A Painstaking Project

I have been having a mini discussion with another artist  Zlatgo Music Art who brought up the fact that some paintings turn into painstaking projects…

He wrote, “Second stage – underpainting and determining focus. Often after this stage painting starts to look almost finished to me. At this point I can assess whether I will be pleased with the final result or if it will turn into a painstaking project of fixing mistakes.”

I can so relate with this “a painstaking project of fixing mistakes”, and I would imagine that so many artists do…it’s always good to know you are not alone. 🙂 So, I’m going to share a painstaking project that I just finished, although I feel that this painting will never be finished, because I can’t stop nitpicking on it…

The Shepherd ©2014 Karin Naylor

18″ x 24″ oil on gessoed panel

I have chronicled this painting on my other blog “a little corner of the artist in me…”, if anyone is interested in seeing the process…

March 3, 2014  http://alittlecorneroftheartistinme.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/the-shepherd-2/

April 4, 2014   http://alittlecorneroftheartistinme.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/progression-of-the-shepherd-painting/

June 28, 2014  http://alittlecorneroftheartistinme.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/still-working-on-the-shepherd/

I’m so thankful for Zlatgo Music that he posted his creative process. Please take a look at his site. I think you will be just as amazed as I am of his talent and perspective.


I would love to hear about some of your painstaking projects, and what you learned from them. I learned that I would not do a large realistic portrait on a gessoed hardboard, because I’m having a hard time getting the varnish to look right. I’m also learning that at some point you have to stop, and that as much as I long to do realistic portraits, maybe I like impressionism better. I’m going to have to rethink this some and find some positive reflections. OK…your turn… 🙂


New Cards ~ New Printer

I tried out a new printer for cards that Shawna recommended, and I’m totally delighted with the quality of the cards. Not only the quality, but the great help I received just to make sure my order came out right. Thank you Shawna for all your advice. 🙂

For a trial I selected two of my paintings…

Quiet Reflections ©2014 Karin Naylor
Quiet Reflections ©2014 Karin Naylor
Lilla Flicka ©2013 Karin Naylor
Lilla Flicka ©2013 Karin Naylor

I used photo shop to make the back and the front, in order to send them in to be printed. This is what they looked like…

Lilla Flicka Card ©2014 Karin Naylor
Lilla Flicka Card ©2014 Karin Naylor

Cat Print is the name of the company.  I was able to get a custom size for my cards, and this really appealed to me as I wanted them to be square 5″ x 5″.

These two cards are available for sale in my Etsy shop, and there will be more cards coming soon, as I’ve been getting ready for an Art Walk I’m participating in next month. More on that later, though…

I’m also working on my 2015 Calendar…  I’ll be sharing that here later, too. 🙂

Has anyone ever ordered clear protective sleeves for note cards?

Blog Hop

Continuing the Blog Hop. Thank you, Janet. 🙂


As a result of meeting some really amazing artists during the September 30 in 30 challenge, I was invited to participate in a blog hop. Here are two artists whose work I love – they both work very differently from myself and I love looking at their pieces. Karin and I have worked out an art trade and I am excited to see and own one of her pieces!


knaylorMcClure's Beach ©2014 Karin Naylor

I love to paint what inspires me, and brings a smile and joy to those around me. God’s creation is magnificent…each and every thing… and His colors are absolutely astounding. To have the opportunity to brush colors on a canvas and bring it to life is truly a blessing that I never want to take lightly. I began painting about four years ago after my youngest son graduated from high school. I’ve always loved art and through the many years…

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Back to Posting

I’m really going to try and post an update once a week  of a painting that I’m working on. This one is turning out to be a much longer project than I anticipated, but it is coming along… you may recognize it from Day 27, 28, and 29 as my Unfinished Bouquet


It’s still unfinished, but there is a little story behind this that I want to share. This was a bouquet I picked out of my garden. My designer daughter gets some very interesting magazines, and this particular one had a Spring/Summer 2015 palette that contained the same colors as my bouquet…


How special is that… 🙂  So I decided to follow these palette colors. I’ve done this before with the pantone palette and a bouquet.

I was so impressed with Deb and her organizing skills, that I cleaned up my tubes of paint, threw away some really grungy ones and placed them all in a new home of their own…


They still look messy. Someday I will take an after picture of my studio. For now everybody will be happier not seeing it. 😉

Blog Hop

PicMonkey Collage

I’ve been invited by fellow artist Sheila Delgado to take part in a “Blog Hop”. This is a way for artists to find other artists with blogs that they may never have seen. I will introduce you to Sheila, answer four specific questions about my work, and then share the work of two artists whose work I admire. I also follow their blogs.

I started following Sheila’s blog while working on Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge. Sheila works with watercolors and lots of mediums and techniques that I have never heard of before. She is daring and loves to use brilliant colors. She designs patterns for material, like the beautiful design she has on the background of her website. I have never met Sheila in person, but I don’t think I would be out of line in saying that she is a very kind and thoughtful person, thinking of others before herself, and motivating and encouraging other artists in their work. It has been a pleasure to follow her and to get to know her, and I’m excited to see what she does in the future.



Sheila studied graphic art and computer graphics at Platt College in San Diego CA. After a two decade detour into retail management and corporate compliance, she is now pursuing her career in art full time. A self taught artist, Sheila studies the work and techniques of artists who work in watercolor, mixed media, acrylics and other mediums. Eager to make up for lost time, she devours books and videos.

Her graphic arts background is put to use in her surface pattern designs, which often start with hand painted images. She is currently building a portfolio with the goal of becoming a licensed artist. Sheilas’ patterns can be seen at Spoonflower and Zazzle. Her paintings are also available through Zazzle.  Sheila lives near the Santa Rosa Plateau in Southern California.
Sheila’s art work has been featured in:
THE GEOGRAPHY OF LOSS: Embrace What is, Honor What Was, Love What Will Be by Patti Digh – 2014
GOLF SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of a good walk spoiled by Bradford G. Wheler – 2013
CAT SAYINGS: wit & wisdom from the whiskered ones by Bradford G. Wheler – 2012
Also Bradford G. Wheler’s s soon to be released…
Blue-drizzle-72The Sky is Crying.
Watercolor and gouache on Yupo.
4.5 x 6 in. © 2014 Sheila Delgado
Website: http://www.sheiladelgado.com/                                                            zazzle-Sheilas-Corner

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheila.delgado.10

Four Answers From Karin

1. What am I currently working on? 
I just finished Leslie Saeta’s 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, but I wasn’t able to complete my last September Bouquet in time, so I am currently finishing that piece. During the challenge I was excited to receive three requests: a larger version of the old truck I used in one of my mini paintings, a commissioned painting of an old family home, and a figure painting of a boy and his dog that I will be trading for an orchid painting done by my featured blog hop artist, Janet Ames.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre? 
I’m self taught and still searching for my style. It’s difficult for me to pinpoint or even recognize what my own style is, let alone perceive how I’m different. There is really nothing new under the sun, and I see many artists that paint figures and flowers the way I do. But I do know that what I paint is from my own personal perspective experience. In that way it is unique in itself.
3. Why do I create what I do?
My main goal in painting is to paint for the glory of the Lord. He has given me a talent and I want to use it in a way that will bring love and peace and joy to others. So I have been trying to learn “hands on” how to translate that into my paintings.
4. How does my creative process work?
I’m inspired by everything around me. My grandson taking his little sister’s hand to guide her over a bridge, or the different shades of green in the trees around me. Have you ever noticed how many different colors there are in a leaf, especially when the sun is shining on it? My sons sitting on the couch together with a light shining on their bearded faces, immediately in my imagination, takes me to the disciples around a fire talking with Jesus, and I want to paint what I imagine it to be like. Those are just a few examples of what gets my creative process going. It seems to be happening all the time, and I can’t keep up with it. 🙂


Pam and I spent a lot of time emailing each other during the last two 30 Paintings in 30 Days. Both of us were very new to the art world and we consulted with each other, bounced ideas and prices off each other, and even “vented” a little to each other about our frustrations. Without having met her in person, I just love her and I love, love, love her happy, whimsical art. I have purchased several pieces from her for gifts and each person has been delighted with her art and the quality of her materials. She has a large variety of gifts for every occasion. I hope you will visit her blog and her etsy shop.


IMG_1364Hi! My name is Pam Schoessow, and I am a self-taught artist  from Antioch, IL, USA.  For several years I have been a professional quilter.  I think it  has taught me a lot about color and design.  I “draw”  with my quilting machine, but first I draw out the designs on paper. Not long ago, I decided to try drawing and painting my designs.  So the Quilter turned Artist was born!   Most of my work is whimsical and happy.  I want to bring a smile to your face when you look at my art.  I use watercolor and am still learning how it works.  I have only been painting about a year and a half, but already I feel like I have grown as an artist.   I opened an Etsy shop about a year ago to sell my little paintings.  I also have a blog and a website where you can see a lot of the quilts I have finished.  Besides quilting, I find my inspiration everywhere.  I love the change of seasons and like to depict that in my art.  I think the world is glorious, and artists can only add to that.  Outside of my art, I am a musician.  I sing, direct choirs and play woodwinds.  I am a former music teacher and band director.  I take great joy in all of the arts.

                                         Happiness House
Website:  pamsquilting.com


Whenever I post the thumbnail picture of my painting on Leslie’s blog for all the 30 day painters, I always look at all the art work that has been posted for the day. Unfortunately, I don’t have time to go to each artist’s blog, so I choose the ones that catch my eye the most. During this September challenge I would find myself enjoying the watercolors of Janet Ames. I am amazed at how beautifully she paints, and it reached the point that every time I saw her painting for the day I would just smile. She definitely brightened up my days. She is new to the challenge. I posted the link to her blog at the bottom of her bio. Take a look… I think you will agree with me. She is a very talented artist!



My ‘day job’ is in IT at a university. I work on my art whenever I can squeeze it in while dreaming of going fulltime artist someday. While I started in fiber art, I am currently fixated on pen and ink and watercolor. Slowly coming out of the shadows, I had a solo show here on campus winter of 2013 and had a pen and ink drawing published in a May 2014 issue of The New Yorker. I took a leap (for me) and joined the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge for September 2014. It has been tough and fun and I have been enjoying seeing all of the other artist’s work. While creating art feeds the soul, interacting with other artists is becoming more and more important to me. They ‘get it’ and I love all of the variety of media and styles.

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At the Hop

How we blog hopped … where possible, the first name links to the blog hop blog of that artist and the others are linked to the artist’s daily blogs. Hop around and see who you would like to follow.

Karin Naylor introducing Pam Schoessow and Janet Ames

Sheila Delgado introducing Yevgenia Watts and Karin Naylor
Sea Dean, Marion Hedger and Sheila Delgado
Nan Johnson introducing Sea Dean
Nancy Goldman introducing Nan Johnson, Leslie Redhead and Belinda del Pesco
Deborah Younglao introducing Nancy Goldman and Roxanne Lessa 
Robin Samiljan introducing Deborah Younglao, Barbara Parker and Kathleen Krucoff
Alicia Forestal Boehm introducing Robin Samiljan, Ahavani Mullen  and  Maike van Wijk
Bridgette Gurzon Mills introducing Alicia Forestal BoehmAngie McMonigal and Kari Hall 
Supria Karmaka introducing Brigette Gurzon Mills and Leslie Sobel
Veronika Funk introducing Supria Karmaka, Jill Zaheer and Belinda Firman
Galia Alena introducing Veronika Funk, Laly Mille, Kate Thompson and Becky Cavender

30 Day Collage

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Here is a collage of 25 of the paintings done for September. What fun this has been! I love this 30 day challenge and will always look forward to joining in again. To see the amazing collages all the artists have done of their paintings go to Leslie’s Blog. Thanks to all of you who followed me through this challenge and encouraged me. Your likes and comments really kept me going… 🙂 I appreciate you all so much.

Stay tuned for the Blog Hop coming soon.