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.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Still Alive

(upper left) "Short Pose"
Charcoal and chalk on cotton paper 11"x17"
©2017 Diana Moses Botkin

Here it is almost the end of summer and I'm still catching up from my winter trip south. It was a good winter to be gone from the Great White North, as the heavy snowfall all winter and resultant spring mudslides made life miserable and dangerous for many folks up here.

In sunny Oklahoma City I was able to get to many open studio sessions at Geatches. Drawing and painting was difficult for me, as I've been fighting injuries and pain issues. At times my right arm hurt too much to use, so I resorted to using my left hand until my left arm hurt too much. Results were not always good, but I tried.

It's interesting and challenging to use the non-dominant hand and a good brain exercise. Try it sometime!


(middle left) "Top Interest"
Charcoal and chalk on cotton paper 17"x11"
©2017 Diana Moses Botkin

I also caught some open studio sessions at Scottsdale Artists' School, along with a wonderful figurative painting workshop with Rose Frantzen at SAS. She is inspiring, helpful, wonderfully gifted, and downright righteous. Plus she is very entertaining to watch paint.

These are a few of my sketches from this past winter that I've managed to photograph. I'm planning to get more of that done soon, so I hope you'll check back in a few weeks to see more.

Summer chores and personal issues have taken up most of my time and energy these past few months. Although it seems I've been invisible, I'm still here.

(lower left) "Far Away"
Charcoal and chalk on cotton paper 11"x12"
©2017 Diana Moses Botkin