DescriptionI've always liked the combination of light, glass, and color. When my husband Jeff and I visited Venice's satellite islands of Murano and Burano, I received ample doses of all three. Burano's brightly-colored homes seem to have been painted by children. As we waited in the noonday heat for a plate of otherworldly risotto at the Trattoria al Gatto Nero, we amused ourselves by taking photos of the bottles and glasses on the table. I fell in love with the abstract shapes this created. I gave the original to Jeff for his birthday and signed it with my married name.
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!