There are various kinds of edges, hard, firm, soft and lost. In this piece you can see that I’ve used every type of edge. Some of the edges become more important because the focus is sharper. We are usually drawn to more defined edges, and I like to use these edges to guide the viewer’s eye throughout the painting.
With regard to edges, I believe it’s a matter of squinting. I’ve always called it “looking thru my eyelashes.” And, then, of course, asking questions….finding out what’s important, where do I want the viewers eye to go, where is my center of interest, how do I create drama, what’s important, what isn’t. Those are a few of the questions I’m asking myself as I squint at a subject.
Every year, I try and gi e myself a few challenges. This year, with regard to my artwork, I would like to direct some of my thinking towards edges. Edges in paintings can be crisp, clean, direct, diffused, lost……they can disappear or reappear. They can even create a more dimensional look to your piece. We have laods of choices with regard to edges. Just as shapes, values and color work for us in a painting, edges can also dictate th direction or flow of interest n a canvas.
Jo Gemmill, owner of the English Tea Room has invited me to exhibit selected dog paintings in her main dining room. They are for sale. You would enjoy having lunch or tea there. Believe me, her scones are to die for.
Dogs have always been a huge part of my life…..and at one time, I was a licensed dog handler. I have not only done shows, but obedience work and field training as well.
The Phippen Museum is presenting “The Wild West” art show from July 20th-Oct 28th. I was invited to exhibit at this very special event, along with a select group of Western sculptors and painters. The exhibition celebrates the diverse and rugged wildlife of the American west. The reception is Fri. July 20th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
I won “Artist of the Year” from the Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited for my painting “Wanna Trade”. This image was then published and printed in a limited edition print that was sold at the various Ducks Unlimited dinners held throughout the state of Oklahoma.
April 9, 2011 Come to the English Rose Tea Room and see my new collection of dog paintings. Be sure and make a reservation for lunch or high tea, utterly delicious. 201 East St., Carefree, AZ. Can you find the gloves that Sherlock Holmes is looking for?
CONGRATULATIONS LINDA for winning Best in Show at the 26th Annual Art Show at the Dog Show 2012 and the purchase award. Sponsors will donate the painting to The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, Mo.
Linda’s subjects usually have four legs, a variety of ears, noses and tails. Sometimes, they may be found creeping thru a desert wash, peering at you from behind a mesquite tree or simply found in some one’s back yard. In her work, Linda Budge will capture their look, their attitude and their expression.
Her traditional style of painting is perfectly matched to her love of animals. Their portraits are created in oil, a medium Linda has chosen because of its richness in color and texture.
Drawing upon her training as a classical artist, Linda Budge captures their attitude and expression with brushwork that is both accurate and painterly. She is not photo realistic, but rather depends upon the flow of light and expression to convey her passion for animal portraiture.
She says, “Now living in Cave Creek, Az., I am entranced with the imagery of the Sonoran Desert with it’s complexity of shape, variety in texture and kaleidoscope of color.”
Linda offers a unique look into the world of animal artistry. Each piece is a collaboration of her vast knowledge and background of animals coupled with her classic traditional style of painting that is both unique and original.
Throughout the years, Linda’s brushwork has flowed across oil paintings, designs for cards and limited edition prints, portraying those moments and glimpses of wildlife on mountain, prairie and the desert that are usually reserved for people after a chilly night in a sleeping bag.
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Linda won a poster contest at the age of 12, and her determination to become an “artist” was set at an early age. Linda and her husband John have lived in many places across the western United States, each place providing those rich experiences that have given Linda the background to paint animals with accuracy and emotion.
Her paintings are done in the classical style, painterly, full of light and expression.
This award winning artist has a painting in the private sector of the Reagan National Library, placed there by the President himself. She was invited to do the first conservation stamp for the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, commissioned to do a painting for the 50th Anniversary for the Guide Dog Foundation , and asked to do an image for a series of limited edition prints for Ducks Unlimited. Her paintings have been on numerous magazine covers; The Wyoming Wildlife magazine, Elk Foundation, Images, The Clumber Spaniel Club of America, The Golden Retriever Review, the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association among many others. She has created collector plates for Hamilton, greeting cards for Leaning Tree and limited edition prints for Ducks, Ultd. Linda was asked to design a poster for the Labrador Club of America. She was artist of the year for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited. Linda is in several permanent collections of libraries, museums and corporate collections.