Sweet Sisters

Sweet Sisters ©2018 Karin Naylor

18″ x 18″ oil on canvas

(The color doesn’t look quite right on this photo to me, but it could be my computer, or so my son told me when he helped me take the picture, so that it would be good enough to make prints from. How does one know for sure? I guess I can view it on some one else’s computer and see how it looks…)

I enjoyed painting these two sweet sisters picking wildflowers in this field. The story behind this is pretty amazing. To keep it short I will just say that the parents ended up milking donkeys to heal a serious auto-immune disease that one of these girls developed over night… They now make all kinds of donkey milk soaps and skin care products. I saw this photo on Instagram and ended up painting it for the mom. She loves it. When the painting is dry I’ll deliver it to her and meet them all plus the donkeys. 🙂

Day 30 ~ Behind the Glass

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8″ x 8″ oil on canvas

I took a photo of this cute little guy when we were at our favorite Guthrie coffee shop Hoboken. Don’t look too close, but I just noticed a lion face on the hood of his sweatshirt. I’ll have to change that… 🙂

This is the last day of the challenge and honestly I can’t believe I made it. I don’t want to whine on here, but just to say I went through several days of excruciating middle back pain. My shoulder has been hurting intensely where it was hit by a car years ago… to the point where I had to hold my arm up to paint at times. My husband has had a terrible tooth abscess, my daughter has been sick for a week with chills, fever and headaches… It has been a difficult month. On the brighter side we are all recovering and feeling a whole lot better. 🙂

 

Day 6 ~ It’s Cold Out Here

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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…

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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?

Day 4 ~ Be Still and Know

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8″ x 10″ oil on canvas

This is really a self portrait… I slipped on a black skirt and my barn boots one day, because my daughter offered to take some pictures of the shawl  I had just finished knitting. Love the way this picture turned out so I stored it away to paint it someday. First self portrait I’ve ever done.

I thought the painting had an contemplative feel to it. When the song “Be Still and Know” came on my Pandora station, I knew that was the title for it. 🙂

Day 28 ~ Pure Joy

I’m having so much fun on Instagram. I find artists that encourage me and inspire me and so many wonderful people who share their own life experiences, plus my own children, who I don’t see all the time what they are doing, so posting a picture keeps me up on their activities. This painting was inspired from a friend I haven’t seen for a long time. Her mother was my midwife and delivered 6 of my 9 children. Because of Instagram I get to see a little of what is going on in their lives even though they live faraway.

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11″ x 14″ oil on linen

I loved this picture the minute I saw it, and asked her if I could paint it…pure joy!!!

Day 23 ~ Texas Skip 1936

We have a very dear friend whose  grand-mother was a trickroper and she passed on this legacy to her grand-children and even her great grand-children. I asked her for a photo of her grandmother so I could try and paint her. This is the photo she sent me…

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This is what she told me about this photo… “This photo was taken by R.R. Doubleday who was the best rodeo photographer of the time. He said this was the best picture he ever got of someone doing the Texas Skip. The rope was in the right spot, both feet are off the ground, and she’s smiling big! It all happens so fast it’s near impossible to get a good shot of that trick. Grandma was 16 when this was taken. That would’ve been 1936.”

That smile…Wow! Isn’t she gorgeous!!! She was still trick roping in her 90’s…

I’m not finished with my painting. I want to capture her face and I need to get the rope in better after the paint dries a bit… So for today, she is faceless…

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8″ x 10″ oil on gesso board

 

Not So Sure…

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8″ x  10″ oil on canvas

So there are a lot of things I’m “not so sure” about, but this little guy definitely looks that way. I’m “not so sure” what to call this painting. My husband thought “Not So Sure” was a great title. What do you think?

This was a shot that the photographers captured at my son’s wedding. It reminds me of something Norman Rockwell would have painted. It took me a long time to get a face on that little guy. I used a magnifying glass… And I did scrape it and start over quite a bit.

Hope this makes you smile. 🙂