Friday, March 15, 2013


"Storm's Comin!"
18x18" oil on heavyweight canvas

The Ides of March was the subject this month, chosen by Vicki. Great choice but I had no ideas. Well I did, but they all included bloodied togas. I'm too literal. Gotta keep those vibrations high, so I thought storm clouds might be a good idea. And it was except I can't decide whether I hear distant thunder or see a pile of dirty tissues.

Whatever, not my best effort but I'm okay with it. I did try, in fact I started it over a week ago. Very responsible for me, as admittedly, I usually require adult supervision to get things done on time. In my head it was very dramatic and imposing. Guess that will have to do.

I love the solutions that Diana and Vicki came up with...hmmm... perhaps my vibes aren't raised as high as I'd like them to be..

"Ides of March of the Penguins" 
Pastel on Canson 9"x12"
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin

"Bloody Caesar"
16 x 12" Pastel on sanded board

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  1. Oh I love your idea for this one, Suzanne! I think it fits the forboding character of Shakespeare's play without showing the bloody togas. Very effective.

  2. Wow...look at all those layers and layers of blue-grays! You've got some powerful depth goin' on there! AND you know how to spell Ides which is more than I can say for myself...
    Paint on, my friend!

  3. Ohhhhh we hear the thunder in those power thunder clouds! And we can feel the wind blow too! Splendorious!!!

  4. Oh my gosh! That's why I can never get anything done on time, I don't have adult supervision!! ;)

    I definitely see brewing storm clouds and NOT a pile of tissues. I love your interpretation of it, and the others too. :))) But you know you're my fave Suz, always will be. :D

  5. I tend to be very literal as well so It is nice to know I am in good company!! I think all three pieces are fabulous!!!

  6. This is a powerful sky!!! love the colors and how the light hits the clouds...really wonderful work, Suzanne!!!

  7. I can almost see the movement on these clouds and admire the skill involved with top top rear area where the clouds are receding into the perfect values.

  8. Well it's clearly a bubbling storm cloud - and it's what I see when I look up right now, lol!
    I think it's just perfect! I would struggle not to be literal too. It's a great thing to be able to think out side the box :0)

  9. I like your solution...those clouds look hopeful--beautiful contrasts!

  10. Whew! I can feel the weather changing. Great painting and I love the challenge!

  11. Love it, Suzanne! It was a dark and stormy night :)

  12. Good heavens, no dirty tissues here! I identify with the clouds, well done, and the other works tickle me, such creative minds and great talent.


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