It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge

It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge but every time I do, and stick with it, I’m always happy with the results. The first few times I did my Christmas countdown (daily watercolor illustrations counting down to Christmas) I followed prompts. Last year and this year, I’ve allowed myself the freedom to paintContinue reading “It’s hard to commit to a daily painting challenge”

Illustrated Map Making

I’m over a third of the way through my #the100dayproject – illustrated map making. If you are thinking about making a map, here are some of the things I’ve learned: Decide ahead of time the theme or point of view of the map. For example, is it a map of food destinations, tourist spots, localContinue reading “Illustrated Map Making”

Celebrating Day 25 of #the100dayproject with a Fire Island Map

I’m proud to announce that my Fire Island map is now available for download in my Etsy shop. I’ve been spending the first 25 days working on elements of three maps, so to finalize one of the maps is very satisfying. Click here to visit my Etsy shop where I sell digital clipart, invitations, prints,Continue reading “Celebrating Day 25 of #the100dayproject with a Fire Island Map”

Travel and Illustrated Map Making in Nashville

It’s a fun twist to my illustrated map making project to be able to explore a new city – Nashville 🎸 – with map making in mind. These worn boots were inspired by the County Museum Hall of Fame and Museum. The costumes are unbelievable! So far it’s easier to paint while traveling then IContinue reading “Travel and Illustrated Map Making in Nashville”

10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!

It’s still amazing to me that I made a commitment to be creative, created this blog to hold myself accountable, have continued with it for over five years, and have published over 600 posts! This from someone who previously couldn’t finish a creative project. Here’s a round up of my best “How to” posts. HowContinue reading “10 “How to” Posts on Painting, Graphic Design, Creativity and more!”

Everything is coming up roses!

I am having such a good time, turning my sketchbook illustrations into various digital downloads for my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/EileenMcKennaArt. My shop offers: Invitation borders and backgrounds Clipart Digital prints like family trees Printable watercolor painting tutorials Logos With each season and holiday, I’m inspired to paint and draw new things and I can’t wait toContinue reading “Everything is coming up roses!”

Painting in a Winter Wonderland

Other than a one or two days when I had the flu, I’ve painted throughout the holiday season. You can see every post on Instagram @eileenmckenna. I really enjoy this relaxing time and the holiday and winter concepts I’ve explored. Anytime I’ve worked for a week or month within a theme, I’ve been pleasantly surprisedContinue reading “Painting in a Winter Wonderland”

The Magic of a White Gel Pen

I often use a gel pen to add black details and outlines to my watercolors, but every so often I change things up and add white outlines onto a dark painting or paper using a white Gelly Roll gel pen. It’s a different effect. This was a watercolor wash I painted last week. Every time IContinue reading “The Magic of a White Gel Pen”

Painting my favorite candy – Dots

Uppercase Magazine – a favorite creative magazine of mine – recently had a call for submissions of artwork of your favorite packaging. I of course picked one of my favorite childhood candies, DOTS, to paint. (And Yes, I ate all the DOTS.) One of my goals this year is to get my artwork “out there.”Continue reading “Painting my favorite candy – Dots”