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Neils Bear Encounter by ArtOfTheMystic Neils Bear Encounter by ArtOfTheMystic
OK, I know, I know, I am supposed to be a serious Surrealist Artist: first I fill my gallery with photographs, now I am doing cartoons.
Well, this was for the retirement of a friend and former colleague. Working for Canadian Pacific Railway, a lot of funny tales can be told. While working one night in the Railyard, Neil ran into a bear while inspecting a coaltrain. He startled the poor critter, and both fled in opposite directions.
Bears are attracted to spilled grain, which is quite a problem in the Rocky Mountains National Parks. Environmental clean-ups are conducted on a regular basis to keep incidences with wildlife in check.

SO NEIL - HAPPY RETIREMENT, RUSH RIGHT IN, YOU'D HAVE A BALL!
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larkin-art Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
hell, can't be serious all the time! a nice gesture for your friend. a really funny one, too. :giggle:
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StephanusEmbricanus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
Nice work, like the colors! Is there anything serious in art?
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joseafus Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007
really cool :D
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
LOL!!! Quite the comical story...well comical after the fact, I imagine it would have been quite a frightful experience at the time!! Yikes!! ***heart stops***:faint: Awesome illustration!!
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Had a few encounters myself, but not with bears....
Thanks for the comments!
Cheers
Otto
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rachelab74 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
LOL!!! I read about the owl!!! :XD:
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anubis Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Love it
Tassos
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chutson99 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
This is funny, one of the projects on my pile is to do a series of illustrations of stories that I have heard second-hand from other people.
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ArtOfTheMystic Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Projects, yeah..... I have a 30 year old sketch book with copious notes about 'to-do' projects. Would have to live to 120 to do them all.....
You want to add one to your project pile? I had a similar situation with an owl sitting on a ladder rung of a coal car (while i was inspecting the train on the night shift). Inches from my head, she hooted into my ear. I jumped out of my skin. The owls are there for the same reason the bears are: spilled grain. The railyard is full of mice feeding on it.
Cheers
Otto
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chutson99 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
You'd have to live to 120 and stop thinking of ideas right now. The idea graveyard gets bigger every year.
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