Saturday, May 28, 2022

In the News!

 My solo wildlife show on Martha's Vineyard at the Louisa Gould Gallery has a write up in the Martha's Vineyard Times. See link below.

 Wild Things on Exhibit at the Louisa Gould Gallery

There are a few errors as the wonderful writer got some of the stories mixed up.
My husband and I were dropped off by a float plane in Manitoba, not a helicopter
My canoe trip on the Noatak River was not with my husband but with 5 others
While I did see a cow moose and her calf in my yard, the painting in the show is of a bull & cow moose which I saw at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge outside Spokane. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022


 For my 900th painting, this subject and its title seemed to fit.

Joy Ride    17" X 24"    Original Oil painting by Linda Besse

Once the painting was dry to the touch, I was free to glaze the lower part of the sail. For this I used Liquin and Michael Harding Crimson Lake and Rembrandt Cadmium Orange.

Coincidently, this is also my 900th blog post!


Saturday, May 7, 2022

More water

 Above is the painting before the white sparkles and the boat's wake are added.

Friday, April 29, 2022



People, well sort of.

To aid in the "I'm in the boat with them" action, their heads are covered by the sail. 
Lest you think I also cut off their legs, their legs are in the foot-well of the sunfish.

Thursday, April 21, 2022


What is the significance of 900?

In this case it is my 900th painting! Yes, I have been keeping track.

  Once again I am changing the order of what I paint. Usually I would paint all the water and then get to the bold colors of the sail. In this case, I wanted to paint the sail near the beginning of the painting because I will be glazing the lower yellow section when it is dry. The glazing color over the yellow will yield a more brilliant color than I could achieve by mixing from the tube for my normal wet-on-wet application. 
   You can see from the above photo how I am building up the water.

   I've blended the different water colors but still left open spaces for the "white" sparkles which will be added later. Once the painting is almost complete, I'll have an idea of how much of the sparkles should be added to enhance the movement of the water.


Monday, April 4, 2022

Steamboat Springs, CO * Clarksville, TN * Annapolis, MD

 What do these places have in common? My work will be in a show there.


Oil Painters of America 31st Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Oils                                   Steamboat Art Museum, Steamboat Springs, Colorado                                                                                June 3 - August 27

In the show is Stealth - Amur Tiger                                                                                                            Original oil painting by Linda Besse   24" X 34" 


Society of Animal Artists Presenting the Animals of North America                                                          Customs House Museum & Cultural Center,  Clarksville, Tennessee                                                         May 3 - June 26, 2022  

In the show is Sandhill Spring Migration                                                                                              Original oil painting by Linda Besse     16" X 24"


International Guild of Realism 16th Annual Exhibition                                                                               McBride Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland                                                                                                       June 10 - July 24

In the show is Spooked                                                                                                                                 Original oil by Linda Besse    24" X 36"                                                                                                                           


Saturday, March 26, 2022

Arctic Fire

 The first spring flowers are just starting to bloom but it is still dipping below freezing at night here. While waiting for the full onset on Spring, I thought I would share my very wintry painting from earlier this year.

The aurora borealis has different looks with the types listed as dunes, arcs, bands, pillars, diffuse, and corona. I don't know which type my favorite falls in to but I call it curtains. The undulating spectacle reminds me of the heavy curtains on a stage moving gently as the players behind take their places before the show starts.When I can create a painting which also includes a predator with which I have spent a lot of time with in the wild, I have a recipe for a dramatic painting.

Starting with the sky, I block in the colors painting some very bright yellow as a focus point for the northern lights.

In keeping with the night scene, the ice has a dull teal hue with pockets of purer color in the foreground.

The water has some muted shadows and I painted it so it would feel fairly smooth with no hint of a breeze.

I have been fortunate to have spent time in remote Manitoba observing polar bears. There are few things more heart pounding that to be in the tundra and finding a polar bear has been watching you and you didn't know he was there.


Arctic Fire    16" X 24"   Original oil

The above image of the scanned painting looks quite a bit different than the in-progress photos. Once the piece was dry, I glazed many sections with mostly Michael Harding Phthalocyanine Blue Lake.