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.

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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