Addie’s Masterpiece

OK, I’m sure it is obvious to anyone who follows me that I’m not doing to well on this 30 Day painting challenge… and, I think I’ve called it quits. It’s just not happening, no matter how hard I try. There are just too many things resolving themselves in my life right now, and I’m afraid that art is going to have to be put on the shelf for a while.

So I’m leaving you with Addie’s Masterpiece…

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My little grand-daughter stayed with me today and painted away…

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She’s almost two… I think we have a budding artist here and a left handed one at that.

Love to all of you… I’ll be around to see what you are all doing. So proud of you artists that are hanging in there!!! 🙂

Day 16 ~ Twins

Hopefully I can get back on track here…I have not been able to keep up with the 30 days. Instead I have had to spend a couple weeks relaxing, recovering and de-stressing.  Hopefully I am well enough now to finish out the month. I’ve been working on this commissioned painting for several days, so it did not take me one day, but I’m posting it for today…

Twins ©2015 Karin Naylor

8″ x 10″ oil on canvas

This will be a birthday present for a mom who has had a picture of her adorable twin girls for years, and now her daughters have commissioned a painting of it for her. So sweet!

Day 6 ~ Kitchen No. 324

Kitchen No. 324 ©2015 Karin Naylor16″ x 20″ oil on canvas

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I tweaked a little here and a little there…added some long twigs to the flowers…messed with the mirror, added highlights, but today I had such a hard time focusing on painting. I know I’m not alone in having those days… So, I’m calling it finished even though I know I’ll be going back to it again someday. Now for the story. Kitchen No. 324 is a restaurant in Oklahoma City.   I added a link in case you are interested in seeing their website. My mom, and I and my four daughters went to lunch one day and we were sitting, waiting for a table, right by a huge window that looks out onto the busy city street. Inside our view was what you have before you. Two lovely waitresses folding large white napkins. I love the neutral colors – grays and browns in the room, along with the gray aprons and light gray shirts. This is how I get inspired. As three generations sat at the table in the delightful atmosphere of this place and ate their wonderfully prepared meals, I could not get the picture out of my mind, so I searched through my purse and pulled out my camera and tried to get enough photos to help me paint. The girl with the stunning long braid was not available by then, so I had one of my daughters braid her hair and graciously let me use her as a model. My thoughts about this painting…Doing menial tasks like folding napkins, or washing dishes, or dusting seems like worthless chores…but they are not. There is a beauty in the simplicity of life that we are missing if we think these acts of servitude are not just as important as any job, perhaps even more important. Jesus said, “The greatest among you will be your servant.”  Matthew 23:11 I want this painting to portray that beauty.

Day 4 ~ Under the Table

Somehow I feel that painting only part of a larger painting a day seems a little underhanded…:)  Actually, I looked up the definition of that, and it’s only underhanded if you keep it a secret, and I have been totally open and vocal about this…so here’s looking under the table… 😉

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Doing so much better today!!! Thanks for all your encouragement and I hope everyone else is doing better too. 🙂

Promise I will reveal the whole painting tomorrow. I think you will be surprised. Any guesses???