Introducing My New Book!

My daughter Sarah has written, illustrated and self-published her own incredible adventure book. Read all about it here and be sure and get yourself one. 🙂 You’ll love it!!!

Pen on Paper

“Tera, do you think you could make a glass penguin? I want to send it to my friend, Ray,” I asked my glassblowing sister.

“Sure, I can try!” she said. And she did.

I watched the whole process from a nearby stool behind the partition. Heated to a glowing orange and turning slightly black as it cooled, the lump of glass turned into a tiny little penguin right in front of my eyes.

“This is perfect!” I said and packed it carefully into a box to send to Ray in Perth, Australia. International shipping form in hand, I took it to the Guthrie Post Office where it began its journey.

“Ping!” An email notified me that the package had reached Chicago. Days later another “Ping!” signaled its arrival in Tokyo, Japan.

That’s when the wheels began to turn…

“Wouldn’t it make a fun story to have a penguin traveling around…

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Day 6 ~ It’s Cold Out Here



6″ x 6″ oil on canvas

This is my rooster Darcy. He is such a gentle rooster, and doesn’t like the cold one bit. I have a frame that will be perfect for this little painting…


It has a deep groove so only 5 1/2 inches of the painting actually shows. This has been a problem as I want most of my 6 x 6’s to be totally visible. I deliberately made this painting so it would fit. I think it looks great, don’t you?

My Book Giveaway and Coupon Code

My daughter and I were going to write a book together, she being the storyteller and me being the illustrator. Well, as things turned out I illustrated, and she was not happy with her story, so I made an attempt to write a children’s book to be enjoyed by the very young….




My little grand-daughter LOVES this book and I bought her a little stuffed animal puppy to match…




I thought lots of little children would enjoy this book, so I’m going to GIVEAWAY a very limited addition copy of this book for my fourth giveaway in November. If you have a toddler, or grandchild, or niece or nephew, or a little friend who would enjoy a cute little book about a cute little puppy just leave a comment to win this sweet book.

Also, I’m giving a 20% discount in my Etsy Shop until December 1st. This includes my 2017 calendar, my note cards and original paintings. Just use the coupon code BEGIVING20 at checkout.

Thank you all so very much for all your encouragement this year. 🙂


Forever Friends

Friends Forever ©2016 Karin Naylor copy

“Forever Friends”

18″ x  24″ oil on canvas


This painting was commissioned by a mom to give to her daughter of a horse named Bunny that her daughter owned for 33 years. She loved this horse as her dearest friend, trained her and barrel-raced with her. There will be a plaque on the frame that says, “Forever Friends”. So sweet…I hope she loves the painting. 🙂

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

April 4, 2014

June 28, 2014

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… 🙂

What I’ve Been Painting

Here is my favorite portion of a new painting I finished today…well… it’s not finished until I sign it, and I usually walk around for days and look at it to make a little change here or there…

sheep 5

If you would like to see the rest of the painting and some of the behind the scenes pics and an explanation of how I came to paint this wintery scene, or to follow me in my little art corner, go to my blog alittlecorneroftheartistinme.

This blog Simply Painting is where I decided to post my paintings during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge, so I will be posting on my other blog until we have another challenge.

My Etsy shop

My website…