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, August 31, 2009

Art Faire and Live Portrait Sketches

This past weekend was our local Art Faire at Naples Gallery in north Idaho, a three-day event with art, music and food. I showed paintings, large and little, and did live portrait sketches.

 It's a challenge to prepare for a big exhibit. I rarely do outdoor shows. And to be on my feet talking to people all day long at a live event, especially since my ankle break last spring, is quite tiring. 

However, with some help from dear Suzanne who runs the gallery, and my husband and son loading and unloading all the stuff in the car, this event went smoothly for me. I'm thanking the Lord!I met a lot of nice folks who dropped by my booth and I saw a number of my faithful local collectors. It was enjoyable talking to other artists, musicians and food artists who participated, too. 

During a break, I even got to watch one of the artisans construct a hand-made glass and silver marble (which I bought for a very reasonable price). Perhaps you'll see it in a painting one of these days!This lovely young lady at left was a pleasure to sketch as she sat for me so calm and still. Drawing faces is one of my favorite activities. It's such a pleasant job! Maybe I'd feel different about a job like that if I was working somewhere like Disneyland... or maybe not. But I figure this is a lot easier than going to Anaheim to work!

Monday, August 24, 2009

“Vintage Estée Lauder” ACEO Daily Painting or Valentine

Original oil on canvas, 2.5"x3.5"
sent in protective ACEO sleeve
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

Purchase here.

I'll be posting a few more little 'uns this week while I work on a portrait commission. This little bottle speaks of Valentines and sweet thoughts.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Oil Figure Studies Daily Paintings

I'm finishing up an article this week for Art Calendar magazine's December issue. It's about scams and how to avoid them.

I hope you'll watch for the piece in a couple of months when it's available on newsstands.

So, while I'm busy slamming words together, please enjoy some more figure studies from our live model at Open Studio. These are in oil.

(left above)"Lauren Reclining on Elbow"
Oil sketch on canvas, 9"x12"
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin


(left)"Reclining with Hand Shadow"
Oil sketch on canvas, 9"x12"
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin





 

Please contact me to purchase any of these, or for more information.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Figure Studies and Time Constraints

Poses of 10 or 20 minutes at Open Studio give me a chance to develop the form a little more. Although this is not enough time to draw much detail, I usually try to at least give some clues where features are located.

(left above) "Lauren Resting on Knee"
Charcoal and chalk on Grey Paper 12"x18"
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin
 
(left)
"Reclining with Arms Across Chest"

Charcoal and chalk
on Blue Paper
12"x18"

©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

(below)
"Lauren Quotes Shakespeare"

Charcoal and chalk
on Grey Paper
12"x18"

©2009 Diana Moses Botkin


Please contact me if you want more information about these studies or would like to purchase.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

An Unmade Bed ... our August Painting Challenge!

My Challenge Group is smaller now; two participants had to drop out due to commitments that made it difficult to participate with project deadlines. So, there are six remaining members: Robin Cheers, Silvina Day, Marie Fox, Michael Naples, Vicki Ross and Yours Truly (Diana Moses Botkin).
We have all been busy this month with Robin's choice of subject matter; "an unmade bed". Several ideas jiggeted about in my brain as I considered what to paint these past few weeks.

Those insistant lego helpers wanted to be the stars of the show again, so here are these fun little guys!

I love ALL the paintings for this month's challenge; such beauty and feeling in something so simple. I feel very honored to have each of these talented artists on my team for this Challenge project.

Every month, we each work on the same subject for the Challenge, but we don't know what each other is painting until we send them to each other just prior to posting them on our blogs on the 15th. I get so excited and blessed when all the paintings roll into my Inbox each month. It is always so interesting to see the similarities and differences in what we each come up with, painting the same subject.
(left)
"The Old Brass Bed"
Oil on Panel 10"x8"
©2009
Robin Cheers

(right)
"Unmade Bed"
Oil on Canvas 9"x12"

©2009
Silvina Day
(left) "Wine Night"
Oil on board 8"x8"
©2009
Michael Naples

(right)
"The Boys"
Oil on Canvas 9"x9"
©2009
Vicki Ross


(left)
"Asleep At The Window Seat"
Oil on Canvas
18"x24"
©2009
Marie Fox


Friday, August 14, 2009

"Ripe Tomato" ACEO Tiny Still Life Daily Painting

Original oil on canvas, 2.5"x3.5"
sent in protective ACEO sleeve
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

Purchase here.

My small kitchen garden out my door is finally producing some ripe tomatoes. For those of you who live down south this probably seems ridiculous. It does to me too because I remember ripe tomatoes by the Fourth of July in the MidWest. But, believe me, I'm happy to get these now. Fresh salsa, anyone?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Salt Shaker" ACEO Still Life Daily Painting

Original oil on canvas, 2.5"x3.5"
sent in protective ACEO sleeve
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

Purchase here.

Reds in paintings are often difficult to accurately represent in a digital image online. As with most original art, it's always much better seen in person. But this little picture of my ACEO is pretty close, so I hope you can get an idea.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Couple of Recent Figure Studies

Quick studies on 18"x12" grey paper from our last nude model session.
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

 
The drawing on the left is charcoal and chalk and the one on the right is a two minute warm-up in graphite.

You can easily purchase these and other figurative works. Simply contact me and I'll get you a price and shipping cost.