DescriptionMy sister Emily (a TV news anchor in southern Illinois) has turned her love of makeup into a side business thanks to her YouTube channel, Beauty Broadcast. Poof--I call her Poof--reviews cosmetics in her 600+ videos. She has more than 150,000 subscribers—they could populate our hometown 100 times over. I’ve always said that the kid was a star. Here she is in her Beauty Broadcast room, which is painted raspberry and dominated by her desk and pounds of makeup. Believe it or not, this is only part of her collection. The makeup was a blast to paint because its colors were so vivid and its textures were shiny and slick. I spent eighteen days working on it. The wall was reflected onto each silvery or white object, so nearly every color I mixed required a speck of magenta or the wonderful hot pink frequently called 'opera.' I gave this portrait to Poof for Christmas last year, and her joyful tears made all the hours that went into making it worthwhile.
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!