DescriptionA handful of tree ornaments--most of them birds--helped me create a watercolor that can be viewed as a secular or religious Christmas image. On the surface, this is a grouping of cute birds on some greenery, a red stocking, and some aluminum foil. But if you want to dig deeper, this is a non-traditional nativity scene. The white bird and cardinal are Mary and Joseph (note their gold cord halos). The otherworldly crystal bird is the baby Jesus. He is tucked under a star, wears a glittery crown, and beneath him is a light. The hummingbird offers him a golden pine cone, and the two other kings are peacocks. (Perhaps they have misplaced their frankincense and myrrh and are looking for it.)
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!