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YAY!    This is my last painting on masa paper adhered to coldpress illustration board.  I did have fun with this one. It was similar to painting the previous landscape with the Belgian horses. I concentrated on shapes and values rather than trees, meadow and moose. I found the reference for this photo on the Wet Canvas image library.

I had painted one moose, prior to this, several years ago here.


  1. I like both moose paintings, Leslie. And this one here; it almost looks like a puzzle. It’s fantastic!

    • It does look like a puzle, Debbie. Guess it is all the shapes thst went together as I painted it.
      Glad to hear your trailer is OK. 🙂 …thank you.

  2. Seems like you are going to start a a series! They come out so alive through the texture of masa..I think this is a signature style you are developing on Masa!
    Thanks for the Ganesh Chaturti wishes! Please enjoy my latest Ganesh here

    • Your latest Ganesh is colorful and celebratory. I liked your older one, also!
      Thank you about a signature style, Padmaja.

  3. This is just beautiful. I love the values, you nailed it.

    • Thank you very much, Louise! I am enjoying your masa paintings very much, also!

  4. Ok, don’t be mad, but my first thought when I looked at your painting was “What kind of zebras are they?” LOL! It was the shadows on the moose!

    Moose are HUGE, I’ve seen them in Alaska and you DO NOT want to run into one. Your foliage and birch trees are fantastic, and the moose are majestic.

    Another beautiful piece on your masa paper.

    • How could I be mad? I think that is an awesome perception because the stripes made across both moose intrigued me. It took me a long time to figure out they were shadows cast from ears and trees. Perhaps, though, I did not get the reddish areas dark enough and that gives a stronger contrast to this piece. They are “moobras” !
      I don’t think I have ever seen a moose except in photos. I have watched a documentary that says they are rarely seen because they stay away from populated areas. Don’t even know if that is true.
      Thank you!

  5. he he Carol ! You are too funny! I did think they were too nice looking for mooses ! 🙂
    I LOVE these colors Leslie, so fresh and vibrant !

    • I decided they are “moobras” after reading Carol’s perceptions, Isabelle. Moose don’t look nice? I have never seen one. Are they in the areas where you hike or furthur north? Thank you for this comment, Isabelle! 🙂

  6. Great painting. I love the colors and the mooses. When I looked again I saw how beautiful and dreamily the trees look.

    • As much as wanting to try to paint the moose, Hannekekoop, I wanted to paint the light and the trees on the side of that meadow. Thank you.

  7. I’ve seen many moose, Leslie, and this cow with her calf – with their shawdowy stripes – takes me back to the more northern parts of my Province. The moose would stand and look at us, just as you have them posing, as we slowed to take a good look. Then they’d slowly turn to walk or trot away. Then there’s the bull moose! They are M-E-A-N spirited in the Fall because they are in rut and do not want anything between them and the cow! I went over to see your bull – great body shape!

    The moose are a splash of Autumn, although we also saw them lots in the winter, too. They’d come out to the highways to lick the salt that’s spread on the roads.

    • Out of all the bloggers I visit, I knew you would probably have witnessed sightings of them, Amy. They look so huge and bulky and their heads are oversized. Carol, above, has seen them in her travels. I would like to witness a sighting someday………
      There is so much left to see and do!

  8. I have never seen any moose, or any animals living in jungle. I only visited zoo 2 or 3 times. I wish I could paint them alive. your artwork is lovely. I think those moose are couples 😀

    • These animals live in the northern woods where the climate is cold, I think, Zeinab. I have never seen one in real life, either, but would like to. They are huge and have large knobby joints. Thank you for the comment and visit! 🙂

  9. Very intriguing to me: the masa paper thing. Interesting effect. I like it very much and this is a sweet painting. Relaxing to view. Sense of peace about it.

    • This masa paper is always close at hand, anymore. I think it has become my surface of choice. I love it when I find things that suit, don’t you? Well. I know from your writing you do. Guess I didn’t need to ask that. Thank you for that comment of peace and relaxing because that is what I wanted to portray.

  10. Why is this the last painting on Masa on cold press, Leslie? Are you moving on to a different support? different media?

    I love this Moose painting, the light in it is very special. I think I can tell that you painted shapes, light and darks and not individual objects. The painting acquires a different quality when painted like that. I don’t know how to define it, but I know it because I see this difference in my own paintings when I approach them like that. I do that when an object is too complex to deal with as an object, but I should do more because I like the resulting effect.

    • Yes. I tried four sheets adhered to Crescent coldpress illustration board and it is very hard to create they way I like to with the masa on this less absorbent surface. I like the illumination and the build up of layers that I get when I adhere it to 140 lb Arches coldpress much better. That would be like the bridge, the roses and fence, fall scene titled “Coming Home”, etc. These last four have been on illustration board.
      This was the only way I felt I could do this reference justice as the individual grasses of the meadow and the detail in the trees over killed the moose. So value and shapes….although I think I exagerrated them a bit, thus confusing our friend, Carol. Still laughing about her comment! 🙂 Thank you, Alex! I, too, need to work some more this way. It really makes me mindful of depth.

  11. Hi Leslie, I just wanted to stop by and tell you how much I enjoyed the Moose painting. I’m always amazed at the breadth of your subject matter, but really enjoy the animals – they are a favorite subject of mine and you have such a knack for capturing them. Love the colors and shadow details in this too!

    • Thank you, Laurie. 🙂 I still remember that it is the dog photos that drew me to your photo blog and then so much more to have fun viewing.

  12. Hey L$!
    I was wondering…do you go hiking? I feel like you could benefit a lot from going to the mountains, white water rafting, even flying in a plane…I wish everyone who loves to draw could travel. Some people go to the neatest places on earth and hardly even take photos, let alone sketch or paint the scenery! It does such wonders to inspiration and imagination. I love the piece. I want to see these all lined up in a row.

    • Used to! …and trail riding and jogging. Did a couple ride and ties. That’s running and riding. Not so much anymore….. Pretty busy grand-mothering, teaching and etc, now. Thank you, Roni.

  13. This is a wonderful painting Leslie and thank you for offering it
    for us to view 🙂 I have enjoyed all of your fine artistry and also
    the in depth lengths you go to in explaining all the disciplines 🙂

    in a word….


    Androgoth XXx

  14. I love this Moose painting, Leslie!
    I have enjoyed all of your amazing work 🙂

    Marinela x

  15. I very much enjoy all your paintings on masa paper, Leslie, but this is definitely my favorite. I think it’s the warm colors that speak to me, over here in (now) cold Norway. The summer was way to warm in June, but the last month has been rain, rain, rain, and 15-16 degrees celcius (about 60 fahrenheit). Brrrr! Autumn is coming.

    • Are there moose in Norway, Camilla? It seems your climate might be cold enough. They seem to be in the colder reaches, here. We are not as cold as you are, yet…….. But, yes, Autumn is coming. Thank you!

  16. Leslie, Your work continues to evolve and are always taking the risk of trying new materials and techniques. It certainly pays off. You are creating wonderful paintings and it is interesting to see the evolution. Thank you for sharing so generously.

    • Can’t stop exploring. Must just be me. Believe it or not, I saw some really awesome artwork (abstract) in a Mc Donalds yesterday and am logging the images in my mind I liked them so much.Thank you for this comment and the visit, Linda.

  17. That masa paper most certainly does add some amazing texture to your paintings Leslie… Another masterpiece in colour and technique..

  18. I think all your watercolours have so much ‘life movement’ portrayed in them Leslie, as if the subject is just halting for a second and … on they go when your eye is turned away, Are the Trees Silver Birches? They look quite ghostly in certain lights and loving the use of differing colours and shade creating extra additions to the texture and ‘feel’.. . A pleasure to view my friend. xPenx

    • Yes. They are birches and they were white and almost gray to black with some of them picking up ground color warmth. They were fun to paint. I left off the minute details because I had left detail out of the moose………. Thank you!

  19. this is wonderful. I love the moose and the way your work looks on this type of paper – it’s amazing.

  20. Oh my gosh, Leslie! You really achieved some incredible depth and saturation on this one! I LOVE it!!!

    • Hi Beth. Hope your vacation was super fun. Thank you for the visit and comment.

  21. Love the saturated color! The dappled light/shadows are fabulous.

  22. Love the colors on this Lesliepaints,
    It is bringing in the Autumn Colors to me….beautiful as always and I like that you did moose. These Masa Papers seem to bring not only a texture which gives it life but also adds a richness to color.
    smiles, Raven xx

    • Autumn, just around the corner. We have had our first dip in temperatures, here, following a horrendous heat and dry spell. Thank you for this comment, Raven. I do believe the reference must have been in fall because of the colorful and dry looking grasses.

  23. Somehow over the Labor Day weekend I overlooked paying you a visit. OOOOOOO…..I LOVE the moose mother and calf. They look so magical with this technique. The colors glow, but the moose look at home in their surroundings at woods edge, half hidden by grass. The trees are amazing secondary characters anchoring all that incredible texture and light. I can see why you think the masa technique would work with my deer. I really need to try this.

    Really wonderful, Leslie!

    Nanina :^)

    • I’m smiling right now because I chose this moose reference just for you! I thought I might do something similar to what you do so you could, perhaps see that someone else chooses opaque and transparent colors and that they can be worked together even on subject matter like you like to paint. Oh yes….the masa paper can actually add to landscapes and wildlife nicely. The main plus factor is that you can lay paint in and then lift some. That seems to create the glow in these or the stained glass or batik effect. It also adds to the texture. You may have to play around with it a little, but others are using it successfully. I think you will too! Thank you. Nanina!

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        I’m smiling too Leslie! Thank you for choosing this reference for me! I love the subject, the colors, the technique, and your thoughtfulness. You generously teach so much in your posts and comments!!! 😀

      • I think you do incredible work, Nanina. I like your inclusion of opaques and your search for weight to your paintings. I am an avid deer watcher. There isn’t a moment, when I see them, that I don’t pause for awhile and watch their fragile beauty. You do not give yourself enough credit, for I am hooked on your images and what you are trying to do. Thank you!

  24. The moose pair is wonderful, Leslie. I love the forest around them too. You are going to force me to try that masa paper one of these days.

    • I think this masa paper would be fun to try and do your homes on, Ruth. You might have to sacrifice super detail because of the bumpiness of the paper, but I don’tthink you will be disappointed. Thank you for the visit and the comment!

  25. Hey Leslie
    Is this the last? Well you have certainly got this working well. I love the way the tree-trunks work. Very cool.

    • Hi Stephen! Not the last painting or the last masa paper painting. I am just not going to use coldpress illus tration board to glue my masa paper to. It is not very absorbent and does not allow for the layers of colors I like to use. I liked that repetition of the tree trunks. It seemed to work well with pushing the moose forward. Thank you!
      By the way, check out my new post: . You will see how good your paintings are that you paint in one sitting! Finding myself with less time to paint for awhile, here, and must work on seeing what I can come up with in an evening or two! I need to study your paintings once again!

  26. I’ve only seen moose on TV–no moose here in Florida or anywhere I’ve traveled. I like that they’re head-on, seemingly looking at you while you painted them. Wonderful as always, Leslie.

  27. When I saw your moose and the background patterns they reminded me of Beverly Dolittle paintings.

    • Wow! High praise, Dan. I have a book of Beverly Doolittle images and enjoy paging through it. Thank you!

  28. It’s perfect! I love how the scene pulls you into the forest behind the moose. It’s captivating!

    • Wouldn’t it be fun to wander those woods and stand among the birches, Amber? Thank you for this comment.

  29. Marvelous Moose!
    Now I’m wondering–Lovely Leslie, have you ever painted Goats?

  30. Hi leslie, it’s been a while since I popped by & there are some gems to behold.. such a lush scene, presumably, these are photographs of your art, do you think the effect is diminished by photography? do you have many paintings hanging in your house?

    • I can tell the difference between this digital image of my painting and the real painting, Tigercity, and so could you. The real painting has a solid look to it and there is a weightiness that does not come through in these images. I do the best I can to resolute the image in photoshop to match the original. Yes. My house is filled with art. I have always liked paintings and drawings. I remember walking around my Granny’s house and staring, forever, at all the intersting prints, drawings and paintings she had in her home. I knew, always, that I would do the same. I was sorry, upon reaching adulthood, to find that the novels I read had no illustrations! 🙂 Thank you, Tigercity!

  31. This is terrific! I love the moose, the colors, the foliage, all of it. The shadows are really cool. What a lovely little hillside. Your earlier moose is also really nice.

    • Hi Cindy,
      Thank you. This was fun to do and try to piece together color values with. Thank you for the comment and making yourself known, here!

  32. dear leslie,

    i love the crispness of green against the background of vertical tree trunks, so refreshing to the eyes. amazing art!

    • You make me smile, Hames. I think that is what I liked about this, also. The shapes of the foreground moose, the repeating tree trunks and the light coming through. Thank you!

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