Day 30 ~ Mini Bike Bouquet

My little mini bikes have been pretty popular, so today I decided to end the 30 days by painting up another little mini bike with a basketful of September flowers, just like the flowers I am painting in my previous bouquet.

Mini Bike Bouquet ©2014 Karin Naylor4″ x 4″ oil on mini black canvas


So that ends this September 2014 30 Paintings in 30 Days. What a blessing this has been to me. I’ll be posting a collage and a blog hop post in the next few days.


Day 27 ~ Playing in the Dirt

I think I mentioned at some point in this 30 days that one of the joys of my child hood was making mud pies. You know most little girls love picking flowers…I loved playing in the dirt. Still do, but now it is called gardening.

Playing in the Dirt ©2014 Karin Naylor

4″ x 4″ oil on mini black canvas

Sheila Delgado featured me in her blog hop, I’m so honored. I will be featuring Sheila, Pam Schoessow and Janet Ames in a future post coming up next week sometime.  They are all so talented!!! Here is a link to Sheila’s post – Sheila’s Corner Studio


Day 26 ~ 30 Day Boots

I have painted a pair of shoes, or boots for every 30 Day Challenge, so I can’t quit now. I actually scraped a pair of boots that I had been working on and painted a totally different colored boot.

30 Day Boots ©2014 Karin Naylor 8″ x 10″ oil on ampersand panel


As I was tediously painting on the stitches I thought of our own home town artist boot maker Lisa Sorrel. You should check out her boots…they start at $5,000. Her website – Lisa Sorrel Boot Maker 

Day 25 ~ Sage’s Sipping Cups

I’m calling these sipping cups, because when my three year old grandson comes over for the day, he always asks me if he can have coffee with me. I give him a teaspoon of coffee and the rest milk, and he is delighted with this, but only if it is in his “sipping cup”. Yes, he coined the phrase for this title, but the cups belong to my daughter Sage. Sage collects these wonderful cups and teapots and colorful whatevers…

Sage's Sipping Cup ©2014 Karin Naylor4″ x 4″ oil on black mini canvas

Yay! I’ve caught up!!!

Day 23 ~ Björknäs

I bet that title caught your attention…and probably very few people would be able to pronounce it.  From my theme of joys of childhood comes one of my most favorite childhood memories…the summer house of my grandparents in Björknäs, Sweden.


8″ x 10″ oil on canvas

My mother took us to Sweden when I was 12. My grandparents had an apartment in Stockholm, but in the summer they lived in their summer place in the country complete with an outhouse and great big cast iron pot with which to do laundry. I was fascinated watching my grandmother heat water to a boil in that big pot, and wash the clothes with a big wooden stick and lye soap. Then after rinsing she hung everything on the line, and it all smelled so incredibly clean. My grandfather had a garden, and we ate potatoes everyday that he had dug up from his amazing vegetable patch. My grandmother would make hot chocolate for my brother and me in the morning and we would dip her homemade bread in it. Unforgettably delicious!

We slept in cubbyhole beds something like this…

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But there were curtains in front of them and they were situated in the dining room. What fun to cuddle up in our own secret hiding places every night. To this day I want to build some of these in my own house. So fun!

This month the Virtual Paintout Blog is featuring Sweden and Artsy Lucy has painted three paintings for the “30 Paintings in 30 Days” of houses in Sweden. She is the one who inspired me to do the Swedish summer house. As for the Virtual Paintout, I really admire the artists that do this. I spend hours trying to find something to paint and it never seems to work for me. Check it out, you might like it… 🙂

And if you have done a painting on the Virtual Paintout, I would love to hear about it and see a link. 🙂

Day 21 ~ Wagon Ride

Wagon Ride ©2014 Karin Naylor8″ x  10″ oil on canvas

What fun to ride in a wagon!  The inspiration for this painting came not on a beach, but in the middle of a crosswalk in some far away town in Illinois. We were trying to find a coffee shop to take a break from our long drive, and I spotted this woman with an empty wagon crossing the street.

After we found the coffee shop who did we see there, but this same woman with the three children in the wagon. I just couldn’t resist taking the photos and saving them for some future painting. I changed the street to a walking path on the beach as you can see. We artists get to do things like that. 🙂

I’ll be working on this a bit more tomorrow, but I wanted to get it posted for today. Yesterday’s finished photo is up and can be found on the previous post.

Let me know what you think. I’m getting tired…only one week left to go. Can’t believe how fast the time is going by.