On thin ice - colourful impasto painting of polar bear with northern lights
Polar bears have evolved for a life on the sea ice, which they rely on for hunting for food. But, because of climate change, the arctic sea ice is rapidly diminishing which is affecting the entire arctic ecosystem. For polar bears, sea ice losses means reduced access to food making it much more difficult for them to survive. Wildlife conservation and environmental issues are things that concern me greatly (as they should everyone) and I was inspired to paint this to reflect the fact that the future of these beautiful creatures is literally on thin ice.
I used fine art acrylic spray paints for the night sky and northern lights and then used an impasto technique applying the acrylic paint with a palette knife to create texture and depth for the polar bear and ice.
The canvas measures 50cm x 70cm x 4.5cm (approx 20 x 27.5 x 2 inches) and is a deep edge box canvas which doesn't require a frame. As with all my art, this has been sprayed with satin varnish to protect it from dust and UV damage.
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This is painted using fine art acrylic spray paints for the background and acrylic paint in an impasto style applied with a palette knife for the bear which gives it a very tactile feel.
50% of the sale price of this painting will be donated to Polar Bears International in the name of the purchaser.
Thanks to Paint My Photo for the reference photo of the polar bear.