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Spring 2021


Just when I think Spring has appeared, we get snow. Granted, though the cold will not last long and some of the growth from my flower bulbs has broken the soil surface, I am still longing for Spring’s full arrival.

Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is only a little over an hour from my house. My first visit in March was a wild success. My husband and I saw trumpeter swans flying overhead, a herd of about 20 elk (could have been more in the woods), a young moose, and a few ducks. A week later and we were rewarded with sightings of three feeding trumpeter swans beautifully reflected in a pond (a future painting?), a large cow moose, a good number of ducks including a hooded merganser pair, and at least 52 elk lit by the rays of the setting sun. A banner afternoon!



Moose, elk, Trumpeter swan Photos by Linda, Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge March 12, 2021

 
As part of my Armchair Safari featuring paintings from my past travels around the world, I decided to paint a street scene I saw in Genoa, Italy. I knew the painting would be a challenging one and there were several times that I questioned my sanity. Fruit, Vegetables, really? After thinking about the idea for almost 7 years, it was time.

Below is the painting in progress.

 


 


 

The finished painting is on page 2.

UPCOMING SHOWS    *Linda scheduled to attend
February 18 - April 17 Richeson Art Gallery - Small Works 2021, Kimberly, Wisconsin www.richeson75.com
March 20 - May 20 International Guild of Realism Online Salon Show www.realismguild.com/2021SpringSalon
April 9 - May 16 Oil Painters of America National Juried Exhibition, CA Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum
Escondido, CA (760) 839-4138 https://artcenter.org/museum/ Accepted painting: Ice Bear
May 7 - June 1 National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Best of America Small Works 2021
Principle Gallery, Charleston, S.C. (843) 727-4500 www.principlegallery.com
Accepted painting: Old Glory
Summer 2021 Sea, Sand, & Shore Collection, Louisa Gould Gallery, Vineyard Haven, MA www.louisagould.com/gallery
*August 20 - 21 C.M. Russell Museum Auction, C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT www.cmrussell.org
*November 12 - 14 Waterfowl Festival 50th Anniversary, Easton, MD www.waterfowlfestival.org

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Explore the World from the comfort of your home

Linda Besse is creating an Armchair Safari!

Inspired from her travels from around the world,
each original oil painting, whether it is a far-flung location or something she saw in her backyard,
captures a special moment in time.


Wild Mustang   22" x 32"
C.M. Russell Museum Auction August 21, 2021
Value $6000 - 7000.


Lovely Day for a Sail
15" x 20"     $2900


Buon Cibo Buon Vino   24" X 21" $5250.
From the Italian, Good Food, Good Wine


Social Harmony   14.5" X 23" $3200.
Sociable Weaver Nest, Namibia


Stripes and Spots
17" X 28" $4800.


Social Harmony   16" X 24" $3800.



Linda’s
Armchair Safari brings the adventure home!

15908 E. Cooper Rd., Mead, WA 99021     (509) 238-9129    Website www.BesseArt.com     Linda@BesseArt.com

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Winter 2021


It would be safe to say that 2020 is not a year any of us expected. From front line workers to small businesses, daily lives have been uprooted. And there are loved ones around the world who are no longer with us and ones who are still suffering from illness.

While it might seem best to forget the year entirely, we can remember the bright spots which shone even more: receiving an unexpected kind word, chances to connect and reconnect by all sorts of digital methods, wildlife spotted in areas which previously were too crowded, a chance to slow down and take stock, and the enriching joy of extending a hand (figuratively) to someone else.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy and I wish you the very best for 2021.


NEWS
Linda’s painting Ice Bear
won Best Animal Award at the
15th Annual
International Guild of Realism
National Show.

NEWS
Out of 4941 entries from 83 countries, Linda’s painting
Ice Bear
is one of 1155 finalists in the 15th Annual Art Renewal Center Salon

I’ve heard from a number of you that you enjoy seeing works in progress. If you haven’t had a chance to read my blog, www.besseart.blogspot.com,
many of my paintings are posted there showing a step-by-step progression.

NEWS
2020 American Art Award Winner

Linda’s paintings were widely recognized for awards determined by 25 galleries and museums across the country.
Human Figure: The Violinist, 5th place
Realistic Animal: Ice Bear, 3rd place
Realism/Impressionism + Landscape w/Life: Unexpected, 6th place
Religious/Spiritual:
Introduction to Fine Art, 2nd place
 
The beginning of December, my husband and I drove the 45 minutes to Lake Coeur d’Alene to sit on the shore and watch bald eagles diving for land-locked spawning salmon. One tree was Eagle Central, usually holding at least five mature eagles at a time. We positioned ourselves directly across the small bay and watched until the sun set. Of course after that exciting afternoon, I had to go back for another viewing. Below are some of the reference photos I took on the two trips.


 


 



My shows have been postponed or cancelled for the first quarter of 2021. Know that I am busy at my easel and as things start to open up, I will have details of my upcoming events and shows.

Some really fun news!
With most of us having to limit our travel in 2020, I have started on a new oil painting project, an
Armchair Safari.
See page 2 of this newsletter for details and my latest paintings.

Previous Newsletter - Page 2 of 2
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Explore the World from the comfort of your home

Linda Besse is creating an Armchair Safari!

Inspired from her travels from Africa to Iceland, the Arctic to the Antarctic, the Old World to New Zealand,
each original oil painting, whether it is a far-flung location or something she saw in her backyard,
captures a special moment in time.

These are the first ones off Linda’s easel.

 

Linda's Armchair Safari
brings the adventure home!

 


Runway    8.5" x 12"     $1350

 


Jag    8.25" x 11"     $1200


Feast     15" x 24"     $3750


Salmon Fishing    17.75" x 26"     $3600


Wood Pile     12" x 18"     $2100
Inspired by a ruffed grouse in my back yard

15908 E. Cooper Rd., Mead, WA 99021     (509) 238-9129    Website www.BesseArt.com     Linda@BesseArt.com

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