Carving this bear held several complicated challenges. I wanted to do a full view but found in my research that in a standing pose he became very "Human" in stance therefore giving the viewer the sense that the proportions and pose were in error. By placing him knee deep in water and making sure his balance was acurate I believe most of the problem was corrected. Note the side views.
He is carved from Black Walnut with numerous coats of oil and wax. Both helped darken the subject and show the personality of such beautiful wood.
The base/Water is "Minge". A very hard African species. This was also a big challenge as trying to carve wate is somewhat like carving "wind" The Salmon is carved from Eastern Red Cedar.
Below is a Grizzly surfacing from an underwater fishing adventure. These bears are known to locate deep wirlpools in the river which tends to collect fish. Anglers are on constant watch for such pools....and so are the Grizzlys. They will dive and pin their prey against a wall or rock, take hold and surface with their catch. This bear has had a successful day and has the satisfied look of any great day fishing.
The Bear is also carved from Black Walnut. The base/water is carved from Ebony.
Great fishing, A cool swim and fresh Salmon. Truley a great day for Griz.