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.

Monday, January 13, 2014

My Article About Becky Joy Now Published

As with many of the articles I've written, this one was started months before the publication date. I'd been thinking about it awhile before then, as well. This is pretty much the way my brain works for writing projects or larger paintings. It takes time. A seed starts to grow from an idea and sprouts into something coherent. Then it must be watered and fed until it blooms.

If you are a subscriber to Professional Artist Magazine, I hope you are enjoying my piece about Becky Joy (on pages 34 -40). If you are not a subscriber, you can find the issue at newsstands or order at the website.

I first met Becky at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit in 2011 and then got to know her better at the Pacific Northwest Plein Air event a few months later. Her career has really taken off and I wanted to write this piece to showcase how she used what she knew already to become the artist she wanted to be.

That's Becky Joy on the left, yours truly in the middle, and Celeste Bergin on the right: at the Pacific Northwest Plein Air reception, 2011. (photo, courtesy David Burbach Photography)

Becky is such an inspiration: she is a very hard worker who creates beautiful paintings. She's also a creative thinker for how to market her art, and herself as a teacher. She took part in my Challenge group for several months, so perhaps you remember her work from the Challenges at this blog. Here is her website if you'd like to check out her paintings or workshops.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Two More Hawaii Plein Air Paintings

(left) "Shore Sunset"
Original oil, 5"x7"
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin


I was going to post these after I showed you those first three from my trip, but got so busy with Christmas preparations and my commission, that I forgot about it!

So, I hope you'll enjoy these little reminders of warm evenings in a wonderful place. Please contact me to purchase.

(lower image) "Kona Lights"
Original oil, 4"x6"
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin


I loved painting en plein air on the tropical beaches for many reasons. Principally, the weather was much to my liking, as I didn't have to bundle up even though it was December. I usually didn't even need a jacket in the evening, although sometimes I added my painting shirt to sleeveless attire.

Add to the warm weather, gentle breezes and families singing and laughing nearby while children played in the sand, and it was pretty much the perfect environment for a simple rustic life.

If you've ever been to such a place, I hope these two studies will remind you of pleasant memories. If you haven't yet been able to swing a trip, I highly recommend it. Find a bargain airline ticket and a good deal on a room. Once you are there, there is a lot to do that doesn't cost much money. Being on the beach with a picnic dinner, or snorkeling to see the beautiful fish are some of the simple pleasures we enjoyed most on the trip.