Monday, August 27, 2007

Polar Bear - pastel

The polar
bear is
a
beautiful
animal.
They are
the world's
largest land
predator.
They live
throughout
the artic
across the
world.
Sixty percent of the world's population lives in Canada.
Babies are born in the winter in dens under the snow, and
weigh about one pound. If conditions are good, a bear
can live to be 25 years old.

Their fur is not really white. It is actually clear, and
reflects the white of the environment. Their fur is
oily and water repellent and allows them to shake off
water and ice.

When they swim, they paddle with their front paws
and steer with their hind feet. They have been known
to swim 100 miles in a stretch.

I have only seen bears in zoos; Central Park Zoo, San
Antonio Zoo, and the Anchorage Zoo. This drawing is
done with pastel chalk on tinted pastel paper. He is
a very regal fellow, and I enjoyed photographing him,
and now drawing his portrait.

Polar Bear Orig pastel 11 x 14 $150.00
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