Friday, August 19, 2016

New painting

While my niece Audrey was working on her tiger painting (see previous post), I was also painting stripes.

Nakuru Stripes
Original Oil
7.25" X 14.5"

This piece is inspired by my trip to Lake Nakuru, Kenya. If you look closely, you can see a line of pink flamingos in the background. We saw more than 100,000 flamingos there.
Note: I have done a number of paintings with flamingos but don't think I have painted each one ...yet. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Painting with my niece

For many years, Christmas has been the time when I could paint with my nieces. This past Christmas we were not all in Spokane so we could not paint together in the studio.
But, my 16-year niece from Texas made a week-long trip here from July 26th - August 3rd. While we didn't paint all the time, she had enough time to complete a painting.
This is an oil painting which she really did on her own. She chose the subject from my reference, decided on the size, drew it, then painted it. Occasionally she would ask me for color advice, but that was it. She then chose the frame.
In the meantime, I was working on my own painting. (next blog post.)

                                        Audrey painting

 original oil painting by Audrey Besse
9" X 12"

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Birds in Art postcards

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum's major event, Birds in Art, is coming up in September. My piece Fontana del Pantheon was selected for this prestigious show and I am thrilled to have my work invited for the 11th time in 16 years.

One of the fun events the Museum created for the Opening weekend is the Postcard program. Artists are invited to create works of art which are 4 inches by 6 inches. Leaving no signature on the front, each donated piece is offered for only $50. The buyer has a mere 60 seconds to look at the works and select a piece from the group. (The line of purchasers starts 20 feet back from the selection wall so a buyer does not have a chance to preview the art before his 60 seconds begins.) Once the buyer's choice is made, the artist is revealed. Only one work can be selected at a time and if the buyer wishes to purchase a second piece, he must go to the back of the line so everyone has a chance to participate. The Museum uses the Postcard Program funds to purchase art from the show for their permanent collection.

I have just completed two original oil paintings for the Postcard program this year, but they are a secret!  Below is a distorted image of one of my pieces.
I'll post the unaltered painting after September 10th.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

International Guild of Realism

The International Guild of Realism is a group of artists dedicated to using realism in their works. This year's juried annual show is hosted by Gallery 1261 in Denver.
My painting Shore Leave is included in the show.

To see the selected works go to:
Or, drop by Opening Night, Friday August 26th. I'd love to meet you.

Gallery 1261
1261 Delaware
Denver, CO
(303) 571-1261

Friday, August 5, 2016


Original Oil
18" X 32"

Day might seem a strange title for the painting but the piece is 1/2 of a set titled Night and Day.
Night features a leopard with his evening dinner. I'm still working on that oil painting.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Not done yet

Since my last post I've done some reworking of the lion's face and finished his body.

The final part would seem to be easy but it takes a delicate touch. Foreground grasses need to be added. As reluctant as I am to "cover up" the zebra, those grasses will help anchor the animal and keep it from looking like it is floating. The grasses need to be strategically placed in front of the zebra and lion, but must also look random. It is a balancing act.

Stay tuned.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Starting the Lion

The cropped photo above shows the beginning of the lion. There is still more I wish to do with his face (better highlighting, whiskers, and overall refinement.) For now I will move on to the rest of his body and once that is finished, I'll revisit his head.