this is my fav from the serires of 3, its so filled with emoition and meaning, i really like the sadness you can see in the bears face and way he stands. very moving. i love the ideas you have about assigning the creatures thoughts, its very expressive. fabntastic work
This one would be my favourite in the series if not for the third instalment. I really like how you keep the background and the teddy bear both almost identical in colour and position, it definitely creates the efect of viewing a series and not just singular works. And in this piece you continue the theme of wood and destruction really clearly and very stylishly; what I also notice is that all three pieces have a strong red colour in them somewhere, and as red as a colour represents anger, destruction, and usually negative aspects (among many, many other connotations) it is a good addition themetically.
The longer I look at this, the more I become convinced that instead of actually colouring the teddy bear that colour, I think you simply left him uncoloured, and that this unmistakable wooden texture and colour is the wooden board you are painting on! If this is the case, I must commend you for your wit; especially in light of seeing this teddy bear as a symbol of trees and of wood in general, this is an act of genius.
By introducing fire into this series, you bring out in the clearest possible way (at least with this rather abstract approach) the theme of destruction of wood. When we're not slashing and cutting trees into smaller pieces, we're burning it. This is a (sad) fact known to all, and you play of this knowledge skilfully; but the way you've portrayed the fire here is quite interesting visually. You have made it seem like this flame has engulfed the head of this teddy bear, sure; but there are many ways of presenting this. Here you have chosen to leave a small strip of 'fire' around his throat; and this, IMO, is quite a crucial element in this painting. You make it seem as if this flame is somehow strangling this representative bear, or perhaps acting as a leash. The latter interpretation would fit very well with the idea of human 'control' and organized destruction of nature, i.e. the huge part that humans have to play in this tragedy.
The speech bubble with the drop of water is an extremely ironic effect, noticable by every viewer; but not only in context of this fire-themed single piece, but in relation to the prior one. In that, you also included droplets, but then of blood. Here the droplet is water, which is the life-force and, ina way, the blood of a tree! Now the speech bubble would indicate some sort of plea or request on behalf of this bear/tree, but the passive expression and position do not fit this idea, and so it is to be taken as a mere sattement of its fate, instead of anything more active or desperate.
This piece is yet another intelligent, witty and stylishly simplistic addition to this series. Bravo!