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.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

April Painting Challenge: Shopping

Group member Mary Maxam picked our Challenge subject this month and asked us to interpret "shopping" any way we wanted.

(left) "Shop 'til You Drop"
Original unframed oil 4"x6"
©2012 Diana Moses Botkin


Although several ideas presented themselves to me, and I set up a still life to explore one plan, nothing really clicked until this idea formed.

 These expressive legos jumped in to save the day and transformed my idea for Challenge from ho-hum to fun. Perhaps they had been missing the opportunity to take part as they did for my Challenge paintings in 2009.

The other members participating this month surprised and delighted me with their interpretations of our theme. I love them all!

(left) "Shopping Without A List"
Oil 8"x8"
©2012 Mary Maxam

(below left)
"Petco with Poppy"

Oil on canvas 8x11"
©2012 Vicki Ross

(below right)
"Laissez les bons temps rouler"
Oil on panel 8"x10" ©2012 Mark Adams


mary maxam said...

I absolutely love this Diana! It draws me in to the play of shopping and your perfectly painted legos are a joy!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Thank you, Mary. I had fun with this one after I let loose a bit! Thanks for the subject idea this month. It really pushed me.

Mark Adams said...

"Lego of my Eggo!" - Remember that commercial?
Good fun, Diana.

vickiandrandyrossart said...

exactly how I feel if trapped into going shopping! Ahhh, the life of an artist...you have permission to wear all sorts of old paint stained clothes! Can't imagine having to 'dress' every day!

Diana Moses Botkin said...

Thank you both so much for dropping by. It looks like we all had fun with this Challenge.

I'll have to look that one up, Mark. I haven't watched much television in years!

Yes, Vicki, it wears me out walking on those concrete floors for very long. I do miss seeing people dress up to go out, however. It's just gross seeing people in their sweats and pj's in the market place!

I would love to see a return to style and class in public. It has become the norm for folks to wear blue jeans and t-shirts and other sloppy looking clothing ANYWHERE, even to the ballet or symphony. WHAT happened?!