|Today I’ll take you through the steps of a painting that, at this point, is still a work in progress. This is how the painting came to be. I have a friend, Amy, who wants me to make a painting to go with the words, “Friends become our chosen family.” I puzzled for a while about what sort of image would go with those words.
Recently, Amy was looking at one of my watercolor sketchbooks when she saw the above painting of two bears at the Japanese gardens in Buffalo’s Delaware Park. The garden was created in 1974 as a gift from Buffalo’s sister city, Kanazawa, Japan.
Amy said that she liked the picture but that she wanted three bears in it, as opposed to the bear pair in the original watercolor. Also, we agreed that I would make the new painting larger and that it would be acrylic paints on canvas board.