Description This was how I taught myself to paint with watercolor when I was in high school. Using a single color is a lot less intimidating than an entire full-color palette. After I got used to the way one color behaved, I was able to take on more. I created this painting as an example for a watercolor workshop. I had my workshop participants paint an entire sheet of paper a solid mid-tone color (or combination of colors). Once dry, they outlined the still life in pencil and painted the darkest areas with black watercolor, diluting it with water to create dark gray shadows. The color of the paper represents the painting's light grays, and white acrylic or tempera paint can be used to create highlights.
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!