Saturday, December 21, 2013


"Dressing Up"
16x20" mixed media

We were all a tad busy this month so the challenge posting is a tad late. Diana chose "a little girl's holiday dress" for our subject and a fitting choice it is. I was busy with life and the jelly donuts and then the dress I ordered to paint and subsequently gift my niece arrived late due to snow storms in the west, so I found this little frock online.

I wasn't at all happy with it so when I scanned it into Photoshop I added the dots in the background to try and give it some character.

During this busy joyful season, it's difficult to turn our attention to those facing demanding challenges but I want to share this because I know first hand how caring and wonderful you all are.

If you haven't read already on her blog post, my very dear friend Brenda Ferguson, who I have spoken of many times here, is facing, unfortunately, the challenge of her life. Please, if you can, drop by her blog and leave her a message of comfort and hope and if you pray, please include Brenda and her family in your prayers.

Bren, who I've never had the pleasure of meeting in person, has become one of my closest and dearest friends. The first year of my journey without Tim, Brenda would constantly send me passages of encouragement and messages of support to let me know she was thinking of me. Then subsequently we began chatting through emails and discovered we had been separated at birth. Our similarities, not the least of which is sharing a beauty mark in the exact same place, paved the way for daily emails back and forth, sometimes all day long. She is an incredibly generous, kind and loving person and I am beyond grateful and blessed to have her in my life.

"Decked Out!"
oil on hardboard 7x5"
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin

oil on linen 20x16"

Thank you for stopping by, your visits and comments mean more than I can put into words. I'll be posting my Christmas greetings on the eve of.


  1. Beautiful painting
    As soon as I saw the dress, I knew I have to create an adult version (without puffy sleeves. I began thinking about ribbon candy. Everything about it sends out thoughts about what makes the holidays happy. Hope your holidays are bright
    I'll visit Bren with warm wishes as well.

  2. This is so stinkin' cute, Suzanne. Thank you for being such a great sport this month and coming up with a painting for our Challenge amidst all your other projects!

  3. I think the dress is gorgeous Suz. So are the other two you posted from the challenge. I am so sorry to hear of worries for your friend. I will visit her blog too.

  4. Sweet Suz
    The little dress is so precious and beautful!! All the layers and shadows, and the way the material flows- it amazing to know you painted it.
    Suz - we went to share some love with your friend and we sit beside her as she travels this journey- she will not be alone

  5. Thank you for directing us to Brenda. I see you hardly have any comments, but Brenda is making new friends thanks to you. Blessings and hugs.

  6. Suz, I don't know how you do it but I marvel with each piece.The textures are unmistakable. It's as if, rather than painting with oil, you paint with velvet ...and tulle.
    You're a master of the medium.

  7. I agree with Brenda (to whom I will be stopping by to say hi). So very Christmasy and fitting for the season. Merry Christmas.

  8. You've done it again ... perfection! I must agree with Brenda - you paint as if with velvet. Exquisite work, my Friend of the Gunkish Persuasion. ;)
    Now to visit Brenda ...


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