Seems fitting to post a bear on the first day on my "Painting Beautiful Bears" workshop @bungalow968 . This is the second time I've painted this reference photo. My first attempt was on a smaller canvas and a grey background. I strongly believe the best way to learn is try and paint the same thing over and over again, but experiment with a few different things (like background and size). Just like a musician practises the same song, or a hockey player taking shots on the net - practice makes perfect.