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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...