I am starting my interviews with artists, and I am pleased to kick it off with artist Karin Naylor!
I’m from Oklahoma 🙂 I began painting about five years ago after my youngest son graduated from high school. I’ve always loved art and through the many years of raising and homeschooling nine children, I enjoyed finding ways to create something beautiful from the inspiration of the world around me. I’ve dabbled in stained glass, fiber arts, watercolor, acrylics, and most recently oil painting.
As far as tips or shortcuts go…I highly recommend participating in something like 30 Paintings in 30 Days. I have done it 4 times now and it has helped me tremendously.
Painting every day and posting it online forces you to find a technique that works for you. What works for me… I love ampersand textured panels. I’ve tried all kinds of surfaces and this is my favorite.
The first thing I do is mix some orange, or red paint with odorless turpentine and put a thin layer on the canvas or panel. Then I take some blue paint and quickly outline my composition. If it’s not right I can brush it out and try again. Once I get a general composition I use ultramarine blue and burnt umber to shade in all the dark areas.
If I’m doing a figure, I generally start painting it after I get all the dark areas and shadows blocked in, starting with the hair and working down. Using a larger brush I’ll fill in the back ground and then work on all the details with a smaller brush. This is basically the technique that works best for me.
Some of my art is for sale at Aunt Gertrude’s House in Guthrie, Oklahoma http://auntgertrudeshouse.com/
I also sell my paintings from my website… knaylorpaintings.com
I just want to thank Karin for being such a lovely host and thank you so much Karin for agreeing to do another artist interview for me.
We discovered each other when doing the 30 paintings/30 days challenge in September 2013. (Challenge hosted by artist Leslie Saeta).
I visited my family in September/October 2014 and Karin and I were able to meet! I was thrilled!
She has a lovely family and she showed me her studio and her paintings. And her daughter and my daughter put together a lovely meal for us.
It was a great day! Before I went to meet Karin, I went to Guthrie, Oklahoma where there was an art walk and I was able to see Karin’s work that was exhibited in Aunt Gertrude’s House, a local art gallery.
Here is a photo:
I love Karin’s art and I always look forward to her latest blog post. You can follow Karin’s blog here too…
Thanks again, Karin! 🙂
Readers, please come back tomorrow for another artist feature: Artist Jocelyn Roberts.