Description Peonies are my favorite flower to paint (and to smell!). They bloom at the end of the school year and thus symbolize the mind-exploding sense of freedom that all teachers feel during that time of year. I invented most of the leaves here to enliven the background, but in my opinion the star of this show is the peony on the right. Also noteworthy: my cat's paw print on the peony in the top-left corner. She walked through my palette and onto my painting on her way to her observation spot on the table. Luckily, her paw picked up just the right colors and she stepped on just the right spot. I disguised the paw print a little, but it's still very much there. So this painting is really our first collaboration. You can see me working on this picture, along with the little cat who stepped on it, in my self-portrait.
Kelly Eddington, Monroe City, MO 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!