Description This is a random-seeming-but-carefully-organized jumble of some of my favorite jewelry. It is incredibly complex and took almost two months to complete. The ruby ring belonged to my great grandmother. Near the center is a Navajo bracelet made of 'walking Liberty' silver dollars--the rest of the bracelet is obscured by a blue Murano glass earring I found in Rome. I've had the mosaic necklace in the top left corner since I was in second grade, and when I was bored I'd look at it to amuse myself. My husband gave me the blue and gold glass bead necklace when we were in Italy a couple of years ago, and the dragonfly is a piece of costume jewelry I bought to cheer myself up during some retail therapy during my teaching days.
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!