Major Mess Up

At this point in my artist journey, I really thought that I had come through the painter’s block. I picked a bouquet of lilies from my flower garden and set to work on a new painting.

I really like how this turned out at first, but this is just a small corner of this painting…

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Here’s the whole thing when I first started, before I reworked it, added a vase, took away the vase, added a vase again…

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Before I decided I would change the background and make it darker…

Before the live flowers began to fade and fall off…

And here it is still sitting cast aside…maybe someday to be resurrected… maybe not… 😦

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I really messed up, and I still don’t know how to change this.

One thing I learned here is that I have no step by step process for painting. I just kind of wing it.

That is what I now set out to discover…

But I have to say that I was extremely discouraged at this point. I really thought that perhaps it was time to quit painting. My painter’s block had come to it’s most critical point.

So sad…

Sweet Treasures

Flowers from the garden are such sweet treasures. These roses from my flower garden and the little white vase that my daughter gave to me became the subject of my next painting….

Sweet Treasures ©2017 Karin Naylor copy

8″ x 8″ on gallery wrapped canvas

$125

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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, plus  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…”  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 ©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. 🙂

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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. 🙂

What do you think? Kind of wild…?

 

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. 🙂

 

Southwest Sunflowers

This is the first painting I’ve done since the 30 in 30 Challenge… Those beautiful sunflowers are still at the Farmer’s Market and of course, I had to buy some… Then I stopped at Hobby Lobby to pick up some canvases and saw this round glass vase for half price and just knew I had to try another sunflower painting…

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12″ x 12″ oil on black canvas

One thing I have realized about painting one painting a day and posting it, is that it doesn’t leave time to  be picky about what you’ve painted. I honestly don’t know what to think about this painting. I was trying to do something new…

So, here it is…something new… 🙂

Day 29 ~ Mini Autumn Rose Bouquet

One more day… I feel like I’ve been climbing a 14er and I’m almost to the top, but I’m not sure I can make the last 14 feet…

I think I can do it, and I’m amazed…  I’m only short one painting and that’s okay.

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4″ x 4″ oil on mini canvas

$35

Here it is with the little easel…

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