I paint the ocean in watercolor. Eileen McKenna

Hi, I am Eileen. Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been painting in watercolor for close to 10 years. This past year my focus has been on painting the ocean. Prints of my seascapes are available on watercolor paper or canvas, in many sizes, at shop.eileenmckenna.com.

I grew up just blocks from the beach and now live a 10 minute car ride away. It is truly my favorite place. I often wondered, “How can you capture the ocean in paint?” After participating in three separate month long challenges, I saw how focusing on a single theme or medium can lead to real progress in ideas or skills or both. So when I completed the last challenge I decided to focus January (2017) on figuring out how to paint the ocean. January led to February and on and on, and I’m still painting the ocean! I’ve progressed in so many areas, but am finding new areas to strive for. The ocean is an amazing subject because it changes so much.

Eileen McKenna

That’s me on the left, age 3 or 4, with my first best friend Nancy.

I also love turning my sketchbook illustrations into repeating patterns for fabric and gift wrap. I’ve worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years. Currently I specializing in web design and email and social media marketing. You see samples of my work at www.eileenmckenna.com.

If you would like more information or would like to hire me for a project, please email me at lidesigner@yahoo.com.

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  2. You are very inspirational. I love your processes and dedication to finding an illustration style.
    You give me hope that creativity, home life, and work life can all be balanced. Keep up the good work!

    • Wow! Thank you! Notice I haven’t posted any pictures of the dust bunnies in my house – lol! I love your style. The kids with the horse was on of my favorites. 🙂

      • Thank you so much–I try to work a little each day, which is interesting with a full time job and a 6 month old! 😀

      • A full time job AND a 6 month old AND you draw/paint everyday?! I’m impressed. I think you are the one who is inspirational!! BTW I totally agree about how it’s hard to design a logo for yourself. I’d love to see what you came up with. You are lucky to have the “Lemon” name to work with! lol

  3. Like you with your work, I recently committed to putting out all my paintings I did on holiday onto my blog. In hindsight I would have preferred to have kept most of them hidden, but it makes you less precious, even though I shudder when I look at some of them. Keep it up.

    • Good for you! I think we really learn from our mistakes. I hung my gerbera daisy painting in my living room and every time I walk by I think about what I would fix/change. I don’t think I’ll touch it, but I think I’ve grown from it for the next painting. I hope! lol. Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  4. You might love this group, if you are sketching and using a journal . . . https://www.facebook.com/groups/artists.journal.workshop/

  5. Like this and it is creative…happy and pleasant.

  6. What an inspiring blog! I really enjoyed watching your arts and hope to see more.

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  8. Nice to meet you Eilleen! The bear is nice but you are much prettier!

  9. I agree with Joanne. You are prettier than the bear. Really enjoy your site. Patsye

  10. Eileen! I am so happy I stumbled on your blog. It is delightful and speaks to me as I too, love watercolor. My best friend and I started a watercolor blog to stay in touch with each other when I moved to northern Michigan in July. We are having great fun with it. I think you would enjoy it: https://ajourneybetweenfriends.wordpress.com

    I also have another blog where I house my photography and other creative endeavors. http://latebloomerbuds.wordpress.com

    Your posts are fun to read, and I enjoy your space here. Fun to find kindred spirits. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Eileen!

    Cheers, Margie

  11. Hi Eileen! Don’t know how my BFF Margie (saw her comment above) found your blog but so happy she did and shared it with me. Please keep posting and sharing your journey, it’s inspirational for all of us out here looking for our ‘style’, getting the courage to try something new, pursuing our own creative journeys and putting ourselves ‘out there’!

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  13. Good Morning Eileen! Thank you for visiting my blog and giving me a follow! I have enjoyed visiting here and will be back… following happily! I love watercolor! I don’t do it but I like to look at other people’s art. I am going to check out you Instagram, I saw you this morning on Zeneyes IG… 🙂

  14. Hello,

    I just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award!


  15. Thank you for stopping by to visit and for the follow. I have been enjoying following your blog, it is always inspiring to see how others go about their creative journeys and be able to share experiences and motivation. Thank you for sharing your resolution and commitment to the creative journey with the rest of us. Peace.

  16. Eileen,
    Thank you for following my blog. You are the 60th person in my 60th year of accomplishing my 60 items on my list. Thanks

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  18. Hi Eileen thank you so much for stopping by my Blog and for deciding to Follow! It is nice meeting you and connect! I had a brief visit to your nice Blog and Follow you too I will come back to see more of your great work! Have a great weekend Carolina 😉

  19. Eileen – Nice interview with Charlie. It is great the get his background.

  20. Hi Eileen! Thanks for visiting my blog on Wrap or Bag post. I like your work, Impressive especially putting your work on fabric. I just started a historical romance book about fabric called “Many Hats of a Lady,” so your website is inspiring.

  21. Hi Eileen

    Just wanted to say thank you fir stopping by my blog/website.

    Here’s to a creative & healthy 2017!


  22. Thank you for visiting my gardening site – you might also enjoy some of my travels in Brittany. I very much like your watercolouts!

  23. Thank your sharing your thoughts and work. We have lots in common so I am delighted that you found my blog and that I followed you back to here. Your list of books for creatives is great. I already know some of them and will look out for the others.

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