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, 2009

Pictures from my Exhibit at Leslie Powell Gallery

Although I wasn't able to be at my show at Leslie Powell Gallery which opened on May 9, the gallery director sent me photos.

There were a number of sales and a good turnout for the Opening. It's always fun seeing people discovering my work and I thought perhaps others might enjoy a few pictures too.

The exhibit hangs until June 26.

If you're near Lawton, Oklahoma and would like to see the paintings live, I'll hope you'll drop in. Please introduce yourself to gallery director Nancy Anderson and tell her I sent you!

I'm working on some new paintings for upcoming exhibits these days.
Although the larger pieces won't be ready for you to see for awhile, I plan to post at least a few new little 'uns soon!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Our May Painting Challenge: "Pig Party"! Legos Crashed My Party.

This month's Challenge subject, "Pig Party", was picked by group member Mike Beeman. I confess when he sent out the notice in April of what we'd be working with, I was at a loss for what to paint.

As the days went by I thought up several plans for paintings, none of which I developed very much.
When I broke my ankle I started thinking about this idea instead. Those toy figures wanted to part of the painting again too!

So, here is my piece on the left. I had a blast with it and it definitely was a challenge!


"Piggie Party of Five"
Original unframed oil on panel
Diana Moses Botkin

And here are the rest of the Challenge Group's paintings.

Each artist put their own twist on the "Pig Party" subject. I love it that they are each so different and unique.

Aren't they wonderful!?

(left above) "Party Ears" 12"x7" Original oil on panel ©2009 Vicki Ross
(right above) "Pig Party" 14"x11" Original oil on canvas ©2009 Silvina Day

"Swine Barrel" 5"x7"
Original Pastel
on Canson Paper
©2009 Mike Beeman

(left) "Hog Wild" 5"x7"
Original oil on panel ©2009 Robin Cheers

(right) "Piggy Bank Picnic" 6"x6"
Original oil on canvas ©2009 Marie Fox

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Peek at my Exhibit at Leslie Powell Gallery

Tonight is the Opening of my show in Lawton, Oklahoma. Twenty-seven of my colorful landscape oil paintings will be shown in "The Joy of Light; Color in the Landscape".

Sizes range from miniature to larger 11"x14", all framed in silver or gold frames. You can read more about the show at my blog post recently.

I was hoping to be at the Opening to connect with friends, past collectors and meet new people. When I broke my ankle recently, my plans changed.

Nancy Anderson, gallery director, did the next best thing and sent me some photos of how the show looks hung in the spacious gallery. These are three of the dozen pictures she emailed me this morning.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009


This is the Greek word for "peaceable", which describes this relaxing scene of Mama with her nursing newborn.
©1989 Diana Moses Botkin

Original was sold to Evansville Museum of Art in 1989. This painting was also the top award winner at the 42nd Annual Mid-State Exhibition at the museum the same year.