Description Last year my friend Melinda posted a photo of her adorable 3 year-old daughter Mabel online. Mabel was sitting in front of a couple of loaded bookshelves while engrossed in one of her favorite books. I immediately knew I had to paint her. I loved how unfussy my reference photo was: hairs out of place, Mabel obviously into her book--and how unpretentious Mabel seems. This is the kind of child I enjoy painting--not primped, posed, and styled-within-an-inch-of-their-lives robot babies. The books here were time-consuming but fun to paint because children's books tend to be aggressively colorful. I was able to play with hot pinks, turquoise blues, and vivid yellows. Mabel is an enchanting little girl, and shell be starting kindergarten this month. Incredibly, Roger Ebert spotted one of his books near the center of this painting, and we've since become pen pals. :)
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!