Friday, February 23, 2024


Sea Lyin'
Original Oil by Linda Besse
14" X 11" 




Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Starting the Stellar sea lions

 The sea lions on all sides of the buoy enhance the three dimensional feeling of the painting.

Monday, February 19, 2024

The Buoy


The greens on this buoy seemed particularly bright on this gray day. Some areas were more turquoise, some emerald green, and some a warm green. And, when rust came in to play, there were a lot of colors involved.



 In addition to completing the buoy, I have also added some blue to the foreground water.




Friday, February 16, 2024

Stellar sea lions

 While on whale watching trips out of Juneau and Icy Strait Point we spotted Stellar sea lions. I was fascinated by the interaction of the sea lions permitted to take their respite on a buoy and those who had to wait their turn. 

The trip out of Juneau on a small guided boat in rough water with just six passengers was the more exciting of the trips for the camera. I wedged myself in to one corner of the open air stern so I could hold on to my camera with both hands. Often it was too rough to photograph so I lowered the camera and watched the sea lions, memorizing the colors and feel of the scene.

I started the painting with the sky and mountains then worked my way down through the water. The foreground water is just roughed in at this point.

Thursday, January 11, 2024



Glace' Seal-ing
18" X 24"
Original Oil 

Fur-ing out the polar bear took some time. While I had the direction of the fur established, there was so much more to creating the depth. 
A polar bear's skin is black and his fur is hollow.
I have spent time on the ground with polar bears in remote camps north of Churchill, Manitoba. It is amazing that though there is no pigment to their fur, when they are in sunlight their fur has a beautiful and striking golden glow. 

The above image is from my phone. It will be a while before the painting is dry enough to scan. Scanning always yields a more accurate representation of the original. In a couple of weeks, you can check out my web site to see the scanned painting.  (See originals, large paintings - mammals)

Friday, January 5, 2024

Polar Bear


Above I've finished the basic fur direction for the polar bear. I use this as a template for my brush strokes.

Below you can see I am starting to fill in both the light and shadowed fur.


Saturday, December 30, 2023



 I like the broken bits of floating ice in the foreground. They break up the reflection of the foot. There are some adjustments I anticipate I'll want to make but will wait until the polar bear is painted.



 In this stage I am roughing in some of the colors I will use for the polar bear and making my brush strokes in the direction of his  fur.