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Beach Pins – a Labor Day Sale!

What better way to remember summer than with a Beach pin – now through Labor Day only $6.00!
While supplies last.
Beach illustration enamel pin | beach chair umbrella ocean
Beach Pin – 1″ soft enamel pin with rubber clutch
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Beach Pin - 1" soft enamel pin with rubber clutch. Celebrate summer!

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Six Coastal Decor Tips

Beachy mantle | coastal decor | ocean watercolor painting print | Blue Wave #11 by Eileen McKenna
It’s not surprising – considering my love for the beach – that my house has a beachy vibe. If you’d like to add a coastal feeling to your home here are some ideas:

  1. Use light neutral paint colors. My walls are off white and light gray. Moldings are white.
  2. Sand beneath your feet – but not literally. My area rugs are sand colored and textured.
  3. A view of the ocean. We all can’t have a priceless view, but we can make up for it by displaying a seascape. Order a print of Blue Wave #11 (displayed above) now by clicking here.
  4. Introduce pops of blues and greens. I have a turquoise coffee table, pillows, a lamp, and other accessories.
  5. Display your collections of shells, beach pebbles, and driftwood. Glass jars work great.
  6. Buy beachy accessories – a lighthouse, a crane, whale, whatever!

Prints of my watercolor beach paintings are now for sale at shop.eileenmckenna.com. Take a peek!
The Blue Collection by Eileen McKenna | watercolor beach ocean landscapes available as limited edition giclee art prints

For links to Beachy DIY projects visit:
Six Ways to bring the Beach into your Home https://mycreativeresolution.com/2017/05/19/six-ways-to-brin…h-into-your-home/ 


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A Cloudy Day at Surf Camp

The second day my son participated in surf camp was a cloudy day. When I saw my pictures I decided to try to paint the clouds, as many of my ocean paintings have clear blue skies.

"A Cloudy Day at Surf Camp"

Close up of the sky:
Painting a cloudy sky in watercolor

The start:
Painting the ocean in watercolor

Progress on the water:
Painting the ocean in watercolor

As much as I have developed a process for painting the ocean, with each painting I still have to figure things out – mixing the right colors and shades, capturing the details of the waves. It’s still a challenge, but a rewarding one!

Prints of my watercolor beach paintings are now for sale at shop.eileenmckenna.com. Take a peek!
The Blue Collection by Eileen McKenna | watercolor beach ocean landscapes available as limited edition giclee art prints


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Appreciating living by the beach

Surf campWe sometimes take things that are “normal” for granted. I grew up in a beach town and now live 10 minutes from the beach. After a beautiful afternoon at the beach, followed by a morning watching my son participate in surf camp, I realized, “We are SO lucky.”

When I was a kid, there was no surf camp. How lucky these kids are that learning to surf is so accessible! How lucky that camp isn’t on asphalt, but on the beach. Skudin Surf Camp is run amazingly. Seeing the kids popping up and standing as they take their first wave in is inspiring.
Surf camp
I’m trying to get my fill of beach days before summer ends. 😎

Prints of my watercolor beach paintings are now for sale at shop.eileenmckenna.com. Take a peek!
The Blue Collection by Eileen McKenna | watercolor beach ocean landscapes available as limited edition giclee art prints


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Jetty

Jetty by Eileen McKenna, beach watercolor painting available as giclee art prints.
The focus of this painting is the rocks – the jetty. I had fun creating the different shapes and shadows of the rocks. I’m especially proud of the wet look of the sand where the water has just receded. And of course this painting needed a seagull.

The beaches in my hometown are delineated by the jetties. They are an unmistakable characteristic of our beaches. So it seemed appropriate to have them be the star of a painting.

“Jetty” is part of “the Blue Collection” and is available as a Limited Edition Giclee Art Print in my online shop!


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Side Surfer

Side Surfer by Eileen McKenna. Watercolor painting available as limited edition giclee art prints | beach | surfing | surfer | waves
I primarily paint from my own photos. It’s nice to incorporate that into the process of a painting – capturing a moment that strikes me and later painting it. This painting is from a photo I took at my hometown beach of Long Beach, NY.

It’s taken from the angle of one set of jetties, looking towards the next set – the “side.” What I love about this painting is how much it reminds me of Long Beach – the jetty, the color of the water, the surfer, the waves, even the familiar angle – as you cross over the rocks and step onto the next beach.

“Side Surfer” is part of “the Blue Collection” and is available as a Limited Edition Giclee Art Print in my online shop!


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Blue Wave #11

"Blue Wave #11" by Eileen McKenna. Watercolor ocean paintings available as art giclee prints. Beach | ocean | art | surf | waves
This painting was a break through for me. It was the first painting where I used white gouache – more opaque than watercolor paint – to paint the foam and spray. Before this I relied on the white of the paper for those areas. Using gouache allowed me to create more depth in the foam and waves.

When I polled family and friends on which of my paintings I should make available as prints, everyone had #11 on their list. (#11 was the number I’d assigned to it.) It was written so often, it became #11 in my mind, so it seemed fitting to call it Blue Wave #11.

When I posted Blue Wave #11, I got such a great response! Comments included, “I can smell the salty air of the ocean” and “Soothing, as if I can almost hear the wave breaking.” It’s gratifying to feel you’ve made a breakthrough and then also have people respond to positively.

“Blue Wave #11” is part of “the Blue Collection” and is available as a Limited Edition Giclee Art Print in my online shop!


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Waiting

Waiting by Eileen McKenna. Beach watercolor painting. Ocean landscape. The Blue Collection
This watercolor was painted at the beginning of my “painting the beach” project, in early January. The painting is based on a photo I took on New Year’s Day. You can tell it’s a cold day because the surfer – who is just noticeable – is all in black, in a wetsuit and cap. He has let a wave pass him by while he waits for a better one, hence the name of the painting “Waiting.”

“Waiting” is part of “the Blue Collection” and is available as a Limited Edition Giclee Art Print in my online shop!


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The Blue Collection

The Blue Collection by Eileen McKenna | watercolor beach ocean landscapes available as limited edition giclee art prints
The Blue Collection is the first set of watercolor paintings I’m releasing as Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints. Click here to visit my online shop.

When I first showed the giclee printer my favorite watercolor paintings she sorted them and pointed out that in these four, the water is shades of blue, while in others it is green. I immediately saw it too, and so the Blue Collection was born. One of the things that amazes me about the ocean is that the water can be different colors on different days.

The paintings in the Blue Collection are (from left to right):

The Blue Collection is available as a Limited Edition Giclee Art Print in my online shop!


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Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints will be available when my new online shop launches in 10 days!

Limited Edition Giclee Art Prints will be available when my new online shop launches in 10 days!
Very excited to announce that finally…Art Prints will be available when my new online shop launches in 10 days – on August 14th!

It has been exciting preparing for the launch. From choosing which pieces will be part of the first collection – I enlisted my family and neighbors to help pick! To working one on one with the Giclee Printer.

I love that I’ve chosen a printer nearby, so I can take the time to make sure the colors are perfect. The Giclee Prints are printed on watercolor paper and are such high quality I literally got confused as to which was the proof and which was the original. In offering prints, I can offer a variety of sizes to suit your space.

Stay tuned as I’ll be announcing the name and pieces of the first collection to launch August 14th! Sign up here to receive shop announcements.