Bear Water

10.00"W x 8.00"H x 0.8"D

$100 (Shipping Included)

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Melissa Mickelson


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: outdoors, nature, wildlife, water, blackbear, bear

Media: acrylic on canvas

Size: 10"W x 8"H x 0.75"D

Year Created: 2018

Ready to Hang

Realizing I had never painted a black bear before (I painted a grizzly once for an art project in elementary school) I couldn't stop picturing it cooling off in shallow water. The painting didn't really come together for me until I added the grass in the foreground.

This piece was done with Academy acrylic paints on a pine framed, stretched canvas. It is initialed on the front with the tilte, year of completion (2016), and my signature on the back. The sides are painted (gallery wrapped) so it can be hung with or without a frame. A certificate of authenticity is included.

Melissa Mickelson is most known for her acrylic paintings of North American freshwater fish. Playing with underwater topography and light, Melissa’s paintings capture a usually unseen world. An avid fisherman, she bases her subjects off of photographs she’s taken at various lakes across the state of Minnesota, focusing on the detail and movement of the fish. She conveys a sense that the fish can be grabbed right out of the painting, a moment frozen in time, usually including one of her favorite lures and a fish about to strike.

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