Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall Fandango


Autumn in our neck of the woods near Hatcher Pass, Alaska, has lingered into what is normally the snowy first month of winter. We're still awaiting that first big snowfall . . . the one that comes and stays until the end of April. In celebration of this odd weather pattern, I'm posting the progression of Fall Fandango.

I wanted to create a drum dancer for this painting. Y'upik drummers are always male, so this bear will follow suit. I sketched a quick idea onto paper, including some of the elements I wanted to portray. This polar bear is wearing a white parky and a fur hat while beating his drum. The termination dust making its way down the mountains indicates winter is on its way.

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