Description Owen has a fabulous nickname: “The Juice” (his initials are O.J.), and he is one of those ruddy blond children with dimples on every joint. His face was one of the most difficult I’ve ever painted. I have always maintained that blonds have the toughest coloring to paint, and children are the toughest age to paint. So blond children are exhausting, but they can be terrifically cute. Children are difficult to paint with watercolor because they have no wrinkles, and keeping that smoothness in check means that a child’s face can take me three times longer than it takes to paint as a similarly-sized adult’s face. The more I painted, the more the picture reminded me of a standard “Madonna Enthroned” Renaissance fresco. Front and center: an enrobed, angelic character surrounded by ultramarine blue. In the background: the deer and bass become a couple of saints and maybe a donor. And Spider-Man is the Holy Spirit, obviously. The truly strange barbershop (in Macomb, IL), which Owen’s mother Lars described as being straight out of a David Lynch movie, gives the scene the necessary otherworldly atmosphere.
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!