The painting Honeyopal Bear is the true start to the 30 60 90 series of paintings. It bridges the gap between the pieces of my late school work which used a 90 degree angled motifs regularly with the paintings completed in 2016 onward. Honeyopal bear paired the solid but stiff 90 degree angle with its much more dynamic siblings.
With the active equilateral triangle at play, rectangular object responds to the movement instead of remaining completely steadfast. Not unlike active life and resting death.
Other motifs made possible with the use of the equilateral triangle, like the hexagon, serves multiple purposes. An active shape as well as a representation of the honey/wealth of the bee. The border is obstructed by the bear skull and aligns with the postorbital process and sagittal crest which suggests the bears takeover of the honey.
The bear skull is endowed with an opal. A symbol of sovereignty and power. The honey hexagon is bordered by red and simplified trillion cut garnets, a significant gemstone for Idaho. One last garnet is placed below the bee representing her sting.
Many of the visual elements to Honeyopal Bear can be seen in following paintings. Look for iconic animal skulls, Idaho Gemstones, bright clashing color, and angles relating to the equilateral triangle.