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Friday, February 28, 2014

MB Challenge 2014

All good things must come to an end. After much discussion (and none of us wanting to say 'yes' first) we decided to stop the Moses Botkin Challenge. Four years? maybe. A long time.

I've also decided to move my blog posting to www.Axully.com where I keep two blogs right now:

One, "Over and Over Again: Repetition with Variations" is about the journey of creating 100 7.5" square paintings. Each is the same size, and starts with the same four loose compositional shapes. From there, color, style, medium, can all morph. Three dimension, acrylic mediums, pastel, oil, watercolor...whatever is close at hand. This project was a successfully funded campaign on Hatchfund.org, a crowd-funding just for artists.

The other blog is more general, and has some guest blogs...many different topics, but generally speaking on how creative outlets can heal...improve...make happy...something in all of us. From stitchery to encaustic...knit booties to watercolor.

I may start a more personal blog after I complete the 100 variations, but it will be under the Axully umbrella...too many social media demands, and we all need some centralization.

My newest favorite is Flipboard. I read all the time anyway and am always asked "how did you know that?". FB is a news aggregator where you can pick the topics that interest you. News, technolology, People magazine, Lifestyle, sports, on and on. AND, you can have all your social media feeds there...live. Now everything you enjoy is in one spot. Just a few months ago they added the ability to have your own magazine. When I read something I like, I flip it into my magazine, "Axully?" and it can be read by anyone.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

MB Challenge: December, the twelfth year

Diana chose the theme for this month, "Christmas Dress". Both she and Suzanne offered to do another theme if this one bothered me. Suzanne, in particular, has given me the courage to 'come out' a bit. She has done much of her healing process verbally, through her blog. She's been so brave!

We were all three running late this month, but decided to give it our best shot anyway...part of the challenge. I will continue to work on mine.

While not exactly a Christmas Dress, my choice is definitely a Party Dress. And Sarah was a beautiful three year old in the picture. She'll be gone 12 years this xmas day. bummer. A few days before her time, she asked several times if she was a pretty baby.


20 x 16" oil on linen
© V.N.Ross

I want to announce that I was chosen to participate in a Hatchfund.org project, and mine was approved! Please click to go see the video and all the perks I designed. AND share, please!

"Dressing Up" 
Mixed media, 20"x16” 
©2013 Suzanne Berry

"Decked Out"
Original oil on hardboard
unframed, 7"x5"
©2013 Diana Moses Botkin