Day 8 ~ the palette and the block in

The palette is part of the process. I’ve decided to follow along with a painting video by Kathie Odom. She’s one of my favorite artists and she paints interesting places that tell a story to her. Today I’m using a palette that is modified from one that she uses.

Here are the colors chosen for this palette from right to left…

Titanium White

Lemon Yellow

Cadmium Yellow Medium

Cadmium Yellow Deep

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red Light

Cadmium Red Scarlet

Yellow Ochre



Burnt Sienna

Cobalt Blue

Ultramarine Blue

Burnt Umber

Cobalt Teil

Ice Blue

I also did the block in of my painting today, as you can see in the photo. I actually progressed further than this today, but I’ll share that tomorrow.

And in case you’re interested, here’s a link to Kathie Odom’s website The Oil Paintings of Kathie Odom

Day 7 ~ the process

Most every morning my potter daughter and I go to a nearby lake before sunrise, drink coffee and process our thoughts and then walk. Lately since I twisted my foot and can’t walk very well, we’ve had to skip the walking. There is something so glorious about seeing God’s masterful hand in the sunrise and sunsets. Definitely a great way to start the day.

On our way home I spied an old dilapidated building by the side of the road and the early morning rising sun was shining across the front of it. I stopped to take some photos and feel the place out.

This is the beginning of the process…getting inspired.

Then comes the sketch… This isn’t always easy, but will help me immensely when I start my painting.

A little honesty here… I have been so uninspired by the Oklahoma landscape. My dream always has been to paint oceans and mountains, places I remember that I loved when I was growing up. But just maybe I have been looking in the wrong places. Maybe I need to find the forlorn, the lonely, the cast off and begin to make beauty from ashes. This may be a new beginning for me…just maybe…

Gallery Paintings

I thought I would update this blog with several posts of paintings that are now available at G Gallery and Glass Studio in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Starting with my most recent series…Sunlight and shadows on a warm summer day, a beautiful figure dressed in white with straw hat and basket, picking wildflowers in a grassy meadow.

Gathering Wildflowers

12″ x 16″

Oil on panel

Black wood frame


Grace and Peace

12″ x 12″

Oil on panel

Black wood frame


Watch Out for Snakes

9″ x 12″

Oil on panel

Black wood frame


Hope you enjoyed this series. I had so much fun painting these with my daughter as a model. She actually did get slightly bitten by a copperhead snake, but not at this time. I say slightly because it only grazed her skin and she only had minor swelling. Still scary…

Which one do you like best?

If you missed my last post… check out my daughter’s new book at Pen on Paper

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… 🙂


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


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. 🙂


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…


12″ x  12″ oil on panel