4.29.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 137 - 4.29.16


Still catching up, so bonus bears for the day!

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 136 - 4.29.16


44 Bears on my 44th Birthday for the 44th President of the United States!

4.28.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 135 - 4.28.16


This project, by its nature and approach is a relatively whimsical and fun attempt at advocacy -- with healthy respect for how minuscule my little routine is in the relative scheme of the President's day-to-day. Still, even children's book illustrators with wacky side projects need to blow off a little steam now and then. So here you go: GRRRRRRRR!!!!! 135 post cards in and still keeping my eye on the prize of a Monument status for the 1002 and Alaska's coastal plain! Pick up a pencil and send a post card of your own :)

Harts Pass No. 296

With thanks to Bruce Moffat for sending along the story about Wolverine Search & Rescue!

4.26.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 133 - 4.25.16


And sometimes it's just a feeling - a color - a gesture - a movement of the paint on paper.

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 132 - 4.24.16


The Earth Day theme continued...

4.18.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 127 - 4.17.16


A little crisis of confidence with the balance between work, coaching, life, and the Post Card Project last week... but anything worth doing is still worth doing! Only two cards last week - alas - but I'm back in the race and will try to make up some ground.

4.15.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 126 - 4.13.16


From Thomas Hart Benton's Achelous & Hercules (1947) at the National Portrait Museum. Technically speaking, the bull here represents Achelous, the River God, being tamed by the Herculean people of the midwest (and the Army Corps of Engineers) -- so I probably should have painted my polar bears over the bull -- fighting for all he's worth. Still, one of my favorite paintings from the visit even if the parable doesn't quite fit... Check out the link above. It's a HUGE painting and this is just one small part of it. Terrific colors and forms!

4.14.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 125 - 4.11.16


Still getting caught up after last week's spring break. It was a really nice family trip, and I do know that the Washington, D.C. - themed post cards will continue :) Stay tuned!

Harts Pass No. 294

Spring finally sprung while we were away last week on break. Appropriately a little cooler and damp to end the week, but multiple days of 70 degrees and sunshine melts a lot of snow and gets the new leaves cranking along :) And yes, the bears should be getting up again too!

4.09.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 124 - 4.9.16


Another minor "spring break delay" to my posting of this card, but I successfully completed another Washington, D.C. themed bear for the President on our flight home. This one is in honor of Mahler's 1st Symphony -- which we were pleased to hear at the Kennedy Center on Thursday night. The pattern in the background comes from the ceiling tiles -- which we were VERY close to in our tippy top row balcony seats :) The music was terrific and there were no less than eight basses -- just so you know!

4.07.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 123 - 4.6.16


Bears gettin' familiar with the D.C. Metro -- and LOTS of great walkin' around!

4.06.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 122 - 4.5.16


SO much to take in during our trip to the Holocaust Museum, but the images of children and the continued resolve of the Jewish people take center stage in this 3rd edition of the Polar Bear Post Card Project. With much thanks to Victoria Barnett for her patient expertise taking us around the museum, and to my father-in-law, John Roth, for all of his work in the area of Holocaust studies as well.

4.05.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 121 - 4.4.16


"The mere knowledge that such a work could be created makes me twice the person that I was."
- Goethe, 1787

From the Wonder exhibit at the Renwick Gallery. Amazing art by Janet Echelman and many others!

4.04.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 120 - 4.3.16


A spring break trip from Washington State to Washington, D.C. -- and the polar bears will be hanging out in the zip code of the President for a few days!

4.02.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 119 - 4.2.16


A Polar Bear Post Card Happy Birthday to my bother Colby. Sorry, the actual card is in the mail to President Obama, but so it goes :) Have a good one Colb!

4.01.2016

Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 118 - 4.1.16


April Fools humor - Polar Bear Post Card style!