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.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Thank you for joining me on my Art Journey this year!

Wishing you all a happy and safe New Year's celebration, and blessings for 2011. I really appreciate all of you who follow this blog.

Being an artist is mostly very solitary, so sharing my work with you and reading your input here and on my facebook page means a lot to me.

I'm looking forward to more daily painting and drawing this coming year. There are a number of ideas that've been jiggeting about in my brain that will make my art journey an adventure in the months ahead!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Wishing you all blessings at Christmas

I'm spending time with family and friends and hope you are too. I'll return to daily painting after the holidays.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December Challenge: Favorite Slogan or Saying

Suzanne Berry chose for us this month to paint our favorite saying, slogan or cliché. A few ideas came to mind but I settled on this one for the visual pun effect. A couple of the goals of our monthly Challenge is to have fun and do something we might not normally paint. I think we all did that this month!

(left)"No Time Like the Present"
Oil on board

Diana Moses Botkin


(above) "Good, Bad and Indifferent" 10"x30" Oil on canvas ©2010
Suzanne Berry


(above left) "Why Not Queen Me?" 6"x6" Oil on masonite ©2010 Sharman Owings
(middle) "You Can Lead A Horse to Water..."
10"x8" Oil on panel ©2010 Robin Cheers

(right) "Double Mint Twins at the Paris Metro" 16x12 Oil on panel ©2010
Vicki Ross

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DailyPainters Still Life Calendar, continued

This is the other painting of mine that was chosen for the 2011 DailyPainters Still Life Calendar.

"Vintage Ink Bottle"
Original unframed oil painting 4"x6"
Old Higgins India Ink bottle and stopper
©2009 Diana Moses Botkin

You can see my original post of this painting here.

Monday, December 13, 2010

My Art Published in DailyPainters Still Life Calendar

This still life with the vintage dolly is one of the featured art images reproduced in DailyPainters 2011 Still Life Calendar.

I'm delighted that two of my paintings appear (with my permission) in the calendar with ten other DailyPainters. In fact, it's an honor to be in such good company every day at the online gallery, where I show my small works with over 100 other members.

(left) "Waiting for Chloë" 8x10" Oil on hardboard
Unframed ©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

You can read more about this painting at the original post. You can also order a fine art print of this piece reproduced on canvas or art paper at FineArt America.

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Soft Sleeper" Cat Daily Painting

Original oil 3.5"x5"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


Fur and whiskers are fun and challenging to paint. This close-up kitten portrait gave me opportunity to work with fine lines and ragged edges.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"Cat on Concrete" Daily Painting

Original oil 5"x3.5"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin

Giclée reproductions are available at my Animal Gallery.


These little 'uns are just for fun. It's nice to play with some simple ideas. Sometimes I decide to paint one of these bigger.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Cuppajoe" Miniature Still Life Daily Painting

Original oil 3"x2"
unframed, with free mini easel
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


It's apparently good for you. Coffee is full of antioxidants and studies are showing some nice benefits to drinking the stuff. I especially like the protective effect from Alzheimer's. Let's have another cup.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"Warmer" Miniature Still Life Daily Painting

Original oil painting 3"x3"
unframed, with free mini easel
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


None of that froufrou stuff for me... please no sugar, syrups or creamers. I like my hot coffee black, not too strong and not too acidic. How about you?

Monday, December 6, 2010

"Steamy" MIniature Still Life Daily Painting

Original oil painting 3"x2"
unframed, with free mini easel
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


It's a busy time of year, and cold too. A steamy hot cup of coffee warms the tummy and wakes the brain. Go ahead. It's good for you.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

"Snow Laden" Miniature Christmas Tree Painting

This pretty little tree loaded with snow looks like the perfect Christmas tree.


Original oil painting, 3"x2"
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"Shining Tree" Miniature Winter Painting

We have a lot of snow now, which, except for driving, seems ideal for the season.

Original oil painting
3"x2" unframed
with free mini easel
©2010 Diana Moses Botkin