DescriptionHere is is a small watercolor I made as part of a thank you card for Roger Ebert. He has strong ties with Champaign's Art Theater (it was where he first saw Citizen Kane), and he's even in a mural of movie stars inside the lobby. He's in the painting--very tiny indeed!--walking with his wife Chaz. I painted for two and a half days--time very well spent. Painting nighttime scenes in watercolor means layers, layers, layers for me. I can never get dark areas to seem dark enough the first time I lay paint on the paper, so after it dries I glaze another on top. And sometimes I'll do it again. So really in some places I painted this thing three times.In case you're unfamiliar with the movie, Cinema Paradiso is a charming foreign film (one of the first I'd ever seen in a theater) about the magic of movies. It's easily in my top five, and since the Art was the place where I fell in love with my husband Jeff, that theater is certainly my Cinema Paradiso. Although Roger Ebert only gave the film 3.5 stars out of 4, saying that some parts were predictable, I couldn't think of a better or more appropriate movie to put on the marquee. Roger was very happy to receive this, and to say thank you he sent me some beautiful art books.
Kelly Eddington, St. Joseph, IL Member Since February 2012 Artist Statement Ever since I was a child messing around with a terrible paint set from K-mart, I have been obsessed with controlling pigment suspended in water. Now I paint with beautiful, hand-made watercolors along with brushes ranging from high-end to dirt cheap, but the obsession remains. I create large, highly realistic portraits, still lifes, and landscapes using the most unpredictable, unstable, and unforgiving medium known to man. My paintings are time-consuming and sometimes backbreaking. I have always tried to take watercolor as far as it can go, and as a result my work resembles oil paintings in terms of color richness and detail. Hearing my viewers say, “THAT’S a watercolor?” always makes me smile.
I was an art teacher in two Illinois public high schools for seventeen years. Anyone who has ever been an art teacher with a limited budget knows that it is a profession that stretches a person's creativity to the absolute limit. Effective art teachers must know their subject inside and out and strive to develop their own artistic visions as they teach others. I feel that teaching has made me a better artist. I used to devote each year's "off-season" to creating my meticulous watercolors, and now I’m happy to produce them year round and offer them as prints on Imagekind!