Second effort on the polar bear. I’m not totally happy with the shadow underneath, but it looks better in the real thing than in the photo. I think it just needs to be softened a bit. Sometimes the photos, while not totally accurate, give me hints on how to improve whatever I am working on. I am sticking to an impressionistic style for the time being due to my inability to paint the detail work thus far. I’m not unhappy with the way the animals are turning out, but I would like to be able to do more detail work. I’ll probably paint one more time on this before I call it quits, mostly refining the darker, shaded areas.
The flowers have decided it must be spring, even if the calendar says not quite yet. My daffodils on the hillside next to my garage parking area started to bloom over the weekend. I hope the weather cools off at least slightly. Daffodils prefer it to be cooler rather than warmer and the blooms last longer if it stays below 60. 70’s are too warm and the flowers will fade quickly.