Quite a blizzard going on here today, but it was a fine day to hole up in the studio and finish this painting. Last week I spied the bear mask in an antique store in Elk Rapids. As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d have to do a wild, crazy painting with it. Until I started setting up this painting, I hadn’t realized just how many bears I’d collected over the years. Figured I might as well put them to good use. The floral fabric background gives kind of a cheery, summery feel – and who doesn’t need that now? – but egads –– it was rather tedious to paint. In reality that jar (on the right) was empty. I bought a jar of very expensive honeycomb the other day to see if I could create the illusion of honey in the big jar. Didn’t open the honey jar — it was a whopping $18! I might have to do another painting with it. Maybe a plate of biscuits and honey. And of course I wouldn’t need to actually bake any biscuits — I’ve made enough of them over the years I could almost paint them blind-folded.