An abstract image of a Grizzly bear

Here is an abstract grizzly head, twelve inches across, burned onto crosscut basswood, naturally framed with its original bark edge.  

The inspiration from this piece came from the popular Zentangle © pattern art, and the book TangleEasy Wildlife Designs. Using the animal outlines in this book, and the suggested pattern designs, you can let your imagination run wild with ways in which to create your own ornate styled animals. 

I’m still trying to decide whether to add some color to the image, though many artist friends say the piece works well as it is. If I do add some watercolor, it will likely be some subtle fall hues (e.g., reds and oranges), which are my favorite by far. 

Usually abstract art intimidates me, but it was freeing to forget about having to accurately portray a bear, and just follow my whims with lines, curls, and random contrasting patterns. In my opinion, however, it does help to follow the contours of the shape (a bear head in this case) with several of the design elements, to help give dimension to the piece. 

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