Concrete Magnolias

I know this is a strange name, but what inspired me to paint these two paintings was actually the look of concrete in the vase and the background…

I love the look of concrete… neutral grays…taupes…

Concrete Magnolias ©2016 Karin Naylor

12″ x  12″ oil on raised panels

And I love the way the branches look in winter and the first budding of new life in spring.

Concrete Magnolias 1 ©2016 Karin Naylor

Concrete Magnolias 2 ©2016 Karin Naylor

Sometimes life can seem bleak and hopeless, but there is always hope…

” Faith, hope and love, these three…” 1 Corinthians 13:13

…always a light at the end of the tunnel… always sunshine after the storm…

These paintings can hang together or separately…

2016 Calendar

Just thought I’d share with you all my 2016 Calendar…

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I’m really pleased once again at the quality of this company’s products. The images really came out nice. All the paintings are from this past year and most of them I painted during the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

This collage from Pic Monkey shows the 12 paintings I selected for the calendar…

PicMonkey Collage

And here is a sample page…

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If you would like to order one they are for sale in my Etsy shop…and for a short time until December 1st I have a 20% off sale on everything in the shop minimum order of $24…just use the code THANKSGIVING2015.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 🙂

 

40% OFF MOVING SALE!

Just want to spread the word for Pam and her moving sale… Her art is incredible…don’t miss this opportunity to own a piece of her art or buy gifts for your family and friends!

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It’s time to get serious about this move I’m making across country in a couple of weeks.  I discovered I have over 100 pieces of little art in my Etsy shop so I have decided to have a first ever SALE to lighten up a bit. If you are interested in some whimsical art from the “Quilter turned Artist”, then check it out at BluePumpkinStudio.com.  The sale just runs until August first, and then I’m out of here!  Thanks for all your support.  I do hope to keep up with my blog better once I get settled.

10 Day sale at BluePumpkinStudio.com by Pam Schoessow 10 Day sale at BluePumpkinStudio.com by Pam Schoessow

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Colours of Snældan

Speaking of nature’s palettes take a look at this beautiful blog from the Faroe Islands…

Faroe Strands

The names of the twenty colours of Snældan yarn are all inspired by things that can be seen by any visitor to the Faroe Islands.  Here are some of them.

Mist/Cloud

mistMist and cloud are the key to the ever-changing landscapes and seascapes of the Faroes.
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Basalt

YD15This volcanic rock forms the islands themselves and can be seen virtually wherever you look.

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Driftwood

YD16There are very few trees on the Faroe Islands – a combination of too much sea salt in the air and a large population of hungry sheep, so wood for building and manufacture had to be either imported or collected from the seashore.

19th-century cheese mould from Hvannasund (Klaksvík Museum) 19th-century cheese mould from Hvannasund (Klaksvík Museum)

Peat

peatPeat was once the most important fuel in Faroese households and the land around the villages still shows the markings formed by centuries of peat cutting. These crates in Klaksvík Museum were once used to carry the peat home…

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Announcing the Winner…

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Thank you all for participating in my note card giveaway. The winner is Melissa at vuchickens.  Yay, Melissa!!! Pick the 4 note cards of your choice, and email me at karin(at)cmforums(dot)org  🙂

If you haven’t met Melissa you should stop by her blog and see the cute lamb she just made out of her own hand spun wool… And she has to have the most beautiful chicken coop ever that her dad built her this last summer…all on her wonderfully delightful blog.

Please remember my Etsy Shopwhen you need a blank note card for any occasion. They make nice affordable gifts, as well. 🙂

Welsummer Sis ©2013 Karin NaylorWelsummer Sis Note Card

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Celebrating Our First Snow ~ Giveaway

Rosemary, Lavender and Thyme

I love snow!!! I know it can be miserable for those who live with it all winter, but when you live in an area that becomes bleak and drab in the winter after all the leaves fall off the trees, you appreciate the beauty of that white glistening carpet of snow.  I tried to portray the joy of snow falling in my painting “Snow Jewels”…

Snow Jewels ©2013 Karin Naylor

I have printed quite a few cards from my paintings including the one above, and slowly, but surely I will have them all for sale in my Etsy shop. Below is a picture of some of my cards from the Guthrie Art Walk on November 8th…

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had a giveaway here, so I thought I would do another one. This time the winner will receive a packet of 4 cards of their choice from my shop.

To enter visit my

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Blog Hop

Continuing the Blog Hop. Thank you, Janet. 🙂

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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!

KARIN

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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