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, September 28, 2010

My Second Scotchman Peaks PaintOut Piece

"The Peak From Johnson Creek"
Oil. 8x10"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


This painting from the PaintOut sold to a fellow artist which made me very happy. I also purchased a piece from the show from one of the artists whose work I admire.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Scotchman Peaks PaintOut

"Reflections at the Flats"
Original oil, 4"x6"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


For the third year in a row, painters from around the Northwest participated in the Scotchman Peaks PaintOut. It is always an exciting challenge to see if we can paint something beautiful in rapidly changing conditions, hot or cold temps, rain or shine.

This was one of two pieces I was happy with from the weekend of painting outdoors on location. Both sold at the show on Sunday, which boasted dozens of beautiful works from 24 participating artists.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Berry Slide" Miniature Abstract Daily Paintng

Original oil, 2"x3"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Here are more bright colors for you.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

"Orange Crush" Miniature Abstract Daily Painting

Original oil, 2"x3"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Something like this in a large format would be really fun in these bright colors. Let me know if you are interested, or would like this little 'un for your desk.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Glacier Melt" Miniature Abstract Daily Painting

I'm gathering up another handful of minis from the corners of my studio to keep you entertained while I'm busy with commissions.

Please tell me if you'd like to own any of them, or want information on ordering something similar in a large piece.

Original oil 3x3"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Monday, September 20, 2010

"Sugar Swing" Miniature Abstract Daily Painting

Original oil, 3"x2"

©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

The image and title came from somewhere beyond the recesses of my mind... or maybe I'm simply sleep deprived.

Whatever the case, these playful little thoughts keep me moving along to new ideas.

Friday, September 17, 2010

"September Evening" Miniature Daily Painting

Original Oil
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Painting Demo at Art in the Garden

Last weekend was Sandpoint's Art in the Garden. It was an entertaining event by beautiful Lake Pend Oreille with live music, food, wine and art. I was on hand to demonstrate plein air painting, as I did last year. The Lord gave us a beautiful evening; not too cold, and a fun one to paint outdoors. Although sundown is my favorite time to work en plein air, it is always challenging to capture a scene in light that quickly changes and fades.

By the time I got enough down on the canvas to look like a painting, the light was pretty much gone and I couldn't really see what my work looked like.

This is as far as I got on the piece that night, which would not be bad if it was really small, but the canvas is 10"x10", so I felt it needed a little more development.
Participants in the outdoor event had the opportunity to win my painting that night and the recipient of the prize was excited about the piece. I wanted to see what my work looked like in the daylight, so promised to finish the painting and deliver it to the winner later.  

(at left, the finished piece)
"September Evening at the Lake"  Oil 10"x10"  
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

September Challenge: Paint it RED!

Challenge Group member Elizabeth Blaylock picked the idea for our September Challenge. She directed us to "do a painting with a red, red violet or red orange color dominance." For the past month I've been thinking about this simple idea and what to do with it. So many choices. I finally settled on painting a small enamel pitcher I bought awhile back (thinking I'd paint it one of these days).

So, Monday was the day. I set up the colorful still life on my patio table outdoors and worked away in the glorious sunshine.

We've had cool, overcast weather lately so to play with bright colors for several hours outside on a warm sunny day did my brain a big favor.

The reflections in the shiny surface of the vessel were especially fun to paint.. so many colors in addition to red.

(left) "Red Pitcher on Blue Cloth"

Oil on canvasboard
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

(left) "Arrangement on Red" 6x6" Oil on Panel ©2010 Elizabeth Blaylock
(middle) "Red Dance" 8x8 Oil on Paper ©2010
Robin Cheers
(right) "La Basilique du Val de Grace illumine'e la nuit" 14x11" Oil on Panel ©2010 Vicki Ross

(left) "Sultry" 16x16" Oil on Canvas ©2010 Suzanne Berry
(right) "Red Brush" 6x8" Oil on Canvas ©2010 Aaron Cordell Johnson

Saturday, September 11, 2010

"Explosion" Abstract Daily Painting

Acrylic on hardboard, 12"x12"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

On my desk are a handful of tiny abstracts. They are ideas I've jotted down for larger paintings. But something happens whenever I try to develop one of those little ideas. The big piece seems to have a mind of its own and doesn't turn out to look like the little idea at all.

This is one such piece. It seems fitting that I would finish it on September eleventh.

Friday, September 10, 2010

"Fall Snack" Landscape Oil Daily Painting

Original oil on hardboard, 4"x6"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Evening Graze" Original Oil Landscape Daily Painting

Oil on hardboard 4"x4"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


This week I've been trying some looser painting for practice making a composition fairly quickly.
Adding a few animals creates interest in this ethereal scene, which reminds me of our recent Oklahoma trip near the Wichita Wildlife Refuge.