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.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Longer Careful Charcoal Studies in Charcoal & Chalk

When I'm sketching our model, I'm always looking for an interesting angle and something nice with the light.

In a room full of other artists, it's not always easy to find the best spot to park myself and my supplies and be ready to draw. But I was pleased to be in a good position for these poses and give them careful attention.

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nude Figurative Studies: Short Poses

One 30-second study and two 3-minute poses.

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Longer Poses in Charcoal and Chalk

(left below) "Autumn Leaning Back" 
Charcoal and Chalk on Grey/Rose Fabriano Paper 18"x22"

(right below) "Lying Back Study with Ponytail" 
Charcoal and Chalk on Grey/Green Cotton Charcoal Paper 10"x14"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin
 Both drawings NOW SOLD.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Recent Nude Studies in Charcoal and Chalk

One quick pose and several longer ones in charcoal and chalk on 12"x18" grey paper.

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Thursday, February 18, 2010

More Dressed Figure Studies in Charcoal

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin
Here are two recent sketches I did at our Artist Salon Open Studio. You are welcome to
contact me to purchase.

Drawing on left NOW SOLD.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Dressed Figurative Studies

These are a few longer charcoal and chalk studies from Open Studio.

I particularly liked the simplicity of the model's slim figure in the silky dress, and the impressions and shadows of the dress straps.

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

contact me to purchase these and other figure drawings. ("Dress Back, Reclining" below is SOLD.)

Monday, February 15, 2010

February Painting Challenge: Striped Socks!

This month I picked "Striped socks" for our subject.

One of the goals for the Challenge is to have fun and I think we definitely accomplished that.

"Two Step"
5"x7" Oil on hardboard
Diana Moses Botkin


As with most of our chosen Challenge subjects, there are a variety of ideas that get sorted through. This is the one that finally suggested itself to me, even though I had several previous plans.

I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I enjoyed painting it!

And I love all the paintings this month, don't you?

So many clever and fun ideas that suggest even more ideas for striped sock paintings.
Maybe we'll do some more!

(left) "Pink Glow"
Oil on panel
©2010 Robin Cheers

(right above) "Cozy Knits" 5"x5" Oil on panel ©2010 Jeanne Illenye
(left below) "Sockdance" 24" x 24" Oil on canvas ©2010
Suzanne Berry (right below) "Sock Puppets" 8"x8" Oil on Board ©2010 Michael Naples

"Socks First"

Oil on canvas

Marie Fox

"Liam in Striped Footies"

Oil on panel

Vicki Ross

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Quick Figurative Gesture Studies in Graphite

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Contact to purchase.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Latest Nude Figure Drawings

(left) 3 minute study in graphite
(right) 10 minute study in charcoal and chalk
(below left) 15 minute study in charcoal/chalk
(below right) 20 minute study charcoal/chalk

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Our artists' salon models change from time to time and keep us on our toes. Although I have my favorites, each one offers unique opportunities to learn something new or see in a fresh light. Like the landscape out my window, it is always changing.

Please contact me if you would like more information about purchasing these and other life drawings.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

"Red Kiss" Valentine Special Free Shipping

"Red Kiss" Original Miniature Oil 2"x3"
unframed, with free mini display easel
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Muchas smooches!


You can see more Valentine paintings at my DailyPainters Gallery. I hope you have fun shopping for that special someone!