Painting Watercolor Seascapes

Three years ago I started painting watercolor seascapes. I wanted to find the answer to, “How do you capture the ocean in paint?” I had just finished participating in three back to back month long challenges and I saw how focusing on a single theme or medium leads to real progress in ideas and skills.Continue reading “Painting Watercolor Seascapes”

Creative Excitement

This is the best feeling. It’s creative excitement. I’ve spent a little bit of time organizing my supplies, and now I’m sitting in front of a new creative project – a watercolor painting. I’ve done some prep work – I have my reference photo picked out, I’ve taped down my watercolor paper, I’ve measured andContinue reading “Creative Excitement”

Adding Watercolor Figures

It’s World Watercolor Month and I’ve been working outside of my comfort zone by adding people to my watercolor sketches. I’ve been experimenting with first sketching in pencil, and also with going straight to paint – painting the shape of the body and then adding the clothes. It’s great practice for me, trying to captureContinue reading “Adding Watercolor Figures”

The First Few Creative Days of 2019

2019 is off to a good start! I’m making drawing and painting a priority and try to work in the mornings, even if it’s just for a little bit. It’s fun to sit down with no real thought as to where it will lead and let things unfold. With painting holiday themed things throughout December,Continue reading “The First Few Creative Days of 2019”

Teaching kids to paint watercolor seascapes

Last week I had the opportunity to teach kids ranging from 1st grade through high school how to paint the ocean with watercolor. The seascape painting was part of a 12” seashell wall hanging project to be completed over three days. I was excited but nervous. Even though the kids were somewhat divided up byContinue reading “Teaching kids to paint watercolor seascapes”

Watercolor and my sketchbook

After a busy time, it feels good to be playing around with watercolor again. When I haven’t painted in a while it feels easier to dip my toe in by working in my sketchbook. At first I don’t know what to paint so I just doodle and play around. Usually inspiration strikes. I started paintingContinue reading “Watercolor and my sketchbook”

Know your Subject

I often think about an online class I took by Val Webb called “Drawing Children.” At the time, I was amazed at how well Val knows the nuances of the faces and figures of children. Now as I paint the ocean – almost exclusively, mostly in watercolor, but recently in acrylics – I think aboutContinue reading “Know your Subject”

Capturing the Bluest Blue Sky

I’m happy with the results of the sky above, which is ironic because I thought this painting was a lost cause. This is what it looked like: In an effort to capture the saturated blue of the sky (with a hint of purple), I had previously used several colors (including cadmium red and ultramarine) andContinue reading “Capturing the Bluest Blue Sky”

Two paintings of the same subject

I often start and work on more than one painting at a time. It’s nice to have another painting to grab when you’ve reached the point with a painting where the newest layer needs to dry. Sometimes I work on more than one painting from the same reference photo. I’m not trying to create duplicateContinue reading “Two paintings of the same subject”

Watercolor Skies

Prints available at shop.eileenmckenna.com. When I first started painting my seascapes, the skies were simple blue gradations, with the lightest blue closest to the horizon. With each seascape painting I started playing a bit more with the sky – trying to achieve the perfect sky blue, adding other colors as a glow on the horizon, addingContinue reading “Watercolor Skies”