my creative resolution

Continuing my creative journey into 2015!


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Just get started…and the ideas will come.

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I try to paint or draw everyday. The first step for me is to pull everything out of the closet and set it up on the kitchen table. This seems like an obvious step, but my point is I don’t wait for that bolt of inspiration to strike.

Occasionally, I know what I’m going to paint as I head for my supplies. More often, as I pull out my sketchbook and paints, I think, “I have no idea what I’m going to create,” followed by, “oh! I can paint [blank].”

I know if I don’t pull out the paints, nothing will get done. It’s rare that I’m about to put pencil or brush to the page, and I still don’t know what I’m going to do. The process of pulling everything out and setting up, usually allows an idea to form. I think this is only possible, because I stay open to inspiration. When I see something that strikes me, I take a picture – even at the supermarket! These inspirational moments are in the back of my mind. I guess you’d say I’ve done my homework.

Gerber Daisies at the supermarket:
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I’ve written several posts that relate to this topic of “What to paint?”

I remember very clearly the moments before I started working on two of my favorite pieces from last year. I sat down to draw and had no ideas. In both cases I stepped outside to the backyard and looked around. In one case I took a photo of the Montauk Daisies and went back inside to paint them. The other time, I collected a couple of leaves and other things and brought them inside and started to paint. You really don’t need much to get you going.

With watercolor, the painting often needs to dry between layers. So I leave everything setup all day, and from time to time, sit down to add details. It works better for me to finish in one day. If too much time goes by, my interest wanes, and the chances of finishing decreases.

My Process:

  • Setup
  • Decision on what to paint*
  • Start
  • Get in the “zone”
  • Add finishing touches throughout the day

*Sometimes my first idea isn’t the painting I continue with that day. It’s more of a warm up. But more often than not, I stick with that first idea.

How do you decide “What to Paint?” I’d love to hear! :)

I took this picture while I was out running. Maybe it’s my next painting…
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I’ve hired myself :)

A while back I mentioned that I started a marketing/graphic design blog for my business. What I didn’t mention is that I’ve been creating illustrations for most of the posts! I did share one of the illustrations here, in the post Painting Digitally. That illustration set the tone for the style I’ve used for the rest of the illustrations. I decided it was wise to keep things somewhat consistent and I like the motivation to work digitally. I usually avoid the computer when I’m illustrating, because I spend enough time on it when I’m doing Graphic Design.

Although it takes time, I enjoy creating the illustrations and I think it is good practice if I’m to have a future in editorial illustration. Plus I only charge myself a small amount – ha ha.

Illustrations for Marketing/Graphic Design blog:

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Spring Cleaning and a S A L E of 12 Original Pieces

I’ve been doing a little Spring Cleaning in my office/studio and those paintings are stacking up! I’m running out of room – lol. So if you are interested, I am selling the following 12 pieces.

As they are originals, there is only one of each available. The first person to email me that they are interested in purchasing a piece, gets it! I’ll email you an invoice with a secure PayPal link, which you can use to purchase the piece, using a credit card. I am only shipping within the Continental U.S.
Thank you for your support and for making room for more paintings! :)

Each piece is $25* plus $4 shipping and handling and applicable sales tax.
*Copyright retained by artist, Eileen McKenna. She reserves the right to use this image for future prints and or other products. You may not scan in or use original artwork for profit.
Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

Please include the # and name of the piece you want, in your email, so I send the appropriate piece! Email me here.

Watercolor & Ink. Art 8"w x 11. watercolor paper 9 x 11.75 (approx. sizes)

#1. Bare Trees. Watercolor & Ink. Art 8″w x 11. watercolor paper 9 x 11.75 (approx. sizes)

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#2. Sunset. Watercolor. art is 6.5"w x 6.75" Watercolor paper is 8x8. Sizes approx.

#2. Sunset. Watercolor. art is 6.5″w x 6.75″ Watercolor paper is 8×8. Sizes approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#3. Feather. Watercolor. Art is 8"w x 10.75" Watercolor paper 9 x 11.75" sizes approx.

#3. Feather. Watercolor. Art is 8″w x 10.75″ Watercolor paper 9 x 11.75″ sizes approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#4. Sunflower. Watercolor. art is 5"w x 7". watercolor paper 5.75 x 7.75. sizes approx.

#4. Sunflower. Watercolor. art is 5″w x 7″. watercolor paper 5.75 x 7.75. sizes approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed by artist.

#5. Sea Turtle. art is 10.25"w x 6.75". Bristol paper is 12x9". sizes are approx.

#5. Sea Turtle. art is 10.25″w x 6.75″. Bristol paper is 12×9″. sizes are approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#6. Three feathers. art is 8.5" w x 5". Watercolor paper is 7.5" x 11.25" (sizes are approx.)

#6. Three feathers. art is 8.5″ w x 5″. Watercolor paper is 7.5″ x 11.25″ (sizes are approx.)

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

 

#7. Nest. Art 6.5 x 7.75". Bristol paper is 7.25"h x 9"w. sizes are approx.

#7. Nest. Art 6.5 x 7.75″. Bristol paper is 7.25″h x 9″w. sizes are approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#8. Cardinal. art is 8.5"w x 11.25. Bristol paper is 9x12. sizes approx.

#8. Cardinal. art is 8.5″w x 11.25. Bristol paper is 9×12. sizes approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#9. Crows. art is 6.75" x 6.5"h. Watercolor paper is 7.875" x 7.875" (sizes approx.)

#9. Crows. art is 6.75″ x 6.5″h. Watercolor paper is 7.875″ x 7.875″ (sizes approx.)

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#10. Shell. art is 7x 9.25". Bristol paper is 9.25" x 11.75. sizes are approx.

#10. Shell. art is 7x 9.25″. Bristol paper is 9.25″ x 11.75. sizes are approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#11. Starfish. art is 7.5" x 10.5". Bristol paper is 9 x 12". sizes approx.

#11. Starfish. art is 7.5″ x 10.5″. Bristol paper is 9 x 12″. sizes approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

#12. Moon. art is 7"w x 9.5". Watercolor paper is 9 x 11.75". sizes approx.

#12. Moon. art is 7″w x 9.5″. Watercolor paper is 9 x 11.75″. sizes approx.

Watermarks are not on artwork. All artwork is signed “Eileen McK.”

Thanks for shopping! :)


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Which pattern is your favorite? {Online poll!}

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I’m curious…here are the patterns I’ve designed so far this year. Which is your favorite? I’d love to hear! Just a simple click to fill out the poll below. Thanks for your input! :)

#1. Dahlia revised. I couldn’t help tweaking the Dahlia/April pattern!
See image above.

#2. Original Dahlia Pattern (April)
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#3. Gardening Pattern (March)
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#4. Love Pattern (February)
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#5. “Draw, Paint, Create” Pattern (January)
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Thanks for participating in my poll!


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The Dogwoods are blooming!

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After my run today I had to take some shots of the Dogwoods. The two Dogwoods, on either side of our front walk, have sentimental value to me. They were in bloom the first time we looked at our future home. We posed in front of one of the Dogwoods when we brought our daughter home from the hospital. The house itself has changed – expanded to fit our family that also includes two sons. But the Dogwoods have remained and every time they bloom, I’m reminded of the early days and that this is home.


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Dahlia flower pattern {My pattern for April}

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Whew! Just in time! I’ve been contemplating April’s pattern for awhile now. I originally thought I’d use some of the flowers I created separately with watercolor and put them together in Photoshop. But it wasn’t working – too stiff looking:
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So I went back to what has worked in the past. I sketched some flowers and leaves with Sharpie on Bristol (nice and smooth) and scanned them in. I pieced them together in Photoshop, added color, and repeated the pattern. I’m happy with how it came out. I love the loose sketchy feel.
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I tried to stay true to the colors of the plant I picked up at the supermarket. I think it’s a Dahlia. This little plant has been my inspiration all week! I do feel the color comes across a little Christmasy. Maybe it’s the shape of the leaves? I tried adjusting the hue in Photoshop and liked the results, especially the blue!

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If you’d like to see my other patterns click here. :)

 

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