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, March 15, 2013
Pastel on Canson
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin
They are Emperor Penguins, after all.
Vicki chose our subject for this month's Challenge: perfect for March 15th! However, I confess I was totally stumped when she announced the idea.
After some consideration and reading up on the associations of the day, some thoughts began to suggest themselves for images, but I wasn't excited about any of them. Then I remembered a visual pun my husband made a few years ago for our refrigerator gallery with a penguin in a toga. He often comes up with clever cartoons to amuse us: our own private Far Side at home. This sort of idea seemed a lot more fun than Julius Caesar's demise.
Vicki's painting portrays the cocktail invented in Canada that relates to the Ides of March, the Bloody Caesar, a blend of vodka, Clamato and some spicy additions. I love her still life she composed for this Challenge, along with her blog post about it. And Suzanne's storm clouds fit the forboding theme to "Beware the Ides of March" in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. I think all of us went outside the box for this one. It was indeed challenging!
(below left) "Bloody Caesar" 16"x12" Pastel on sanded board ©2013 V.N.Ross
(below right) "Storm's Comin'" 18"x18" oil on canvas ©2013 Suzanne Berry
Posted by Diana Moses Botkin at 11:30 AM