Moving along on this lovely piece. I have mixed emotions on the way this is progressing:
The face is really looking pretty good. If you were following this post about constructing this quilt, you know that this is a very famous Grizzly Bear. I did not know this when I chose this picture. Richard Spratley generously gave me permission to turn his gorgeous photograph of this mama grizzly into an art quilt. After I started the quilt, he told me that she is probably the most famous Grizzly on the planet! She is known as 399. Well!! That means that this quilt cannot just look like the specimen of a grizzly bear, but should look like 399. She is an old matriarch, 20+ years, producing many generations. I truly hope that I can do her justice. If not… well, I will make this quilt again! This week, I will get her eyes painted in with thread.
This is a pic I took just before writing this post:
Her story is complicated as well as heart-wrenching. Here are some links to articles about her: