Description This is a close-up of a small selection of my jewelry. I kind of like the diagonal movement that separates the cool side from the warm side. My favorite parts of this painting are the fancy golden spheres that connect the orange glass beads.You can only see one of those whole (next to the giant pink bead); the rest are cropped along the left side and top edge.I've decided to title this painting 'Before You.' I wore all of this jewelry before I met Jeff. I purchased most of it during my mid-to-late thirties when I was very lonely and required frivolous costume jewelry pick-me-ups every once in a while. You ladies know how it is. And the fact that all of these things are in a chaotic jumble definitely reflects that time in my life as well. While I don't particularly enjoy thinking about those years, I'm a stronger person for having endured them, and they make me value my happiness all the more now.
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!