30 Day Collage

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Here are 25 of the 27 paintings that I painted for the challenge. If you would like to view all the artists’ collages go to Leslie Saeta’s blog Slices of Life.  I’m hoping to have the time this weekend to take a look at each one. When you are busy painting and taking photos and uploading them to your blog, it’s hard to find the time to just enjoy all the artwork.

Thank you for following along and for all your encouragement. 🙂

If you are interested in purchasing a painting or would just like to see more of my artwork, please visit my website… knaylorpaintings.com

Day 30 ~ Lilacs and Peonies

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6″ x  6″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas


This is the last day of 30 Paintings in 30 Days… I’m ready for it to be over, and at the same time I know it has been a wonderful experience for everyone involved. I think I managed to paint 28 out of the 30. This one needs some finishing touches when it is a little drier, like a fallen leaf on the table. I will post it again when the edges are finished. Oh…and for anyone who is following, I added a cute little frog to the edge of the jonquil painting. I’ll post a picture of that in a few day, as well. 🙂

Day 28 ~ Spring Waits

Underneath the snow and cold, underneath the rich black and brown dirt, the daffodils, jonquils, narcissus…wait. Waiting to burst forth in beautiful blooms announcing that spring has come. And for all you living up north in the midst of that polar vortex…just know…spring waits…it will come.

spring waits5copy6″ x 6″ gallery wrapped canvas

I’m not finished with this one yet… Here is a side shot…

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And the bottom unfinished, but coming along…

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I’m thinking about putting a bee or a butterfly or a frog or a lady bug on the other side…???

Day 27 ~ Wood Island Lighthouse

We have this wonderful friend who is a photographer and faithfully sends us a beautiful calendar every year of photos he has taken.  He lives in Maine and one subject he always includes in his calendar is a lighthouse. This year it was the Wood Island Lighthouse in Biddeford, Maine.  This painting is a little thank you for Ethan…

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8″ x 10″ oil on canvas

To see Ethan’s photography visit his blog… Ethan McNerny

Day 26 ~ My First Plein Aire

It was a beautiful 67 degrees here today and knowing that the high is supposed to be 23 degrees tomorrow, we (my gardener daughter and me) took advantage of this day and headed to the lake, she with her pastels and me with my oils. I have been scoping out this spot on the lake for over a year now, and today, finally, I painted my first plein aire… Thanks, Anna. 🙂

Guthrie Lake8″ x  10″ oil on canvas

Guthrie Lake ~ January 2014


Day 26 Karin’s Chicken

I had to reblog this…Isn’t this fun? I asked Pam to do her rendition of my Folksy Chicken. What a wonderful artist she is. 🙂


Today’s painting was actually a commission.  Fellow 30 in 30 artist, Karin Naylor, asked me to paint my rendition of one of her paintings.  It’s a beautiful painting of a chicken that is on the masthead of her blog.  Now Karin paints very beautifully in oils–and my work is quite different.  So I didn’t even try to make it look the same.  I did take a cue from her color scheme which was very helpful.  And I enjoyed very much having a model to paint from instead of painting out of thin air as I normally do.  Well, here is the result and I am quite pleased.  Be sure to check out Karin’s blog and see all of her other wonderful paintings.  I’ve said before, and I will say again, the best thing about this challenge is meeting other wonderful artists.  Their support has been fabulous!  Thanks, Karin.

Karin's Chicken


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Day 21~ Quiet Reflection

quiet reflection copy8″ x 8″ oil on gessoed panel


I thought I would tell a little story about how this painting evolved to whomever is interested in these kinds of things. 🙂

I was very inspired by one of the artists who is painting 30 Paintings in 30 Days. She is taking an old painting of a favorite artist of hers and on the first day copying a portion of the painting, and then on the second day using the colors to make an abstract painting. I started to think about this in the middle of the night as I frequently do…lie awake and think… and I decided to take one of my favorite paintings and try her method. Well, it didn’t work out that way at all. Here is the painting…

John Eastman (American Painter, fl 1842-1880) Gatheing LiliesJohn Eastman (American Artist 1842-1880) Gathering Lilies

I started the painting in my usual way of just putting a wash on the board and vaguely outlining what I was going to paint. In my mind I was not going to copy this painting, but mainly copy the shapes.


This is what I roughly sketched out. Do you see what I see?  A woman with her hair flowing back and to the side… I thought I should go with this and not do my original plan.

When this dried I began to work with the figure and fill in the background…


She even had a bit of a face at this point.

The background was something that I used from a photo I had saved of my daughter…


She has been a model for a lot of my paintings.

So then I was totally immersed in painting and didn’t take any more pictures until it was finished. And it ended up being not at all what I had set out to do.

And the face…what happened to the face you are probably wondering, if you got this far in reading?

It takes me hours to paint a face, maybe even days…Not something I can do in one painting a day…but there is something I love about these faceless paintings.

So there you have it.  Quiet Reflections…

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