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Into the Sunset – A New Polar Bear Series


In this new series of polar bear portrait oil paintings on canvas, a beautiful polar bear is portrayed against the setting sun, and the arctic sea.

It is spring. The polar bear’s solitary journey in search of seals, a mate, and shelter on the sea ice is coming to an end for another year.

The darkness of the arctic winter day vanishes along with the sea ice. Sunshine returns and so do the glorious big sky sunsets. ( See another blog post about vanishing sea ice and polar bears  here)

As the day draws to an end, the sun’s glory is reflected off the open water, the remaining ice, and the polar bear‘s translucent fur – sea, ice and polar bear connected by its light, colour and warmth.

We can reflect, too. What will we lose under the threat of climate change? A setting sun offers hope with a new day ahead, but “into the sunset” can also signify the end.

This is the first polar bear painting in the new series . I’d love to know what you think.

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Into the Sunset 1, A Polar Bear Series. ©Christine Montague 2019. 24″ x 24″ polar bear portrait oil painting on canvas. Contact Christine here or please visit ChristineMontague.com for this and other polar bear art about wonder (nature, our world) and warning ( climate change) .

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The Suspense of Beauty


A flash of northern lights reveals a beautiful polar bear suspended beneath the surface of the sea, in my oil painting, The Suspence of Beauty.

The polar bear is a a buoyant animal, a strong swimmer, and is comfortable in this underwater space.

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The Suspense of Beauty. Dark Water Series. ©Christine Montague 30″ x 30″ original polar bear oil painting. 

But the frozen sea is its true place, vital to travel, hunting, mating, denning.

Due to climate change, sea ice forms later in the fall, and melts too soon in the spring, leaving the fate of the polar bear species, in suspense.

But for the time, in this painting, we can admire the beauty, and power of the bear, envy its solitude, see the intelligence in its bright eyes. Beautiful deep blues, green, and much unlike the situation, black and white.

Please feel free to contact me here for more info about The Suspense of Beauty, or any other inquiries about my polar bear art.

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Here There Be Polar Bears


Fantasy sketch by Christine Monatgue www.ChristineMontague.com

Crossroads. Fantasy Sketch. ©Christine Montague CRAM: Polar Bear World.  ChristineMontague.com

Polar Bear Goodness: a New Polar Bear Art Website & Art Blog at ChristineMontague.com

In case you are new to this art blog Camera & Canvas, I  am a visual artist who, until recently, created representational art i.e. realism oil paintings of figurative landscapescommissioned portraituregiant cat paintingscanoes, lakes & more.  After the polar bears were put on the animals “of concern” list, I painted the polar bear painting  With the Northern Lights in tribute.  I continued to have polar bears on the brain when shortly after that I created CRAM, a Polar Bear World for 2013 The Sketchbook Project. Increasingly, I found myself thinking about polar bear art, polar bear graphic novels, polar bear vacations…,you get the picture, all the while continuing with my portraiture practice & creating other representational art.

One Big, Giant, Scary, Polar Bear Step Forward

Onward into a polar bear world of my own!  Polar bear art, polar bear blog, and yes, a trip to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, polar bear capital of the world, is in the works for the fall.

My new website ChristineMontague.com is all about my new POLAR BEAR ART.

My new art blog? I hope you will visit www.christinemontague.com/blog 

I have a new newsletter for the freshest painting off my easel, why I have painted it, art & polar bear news, art tips, Subscribe

Whatever the new year will bring, one thing is certain, in my part of the realm… Here there be polar bears. I hope that here there be you, too. 

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Canoes in Fog & Other Lake Dreams


Canoes in Fog. Oil painting by Christine Montague http://www.christinemontague.com

“Canoes in Fog’ a 24′ x 48” oil painting, is the latest  in the Lake Dreams Series, my series of paintings of canoes &  water at the dock’s edge.

Torn between labeling the series Dreaming of Summer and Cottage Dreams I did some  “dream”  research online. A dream about a lake that has still water represents a reserve of inner peace and spiritual energy. Such a dream provides solace and  security, as well.

My longing for an end to the gloomy spring and for escape to a lake (any lake!) inspired these paintings.  It wasn’t the hot, noisy, splashy days by the water I craved. I dreamed of  those still and solitary moments at the water’s edge. Those moments alone on the dock, reflections of clouds and blue sky leaving me wondering which world is real. Or the quiet of early morning, before the others are awake. The mist or fog not yet cleared, and the world  dreamy and undemanding. Time to contentedly reflect and contemplate, the spirit replenished.  Yes, these are definitely Lake Dreams paintings.

But what about canoes and dreams? A canoe in a dream represents serenity, simplicity, and independence. I don’t know what six canoes overturned represents though. Normally in art, odd numbers of items, make for more interesting composition. Artistically this still applies to my work, as the overlapping canoes read as one shape. Squint and you’ll see what I mean. (See some other canoe paintings here here)

However, there are six of them. In dreams, “six” stands for co-operation, balance, tranquility, perfection, warmth, union, marriage, family and love. Mental, emotional and spiritual states are in harmony.

And the fog? Positive changes are afoot if the fog clears in the dream. In this painting, Canoes in Fog, the fog is lifting. The promise of clear day, with time spent on the water, lies ahead.

Fall is now officially here. I never did get away this summer, or was anywhere near a lake. These paintings, and  the paintings of “dreams” to come, will have to give the solace I need until next summer.

This winter, if you need solace, or a reminder that summer will return,  you are welcome to see what “Lake Dreams” are in my Williams Mill studio most Friday and Saturdays 12 – 5 p.m..

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