Bear In Mind

Warning: Get your sunglasses!  Warning: Blinding vivid color!

Exploring,  the concept of animal totems and nature-based stories, there is a lot to be learn through nature, especially the animal kingdom. I adore bears and not just the cuddly plush toys.  It’s the real bears that I have an affinity for.  The quiet, swift,  adaptable, solitary, very protective of their young, independent, wild and ferocious bears. These traits are human traits, too! Many we can identify with.

Many indigenous cultures, have myths and legends where animals are the main characters. The stories play an important role in teaching and continuing  native traditions through important life lessons.  I am fascinated by all myths, legends, history, fairy tales; stories of  fantasy and imagination involving nature and the power of female archetypes. These stories still have the power to teach, influence and empower you. Researching these traditions have led me to many resources, numerous experiences and dreams! Just simply put, “good stuff”.

So as the bears are slowing turning over from their deep sleep winter hibernation, because there is a little spring wind hanging about. I decided to honor these magnificent creatures. So here you are,  a new painting to delight in, “Bear in Mind”.

Hibernation is almost over, let’s take our heads and bodies out and enjoy the hints that nature is dropping us; letting us know Spring is coming, slowly, but surely. Get out and explore nature, it’s time for us to add to the stories of old.


  1. I love the bright colors.Lovely illustration.

    Comment by Deb Clandening — March 6, 2011 @ 2:00 am

  2. nice drawing of the bears:)

    Comment by enigma — March 6, 2011 @ 5:35 am

  3. I used to love going to the Children's Zoo in Central Park to watch the polar bears swim. Thank you for the reminder of a pleasant memory.

    Comment by Vicki Smith — March 6, 2011 @ 8:19 am

  4. This one's a real beauty, Indigene…heavy in symbolism and delightfully balanced between luscious color, beautiful design, texture, flowing lines and precise symbols…and obviously straight from the heart…well done!
    Thank you for your appreciation in my blog's direction too!

    Comment by Susan Sorrell Hill — March 6, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  5. I like the hot colors too. It's time for spring already! I can relate to your feelings about bears. Powerful animals in so many ways.

    Comment by Linda Hensley — March 6, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

  6. I'm curious about the triangles, too. Here's to new stories!

    Comment by Lynette — March 6, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

  7. lovely little bears!

    Comment by JoyNevada — March 7, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  8. Looking out my windows today I think I would suggest to sleep a little longer. But spring is almost here! Great color.

    Comment by Sharon Wagner — March 7, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

  9. hello, Bear.

    Comment by broken lovelorn — March 7, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

  10. Thanks for the warning Indigene! I was able to enjoy your work much more with my sunglasses on :o) Wonderful illo! Thinking spring :o) Thanks

    Comment by jack foster — March 8, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

  11. Wow! I really love your composition. The bold red surrounding and texture of the bears' really catch my attention!

    Comment by yoon see — March 9, 2011 @ 12:07 am

  12. Lovely bear illustration, i have been thinking along the same lines of nature warning for this weeks Illustration Friday too:)

    Comment by Amanda Dilworth — March 9, 2011 @ 7:50 am

  13. A brilliant explosion of color! Those bears will wake up with renewed energy and a hunger for life. Beautiful! I saw polar bears on 60 Minutes this past Sunday and thought of you. :)

    Comment by Bella Sinclair — March 9, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  14. Neat illustration! I like exploring animal totems, too. I have an affinity for large black birds, butterflies, and snakes.

    Comment by Christina Rodriguez — March 11, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  15. Lovely work!

    Comment by eric — March 12, 2011 @ 12:18 am

  16. Morning! I just found you after you commented on my blog, your artwork is just fabulous! So full of energy, have enjoyed reading your blog posts too..Keep making beautiful work!Have a good day! :-)

    Comment by rebekah leigh — April 8, 2011 @ 1:30 am

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