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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Moses Botkin Challenge Dec. 2011

This month's challenge topic was mine. I swear I was not thinking 'emotional' was the collection of ultramarine bottles I have. Did I use them for my painting? Nope! Decided it was too did my first 'chair' painting. I'm liking having a kit right beside me.

My most favorite part of this challenge is on the 14th when we all share our 'conclusion' with the group.  With much gnashing and gnarling of teeth, I might add :)

4x4" Silverpoint and oil on panel

16x20" oil on canvas

"Malibu Blue" 
oil on canvas 4x8.75" 
©2011 by Ruth Andre

"Windy Beach"
12x9 oil on panel

"Holiday Blues" 
Oil on hardboard, 5"x7"

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 2011 Moses Botkin Challenge

Whew...the 15th comes around w-a-a-y too soon! But, we all stepped up to the plate again, always remembering the definitions of 'challenge'. Time is one of those :)

 pastel on paper 3x4 inches ©2011

"Helping Hands"
10x8 inches, oil on panel ©2011

"Morning Watch"  Work in Progress, 
6x6 inches soon to be 6x12 inches

"Seek and You Will Find"
Original oil on hardboard 8x6 inches ©2011

16x20-inches, oil on canvas ©2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

October Moses Botkin Challenge!

Thanks, Robin (Cheers) for the creative challenge this month! Setting up the photo shoot must have been somewhat time consuming. Couldn't have come at a better time because I just started a series based on 100 year old This was good practice. I decided I liked the photo flipped horizontally.

"Laundry Day" Photo by Robin Cheers

"Fresh Sheets"
11x14" watercolor on aquabord

Oil on hardboard, 10"x8"

"It's A Wash"
8x6 inches oil on canvas
by Ruth Andre

Summer Chores
11x14 oil on panel
(C) 2011 Robin Cheers

16x20" oil on canvas

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moses Botkin Challenge Sept 2011

What a great topic for the month of September, 2011... "Party Dress" chosen by Ruth Andre. Enjoy...

"Party Dress on the Beach"
9x12" pastel on paper

Faire Dress
16x12 oil on panel
©2011 Robin Cheers

12x6 oil on canvas

"that party dress"  
18x24" oil on canvas
© Suzanne Berry 2011

"New Dress" 
Oil on hardboard 10"x12"

Monday, August 15, 2011

August (already?) Moses Botkin Challenge Your Car

5x5" oil on cradled panel

Whew. In by a hair...this challenge has become a badge of honor. No matter what excuses have cropped up to 'skip' a month, Wicki won't let me. The topic this month was by Sharmin Owings "paint something on or in your car. I whined that it was over 100 degrees for a month and I couldn't go out. Finally a break in the weather, some fresh cherries in the fridge...and voila!

"Just Working" 
6x6-inches, oil on canvas
© by Ruth Andre

“Old Mobile” 
6x6” oil on hardboard

5x7 oil on panel
©2011 Robin Cheers

"Rocket Girl" 
Oil on hardboard, 7"x5"

Monday, July 25, 2011

"Urania's Tulips"

"Urania's Tulips"
18x18" oil on canvas

This has some really cool things going on in the background. I used Mars Black (thinly) for a matte look, along with Ivory Black for shiny. Then scraped straight cobalt, carmine and ultramarine in spots. 

Urania always has beautiful flowers in her house, and these just begged to be painted. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

July 2011 Moses Botkin Challenge

Thanks to Diana, our sponsor, for the challenge she conjured up this month...EYES. Hope someone does 'mouths' next month :)

each, 8x10 oil on canvas

"Helen's Eyes"
12x12" oil on canvas
©Suzanne Berry

"Just Thinking About You"
 4x4" oil/canvas board 

"My Daughter's Eyes"
5x7" oil on panel

"Eye of the Storm"
Oil on hardboard, 5"x3.5"

“Lashing Out” 
oil on board 5x5”
©Sharman Owings

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Scourge of the Botkin Challenge!

For the June 2011 Moses Botkin Challenge, I managed to come up with a real 'challenge'...a self-portrait. Started mine before we left for a week at IAPS, and worked on it 2 sessions after we got home. I think I should call it lobster-bake. However, when it gets dry, I can adjust those colors to my pale pink Irish complexion that better suits my flourescent red hair :)

11x14" oil on panel

"Morning Light" 10x8-inches 
© oil on canvas
by Ruth Andre

“Lady In Red aka Me at 60” 
oil on hardboard 8x8”

10x10 oil on linen board
(c) 2011 Robin Cheers

10x10" oil on linen

7"x8" Oil on canvas board
©2011 Diana Moses Botkin

Sunday, May 15, 2011

May Moses Botkin Challenge

Thanks to Suzanne (Berry) for this month's challenge...something with a camera. I played around with the pear and my camera, having to use my iphone for the photo. Good thing, too, cause Randy ate the pear before I could paint it from life!

"Bite Me"
Oil on canvas 8"x10"
©2011 Vicki Ross

Original oil on canvas
©2011 Diana Moses Botkin

"The Camera"
Oil on canvas 20"x16"
©2011 Suzanne Berry

"Photo Play"
Oil on canvas 6"x6"
©2011 Ruth Andre

“Sure Shot” 
oil on board 5x7”
Sharman Owings

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

HHDL (Dalai Lama)

Yeah, I know how everyone hates acronyms..."His Holiness Dalai Lama" is a mouthful. JoAnn and I did as instructed and arrived in plenty of time...right before the doors opened for the second event of the day.  Early enough to get good seating, in the nosebleed section of Bud Walton Arena.

We were an hour and half away from 'the event', but enjoyed sitting listening to the Tibetan music and people watching.

 Security was tight, but phones were were my binoculars. But you can see in the photo on the right that the video screens were huge, everything worked perfectly. Except for his honorary degree sash that kept choking him...he giggled every time he pulled it down in front, finally giving up and holding it with his left hand. Second half he sat on the sofa for Q&A from text messages, taking that off was the first thing he did.

He was hard to understand, but his message was clear. Funniest thing was when he'd crack himself up and made a funny guttural sound in his throat...kind of like a chuckle. Happened more than once. His happiness was contagious! That alone made the day worthwhile...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Now, this is funny, I don't care who you are!

Obviously, I liked this pose. Had already painted it in August of 2009, but didn't realize it until yesterday! Both paintings have one 3 hour session...I figure I should finish at least one of them, what'cha think? Same same, but different!

August 2009

April 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

OMG! A painting a week? OH, no, say it ain't so, Joe!

I forced me to be slow, and still got to this point in 3 1/2 hours. She still needs work, obviously, but no more than I've been able to paint for the past 6 months I'm happy.

Here is the stopping point today: She looks pretty good until you compare with the photo...and, yes, I signed it because I like to carve into the wet paint. Doesn't stop me from going back into it again, though. Her skin needs toned down.

There is a slideshow at the bottom :)

Friday, April 15, 2011

"7 Stroke to Place" April Challenge

Well, this month was a REAL challenge. Thank you Robin! We've all stewed over this one. I almost did watercolor, but then decided to try Chinese technique in thin oil.

I think I had 9 strokes, plus some wipe-out. no white. See my slideshow at the bottom! Great Job guys...this was a tough one...:)

"7 Stroke to Place"
13x9" oil on canvas

One Duck in 15 Strokes
10x10"  oil on canvas

"Spring" ©
6X4 - inches, Oil on Canvas

"7 Stroke Apple"
4"x 4.5" Oil on canvas

Robin Cheers
Contemporary Life Painter