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.

Monday, June 15, 2009

June Painting Challenge: "Something Shiny"... Helped by Legos!

This month's Challenge subject, "Something Shiny From the Kitchen" was chosen by group member Marie Fox. I thought this one would be easy, for a change. Wrong.

I had trouble finding much that was actually reflective in my cabinets of pots and pans.

Most of the "shiny" things in my kitchen needed shining up. This was not a chore I wanted to do right after surgery for my broken ankle.
Fortunately, I received a brand new (shiny!) coffee press for Mother's Day. However, I still had to figure out what to do with it in a painting.

After abandoning several set-ups, these little toy figures came to my rescue again to help me out with this pressing task at hand. Well, it's press time (haha)... so ta-da... here 'tis!

"Press Event"
Original oil on panel

©2009 Diana Moses Botkin


Here are the rest of the Group's paintings.
Each of us works alone with the particular subject and doesn't know what the others are painting until our deadline (the day before we post them on our blogs).

The surprise of what the others have painted is half the fun. It's interesting to see the differences and similarities in our interpretations of the subject.

This month, there is quite a variety in the look of the pieces, even though we all started with a simple requirement; something shiny from the kitchen.

(left above)

"Flour Scoop and Silver Cup"
8 x 10"
Oil on canvas
©2009 Marie Fox

"Steel Cut Berries"
Original oil on panel
©2009 Vicki Ross

"Serving Spoon"
10"x8" Original oil on canvas
©2009 Silvina Day

(left) "The Face Off"
8 x 8" Oil on canvas board
Michael Naples

(right) “Gravy Boat and Cherries”
8 x 8", Pastel
Mike Beeman

(below) "Spoons" 6"x12"
Original oil on panel ©2009
Robin Cheers


http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

A very clever idea with the coffee press. If the coffee is too strong you can tell them to slow down.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Yes these little guys are helpful when they want to be, but where were they when I needed someone to bring me my coffee when I was on crutches?

V....Vaughan said...

Hi Ms. "Challenge"...the paintings this month are BEAUTIFUL!!! I REALLY want to join in soon....will hope for next month! :)
THANK YOU for the nice comment on whatever I posted ....I am on the road, headed to ball games in Omaha, and I just noticed I am camping out in your birthplace tonight: OKC :)

Diana Moses Botkin said...

I will look forward to you FINALLY accepting my invitation to join in the Challenge fun, dear Virginia! I can't wait.

OKC has changed so much since I grew up there. Last time I was back I hardly recognized it. Beautiful old buildings, theatres and hotels were razed downtown for urban renewal. The area where my grandma lived was also razed for a big highway. Progress. Sigh.

I hope it's not too awfully hot there right now!