Kim Ferreira | Foolish Friends: The Gardener & The Bear
Oil paintings by Kim Ferreira, featuring an array of anthropomorphic woodland critters against a backdrop nodding to french rococo landscapes.
paintings, Kim Ferreira, art, illustration, children's illustration, nursery decor, Portsmouth, NH, New Hampshire artist, artist, animals, woodland critters, squirrel, bear, fox, raccoon, chipmunk, groundhog, forest, landscapes, oil paintings, joie de vivre
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Foolish Friends: The Gardener & The Bear

During the month of February, I will be exhibiting a group of larger works (and a few small bears) from my Gardener & the Bear series at the lovely White Heron Cafe in Portsmouth.


Foolish Friends: The Gardener and the Bear, oil and acrylic on panel, 24 by 24 inches, 2013.


The Gardener and the Bear is a Persian Fable. A lonely gardener finds friendship with a bear, however, his happiness comes to an end when the gardener falls asleep and a bee lands on him and in an effort to help the gardener the bear doesn’t know his own strength and … I’ll spare you the gory details. It warns against making foolish friends. I, however, love the idea of a gardener and a bear having a friendship, like when we young and innocent and believed that a bear, or a lion or a squirrel for that matter would be an excellent choice for a best friend.


Foolish Friends: Floating, oil and acrylic on panel, 18 by 18 inches, 2013.


My interest in patterns has lead me to an obsession with all things William Morris. I’ve used his patterns exclusively in my paintings for this series, setting the scene in an organized chaotic English garden.


Foolish Friends: Sleeping, oil and acrylic on panel, 18 by 18 inches, 2013.


I am excited to be able to exhibit works from this series together in such a bright and sunny setting. They specialize in organic tea — I’m loving their Capetown Sunset herbal tea at the moment;) The show runs thru February 28th. Cheers!