Oil Painting of a Gay Bear, a Hairy Muscular Bearded Man in Profile Against a Blue Sky, 11x14 inches oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher

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A Walk Along the Beach, 11x14 inches oil on canvas panel by Kenney Mencher

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The color scheme of this work is based on a warm/cool relationship. The theory is that warm colors, such as oranges and yellows appear to project forward when placed against the contrast of a cool color (blue.)

I try to create a more interesting composition by having the focal point (the head) placed in the left third of the picture and try to heighten this asymmetrical composition by having the figure look off the picture. The line from the head down the shoulder is designed to create a strong diagonal running towards the lower right hand corner of the picture.

The paint is applied in thick layers (artists use the Italian term "impasto" translates to the English word "paste.) The textures of the paint vary across the painting. The background is troweled on with knives and scrapers while the figure's paint texture shows the stiff bristle brushes. The textures of the figures are designed to follow the directions of the muscles and planes of the body.

I work on canvas panel most of the time because it is a more stable surface than stretched canvas and that way the thick paint is less inclined to crack and get damaged.

The subject matter of most of my paintings deals with thicker middle aged me often referred to as bears. I'm trying to represent the beauty of older hyper masculine men who often get overlooked by our more youth oriented culture.

In gay culture, in particular in the gay male subculture, gay bears, more commonly referred to as just a bear, is a larger - and often hairy - bisexual or gay man who is seen to portray or display a form of untamed, rugged, wild masculinity, often with a full beard, chest hair, and a lot of other body hair.

Generically speaking, the term bear is used to describe men who portray the aesthetics of working-class manhood. There is also a strong connotation between bears and the rural LGBT community.

Bear culture is often associated with discovering forms of masculinity, as gay men queer what it means to be masculine through the reputation of being kind, sensitive, and affectionate. As such, the bear subculture has made an important contribution to changing the public perception of the larger gay community, by showing that not all gay men have the same physical appearance - in particular regarding facial and body hair - and that there is no one way of being "mainstream gay." In doing so, the bear movement has also not only contributed to bear identity and gay male culture but to the masculine gender role in general.

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