to feel appreciated.

    – BarbBarcikKeith

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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 2 years ago

    I love your darks and the superb tones you use, and I love the way you apply the lights to your work Barb! Your fabulous paintings always stand out. Congratulations on today’s feature in Painter’s Academics.

  • You sure know how to make me blush… thanks so much..

    – BarbBarcikKeith

  • Cathacat
    Cathacatabout 2 years ago

    Stunning, I’m in awe of your talent

  • Alan Stevens
    Alan Stevensalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations :)

  • Miriam Morgan
    Miriam Morganover 1 year ago

    Congratulations Barb, you are one of five winners of Impressionism Cafe’s, “December 2012 Group AVATAR!”

    CLICK HERE to receive your well-deserved Congratulations!

    Miriam Morgan,host
    December 1, 2012

  • Miriam Morgan
    Miriam Morganover 1 year ago

    CONGRATULATIONS, Barb! Your beautiful work is our Featured Impressionism Cafe Avatar for the week of December 8 – 14, 2012!

  • Terri Maddock
    Terri Maddockover 1 year ago

    Beautiful pastel work Barb!

  • Heidi Mooney-Hill
    Heidi Mooney-Hill10 months ago

    This is as always so beautiful.
    I love all your work………..I look…and learn
    BR Heidi

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...10 months ago

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