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The Dancing Bear

I’ve never seen a bear dance, though I have seen one stand and sway in front of a sliding glass door. Standing on the other side of the glass, I wondered who was more curious. I knew that I was the more scared of the two of us only because the encounter wasn’t my idea, but the bear’s. It wouldn’t occur to me to get that close to a bear, but the bear decided to get that close to me.

After a few more sways side to side and then putting his paws on the glass to shield his eyes as he pressed his head against the window for a better view (he knew what he was doing), he dropped to all fours and ambled away.

Eventually, Fish and Game trapped him and moved him. I hope he lived a long and happy life. Despite his personal power, we humans are the apex predator of this planet, so I have my doubts.

That was many years ago but I still think of that bear from time to time. His eyes had a sentient and soulful quality. I titled this piece, “The Dancing Bear,”   because of his sway. I think of him as only dancing to the beat of his own drum. 

Title: The Dancing Bear

Size: Aprox 10” x 20” (check with gallery for accurate measurements)

Medium: Acrylic, pencil and charcoal on wood panel with resin

Price: please contact Terzian Gallery

Host Gallery: Terzian Gallery, Park City, Utah. (435) 649-4927 www.terziangalleries.com

California State Bear Flag paintings by Cristina Acosta

2015 New Paintings of Animals and Plants

Woodland Series: Mama Bear and Cub with Crows
Woodland Series Raccoons by Cristina Acosta
Desert Series: Desert Tortoise with Prickly Pear triptych
Desert Series: Jack Rabbit and Ocotillo by ©Cristina Acosta
California Series Desert Bighorn Sheep
Woodland Series: Chickadee by Cristina Acosta
Woodland Series - Bird by Cristina Acosta
Ocean Series: Otter with Sea Star by Cristina Acosta
California State Bear Flag paintings by Cristina Acosta

A lifetime spent living with nature in the mountains or coast has come to full circle when I moved to the Southern California desert this year. Inspired by the three West Coast climate zones that have nurtured my life, my new series of paintings is divided into three themes: Desert, Woodland and Coastal.

In the same way that the past and contemporary segments of my life all fit together to form today, I’ve designed these paintings to all fit together. Like tiles on a backsplash, the similar sizes and shapes of the paintings and the color palette choices encourage many different paintings to be put together. A 2′ or 3′ square painting can become a mural that could fill an entire wall! If your wall is not terribly big, you may want to mix a few 12″ wide paintings into the mix and create diptychs and triptychs.

When I look at these paintings I see things from my past experiences: years in my tile business, my experience as a billboard mural painter; years of drawing every animal that walked onto my old ranch in Oregon; years of nordic ski racing, stand up paddling on rivers, lakes and ocean, and horseback riding. Put them all together and they add up to these paintings. They flowed out of me so easily that I made 43 of them this past year and realized I had a new series.

 

 

Ocean Series: Otter with Sea Star by Cristina Acosta

Ocean Art Series: Otter and Sealife

Born in Los Angeles, my parents lived in Playa del Rey, a little beach community near the LAX airport. The sounds of ocean waves and airplanes were the white noise of my young life. Looking back over the ensuing years I realize that the ocean became a metaphor for much of my life. When I see otters, seals, dolphins and other sea mammals, I feel especially blessed.

These paintings celebrate the ocean.

Title: Ocean Art Series: Otter
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 24″ x 24″

Title: Ocean Art Series: Starfish with Kelp
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 12″ x 24″

Note: this series of paintings are designed to be shown singly or together in pairs, trios or more. Like tiles on a wall, they can mix together in many different groupings.

Call me to commission paintings of your favorite animals

 

California State Bear Flag paintings by Cristina Acosta

California State Bear Flags Paintings

Born in the Bear State, my grandmother would tell me stories about the last Mexican Governor, Pio Pico. Her godmother, Catalina (Catherine) Pico was Pio Pico’s granddaughter. Born in 1904, my grandmother was her namesake, Catalina Ortiz. Though the school books of the time didn’t tell us much about the Mexican War and the Spanish/Mexican experience of the “conquered” people, my grandmother’s stories gave me a richer and less glossy vision of history.

I love the richness of the State of California in all of it’s complexities. These paintings are inspired by that love.

Title: California State Bear Flag Paintings
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 48″ x 24″ each painting of the two paintings.

Note: this series of paintings are designed to be shown singly or together in pairs, trios or more. Like tiles on a wall, they can mix together in many different groupings.

Call me to commission paintings of your favorite animals

Desert Series: Jack Rabbit and Ocotillo by ©Cristina Acosta

Jack Rabbit and Ocotillo Cactus – Desert Animals in Art

Desert art paintings of ocotillo cactus ringed with jack rabbit and quail. Don’t think “nothing” in the landscape means an absence of life when you are gazing at an expanse of desert landscape. Life is everywhere in the natural world. The small animals of the desert are a busy group. I love the long spindly ocotillo cactus with it’s red blooms. It stands watch over the desert life, intertwining with the world at hand.

Title: Desert Series
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 36″ x 36″

Note: this series of paintings are designed to be shown singly or together in pairs, trios or more. Like tiles on a wall, they can mix together in many different groupings.

Call me to commission a painting of your favorite animals

Woodland Series: Mama Bear and Cub with Crows

Mama Bear with Cub – Woodland Series

Childhood summers spent in Big Bear Lake, California, included not only a few bear sightings, but a bear visiting our cabin deck eating our dog’s food. It followed trails of cookies that neighbors naively thought would “lead it back into the forest,” and came back for more. When more became too much, the young adult male bear would climb one of the surrounding Ponderosa pines and look down on the dogs and kids. I was a 12 year old learning to paint during that summer and used that bear for a painter’s model. Within a couple of weeks the local Forest Ranger had successfully trapped it for relocation in the nearby San Gorgonio wilderness.

I’ve loved painting bears ever since. I’ve been working on a series of bear art paintings perfect as cabin art and cabin decor.

Title: Woodland Series – Mama Bear with Cub Price:
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
size: 36″ x 36″

Title: Crows Among the Cover Price:
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 12″ x 36″

Note: this series of paintings are designed to be shown singly or together in pairs, trios or more. Like tiles on a wall, they can mix together in many different groupings.

Call me to commission your favorite Woodland Animals

Desert Series: Desert Tortoise with Prickly Pear triptych

Desert Series: Desert Tortoise triptych

Prickly and sharp plants and animals are the majority of the desert landscape. On foot or on horseback traveling through the desert landscape, I’ve come across so much beauty and strength. The Desert Tortoise personifies the strength and skills  needed to live long and prosper in such a world.

Title: Desert Series: Desert Tortoise
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 24″ x  24″

Title: Desert Series: Prickly Pear Cactus with Fringe Toed Lizard in Rose
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 12″ x  24″

Title: Desert Series: Prickly Pear Cactus with Fringe Toed Lizard in Blue
Medium: Mixed media Acrylic with resin on wood panel
Size: 12″ x  24″

Note: this series of paintings are designed to be shown singly or together in pairs, trios or more. Like tiles on a wall, they can mix together in many different groupings.

Call me to commission paintings of your favorite animals