Wednesday, March 30, 2011


8x24" oil on canvas

A finished commission! Happily a client requested a smaller and similarly composed painting of the original Man Down. It was a fun revisiting these critters.

Friday, March 25, 2011


46" x 15" (116.9cm x 38.1cm)
oil on canvas

Double dippin' again. Actually, triple dippin' in this painting's case. I've committed to 2 paintings a week minimum, which by daily painting standards ain't all that, but my rationalization is that I'm using larger canvasses. And, I'm working on two commissions right now and even if they were done, posting before they are gifted to the intended giftees wouldn't be prudent so meet the line-up. Again.

Enjoy the weekend and thank you again for dropping by.

Monday, March 21, 2011


11" x 14" (28.0cm x 35.6cm)
graphite on paper
$95 plus $10.95 shipping and handling in the US
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Methinks this might have been the expression himself wore last week when he was forcibly invited to attend a speed trap party by the nice police officer waving the big red stop sign in his face. There were at least 15 unhappy attendees at this particular soiree and I imagine a good time was not had by all!

As for the drawing...Tim found an artist online that we had no knowledge of. His name was Nicolai Fechin and his drawings took our breath away! Literally. Google him if you dare and hold on tight. In my humble opinion, Sargent was the best I'd ever seen. Apparently I was wrong.  Ever since digesting his work, all I want to do is draw! The man had mad skills.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


20" x 16" (50.8cm x 40.7cm)
oil on board
$450 plus $15.95 shipping and handling in the US
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It's that time again! This month, our challenge, chosen by Ruth Andre, was to paint an image on a black background. I love black backgrounds. They're dramatic, really showcase the image and are incredibly simple to do.


“Sweet Reflections”
Oil on hardboard, 4”x6”
©2011 Diana Moses Botkin

“Megan Noir”
4x6”  oil on canvas
©2011 Ruth Andre

“Glass Artists”
5x7” oil on clayboard
© 2011 Robin Cheers

“Blue and Pink”
9x12” pastel
© Vicki Ross

“Not So Crystal Ball”
oil on canvas, 20x24”
©2011 Sharman Owings

Thursday, March 10, 2011



Just waitin' for clearance from the tower.

I painted this critter before but much smaller as a daily. It was fun taking my time on a much larger scale. There is a distinctive difference between a wasp and a bee I wasn't aware of. I thought if you had a yellow and black stripped bum you were a bee. Who knew?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


16x20" oil on canvas

Say hello to Cliff. A just completed commission, the portrait is a gift to Cliff's owner who is heartbroken over his recent passing. Such an amazingly beautiful beast and so very sad that he is no longer with us.

The passing of a pet is made all the more heartbreaking by the concept that he or she was just that...a pet. An animal. Everyone is different and handles grief the way that works best for them but for me, losing a pet is like losing a family member. Period. My heartfelt condolences to Cliff's family. He was stunning and I know he'll be missed.

We had a big wind come through the other night and knock down a new section of our stockade fence. I let the boys out after breakfast for their toilette and went to put a load of laundry in. I'm a worry-wart and usually check the fences before letting them out in the backyard, but this morning for some reason I didn't. When I got the washer started I went to the back door to check on them and didn't see them. Figuring they were around the side of the house I went to make sure and saw the fallen section of fence and discovered, to my horror, they were gone!

I was frantic, screaming for Tim, running through the house and out the front door calling their names. We live on a fairly busy street, it was the beginning of rush hour and there was a lot of traffic going by. My neighbor must have heard me because she was out and coaxing Raz from the street. He saw me and ran over. Scooping him up, I was scanning the yards and streets for Blu, when my neighbor pointed him out, three houses over on the front lawn. Thankfully the traffic seemed to have disappeared as he crossed the streets safely when I called him.  Happily behind the front door with our two bundles of love, I collapsed in a heap as they jumped all over me, snorting and showering me with kisses.  I am so grateful they were alright.

I will be checking the fence, constantly, from this point on.

Friday, March 4, 2011


36" x 24" (91.5cm x 61.0cm)
oil on canvas
$2,000 plus $25.95 shipping and handling in the US
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I think it's done. Still not sure. So much fun playing with that hair. I'll let it soak and see.
Enjoy the weekend and thank you so much for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


36" x 24" (91.5cm x 61.0cm)
oil on canvas
$1,500 plus $25.95 shipping and handling in the US
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Peaceful, soothing and joyful. These are good emotions. I like feeling good. Toward that end, I see more of these, some perhaps even larger, in my future. This was just pure fun to work on.

The shapes and folds, attained simply by mushing the sheet about by hand, begin to take on their own identity. Some start vaguely resembling the human form and then morph into the petals of a flower, an outstretched arm, a head of lettuce or a stack of paper. The possibilities seem endless. I'm very happy.