Welcome to my Art Blog! I paint or draw most weekdays and sometimes finish a painting a day. I fondly call them my "Postcards from Paradise" because it's such a beautiful place the Lord made here for us.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"Cimarron Sunset" Giclee Reproductions Available

"Cimarron Sunset" LandscapeOil, 13"x17
©2004 Diana Moses Botkin


(Image available as a giclee on canvas. Sales benefit Camp Cimarron. Please contact me if you'd like one.)

This is a place dear to my heart in Oklahoma and I'm thinking about it especially this week. Today is the anniversary of the big Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

When I was a kid growing up we would celebrate April 22 ("Pioneer Day") at our grade school by dressing up as pioneers and having a mini land rush at lunch time, complete with sack lunches and our little red wagons brought from home and decked out as Conestoga wagons.

This painting is of the view from beloved Camp Cimarron, a Camp Fire girls camp opened in the 1930s. I spent time during hot Oklahoma summers there, increasing my swimming skills. Being a city kid, it's also where I learned archery, horseback riding, shooting a bb gun, and building a fire. I often think of the camp fire girls' one match fire when I'm making a fire in my living room woodstove.

Our camp director most of the years I was there (1956-1979) as a camper and a counselor, was dear Miss Lucyl, who passed on just a few days ago in Oklahoma City, the day after her 89th birthday. All of us who had the privilege of being at camp the blessed decades she was director have many fond memories of her. May she rest in peace and enjoy her reward for a life well lived.


Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Beautiful. Nice story too :D

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Thank you Mary. I'm glad you enjoyed that. I think this is maybe the longest story I've put on my blog. It's good to know others like reading them.

Anonymous said...

Hail to Miss Lucyl! She lived a splendid life and I know her heart will remain with Camp Cimmaron forever and ever!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

She is definitely a part of Camp for many of us! For me, Miss Lucyl is inseparable from the place and all the wonderful memories there.