Tuesday, March 15, 2011


20" x 16" (50.8cm x 40.7cm)
oil on board
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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


  1. The drama of each of our Challenge paintings is so fun. I love how each member of the group came up with their own unique take on the black background. Your bright egg contrasted with that rich velvety black is simply beautiful!

  2. Wow Suzanne, that is a dramatic painting! Knock your eyes out dramatic. More, more, more!

  3. As always I absolutely love it, Suzanne.

  4. I ditto Carol's "wow" and up a "Holey Cow" in there too! I looked at the enlarged image and studied intently on how you were able to render that film a cracked egg has protecting the inner membrane. Amazing!

  5. Another stunner, so dramatic, I just don't know how you do it! You can make any subject whether a bug or a humble egg or a bed sheet into a work of art!

  6. LUV IT! so glad you are in the Moses Botkin Challenge Group. it's fun!

  7. The black is certainly dramatic behind the bright features of the egg. You are on fire these days! Love it!

  8. This is so rich and lively and realistic that it even trickled from my visual senses into my olfactory senses. I actually felt like I could smell it. Damn, how did you do that?


  9. An egg never looked so good! Well done, Suz!

  10. Words fail me! I mean... that egg! WOW!!! I just get blown away every single time I visit!

  11. Sunnyside up is VERY striking. I want to try some flowers on black, I wonder if I could get that same dramatic effect, very cool?!

  12. Great painting, very dramatic! So fun to do the challenges and we learn so much.

  13. Suzanne - this is a great response to the challenge - as a group! But I am bowing to your awesomeness (I think that's a word no one else has used YET on these comments) in capturing a dramatic subject with a ROCKING composition. And you also got the photo with NO glare! I know how hard THAT is to do!!! Very, very cool...

  14. Hi Suzanne!... I love the drama and sharp contrast that the black underpainting accentuates... and that as well...supercharges the colour and textural differences!

    The compositional use of the reflected image... gives twice the energy to the subject! A(nother) gem!

    Love the "yolk" too!... "Sunny Side Up!"... Too funny! HAHA!!

    Good Painting!... Happy Easter(Egg) to "You"!
    Warmest regards,

  15. thank you everyone so very much for these incredible and generous comments. happy creating and enjoy the weekend and again thank you!!

  16. Fabulous! What a dramatic, arresting, show stopping piece!

  17. You have taken the meager egg and turned it into a Star! Love the way the rich golden yolk reflects onto the shell and the contrasting blue on the shells as well. The composition takes on a life of it's own in the mirror image. VERY cool!


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