Friday, January 22, 2010

United Buddy Bear Exhibition – Berlin - A Bear In the Rain

Simply jotting down tonight some of the themes I approached as I set out to paint the bear below.

The central part of the painting is a rendition of the saint prophet Ilie, the rain maker, crossing the sky in his chariot. 

Underneath saint Ilie,  two peasants, working in a vineyard, are saluting the saint’s passage, and celebrating the soon to be made new wine. 
The peasants are waving their shirts in joy, towards the saint.

This central painting is inspired by an icon on glass, made in the XIX century in the  city of Fagaras, Romania. The icon is on display at the Brukenthal Museum in Sibiu, Romania

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