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.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Open studios is a good opportunity to draw and paint from live models, nude or costumed. As you've likely guessed from this blog, I am a big fan of working from life, for figurative work and other genres.
I interviewed several respected artists for the article. They graciously sent me photos and quotes. Morgan Weistling, William Whittaker, Sherrie McGraw, Mary Qian, and Yer Za Vue each comment on how open studios have helped and inspired them. Additionally, Za shares about the challenges of running open studio sessions. There are also suggestions on how to find open studio sessions in your locale.
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Monday, May 4, 2015
I'm working on a commission
and at times I need a break from it for various reasons. The reasons differ,
depending on the need. The particular piece I'm painting has required additional
During a break, there is always yard work or some other chore to do, of course.
But if the chores aren't too pressing, I can pick up an unfinished painting from my studio corners to bring something to completion. That helps my outlook, especially if a bigger project is weighing down on me.
(left) "Pink Blouse" Oil 8"x6"
©2014 Diana Moses Botkin
Each of these two pieces shown here have gone through at least a couple of stages to work out the kinks. (Some paintings do, at least in my experience.)
They both had been set aside, needing something. Now I can finally feel that the finishing touches have been added.
(left) "Red Bow Tie"
©2011 Diana Moses Botkin