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Arctic Sovereign by ART-fromthe-HEART Arctic Sovereign by ART-fromthe-HEART
“Arctic Sovereign” was donated to the North Carolina Zoo’s annual benefit auction. This year, the auction will go towards enlarging their polar bear exhibit to give room for more polar bears, besides the current two, and give a special den for females with cubs. I’ll share with you the story of their two current polar bears, Wilhelm and Masha.

The two male polar bears arrived at the North Carolina zoo on November 19th, 2002. They had been confiscated from a Mexico-based circus among seven other polar bears. All had been mistreated and kept in horrible conditions – cramped, dirty cages, stifling heat, and food fit for an herbivore, not a large carnivore. Plus, the bears were forced to perform with the threat of whipping and other horrible forms of punishment.
When the bears were introduced into their new enclosure, it was almost too much. They never had freedom before – a large, cool pool, an inner den for privacy and sleeping, huge rock formations for sun bathing and play. For a long time they stayed inside, used to their tiny cages. Eventually the two loosened up and began to swim and play with their toys to their heart’s content! Over time, their bodies and minds healed from the damage they had taken. They found home.

In my painting, the large polar bear looks over his icy domain into the winds. The cold air caresses his fur and soothes his soul. The arctic sovereign is home, and he knows his brethren are too. Here's to hopes that he'll keep his home.

Info credit to the North Carolina Zoo

“Arctic Sovereign” 18x24” acrylic on canvas. © Cara Bevan 2009
Time: 29 hours 45 minutes
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stargateatl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!! So nice!! Beautiful colors!! Very very nice!!
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the direkt link to the Polar Bear Feature-Poll [link]
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your lovely picture's being featured in
my Polar Bear Feature-Poll->:iconspreadmoreloveplz: [link] :iconspreadmoreloveplz:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconlachoirplz: THANK YOU so much! :hug:
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome my friend!!!:iconblueroseplz:
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rieke-b Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Whoooo! You can almost feel the icy winds! Just the right place for a polar bear, who rather gets too warm than too cold, but surely not the right place for people! :D
Great job again!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:highfive: Brr I can imagine just how cold it'd be in an icy place like that...but imagining I'm a polar bear, much better. ;) LOL thanks!
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akcattykit Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
I really :love: this!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart: Thank you! :hug:
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akcattykit Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
You're very welcome! :hug:
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ladyhawk123ca Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
absoluetly gorgeous!!!
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danuta50 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
So beautiful!
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Pink-Pony Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome!
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dove-51 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent :heart:
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Mishelangello Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
Wonderful work! Beautiful!
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Reggie-the-Red-Eyed Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
I like your polar bear too!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:excited: Eeek, thank you! :la: :hug:
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evilpokejuggalette Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG! I LOVE THIS TO DEATH!
I <3 POLAR BEARS SO MUCH!
and this is so amazingly beautiful!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, I've never met someone so enthusiastic about polar bears! I'm glad you like them and my painting! :love:
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is featured here -> [link]
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great feature collection! THANK YOUUUU! :hug:
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StepanskiyM Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
Awesome painting dude! But it looks exactly like this picture! :o [link]
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that was my reference. I tried and tried to find the owner to that image, and I asked the typepad news site to give it to me. Seeing as they wouldn't, I just altered the image (to keep the copyright safe) to create a ref for the painting. It might sound bad, but I donated the painting to my local zoo to raise money for their polar bears. :) I made NO money from it.
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StepanskiyM Featured By Owner May 14, 2010
It was awesome of you to donate the picture to the zoo :D
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks, I was so excited to make it for the zoo! I'm making another painting to donate this year. :D I wish I could've got in contact with the owner of the original ref picture though...that way I could give them credit on my site and stuff.
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Beautiful.
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Katjakay Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I was lucky enough to see polar bears in the wild (Churchill, Manitoba) this brought back great memories, it's a wonderful piece.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I can only imagine how strong and graceful they must appear in the wild. :heart: I'm glad it brought back that little bit of magic for you. :)
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QueenPinkorred Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is amazingly beautiful.
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Coccis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have featured this piece in my journal [link]

This is absolutely beautiful art work.
And what a touching story as well. I've seen polar bears playing happily in zoo so it is heart breaking to hear these sad sad stories.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconmonkeyloveplz: Thank you so much! I love the collection of winter wonderland pictures you've featured. Sure makes the cold feel so much colder. BRR! Thanks again! :hug:
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Coccis Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all! I have soft spot for bears and traditional art. I did promise to myself that next three months I will try feature quite a few pieces(and learn how to do it properly) now that I got premium. :blush:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:love: And you're doing great with your promise! Use the subscription 'till you drop! :w00t: Thanks again!
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RS-CHILE Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Student General Artist
wow! its amazing!!! <3 love it!
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Devynn Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It's beautiful! I love the colors and textures!
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qmab Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really stunning work, particularly the detail of the fur and the pose of the bear - it adds depth to the feeling of cold and wind. The background is well done too, I can almost feel the icy wind :)
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five-red-starz Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Wow, this is so beautiful...and you're really living up to your username. Besides being an amazing drawing (anatomy, composition, and the fact that it actually makes me feel cold), the story behind it is so touching. I'm certain that this will be a huge success at auction. Great piece! :heart:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thanks! It did quite well at auction, getting $550! That's lower than I hoped but it's good considering the economy! :hug:
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TubaQueen Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely breathtaking detail in the fur-- I can feel the arctic wind blowing through it, brr! There's so much movement in such a calm piece.

This is such a great example of your talent, I hope it really gets you noticed at the auction!
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Olessan Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A touching story, and a fantastic painting. I can almost feel the cold of the wind and snow. :)
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ShadowKiwi Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2009   Digital Artist
Awesome! Good work on the colors
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Nyntham Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Wonderful painting, it's really beautiful.
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Deutsche-Drache Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009
What a nice ending to your story, that Wilhelm and Masha learned to enjoy their new home!

Your painting truly captures the feeling of winter. I "feel" winter just looking at it!

I also like the polar bear's expression. There's a certain "contentment" that I see on his face, that dovetails nicely with your description of "[t]he cold air caresses his fur and soothes his soul."

I second Meroe1313's sentiment: I hope it sells high, both for the zoo and for you.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: Thank you! I've painted bears before but this one was unique - the color, the pale shadows (I fought to keep the shadows light, I LOVE dark shadows! :eager:) At first I didn't see the contentment, but after I finished it I noticed it. Like a breath of fresh, cool air. ;)

Thanks again! I really want it to do well! :hug:
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wolf-wind Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Polar bears <3 This is a amazing drawing!! I just love it :heart:
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RazorCookie Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful :D
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meroe1313 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hope the auction sells high, for the zoo and yourself. :)
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
YAY! Ego boost! Nah, I just wanna see what others think it's worth. You never know. :shrug:
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EmiliaPaw5 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning image, the details are amazing
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