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 16, 2014


(left) "Sky Light" oil 4"x6"
©2012 Diana Moses Botkin

If you are an artist you might have, like I do, a pile of paintings that still need work or should get thrown in the fire. I have several sizable such piles which taunt me from time to time. I've been wrestling with a few of them lately: some successfully and others not so much.

Here is one I brought to a better conclusion. This was a plein air piece I did during a paint out a couple of years ago on a day when nearby forest fires pretty much ruined long-distance visability.

The three studies I did that day were all pretty much failures so into the pile they went. Now this one looks a lot better and I'm pleased with it. I've added more color and bumped up contrast.