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 15, 2013
Originally, I had the idea to finish a large painting I have in a corner of my studio which features a hat. I had set that piece aside some time ago (several years, now) because it had problems.
I still need to work out the kinks in the painting and decided not put myself on a deadline to figure it out.
Thankfully, our Challenge subject presented several other ideas to my mind.
This is a quick oil sketch. Quick for me, anyway. I've been wanting to loosen up, use thicker paint, and not labor over it too much. So, here's a stab at that.
(above) "Sound in the Ravine" Oil sketch 12"x9" ©2013 Diana Moses Botkin
I took about a hundred reference photos trying to find something interesting and different for this Challenge. My son posed.
I liked the somewhat timeless look of his costume. This painting could be of a young man a hundred years ago. Indeed, the wild places in our area are relatively unchanged from a century ago. I am quite thankful, though, for some modern conveniences, including electricity and the internet.
Here is Vicki's painting for our Challenge this month, which I love. (I am "Mimi" to my little grandgirls, too.)
"Mimi in the Red Hat"
12x6" Oil on panel
Suzanne promises to join us again next month in March. We sure miss her!
I am still looking for one or two more artists to be a part of the Challenge group. If you think you'd like to commit, jot me an email with a link to your blog and I'll take a look at your work to see if you'd be a good fit.
Each one in our group takes a turn as the months go by, picking the puzzler. Then we each post everyone's work on our blogs on the 15th. You can see all the Challenges at my sidebar. If you would like to apply to our little merry band, please contact me with your blog link and email. I would love to see your work and share with you what the Challenge entails.
Posted by Diana Moses Botkin at 10:03 AM