Days 23 – 25 ~ Sunset on the Prairie

I worked on this commission for these last few days so I’m counting it for three days… Nice we can make up our own rules… 🙂

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I have a tad more work to do on the sky… This is an 18″ diameter painting that my client wanted to fit in a frame that she had. She gave me a photo of what she wanted. The colors in this photo are not quite right, but you get the idea.

Day 4 ~ Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know ©2017 Karin Naylor copy

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 2 ~ Misty Morning

Misty Morning ©2017 Karin Naylor copy

!6″ x 20″ oil on canvas

Have a few things left to do on this one, but I’m pretty happy with it. This is the closest I get to plein aire in the summer here in Oklahoma. It’s usually too hot and there are too many chiggers and ticks in the grass… But on my morning walk I made a quick sketch and took a reference photo. 🙂

A Little Side Note ~ Oklahoma Redbuds

Some time when I was pondering this Painter’s Block, I did this plein aire painting of the Oklahoma Redbuds.

Oklahoma Redbuds ©2017 Karin Naylor copy

12″ x 12″ oil on Ampersand Panel

$250

I’m happy to say that this painting was featured on Open Studio Online. 🙂

It is probably evident that I have really been trying to be looser with my brush strokes, looser and more relaxed with my paintings in general. I think this is why I lack confidence, because I’m so nit-picky about details. This is one of the areas I realized that was causing this painter’s block. It is often scary going out of our comfort zones; we have to be willing to not just “test the waters”, but jump in. 🙂

Cushion Bushing

Have any of you heard of a cushion bush? When I saw a photo my daughters brought back from their trip to Australia, I couldn’t resist trying to paint it. She told me that you could actually sit in these bushes and relax, and that they are really comfortable. 🙂

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12″ x 12″ oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Leucophyta brownii (also known as Cushion Bush).

Leucophyta brownii is a small, rounded shrub with tangled tomentose branchlets that give it a silvery appearance. It commonly occurs on the exposed faces of cliffs and dunes on the south coast of Australia. Although it can grow up to 1 metre high, it is more usually 0.2 to 0.7 metres high. It produces flowers during summer (December to February in Australia). These are white – yellow globular heads and about 1 cm in diameter. ~ Wikipedia

Day 24 ~ Headed to the Mountains

I love the view of the mountains as you are drawing close to them. To get to the mountains from where I live is a long grueling trip through the prairie. So that first glimpse is precious. This is actually on Highway 159 going north from New Mexico. This is a work in progress,  as I still have to put more layers on the clouds…

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12″ x  12″ oil on panel

Day 18 ~ Clear Creek Above Georgetown, CO

I’m getting a little behind, but we had overnight guests this weekend…So, I painted two paintings today. This one is from a photo I took back in January when we stayed in a cabin nestled in the woods near this creek high up in the Rocky Mountains…

 

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9″ x 9″ oil on gessoed panel

Day 14 ~ Old Heron on an Old Pier

Every morning when my daughter and I walk before the sun rises, this old heron is sitting on the old pier facing where the sun will come up and waiting… Usually we scare him off as we walk by, but sometimes he sits long enough for us to get some photos of him.

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6″ x  6″ oil on gessoed panel

$60