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, April 15, 2009

My Challenge Group; Shoes (Mine are with Legos)!

I debated with myself about which device of torture I should paint for this month's challenge "Favorite Shoes", chosen by Silvina Day.

Even though I haven't been to ballet class for years, I decided my pointe shoes are my first choice for favorites, and I found a couple of old pairs stuck in a bag in my closet with my leg warmers, bandaides and a roll of athletic tape.

I was never a big Moody Blues fan, but I heard their songs in the 70s and the title intruded on my thoughts as I was considering my still life set-up, which seemed rather plain with the shoes alone. Those legos just begged to be part of my Challenge idea again. So, here is my contribution to our April Challenge, "Knights in Pink Satin".

7 x 5", Oil on board, in decorative gold frame
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

And here are the fun paintings from the rest of
our Challenge Group. Looks like almost everyone loves red shoes!

(left) “Red Slippers” 6 x 6", Pastel on Canson paper ©2009 Mike Beeman
(center) "The Red Shoes" 12 x 12", Oil on canvas ©2009 Marie Fox(right) "Decisions" 8 x 9", Oil on paper board ©2009 Robin Cheers

"Baby Shoes"
6 x 6", Oil on board
©2009 Michael Naples

8 x 10", Oil on panel
©2009 Vicki Ross

"Red Silk Espadrilles"
11 x 14"
Oil on canvas"

©2009 Silvina Day

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"Soul" Maple Seed Still Life Daily Painting

Original oil, painted from life 2.25"x3.25"
framed in decorative gold frame.
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin


Just when I thought I was finished with this series, I noticed another aspect of these little miracles. I've uncovered thousands of these from my gardens in the last couple of weeks and today I was struck by the hidden life that resides inside the seed. That green growing thing looks nothing like the brown seed and when it cracks open to reveal something altogether new, it is an amazing picture to me of the new life in the soul.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sold Daily Paintings

"Retirement" Oil, 5"x7" 
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

"Tenacity" Miniature Oil 
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin


"Potential" Miniature Oil 
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin


"Winter Survivor" Miniature Oil 
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin


"Sunset at the River" Oil, 3.5"x5" 
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin