Occasionally an artist gets to discover something new in his work. This week I was carving a bear on all 4 legs so was working down towards his feet a little at a time. As you can see below, I never made it to the feet. Instead I found the water's surface of a fishing stream and determined it was easier to carve water than it was to carve legs, toes and claws. And I needed a reason for my bear to be in the water,,, a large salmon.
This piece is about 38 inches wide, carved in red pine, and finished with burning, paint and oil. It was also customer supplied wood so it's SOLD. Customer hasn't seen it yet so I hope they like it :)