30 Days in September

Here we go… my daughter and I challenging each other to be creative for 30 days in September. I’m painting and she’s making pottery.

It has been almost 9 months since I finished a painting. This massive insanity all around us has really affected my inspiration for art. Every time I think of painting something beautiful, something terrible happens and then I feel guilty. Sadness is everywhere, lies are everywhere, conflict is everywhere… I was so upset about the canceling of free speech on Instagram that I quit. I can’t support that.

But I’m still here on WordPress and I am setting up a new website, hopefully on FASO, so this is a kind of new start for me. My pottery daughter always encourages me to keep painting, because the world needs good things. So here we go… 🙂

I’m starting this challenge by finishing the painting I began last December. I will try to post daily this month. Thanks for following along. 🙂


Day 18 ~ The Goldfish

Just joking about the title… 🙂 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…


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… 🙂

Celia’s Sunflowers

Celia's Sunflowers ©2016 Karin Naylor

16″ x 20″ oil on canvas

I’ve been doing a little experimenting lately with brushes and palette knives and trying to swipe a little with the knife to get a looser feel. I have to admit I’m not very brave doing it, but it’s fun to try something new.

I wrote a little more about this painting and the vase on my website blog, in case you are interested, or haven’t seen it yet. 🙂     knaylorpaintings.com

Day 7 ~ Figs

My chef daughter bought some fresh figs the other day, and I thought I’d try to paint them in a ceramic bowl that my potter daughter made. It turned out to be difficult and I’m exceptionally tired today, so maybe I can work on it tomorrow, or maybe I’ll wake up in the morning and things will look a whole lot better… we’ll see. 🙂

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

My revised version…

Three Figs ©2015 Karin Naylor copy