Be Forbes

Fine Art

 

Authentic art painted from decades of experiences, not photographs.

Be Forbes

Fine Art

Authentic art painted from decades of experiences, not photographs.

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 Be Forbes was once a staple in the art community, painting waterfowl, and offshore big game wildlife. Be was the first artist ever to be the International Game Fish Artist of the Year and the North Carolina Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year at the same time.

 

 

Featured on magazine covers, Marlin Magazine Artist selection, catalog covers Pompenette, multiple newspaper articles, FOX’s 360 reality show with Ward Burton, and shows on ESPN and ESPN2’s “Spanish Fly” with Jose Wejebe, Be was enjoying a great career.

A decade ago, Be Forbes suffered a massive stroke that cost him all movement on his right side. But since, has had a miraculous recovery and is now painting again between his daily bike rides. “You could spend a month around me and never notice anything.

It’s far easier to talk yourself out of a sword fight before you’ve drawn your sword. Don’t even start a painting with an ill-conceived idea.” Be Forbes – Artist

Be paints all his oil originals with Geneva Paints, the finest oil paints available to today’s artists. These amazing paints have an 8-day drying period, making ample time for incredible blending advancement.

All originals are painted on Gallery Wrapped canvases.

“Intelligent Design”

4 feet tall and 6 feet wide.

Be paints all his coffee originals on Arches 300 Pound Cold Press Paper that is 100% acid-free watercolor paper. However, Be has discovered that coffee is highly acidic and will, over different periods of time, eat great manufactured paper to pieces.

Be has developed a very crafty way to totally neutralize his coffee before applying it, to make his art Museum Grade.

“Elegant Return”

Sketching is practice for artists so they can perform at peak efficiency when to do so is really needed. It’s much like professional golfers spending massive amounts of time on the driving range. I can tell you exactly how good an artist or golfer is by asking, “How much time do you dedicate to practice?”

Printed Originals

An "Original" over your Print!

 

Prints are taken into Be’s studio and touched up just like an original to “pop the colors and contrasts.” They are perfectly perfect.

Printed Originals

An "Original" over your Print!

 

Prints are taken into Be’s studio and touched up just like an original to “pop the colors and contrasts.” Perfectly perfect.

“Printed Originals, not quite an original, but light-years beyond any print.”

Printed Originals start by using stable Giclée’ inks to printing Be Forbes images on canvas. But, that’s the only normal processing before the total customization begins. From there, is where all the magic begins, creating a piece of art that’s amazing to the eye. 

Then, Be takes the print into his studio to craft the print using the exact same final techniques as he does to finish an original. Using the same paints and brushes, Be punches up the colors, highlights, and shadows that printing machines simply cannot offer.

Then, Be covers the print with a protective jell just like he does on originals. Using specific brushstrokes in the direction of original, Be artfully enhances a genuine feeling of an original, because, in ways, it is an original. This process also protects your print forever.

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My paints are nothing but a mixture of pigments and oils like every artist. Then, all we have to do is use an assortment of brushes to slather that paint onto a canvas and push it around a bit. That part’s really quite simple. The only real challenge is figuring out exactly how to push the paint around.