I paint the ocean in watercolor. Eileen McKenna

Hi, I’m Eileen. Over five years ago I made a resolution to be more creative and started this blog. I was in search of my muse, medium, and personal style. I found all three, and found so much joy through creating. Here’s some of the projects that I’m working on:

Painting the ocean. For the last few years I’ve focused on capturing the ocean in watercolor. I’ve expanded this and sometimes work in acrylics. Prints and originals of my seascapes are available at shop.eileenmckenna.com. See my completed Fire Island map in my Etsy shop.

Illustrated Map Making. Currently I’m halfway through #the100dayproject. My theme is illustrated map making. Follow my progress on Instagram @eileenmckenna. 

Digital Downloads. Last year I opened an Etsy shop where I offer downloads of my work. It’s so much fun creating clipart, invitation borders, painting tutorials and more, for others to use in their designs. I also offer personalized prints, including family trees, and am so touched when someone orders one as a special gift. Visit my Etsy shop here.

Designing fabric prints. I love turning my sketchbook illustrations into repeating patterns for fabric which are available for sale on Spoonflower.

My Creative Collection newsletter. I thoroughly enjoy collecting links on inspiring art, craft, places, people, and more! It’s especially fun to connect with the artist I feature every issue. The newsletter comes out every two weeks. Sign up here.

Graphic Design. I’ve worked as a graphic designer for over 20 years. While my career started in print, I currently specialize in web design and email and social media marketing. Learn more at www.eileenmckenna.com.

More about me. I live with my husband and three teenagers not far from the beach in New York.

Let’s work together! I’m especially interested in illustration projects and collaborations. I’m currently looking for a collaboration with a sewing blogger. If you would like more information or would like to hire me for a project, please email me at lidesigner@yahoo.com.

Copyright 2019 Eileen McKenna. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Dawn Herlihy Reilly.

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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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