Day 18 ~ The Goldfish

Just joking about the title… πŸ™‚ I’m so tired and brain numb that I asked my daughter what I should call this painting and she said I should paint a goldfish in the bowl…

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18″ x 24″ oil on panel

I don’t know why I start such a big project on a daily painting challenge… but I’m not quite finished with this one… No goldfish though… πŸ™‚

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A Little Hydrangea Love

I am telling the story of my journey through painter’s block. I decided that no matter how I was feeling I needed to keep painting. As I look back on these paintings, it’s hard for me to see what the problem was, but at the time it seemed as if everything I painted was not satisfactory. I have always loved the look of flowers painted with a dark background and I had 2 8″ x 8″ gallery wrapped canvases in my storage, plusΒ  beautiful springtime flowers blooming in the garden.

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To be totally honest I think as a self-taught painter one of the things that was bothering me was that I didn’t have a tried and true technique. One that said “This is the way I paint, I just to this and this and this…”Β  I still don’t. I have in this journey bought some painting courses, but even though they have tried and true methods, I don’t want to paint just like them. So one of the things I think I’m still seeking is the method that I use to paint, and that always changes for me. But that is part of who I am, as well. I happen to be one of those people who love change.

A Little Hydrangea Love Β©2017 Karin Naylor copy

8″ x 8″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

$125

Even through these posts I am learning by putting into words all that I have been experiencing. I hope this will perhaps help someone else, or maybe you yourself have been through painter’s block and have something to share. Please do. πŸ™‚

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Another Bouquet…

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8″ x 8″ oil on linen

Still working through my block by keeping on painting, I decided to join a challenge on Instagram to use their palette of the week to play with. That is what I did here. I just used the colors in their suggested palette and painted a bouquet from my garden.

I never named this painting and it was part of an Instagram giveaway that included pottery by my potter daughter Sage and a glass blown flower by my glass blowing daughter Tera. πŸ™‚

What do you think? Kind of wild…?

 

Peonies and Wisteria

Using a similar technique and color palette as I had in my last painting, I tried painting a simple bouquet from my flower garden. For some reason this is where I began to feel that I was lacking confidence in what I was doing. I love how the painting turned out, but I felt that overwhelming “block”.

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12″ x 12″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

$250

Here are a couple shots from my studio of the sides…

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Hope you are enjoying this journey with me… If you missed my first post you may not know what I’m talking about, so go to Painter’s Block.

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Fading Beauty

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Fading Beauty
9″ x 12″ oil on Ampersand Panel
$225

One thing I tried in getting out of my painter’s block was using a different color palette. I love the way this one turned out. This was a fading bouquet of flowers that my daughter had and being that I am well into that “fading beauty” stage of life, it intrigued me to try and make something beautiful out of something that was aging.

Looking back I think perhaps I should have continued to explore this looser painting style and this palette. Perhaps I will be able to do that now that I have a fresh perspective on things. πŸ™‚

 

Day 8 ~ Sage and Roses

I love the sage growing in large bushy loveliness outside my kitchen door. I love its unique color, too. This is a still life painting of a small floral bouquet I picked a couple of days ago. The sage is in the center, but those roses pull the attention away for sure…

Sage and Roses Β©2015 Karin Naylor8″ x 8″ oil on canvas

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I also revised my fig painting from Day 7…

Three Figs Β©2015 Karin Naylor copy6″ x 6″ oil on canvas

$60