I was recently asked to describe my style and the word "organic" came to mind. It seems a rather appropriate word for both the subject - totem or "medicine" animals and for the technique I'm using. The word organic
can be defined as related to, or derived from living organisms. It is also defined as made up of many different parts which contribute to the way in which the whole society or structure works. My application of paint is "organic" in terms of it being allowed to flow in a "natural" way, as it dips and flows along pathways of its own choosing.
This painting is a 30 x30 and in the beginning stages. After the first layer dries enough to be stable, I'll go back in with more paint, darkening some areas, lightening others, intensifiying some colors, muting others.
Bear has joined me on my journey - interestingly, in the winter. This is the natural time for Bear to sleep in pseudo-hibernation. A time of quiet, introspection, rest. Female bears give birth during this time of sleep, and the cubs are nurtured and grow in the womb-like environment of the den. Winter is a time of quiet for me as well - after the hub-bub of the holidays, I tend to hunker down and spend more time on solitary pursuits - reading, writing and painting. If you tend to become a home-body in the winter months, you may have an affinity for Bear. Click here
for more information on Bear medicine.