A Coastal Presence – Grizzly
This head and shoulder study of a coastal grizzly happened over a period of time in my studio. I completed my initial layer then began simplifying brushwork and shapes trying for the essence. Once the bear began to take shape I played around with the background which at one time contained autumn foliage. I eventually realized I was trying to say too much in a small canvas so again simplified. To make the piece come alive I did some glazing and this was the most important step.