On Target 24" X 36" Original Oil
Friday, December 16, 2022
Monday, December 5, 2022
It is not uncommon for me to hit an ugly stage in a painting. I had a feeling it would be the rocks. With as much detail as there is in the cougar, the rocks could not be amorphous blobs.
When I get to an ugly stage, I remind myself of all the other paintings which have hit a point when I questioned my choices on a section. Time to make a fresh cup of tea, take a deep breath, pick up the paint brush, and power through to the other side.
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
My palette is looking like a jumble now. I start with placing titanium white in the upper left and then add colors along the top as needed. All the mixing is below.
For the cat I am using mostly two angle brushes, one quite small. Once the direction of the fur is painted I'll take a larger blending brush (not shown) to soften it. Smaller blending brushes are used during the initial applying of paint.
Monday, November 21, 2022
With fur, I like to work in sections, blending the colors while they are wet in the direction of the fur. I am using a small angle brush to simulate the texture.
Friday, November 18, 2022
Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Thursday, November 10, 2022
Monday, November 7, 2022
Friday, November 4, 2022
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
|Stained Glass 21" X 18" Oil|
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Friday, August 19, 2022
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Saturday, August 13, 2022
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Trips this late spring and summer took me from one end of the United States to the other. Starting with our most southern state Hawaii, I had a chance to explore below the water's surface. In addition to spending time snorkeling with turtles I also did a night snorkel with manta rays and watched their graceful feeding summersaults. An upcoming post will showcase a painting inspired by one morning's encounter with turtles.
After Hawaii I had a brief stay at home before I headed to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, an island off one of our most eastern states. My time here was spent above the water's surface though close to it with a bit of sailing. I've already completed two paintings inspired from this trip.
Saturday, May 28, 2022
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.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Thursday, April 21, 2022
What is the significance of 900?
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.
Monday, April 4, 2022
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, 2022Sandhill 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 24Spooked Original oil by Linda Besse 24" X 36"
Saturday, March 26, 2022
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.
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.
Monday, January 17, 2022
Original Oil 24" X 16"
Here is a scan of the completed painting. Once varnished, the dark texture will no longer have the "ghost" of reflected light.
I've decided to go with a gloss varnish. This is a change for me as I like a semi-gloss or a satin. It seemed the traditional nature of the dramatic lighting called for gloss.
I asked my framer to paint the frame to match my mottled background and touch the inside lip of the frame with a hint of the golden color of the mane. The frame started as a matte black. She is amazing. Holly Swanson, owner of Spokane Gallery & Framing.
Below is a quick photo of the finished frame. We went with a more satin look for the frame so not to distract from the painting.
This may seem like a quick painting but I have sped it up for you in the blog.
Thank you for joining me as I explored the use of chiaroscuro.
Friday, January 14, 2022
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
For his mane below his chin I'm keeping it loose with some vibrant colors mixed in. Some of this will be toned down near the end but I wanted to start with some splashes of reds and golds.
The first thing I did after painting the mottled background was paint his eyes. A painting can fall flat if the eyes don't grab one's attention. Though they were painted at the beginning, that does not mean I am done with them. Throughout the painting I am making changes to get just the right feeling from them. Below is a photo of them at this stage of the painting.
Now that the other ear is painted, the painting feels less lopsided to me. I wanted to work on the shadowed side first and use the information I gathered from that side to "inform" how I wanted to approach the lit side.
Note: these are quick photos from my phone
Monday, January 10, 2022
Chiaroscuro has fascinated me. The use of extreme light and dark, perfected by Rembrandt, has been a tool of artists for centuries. For this lion, which obviously had been the victor in numerous battles, I thought this technique would reflect the honor he had won.
I began with a mottled background of dark browns and burnt sienna. This dark background will help emphasize the light parts of the lion's mane.
Next I started on his mane. I went kind of wild with the red but I thought it would add to the drama.
I am not concerned with portraying the individual hairs of his fur but am using broad strokes in the direction of his fur. This shadowed section will have the least amount of detail.
Note: These are quick photos with my phone.