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.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

April Painting Challenge: Spring!

Last month I mentioned that two members of my Challenge Group had to drop out due to family needs. We still have six participants in this monthly exercise, though: Suzanne Berry, Robin Cheers, Jeanne Illenye, Michael Naples, Vicki Ross and me (Diana Moses Botkin).

As you may recall, each of us in my Challenge Group takes a turn choosing what we'll paint. This month, member Jeanne Illenye suggested, "As it's April, how about something broad in range that leaves lots of creativity for everyone: 'Spring'."

The idea of spring calls up an array of images: flowers blooming, weeds to pull out of my gardens, grass to mow, fruit trees to prune, the end of hibernation for the bears, melting of snow from the mountains swelling the rivers, little girls' Easter dresses, the Resurrection. So many ideas... so little time!
Last year I started a series of miniatures inspired by the tenacious maple seeds that had been lying dormant all winter and had miraculously sprung to life everywhere on our property. As exasperating as they are to battle in my gardens I have to admire them. They truly are amazing. I think they epitomize the idea of spring perfectly.

"Spring Wonder"
Oil on hardboard 4"x6"
Diana Moses Botkin


I am always delighted to see what each member of our group comes up with for the Challenge each month. "Spring" brought an especially beautiful crop of paintings. I love them all!

(left above) "The Lost Ribbon", Oil on Panel 8"x8", (c)2010 Jeanne Illenye
(middle above) "Easter Sunday", Oil on Canvas 12"x12", (c)2010
Suzanne Berry
(right above) "Stretch" 18x18 oil on canvas ©2010
Michael Naples

(left above) "En Plein Air", Oil on Panel 9"x12" ©2010 Robin Cheers
(right above) "Spring", Oil on Panel 9"x12" ©2010
Vicki Ross


Jonathan said...

Hi Diana, I love these challenges you guys create, I found your blog through Michael Naples. I am really interested to be apart of the challenges if I am able to, you can view my blog at www.jonaller.blogspot.com Thanks again and great paintings!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Thank you for telling me of your interest, Jonathan. I'm delighted to find your work, which is beautiful. I'll certainly keep you in mind when I'm ready to add more members to the group.

silvina said...

Diana, what a lovely collections of Spring paintings! You guys are doing beautiful work.

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Thank you, Lady! I hope you can come back to the Challenge one of these months.