So some of the first part of this week has been spent finishing the sides by staining and top-coating with water based polyurethane.
Because I will be hanging art at Pearl Street Cafe (Full City Coffee) soon, I've put effort into some small creations. I have used these pieces to try out some techniques and ideas I might not use in larger paintings, but appeal to me as a way to connect to a critter and make an interesting backdrop. Learning to use acrylics with more skill is a benefit, too.
These varnished paintings will be framed in 7x7 inch traditional frames, no need for glass.
The script in the background is taken from a little poem about a frog jumping into a cup of tea.
Behind the bear are translations of many names given to bears by other cultures, including Native American tribes. The outer area is decorated with my take on a NA petroglyph bear paw symbol.
I love using stamps, so used my Man/Woman stamp which fits very nicely in the 7x7 inch frame.
I wanted to create something that speaks to my large paintings, but is more whimsical. I'd love to hear thoughts from my readers.