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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.


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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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..


Filed under Canvas (Paintings), New Paintings (2011)